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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

Ryan Kisor

Feb 18, 2018
Jazz At Lincoln Center

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #198 (February 18 at 8:00 p.m.)

Ryan Kisor was born on April 12, 1973 in Sioux City, Iowa, and began playing trumpet at age four.

In 1990 he won first prize at the Thelonious Monk Institute’s first annual Louis Armstrong Trumpet Competition.

Kisor enrolled in Manhattan School of Music in 1991 where he studied with trumpeter Lew Soloff.

Musopen

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #197 (February 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

Pianist, composer, and bandleader Keith Jarrett is one of the most prolific, innovative, and iconoclastic musicians to emerge from the late 20th century.

As a pianist (though that is by no means the only instrument he plays), he literally changed the conversation in jazz by introducing an entirely new aesthetic regarding solo improvisation in concert. Though capable of playing in a wide variety of styles, Jarrett is deeply grounded in the jazz tradition.

Sammy Davis Jr.

Feb 2, 2018
Variety

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #196 (February 4 at 8:00 p.m.)

Recognized throughout much of his career as "the world's greatest living entertainer," Sammy Davis, Jr. was a remarkably popular and versatile performer equally adept at acting, singing, dancing, and impersonations -- in short, a variety artist in the classic tradition.

Spotify

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #195 (January 28 at 8:00 p.m.)

As a member of saxophonist Ornette Coleman's early bands, bassist Charlie Haden became known as one of free jazz's founding fathers. Haden never settled into any of jazz's many stylistic niches, however. Certainly he played his share of dissonant music -- in the '60 and '70s, as a sideman with Coleman and Keith Jarrett, and as a leader of the Liberation Music Orchestra, for instance -- but for the most part, he seemed drawn to consonance.

Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #194 (January 21 at 8:00 p.m.)

Benny Goodman was the first celebrated bandleader of the Swing Era, dubbed "The King of Swing," his popular emergence marking the beginning of the era.

He was an accomplished clarinetist whose distinctive playing gave an identity both to his big band and to the smaller units he led simultaneously. The most popular figure of the first few years of the Swing Era, he continued to perform until his death 50 years later.

Hal Galper

Jan 12, 2018
Hal Galper

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #193 (January 14 at 8:00 p.m.)

In his fifth decade as a major jazz artist, Hal Galper continues the innovation that has made him one of today's most surprising and satisfying pianists.

Fattburger

Jan 6, 2018
Fattburger

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #192 (January 7 at 8:00 p.m.)

One of the most popular pop/jazz groups, Fattburger has been classified by some as new adult contemporary music, contemporary jazz, or smooth jazz.

The San Diego-based unit has survived through many trends and still plays the same type of accessible funky music that was its original goal. Saxophonist Hollis Gentry, while in high school, led a group (Power) that opened for Cannonball Adderley at a college concert in 1972.

Jazz Music Archives

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #187 (October 8 at 8:00 p.m.)

The father of Joey DeFrancesco, "Papa John" had his career revived when his son's success helped bring about the renaissance of the Hammond organ. John's father had played reeds with various swing bands, including the Dorsey Brothers.

John DeFrancesco began playing trumpet when he was six and did not start playing organ until his wife bought him an organ for his 23rd birthday. After a few months of nearly nonstop practicing, he was ready to perform in clubs.

Jesse Cook

Sep 29, 2017
Allen Clark, Jesse Cook

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #186 (October 1 at 8:00 p.m.)

Canadian rhumba flamenco artist Jesse Cook has blended the exotic Spanish music form with elements of new age, jazz, and easy listening on his releases for Narada Records.

Signed to the label in 1994, he produced his debut, Tempest, one year later. Gravity, released in 1996, hit the Top Ten on the new age charts. Vertigo was released two years later, and Free Fall appeared in mid-2000.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Sep 22, 2017
Sermig

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #185 (September 24 at 8:00 p.m.)

California's Big Bad Voodoo Daddy are an old-school swing-and-jump blues outfit who first came to prominence in the 1990s as one of the main progenitors of the neo-swing revival. Along with similarly-inclined neo-swing acts like Squirrel Nut Zippers and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy helped to revive big-band music and popularize swing dancing for the MTV generation and beyond.

Brecker Brothers

Sep 18, 2017
Spotify

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #184 (September 17 at 8:00 p.m.)

In the 1970’s, brothers Michael and Randy Brecker co-led a band of New York session big shots that included, at various times, David Sanborn, Don Grolnick, Will Lee, and George Duke, among others.

When they chose, the Brecker Brothers Band could be one of the most intelligent and creative fusion outfits.

Kei Akagi

Sep 8, 2017
Allmusic

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #183 (September 10 at 8:00 p.m.)

Pianist Kei Akagi is best-known as a sideman but his list of credits and versatility are certainly quite impressive.

Born in Japan, Akagi lived in Cleveland during a large part of his childhood (from age five-twelve) before returning to Japan. He started classical piano lessons when he was five but was soon also interested in pop and rock music. Back in Japan, Akagi studied philosophy and music, playing piano at high school dances and with his college band.

Denise Jannah

Sep 1, 2017
Wieringernieuws

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #182 (September 3 at 8:00 p.m.)

The classic honeyed voice of jazz vocalist Denise Jannah has been heard on her solo albums in the U.S. After a childhood spent alternately in Surinam and Holland, she attended the Hilversum Conservatory, graduating in 1971.

Her first American release was in 1991 with her album, Take It From the Top. Two others followed, A Heart Full of Music and I Was Born in Love With You. In 2000, Jannah became the first Dutch solo artist to release an album on Blue Note with The Madness of Our Love.

Soul Train

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #181

One of the most popular saxophonists of all time, Grover Washington, Jr. was long the pacesetter in his field. His roots were in R&B and soul-jazz organ combos, but he also fared very well on the infrequent occasions when he played straight-ahead jazz. A highly influential player, Washington pushed himself with the spontaneity and risk-taking of a masterful jazz musician.

Howard Alden

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #180 (August 20 at 8:00 p.m.)

Howard Alden was born in Newport Beach, California, in 1958. Howard began playing at age ten, inspired by recordings of Armstrong, Basie and Goodman, as well as those by guitarists Barney Kessel, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt and George Van Eps.

Johnny Hartman

Aug 6, 2017
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #178 (August 6 at 8:00 p.m.)

Johnny Hartman was the quintessential romantic balladeer. The only singer to record with John Coltrane, Hartman was mostly known only to true jazz lovers during his lifetime.

Hartman was a master of emotional expression, putting everything he had into every word he sang. With any other vocalist, performing a love song with this kind of intensity could easily come across as being over the top or gushing, but Hartman's rich, masculine baritone voice never wavered in its sincerity.

Nestor Torres

Jul 28, 2017
South Florida Classical Review

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #177 (July 30 at 8:00 p.m.)

Jazz flutist Nestor Torres was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where he was inspired by people like Cal Tjader, Dave Brubeck, and Tito Puente.

He began studying flute at age 12. Torres' father, a talented musician, bought him a drum set when he was five. His playing incorporates a smorgasbord of Latin jazz, pop, straight-ahead jazz, and classical styles. After high school, he moved to New York with dreams of finding work with a profusion of Latin jazz bands.

Spotify

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #176 (July 23 at 8:00 p.m.)

Founded in 1974 by saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, Spyro Gyra have consistently been one of the commercially successfully pop-jazz groups of the past 30 years.

The band became a full-time venture in 1976 and has been touring ever since. Critics love to attack this band's music, which combines R&B and elements of pop and Caribbean music with jazz, but its live performances are often stimulating -- unlike many of its records, which emphasize the danceable melodies.

Spike Robinson

Jul 16, 2017
Alchetron

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #175 (July 16 at 8:00 p.m.)

Spike Robinson was just about the last major tenor stylist who played in the Four Brothers' cool-toned style popularized by Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, and Al Cohn. The remarkable part is that Robinson seemed to emerge fully formed in 1981 when he was already past 50.

Nnenna Freelon

Jun 30, 2017
Kauai Music Scene

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #173 (July 2 at 8:00 p.m.)

Nnenna Freelon is a world-renowned jazz vocalist, recorded extensively and has been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards. While this doesn't necessarily set her apart from other more prolific female jazz singers, there is one aspect of her career that does: she didn't begin recording until she was in her late thirties.

The Fat Babies

Jun 25, 2017
The Fat Babies

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #172 (June 25 at 8:00 p.m.)

The Fat Babies are an eight piece jazz band interpreting classic styles of the 1920s and 30s.

Founded in 2010 by string bass player Beau Sample, its members include Andy Schumm (cornet), John Otto (reeds), Jonathan Doyle (reeds), Dave Bock (trombone), John Donatowicz (banjo and guitar), Paul Asaro (piano), and Alex Hall (drums).

The Fat Babies have three albums out on the Delmark Record label including "Solid Gassuh" released in 2016.

(provided by Fat Babies)

Maceo Parker

Jun 17, 2017
Montalvo Arts Center

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #171 (June 18 at 8:00 p.m.)

Maceo Parker was born on February 14, 1943 in Kinston, North Carolina. Parker's mother and father both had an appreciation for music and sang in their church's choir, but it was his uncle who had the strongest influence on the youngster's musical development.

Allmusic

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #170 (June 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

As with all other art forms, the jazz community has many members who have made significant contributions to its development, yet never received their due recognition. Pianist, composer, and band leader Tom Talbert is one such artist, whose compositions have been ranked with Gil Evans and Stan Kenton.  

Mark O'Connor

Jun 5, 2017
NPR

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #169 (June 4 at 8:00 p.m.)

Mark O’Connor is an astonishingly versatile American violinist and composer who has had exceptional success melding various genres of music -- country and bluegrass, jazz, and classical -- into his own unique style and voice. This has resulted in two Grammy Awards; dozens of his own albums; collaborations with a diversity of other musicians, such as Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Renée Fleming, James Taylor, Chris Thile, Alison Krauss, and Marin Alsop; and a playing method program widely used by string students.

Andrew Oh

May 28, 2017
Colombo Jazz Festival

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #168 (May 28 at 8:00 p.m.)

Andrew Oh has become a legend among Hong Kong musicians with his name cropping up whenever sax solos are the topic of discussion. Music fans who once listened to locally produced music from the 1970’s are sure to have heard his innovative playing when listening to tracks by bands as diverse as The Wynners and The New Topnotes.

Charles Brown

May 19, 2017
Encyclopedia Britannica

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #167 (May 21 at 8:00 p.m.)

Charles Brown’s incredible piano skills and laid-back vocal delivery remained every bit as mesmerizing at the end of his life as they were way back in 1945, when his groundbreaking waxing of "Drifting Blues" with guitarist Johnny Moore's Three Blazers invented an entirely new blues genre for sophisticated postwar revelers: an ultra-mellow, jazz-inflected sound perfect for sipping a late-night libation in some hip after-hours joint.

Billy Novick

May 12, 2017
Potomac River Jazz Club

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #166 (May 14 at 8:00 p.m.)

Billy Novick is internationally recognized as a musician, performer, arranger and composer. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and has made spotlight appearances at numerous festivals, including the Kool, Newport, Edinburgh, Brecon (Wales), Marsiac (France), and Breda (Netherlands) jazz festivals, as well as the Philadelphia and Winnipeg folk festivals.

Thelonious Monk

May 7, 2017
Allmusic

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #165 (May 7 at 8:00 p.m.)

Kurt Elling

May 2, 2017
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #164 (April 30 at 8:00 p.m.)

An adept singer with a lithe, highly resonant baritone voice and four-octave range, Kurt Elling has garnered abundant critical praise and numerous accolades for his distinctive brand of vocal jazz. Given the depth and broad vision of his recordings and performance style, Elling is in a league of his own.

Johnny Lytle

Apr 21, 2017
Alchetron

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #163 (April 23 at 8:00 p.m.)

Considered one of the top vibes players in the world, Johnny Lytle was known for his great hand speed and showmanship. He was also a songwriter and wrote many of his own hits, including "The Loop," "The Man," "Lela," "Selim," and the jazz classic "The Village Caller."

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