Sunday Night Jazz Showcase


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase profiles the legends and legacy of jazz music. Each week, the program showcases the music, performers, composers and styles of jazz that have made it America’s premiere musical art form.

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase airs Sunday nights at 8PM. The program is hosted and produced by Paul Hitchcock, a veteran announcer with more than 30 years in public broadcasting. For additional information, contact the host at: p.hitchc@moreheadstate.edu

Kitty Margolis

Dec 11, 2019
Kitty Margolis

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #274 (December 15 at 8:00 p.m.)

One of the most exciting female jazz singers to emerge during the '90s, Kitty Margolis is a daring improviser and talented scat singer who achieved substantial critical acclaim while recording exclusively for her own label.

Dino Govoni

Dec 7, 2019
Fat City Band

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #273 (December 8 at 8:00 p.m.)

Saxophonist Dino Govoni learned from two tenor sax greats, Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone, and furthered his studies by attending Berklee College of Music, studying with the late, great Joe Viola.

Terry Gibbs

Nov 26, 2019
Jazz Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #272 (December 1 at 8:00 p.m.)

Born Julius Gubenko in Brooklyn, New York in 1924, vibraphonist, drummer, pianist and bandleader Terry Gibbs grew up in a musical family.

Terry's older brother, Sol, taught him to play the drums and xylophone. The boys' father, Abe, an accomplished violinist and bandleader, gave Terry his first musical break when he hired the young drummer.

Ricky Ford

Nov 24, 2019
Jazz Forum Arts

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #271 (November 24 at 8:00 p.m.)

Ricky Ford is a complete artist. As a wanted sideman, a prolific composer, a unique teacher, an artistic director of the Toucy Jazz Festival that he founded in 2008 in French region Bourgogne, a surprising painter, the tenor saxophonist has been exploring different aspects of art throughout his career.


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #270 (November 17 at 8:00 p.m.)

Led by Carlos Kanno of Orquesta de la Luz, the Nettai Tropical Jazz Big Band started out as a group of friends playing for fun and evolved into an 18-piece ensemble.

Boasting four percussionists, a three-piece rhythm section, and powerful horns, the group released their first album, Live in Yokohama, in 1998. That year also saw the Japanese release of their follow-up, September, which was released in the U.S. the following year. My Favorite followed in 2000.

(provided by Allmusic)

New York Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #269 (November 10 at 8:00 p.m.)

In the 1950s and '60s, few American jazz artists were as influential, and fewer still were as popular, as Dave Brubeck.

Steve Tyrell

Nov 1, 2019
New York Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #268 (November 3 at 8:00pm)

Singer, producer, and composer Steve Tyrell is a soulful, throaty crooner with a deep love of the American pop and standards tradition.

Ron Escheté

Sep 15, 2019
Jazz Guitar Society

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #267 (September 15 at 8:00pm)

Ron Escheté is the consummate master of the seven-string guitar. Whether he is playing bebop, ballads or blues he is a musically sophisticated guitarist who plays with grace and dignity.

Escheté is currently performing and recording with the Ron Escheté Trio, featuring Todd Johnson on six-string bass and Kendall Kay on drums. While he has long been regarded as one of the finest guitarists in mainstream jazz, now Escheté ranks as an innovative leader for his work with this ensemble.

Bruce Dunlap

Sep 11, 2019
Gabriella Marks. New Mexico Tourism

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #266 (September 8 at 8:00 p.m.)

Bruce Dunlap has played the guitar since age 3. He has captured audiences worldwide with his facile command of the technique and poetry of the acoustic guitar.

New York Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #265 (August 25 at 8:00 p.m.)

Despite a relatively brief career (he first came to notice as a sideman at age 29 in 1955, formally launched a solo career at 33 in 1960, and was dead at 40 in 1967), saxophonist John Coltrane was among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz.


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #264 (August 18 at 8:00 PM)

Harry James & His Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra

Trumpeter Harry James was one of the most outstanding instrumentalists of the swing era, employing a bravura playing style that made his trumpet work instantly identifiable. He was also one of the most popular bandleaders of the first half of the 1940s, and he continued to lead his band until just before his death, 40 years later. James was the child of circus performers.

Richie Beirach

Aug 10, 2019

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #263 (August 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

Richard Alan Beirach was born on 23 May 1947 in Brooklyn, New York City. Having a sheltered childhood, he started playing the piano at the age of 5. From age 6 to age 18, Beirach was given lessons by the pianist and composer James Palmieri.

Jason Adasiewicz

Aug 2, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #262 (August 4 at 8:00 p.m.)

Jason Adasiewicz is a vibraphonist heavily involved in the Chicago Avant-Garde Jazz scene. He has played with acts such as Mike Reed's Loose Assembly, Exploding Star Orchestra, as well as prominent players like Ken Vandermark.

(provided by Rate Your Music)

Johnny Adams

Jul 27, 2019

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #261 (July 28 at 8:00 p.m.)

Johnny Adams was one of those singers whose critical reputation and standing with other musicians always outstripped his popularity with a mass audience. If he never achieved the kind of commercial success which came the way of some of the Chicago blues giants, however, his achievements will certainly outlast him.

Alexander Zonjic

Jul 19, 2019
Alexander Zonjic

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #260 (July 21 at 8:00pm)

Alexander Zonjic’s musical life is proof that one’s true destiny isn’t always revealed the minute a youngster picks up his first instrument.

Listen Recovery

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #259 (July 14 at 8:00 p.m.)

Weather Report started out as a jazz equivalent of what the rock world in 1970 was calling a "supergroup." But unlike most of the rock supergroups, this one not only kept going for a good 15 years, it more than lived up to its billing, practically defining the state of the jazz-rock art throughout almost all of its run.

Roland Vazquez

Jul 3, 2019
Roland Vazquez

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #258 (July 7 at 8:00pm)

Brad Upton Quartet

Jun 28, 2019

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #257 (June 30 at 8:00pm)

Trumpet player Brad Upton was born on May 2, 1952 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  His first 17 years were lived in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  He studied piano in his early childhood and started playing trumpet at age 10. 

University of Miami

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #256 (June 23 at 8:00pm)

Sam Pilafian was an internationally renowned tuba virtuoso, perhaps best-known as a founding member of the Empire Brass Quintet (1971-1963). 

Pilafian also recorded and performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, and Travelin’ Light, among others.

Wayman Tisdale

Jun 15, 2019
Tulsa Today

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #255 (June 16 at 8:00pm)

Most athletes who moved into the recording business during the '90s found rap to be their forte, but Wayman Tisdale shifted the field to contemporary jazz with his 1995 debut album, Power Forward, recorded for the Motown subsidiary MoJazz.

A 1984 Olympic gold medalist in basketball, All-American at the University of Oklahoma, and member of the Phoenix Suns, Tisdale plays bass in his Fifth Quarter Band. He signed with MoJazz in 1995, releasing Power Forward later that year.

Judy Wexler

Jun 9, 2019
Judy Wexler

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #254 (June 9 at 8:00 p.m.)

Los Angeles-based vocalist Judy Wexler has been garnering rave reviews and fans across the country and around the world. A touring and recording artist, she has headlined at jazz festivals, performing arts centers and major jazz clubs both nationally and internationally.

Michael Sims

Jun 2, 2019
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #253 (June 2 at 8:00 p.m.)

It’s easy to understand why the musical talents of Michael Sims are constantly being sought out, from one end of the musical spectrum to the other.

Multi-talented, Sims plays bass, keyboards and drums as well as guitar, but in spite of his impressive credentials and obvious talent, he bided his time before stepping into the spotlight.

Dan Reynolds

May 28, 2019

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #252 (May 26 at 8:00 p.m.)

Dan Reynolds began piano lessons at age 7. His career in music began when, at age 13, his ability to play by ear caught the attention of blues harmonicist Tommy Giblin. Soon, Dan was playing the blues with bandmates twice his age at legendary Washington, DC area clubs such as the Psyche Delly, the Childe Harold, and Mr. Henry’s.

Reynolds continued his classical studies while “payin’ his dues” on the blues club and festival circuit and, by age 18, he found that jazz offered the best of both worlds.

Sarah Vaughan

May 17, 2019

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #251 (May 19 at 8:00 p.m.)

Possessor of one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century, Sarah Vaughan ranked with Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday in the very top echelon of female jazz singers.

She often gave the impression that with her wide range, perfectly controlled vibrato, and wide expressive abilities, she could do anything she wanted with her voice. Although not all of her many recordings are essential, Sarah Vaughan's legacy as a performer and a recording artist will be very difficult to match in the future.

Jazz at the Movies

May 11, 2019

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #250 (May 12 at 8:00 pm)

Jazz at the Movies featuring music from two movie soundtracks, Mo’ Better Blues and The Mambo Kings.

Mo’ Better Blues (1990) starred Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes and Spike Lee. Music for the soundtrack performed by Branford Marsalis (tenor saxophone), Terence Blanchard (trumpet), Kenny Kirkland (piano), Robert Leslie Hurst III (bass) and Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums).

Livery Tours

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #249 (May 5 at 8:00 p.m.)

Trumpeter Duke Heitger came from Toledo, Ohio and settled in New Orleans in 1991 immediately upon graduation from college and became an overnight sensation as a disciple and interpreter of the music of Louis Armstrong.

Since that time, Duke has traveled the globe in the course of achieving an international reputation as a jazz horn player. He still spends a good deal of time on the road but, when in New Orleans, he leads the popular Steamboat Stompers on the riverboat Natchez.

Gil Parris

Apr 28, 2019
Yonkers Downtown

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #248 (April 28 at 8:00 p.m.)

Grammy-nominated guitar virtuoso Gil Parris, is known for his special blend of blues, jazz, rock and smooth jazz.

Parris has recorded and toured both as a solo artist and sideman with major artists like Dr.John, Blood, Sweat and Tears, David Mann, Billy Vera, Bobby Caldwell and Toni Braxton.

(provided by True Fire)

Bernard Oattes

Apr 19, 2019
Strengholt Music Group

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #247 (April 21 at 8:00 p.m.)

After his schooling in England, Bernard Oattes spent two years with a local Dutch band, Steam. The band was the catalyst that brought Bernard and writer/producer Rob van Schaik together.

As partners, Bernard and Rob were the founding members of the pop band The Limit, writing and producing international dance hits.

Bernard composed music for other pop-orientated groups, but writing and producing dance material alone became "limiting."

Star Bulletin

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #246 (April 14 at 8:00 p.m.)

Guitarist/saxophonist/vocalist/arranger Matt Catingub formed Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack in his home state of Hawaii, blending its indigenous sounds with stylish, party-ready retro-swing.

The group issued its debut album, Hawaiian Swing, in 1999. Shake Those Hula Hips appeared two years later.

Irma Thomas

Apr 6, 2019
Frenchmen Street Live

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #244 (April 7 at 8:00 p.m.)

The unrivaled Soul Queen of New Orleans -- a title officially bestowed by local officials, no less -- Irma Thomas ranks among Crescent City R&B's greatest and most enduring musical ambassadors, never enjoying the coast-to-coast commercial success of contemporaries like Aretha Franklin and Etta James but nevertheless breathing the same rarified air in the minds of many soul music aficionados.