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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

Latin Bay Area

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #212 (July 15 at 8:00pm)

An assemblage of some of Cuba's most renowned musical forces, Buena Vista Social Club's origins lie with noted American guitarist Ry Cooder, who in 1996 traveled to Havana to seek out a number of legendary local musicians whose performing careers had largely ended decades earlier with the rise of Fidel Castro.

Amazon

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #211 (July 1 at 8:00 pm)

On this program, it’s Jazz at the Movies - Part 1 featuring music from the movie soundtracks to The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) which starred Beau and Jeff Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Music from the film Beyond The Sea (2004) featuring Kevin Spacey will also be showcased.

Humberto Ramirez

Jun 23, 2018
Sonando En Puerto Rico

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #210 (June 24 at 8:00 p.m.)

A wide-ranging trumpeter, arranger and composer, Humberto Ramirez is comfortable playing straight-ahead Latin jazz (on his solo releases for Tropi-Jazz) as well as producing and arranging for the bigger names in Latin dance, including Tony Vega, Johnny Rivera and Brenda K. Starr.

Ramirez began his professional career playing trumpet in the band of salsa legend Willie Rosario, then moved into the arranging chair as well.

Jaco Pastorius

Jun 17, 2018
Rolling Stone

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #209 (June 17 at 8:00 p.m.)

Roberto Perera

Jun 9, 2018
Musixmatch

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #208 (June 10 at 8:00 p.m.)

Roberto Perera’s romance with the Paraguayan harp began back in 1964 when the 12-year-old aspiring musician enrolled at the Conservatory of Modern Music in his hometown of Montevideo, Uruguay.

Gabrielle Goodman

Jun 2, 2018
Berklee College of Music

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #207 (June 3 at 8:00 p.m.)

Gabrielle Goodman is a professor of music at the Berklee College of Music in the Voice Department. She is well-versed in jazz, R&B, classical, as well as gospel and has performed with Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Nancy Wilson, and Roberta Flack.

Her 1993 JMT/Polygram debut release Travelin' Light, featuring Kevin Eubanks on guitar, saxophonist Gary Thomas, and drummer Buddy Williams, brought Goodman international acclaim.

The New York Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #206 (May 27 at 8:00pm)

Dave Brubeck – Late Night Brubeck: Live at the Blue Note

Pianist Dave Brubeck teams up with saxophonist Bobby Militello (alto, tenor and flute), bassist Jack Six and drummer Randy Jones for a set that emphasizes ballads and slower tempos.

Red Mitchell

Apr 27, 2018
Getty Images

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #204 (April 29 at 8:00pm)

A talented bassist who was always in great demand, Red Mitchell was originally a pianist and he doubled on piano on an occasional basis throughout his career. He switched to bass when he was a member of an Army band in Germany.

Mitchell played with Jackie Paris (1947-1948), Mundell Lowe, Chubby Jackson's big band, and Charlie Ventura (1949); toured with Woody Herman's Orchestra (1949-1951); and was a member of the popular Red Norvo Trio (1952-1954).

Bob Mintzer Big Band

Mar 18, 2018
KNKK

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #202

Diversification has always been a driving force behind Bob Mintzer and his music.

Aside from being a tenor and soprano saxophonist, Mintzer also plays flute, clarinet, EWI, and is world renowned as a composer, arranger and educator. He has been active in the jazz, pop, orchestra, Latin, and world music genres.

Georgie Fame

Mar 11, 2018
Daily Express

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #201 (March 11 at 8:00 p.m.)

Georgie Fame's swinging, surprisingly credible blend of jazz and American R&B earned him a substantial following in his native U.K., where he scored three number one singles during the '60s. Fame played piano and organ in addition to singing, and was influenced by the likes of Mose Allison, Booker T. & the MG's, and Louis Jordan.

Walle Larsson

Mar 2, 2018
Walle Larsson

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #200 (March 4 at 8:00 p.m.)

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.

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