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

Charles Earland

May 13, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #119 (May 8 at 8:00PM)

Keyboardist Charles Earland came into his own at the tail-end of the great 1960s wave of soul-jazz organists, gaining a large following and much airplay with a series of albums for the Prestige label. While heavily indebted to Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff, Earland came armed with his own swinging, technically agile, light-textured sound on the keyboard and one of the best walking-bass pedal techniques in the business.

Miles Davis Quintet

May 3, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #118 (May 1 at 8:00PM)

Although The Miles Davis Quintet had a relatively short life (1955-1957), it went down in history as one of the finest and most interesting bebop combos of the 1950s. It was a group in which different musical personalities did more than coexist -- they complimented and inspired each other.

All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #117 (April 17 at 8:00PM)

In 1975 American big band drummer Frank Capp (b. Frank Cappuccio, 20 August 1931, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA), temporarily took over the duties of Nat Pierce (b. 16 July 1925, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA, d. 10 June 1992, Los Angeles, California, USA), as contractor for the Neal Hefti Orchestra.

Al Cohn

Apr 8, 2016
The Guardian

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #116 (April 10 at 8:00PM)

An excellent tenor saxophonist and a superior arranger/composer, Al Cohn was greatly admired by his fellow musicians.

Early gigs included associations with Joe Marsala (1943), Georgie Auld, Boyd Raeburn (1946), Alvino Rey, and Buddy Rich (1947). But it was when he replaced Herbie Steward as one of the "Four Brothers" with Woody Herman's Second Herd (1948-1949) that Cohn began to make a strong impression.

Mary Stallings

Apr 3, 2016
Concord Music Group

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #115 (April 3 at 8:00PM)

Greatly influenced by Carmen McRae, San Francisco native Mary Stallings is a passionate, robust singer who isn't nearly as well known as she should be.

The niece of saxophonist Orlando Stallings, she started singing as a child and sang jazz in Bay Area clubs during her teenage years, when she performed with Louis Jordan & His Tympani 5 and shared the stage with such greats as Wes Montgomery and Ben Webster.

Chet Atkins

Mar 26, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #114 (March 27 at 8:00PM)

Without Chet Atkins, country music may never have crossed over into the pop charts in the '50s and '60s. Although he recorded hundreds of solo records, Atkins' largest influence came as a session musician and a record producer. During the '50s and '60s, he helped create the Nashville sound, a style of country music that owed nearly as much to pop as it did to honky tonks.

Ernie Watts

Mar 19, 2016
Ernie Watts

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #113 (March 20 at 8:00PM)

Two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players in music. It has been more than fifty-five years since he first picked up a saxophone, and from age sixteen on he has been playing professionally, initially while still attending school. Watts has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa, always exhibiting his unforgettable trademark sound.

Warren Vache

Mar 5, 2016
Theater Mania

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #111 (March 6 at 8:00PM)

Several years before Wynton Marsalis gained headlines for helping to revive hard bop, Warren Vache was among the few young jazz musicians who were reviving small-group swing.

Vache, who always had a beautiful tone and a chance-taking style, is the son of a fine bassist (Warren Vache, Sr.) and the brother of clarinetist Allen Vache. He studied music with Pee Wee Erwin; gained early experience playing with Benny Goodman, Vic Dickenson, and Bob Wilber; and has been a leader since the mid-'70s.

Uncle Festive

Mar 1, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #110 (February 28 at 8:00PM)

Uncle Festive played accessible, contemporary, funky jazz-influenced music during its existence.

Its four members first came together as the backup group for pop singer Barry Manilow. When Manilow decided to take 1986 off, the quartet (guitarist John Pondel, keyboardist Ron Pedley, bassist Marc Levine and drummer Bud Harner) started playing independently as a unit, using the name Uncle Festive.


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #109 (February 21 at 8:00PM)

Mr. Jack Daniels' Original Silver Cornet Band is an affectionate re-creation of a small town band that existed in Lynchburg, Tennessee from 1892 until about 1914.

The “modern” version of this band was the creation of David Fulmer, who wrote the show and performed as the “Professor” for many years.

The Frank Sinatra

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #108 (February 14 at 8:00PM)

Though he might have been ranked second at any given moment to Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, or Harry James, Tommy Dorsey was overall the most popular bandleader of the swing era that lasted from 1935 to 1945. His remarkably melodic trombone playing was the signature sound of his orchestra, but he successfully straddled the hot and sweet styles of swing with a mix of ballads and novelty songs.

Steve Oliver

Jan 30, 2016
Wallpaper Abyss

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #106 (January 31 at 8:00PM)

Playing sideman to Rick Braun, Larry Carlton, Gato Barbieri, the Neville Brothers, and many others introduced guitarist/vocalist Steve Oliver to smooth jazz fans, but it was with Steve Reid's band that Oliver found a following.

Leon Parker

Jan 23, 2016
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #105 (January 24 at 8:00PM)

Drummer Leon Parker consistently shows that less is more by making a great deal of music on a greatly reduced drum set sometimes consisting only of a snare drum, bass drum, and a cymbal.

Parker started playing drums when he was three and became serious when he was around 11. At 15, he playing in a local youth jazz band, and two years later, he started studying classical percussion. After graduating from high school, Parker moved to New York City, taking lessons with Barry Harris and freelancing.

Jazz Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #104 (January 17 at 8:00PM)

An extravagantly gifted composer, arranger, and pianist -- some considered him a genius -- Billy Strayhorn toiled throughout most of his maturity in the gaudy shadow of his employer, collaborator, and friend, Duke Ellington.

Ken Navarro

Jan 9, 2016
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #103 (January 10 at 8:00PM)

For more than 25 years, jazz guitarist Ken Navarro has performed in every major US city and had numerous Top 5 hits at national radio. His music is distributed throughout the world from Japan to Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Britain, Australia, Chile, Brazil, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and even in China.

Marian McPartland

Dec 31, 2015
NY Daily News

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #102 (January 3 at 8:00PM)

Jazz pianist Marian McPartland became famous for hosting her Piano Jazz radio program beginning in 1978, but she was a well-respected pianist decades before, playing in a four-piano vaudeville act in England and performed on the European continent for the troops during World War II.

Jeff Linsky

Dec 5, 2015

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #99 (December 6 at 8:00PM)

A native of Southern California, Jeff Linsky discovered the guitar at the age of ten. His passion for the instrument was immediately apparent, as he taught himself to play everything he heard by ear, from the popular music on the radio to his own interpretations of classical symphonies.

Take 6

Nov 29, 2015
Nashville Arts

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #98 (November 29 at 8:00PM)

With its roots in gospel, doo wop, and the sophisticated jazz-influenced singing groups of mid-century America (such as the Hi-Los), the a cappella vocal group Take 6 is both a throwback to an earlier, more genteel era of American music and a precursor for a number of black male pop groups of the '90s, most notably Boyz II Men.

Its members include David Thomas, Alvin Chea, Cedric Dent, Mark Kibble, Claude V. McKnight III, and Joey Kibble (who replaced Mervyn Warren).

Lee Konitz

Nov 20, 2015
Paul Cacia

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #97 (November 22 at 8:00PM)

Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz has always had a strong musical curiosity that has led him to consistently take chances, usually quite successfully.

Early on he studied clarinet, switched to alto, and played with Jerry Wald. Konitz gained some attention for his solos with Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra (1947). He began studying with Lennie Tristano, who had a big influence on his conception and approach to improvising.

Dutch Jazz Orchestra

Nov 15, 2015
Cees van de Ven

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #96 (November 15 at 8:00PM)

The Dutch Jazz Orchestra is focused on special projects within the realm of jazz. They are specialized in performing and recording obscure, and often unknown, works by the unsung heroes of jazz.

The Dutch Jazz Orchestra has performed a list of rarely performed works of composers, as Mary Lou Williams, George Handy, Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Claude Thornhill, The Boyd Raeburn Orchestra, Duke Ellington and now Billy Strayhorn.

Jeff Jarvis

Nov 6, 2015

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #95 (November 8 at 8:00PM)

Jeff Jarvis has distinguished himself as a trumpeter, composer, jazz educator, and music publisher. He serves as Director of Jazz Studies at California State University Long Beach and frequently appears as a honors jazz band conductor, clinician and lecturer.

Eddie Gomez

Oct 31, 2015
Meet Up

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #94 (November 1 at 8:00PM)

Legendary bassist and two-time Grammy Award winner Eddie Gomez has been on the cutting edge of music for over four decades.  His impressive resumé includes performances with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan and Benny Goodman. 

Eddie’s unique sound and style can be heard on many Grammy winning records as well as on hundreds of recordings spanning the worlds of jazz, classical, Latin jazz, rhythm & blues, popular and contemporary music.    

Vanessa Rubin

Oct 25, 2015
Akron Beacon Journal

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #93 (October 25 at 8:00PM)

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio to parents from Trinidad and Louisiana, Vanessa Rubin arrived steeped in great musical traditions.

After achieving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Ohio State University, Rubin taught school for a number of years, all the while with both feet squarely in the jazz lexicon on a path towards a career in music. Along the way she played the regional joints and concerts, dabbled in band management, and continued to hone her skills.

Allen Farnham

Oct 16, 2015
VCU Arts

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #92 (October 18 at 8:00PM)

Allen Farnham has become quite important to jazz, not just as a pianist/arranger but also behind the scenes as a producer at the Concord label, where he has worked on more than 50 releases.

Farnham first played piano when he was 12. In 1983, he graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. After moving to New York City in 1984, he freelanced and two years later signed with Concord Records.

Mark Elf

Oct 10, 2015
Jen Bay Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #91 (October 11 at 8:00PM)

Jazz guitarist Mark Elf attended Berklee (1969-1971) and picked-up experience playing with a who's who of modern mainstream jazz (including Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Benny Golson, Al Grey, Branford Marsalis, and Slide Hampton).

Elf has recorded as a sideman with Lou Donaldson, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hendricks, and others.


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #90 (October 4 at 8:00PM)

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band successfully mixed together R&B with the instrumentation of a New Orleans brass band. Featuring Kirk Joseph on sousaphone playing with the agility of an electric bassist, the group revitalized the brass band tradition, opening up the repertoire and inspiring some younger groups to imitate its boldness.

James Carter

Sep 13, 2015
All In One Music Service

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #87 (September 13 at 8:00PM)

After Wynton Marsalis, no one caused more of an uproar than James Carter did when he appeared on the New York jazz scene from his native Detroit. Carter's debut recording, JC on the Set, issued in Japan when he was only 23, and in the States a year later in 1993, was universally acclaimed as the finest debut by a saxophonist in decades. Critics lauded his ability to play in virtually any jazz style without appearing to ape anyone.

John Pizzarelli

Sep 6, 2015
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #86 (September 6 at 8:00PM)

Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, vocalist and guitarist John Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Lennon-McCartney. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli’s imagination or talent.

Brian Bromberg

Aug 29, 2015
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #85 (August 30 at 8:00PM)

A very versatile acoustic and electric bassist capable of playing straight-ahead jazz, funk, and fusion, Brian Bromberg is also one of the few bassists to master the tapping technique made famous by Stanley Jordan, sometimes sounding like three bassists at once during his often-thunderous solos.

Joe Augustine

Aug 22, 2015
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #84 (August 23 at 8:00PM)

Joe Augustine's serious study of the piano began at age 15. He played professionally six nights a week while earning a degree from Youngstown State University.

Classical training with Dolores Fitzer and extensive jazz and compositional training with Gene Rush coupled with study in New York with masters in the jazz field distinguishes Augustine's work from other players.