Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Sundays, 8pm to 9pm

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

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.

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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.

Jack Mouse

Mar 24, 2019
Jack Mouse

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #243 (March 24 at 8:00 p.m.)

Jazz drummer Jack Mouse began playing at the early age of four, and by his late teens was already performing with such musical greats as Tex Beneke, Ralph Flanagan, Buddy Morrow, Ray McKinley, Bob Crosby, Sammy Kaye, Ray Eberle, Les Elgart, Lee Castle, "Peanuts" Hucko and Red Norvo. Upon graduating from college, he spent three years as featured soloist with the “Falconaires,“ the official jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Michael Pedicin, Jr.

Mar 14, 2019
Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #242 (March 17 at 8:00 p.m.)

Born on July 29, 1947 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Michael Pedicin (Jr.) came up on the Philadelphia jazz scene in the early 1960s.

Greg Osby

Mar 9, 2019

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #241 (March 10 at 8:00pm)

Post-bop saxophonist Greg Osby was born April 3, 1960 in St. Louis, MO. He played in a series of R&B, funk, and blues units throughout his teen years before attending Howard University.

Trombone Page of the World

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #240 (March 3 at 8:00 p.m.)

It is fitting that Phil Wilson should dedicate his life to education. Careers in education are a family tradition. His grandfather was the first headmaster of the Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Massachusetts, and his father taught at both Belmont Hill School and Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.


Feb 23, 2019
Music in Africa

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #239 (February 24 at 8:00 p.m.)

Grammy-nominated saxophonist and flautist, Najee has made a career following his heart and keen musical intuition by pushing musical boundaries, all of which have made him an international pioneer in the music industry.


Feb 9, 2019

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #237 (February 10 at 8:00 p.m.)

After disbanding The Police at the peak of their popularity in 1984, Sting quickly established himself as a viable solo artist, one obsessed with expanding the boundaries of pop music.

Sting incorporated heavy elements of jazz, classical, and worldbeat into his music, writing lyrics that were literate and self-consciously meaningful, and he was never afraid to emphasize this fact in the press.

Bruce BecVar

Feb 3, 2019

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #236 (February 3 at 8:00pm)

A seeker and healer as well as an artist, Arya Bruce BecVar makes music for its effect on people's lives. Listeners report feeling uplifted, soothed and joyful on hearing his music.

In the tradition of musical prodigies, BecVar records primarily in his own custom home studio, plays a variety of instruments, and produces and engineers all his own albums.

Chuck Mangione

Jan 26, 2019
Jazz Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #235 (January 27 at 8:00 p.m.)

Throughout the 1970s, Chuck Mangione was a celebrity. His purposely lightweight music was melodic pop that was upbeat, optimistic, and sometimes uplifting.

Steve Langone

Jan 19, 2019
Steve Langone

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #234 (January 20 at 8:00 p.m.)

For the past twenty five years, drummer Steve Langone has been performing in clubs, festivals and recording studios. His versatility has allowed him to work in many different genres of music.

Lauren Kinhan

Dec 7, 2018
Lauren Kinhan

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #233 (December 9 at 8:00 p.m.)

The first thing you notice is her voice, and then her savvy choices. Jazz vocalist Lauren Kinhan possesses a rare and beautiful instrument, tough and tender, clear and fine-grained in every register, whether she’s dipping down into husky chest tones or ascending into silvery head tones.

Lisa Hilton

Dec 2, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #232 (December 2 at 8:00 p.m.)

Originally from a small town on California’s central coast, Lisa Hilton studied classical and twentieth-century piano formally from the age of eight, where she was inspired by her great uncle, Willem Bloemendall, (1910-1937), a Dutch piano virtuoso. Hilton accompanied on the piano for her grammar school glee club starting in third grade, later joining orchestra and band on flute, and performed piano scores for high school musicals.


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #231 (November 25 at 8:00 p.m.)

Pianist Herbie Hancock will always be one of the most revered and controversial figures in jazz -- just as his employer/mentor Miles Davis was when he was alive. Unlike Miles, who pressed ahead relentlessly and never looked back until near the very end, Hancock has cut a zigzagging forward path, shuttling between almost every development in electronic and acoustic jazz and R&B over the last third of the 20th century and into the 21st.

Ann Hampton Callaway

Nov 19, 2018
Theater Pizzazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #230 (November 18 at 8:00 p.m.)

Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer.

Darrell Grant

Nov 9, 2018
Darrell Grant

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #229 (November 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

Darrell Grant was introduced to international audiences in 1988 as the pianist with the legendary vocalist Betty Carter.

Grant has performed and recorded with such notable musicians as Branford Marsalis, David Sanborn, Esperanza Spalding, John Clayton, Nicholas Payton, James Moody, Kevin Eubanks, Lenny White, Jane Bunnett, Somi, Tom Harrell, Jack Dejohnette, Terence Blanchard, and Art Farmer.

Herb Ellis

Nov 2, 2018
Guitar Player

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #228 (November 4 at 8:00 p.m.)

An excellent bop-based guitarist with a slight country twang to his sound, Herb Ellis became famous playing with the Oscar Peterson Trio during 1953-1958. Prior to that, he had attended North Texas State University and played with the Casa Loma Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey (1945-1947), and the sadly under-recorded trio Soft Winds.

Craig Chaquico

Oct 26, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #227 (October 28 at 8:00 p.m.)

During the '70s and '80s, guitarist/songwriter Craig Chaquico played lead guitar with the popular rock band Jefferson Starship (which later became Starship).

Ruth Brown

Oct 5, 2018
New York Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #224 (October 7 at 8:00 p.m.)

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, on January 12, 1928, singer Ruth Brown signed with Atlantic Records at a young age and recorded a number of hit R&B songs throughout the 1950s, including "I'll Wait for You," "I Know," "5-10-15 Hours," and "Mambo Baby." She went on to have a successful theater career later in life.

Abraham Burton

Sep 27, 2018
Millennium Jazz Orchestra

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #222 (September 23 at 8:00pm)

New York saxophonist Abraham Burton's music has been called exquisite jazz. His solos are powerful and creative.

He began developing his natural skills by attending Hartford's Hartt School of Music where he learned well from talented artists like Michael Carvin and Jackie McLean. Burton graduated from the school with a B.A. in music and a new love for the work of jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong and Lester Young.

Etta Jones

Sep 14, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #221 (September 16 at 8:00pm)             

Etta Jones sang professionally for over 50 years, yet she steadfastly remained a "best-kept secret" throughout her career. With the clarity of Carmen McRae and the edge of Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday, her unique style drew from gospel, R&B, blues, and jazz.

Butch Thompson

Sep 8, 2018

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #220 (September 9 at 8:00PM)

In a career spanning over 45 years, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson has earned a world-wide reputation as a traditional jazz and ragtime master. He tours widely as a soloist or at the helm of any of his several ensembles, including his well-known Butch Thompson Trio, his eight-piece Jazz Originals band, the Butch Thompson Big Three, or his unique blues duo with fingerstyle guitarist Pat Donohue.