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:

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.


Aug 15, 2015
No Treble

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #83 (August 16 at 8:00PM)

Founded in 1981 as an R&B-oriented band that starred guitarist Robben Ford, the group took a giant step forward when, after Ford's departure, altoist Marc Russo took his place. With original members Russell Ferrante on keyboards and electric bassist Jimmy Haslip, in addition to drummer William Kennedy, the band found its own R&B-ish sound, sometimes playing original compositions that sounded like Joe Zawinul at his most melodic.

Big Band Vocalists

Jul 24, 2015
The Red List

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #80 (July 26 at 8:00PM)

Patti Page & Lou Stein Orchestra – Glory Of Love

Jimmy Rushing & Count Basie Orchestra – Sent For You Yesterday

Cab Calloway – Some Of These Days

Cab Calloway – Minnie The Moocher

Frank Sinatra & Harry James Orchestra – All Or Nothing At All

Lena Horne & Lou Bring Orchestra – Stormy Weather

Helen Forrest & Carmen Dragon Orchestra – I’m In The Mood For Love

Little Jimmy Scott & Lionel Hampton Orchestra – I Wish I Knew

Frank Vignola

Jul 17, 2015
Folk Alley

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #79 (July 19 at 8:00PM)

An extremely versatile jazz guitarist, Frank Vignola has demonstrated that he is capable of playing everything from fusion and commercial pop-jazz to hard bop, post-bop, and swing.

The native New Yorker has a wide variety of influences; everyone from Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and Pat Metheny to Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian has affected his playing in some way.

Urban Knights

Jul 10, 2015

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #78 (July 12 at 8:00PM)

The contemporary, smooth jazz all-star collective Urban Knights features pianist Ramsey Lewis as its constant member.

Featured Urban Knights musicians include Grover Washington Jr., Maurice White, Najee, Dave Koz, Fareed Haque, and Earl Klugh, among others.

Lewis united the various Knights for outings like 1995's self-titled debut, 1997's Urban Knights II, and 2000's Urban Knights III, which was the supergroup's first album for the Narada label.

(story provided by Allmusic)

Jacky Terrasson

Jun 26, 2015

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #77 (June 28 at 8:00PM)

Originally hailed as one of the bright young lions on the straight-ahead jazz scene of the 1990’s, virtuoso pianist Jacky Terrasson developed into a sophisticated performer with eclectic stylistic taste.

Helen Merrill

Jun 19, 2015
Cult Montreal

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #76 (June 21 at 8:00PM)

A fine singer with a warm, expressive voice, Helen Merrill's infrequent recordings tend to be quite special with plenty of surprises and chance-taking. Merrill started singing in public in 1944 and was with the Reggie Childs Orchestra during 1946-1947.

Concert Vault

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #75 (June 14 at 8:00pm)

In the history of Jazz music, there is only one bandleader that has the distinction of having his orchestra still performing sold out concerts all over the world, with members personally chosen by him, for nearly 30 years after his passing.

Pharoah Sanders

Jun 6, 2015

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #74 (June 7 at 8:00PM)

Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds in jazz. Sanders is highly regarded to the point of reverence by a great many jazz fans.

Django Reinhardt

May 29, 2015
Herb Museum

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #73 (May 31 at 8:00PM)

Guitarist Django Reinhardt was the son of a traveling entertainer. He grew up in a gypsy settlement outside Paris. Reinhardt first played violin and later took up guitar, and began working professionally in 1922 with the accordionist Guerino. In 1928, he was badly burned in a caravan fire, which resulted in the mutilation of his left hand. This deprived him of the use of two fingers and led him to devise a unique fingering method.

Lee Ritenour

May 24, 2015
Montreux Jazz Live

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #72 (May 24 at 8:00PM)

Known to fans as "Captain Fingers" for his uncommon dexterity on the guitar, Lee Ritenour is a noted jazz artist and session musician who has been one of the leaders in his field since the early '70s.

Born in Los Angeles, California on January 11, 1952, Ritenour took up the guitar when he was eight years old, and decided to make music his career when he was 12. Ritenour's parents were supportive of his ambitions, and arranged for him to study with some of the best guitar teachers in Southern California.

Carmen McRae

May 16, 2015
St. Louis Public Radio

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #71 (May 17, 8:00PM)

Jazz vocalist Carmen McRae always had a nice voice, but it was her behind-the-beat phrasing and ironic interpretations of lyrics that made her most memorable.

She studied piano early on and had her first important job singing with Benny Carter's big band (1944), but it would be another decade before her career had really gained much momentum.

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #70 (May 10 at 8:00PM)

Pianists Walter Norris, Hal Galper and John Hicks are featured as part of the Maybeck Recital Series.

The Maybeck Recital Hall, also known as the Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, is a small performance space located in a private home in the Berkeley hills, built in 1914 by Bernard Maybeck. The studio has a rich tradition of musical performances dating back over 100 years.

Cecil Payne

May 1, 2015
The Telegraph

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #69 (May 3 at 8:00PM)

Acclaimed by peers and critics among the finest baritone saxophonists of the bebop era, Cecil Payne remains best remembered for his three-year stint with Dizzy Gillespie's seminal postwar big band.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, on December 14, 1922, Payne began playing saxophone at age 13, gravitating to the instrument after hearing Lester Young's work on Count Basie's "Honeysuckle Rose." Young's supple, lilting tone remained a profound influence throughout Payne's career.

Ray Obiedo

Apr 27, 2015

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #68 (April 26 at 8:00PM)

Smooth jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo was born and raised in Richmond, California, where as a child he frequently traveled to nearby San Francisco to take in free concerts by the likes of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream. Obiedo also gained considerable influence from acts including James Brown, Miles Davis, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Oliver Nelson

Apr 17, 2015
St. Louis Public Radio

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #67 (April 19 at 8:00PM)

Oliver Nelson was a distinctive soloist on alto, tenor, and even soprano, but his writing eventually overshadowed his playing skills.

He became a professional early on in 1947, playing with the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra and with St. Louis big bands headed by George Hudson and Nat Towles. In 1951, he arranged and played second alto for Louis Jordan's big band, and followed with a period in the Navy and four years at a university.

Keiko Matsui

Apr 11, 2015
Mim Music Theater

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #66 (April 12 at 8:00pm)

Fusion/new age keyboard player Keiko Matsui grew up in Tokyo and took her first piano lesson at the age of five.

Influenced by Stevie Wonder and Rachmaninov as well as early fusion masters Maurice Jarre and Chick Corea, Matsui began composing while in junior high but studied children's culture at the Japan Women's University (Nihon Joshidaigaku). She moved to the Yamaha Music Foundation in Tokyo after graduation and formed Cosmos, recording four albums with the new age group.

Manhattan Transfer

Apr 6, 2015
Dallas News

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

(Program #65 (April 5 at 8:00PM)

Riding a wave of nostalgia in the 1970s, the Manhattan Transfer resurrected jazz trends from boogie-woogie to bop to vocalese in a slick, slightly commercial setting that balanced the group's close harmonies.

Originally formed in 1969, the quartet recorded several albums of jazz standards as well as much material closer to R&B/pop. Still, they were easily the most popular jazz vocal group of their era, and the most talented of any since the heyday of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross during the early 1960s.

Joe Lovano

Mar 28, 2015
International Review of Music

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #64 (March 29 at 8:00PM)

Lovano is the son of the respected Cleveland saxophonist Tony "Big T" Lovano. Joe started playing alto sax as a child, taught by his father, who also introduced him to jazz. In his youth, Joe would hear many of the prominent jazz artists who passed through town, including Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Sonny Stitt, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.