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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

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."

Ryo Kawasaki

Apr 14, 2017
Nomme Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #162 (April 16 at 8:00 p.m.)

Jazz fusion guitarist Ryo Kawasaki was born in Toyko, Japan, on February 25, 1947. Although he originally planned on becoming a scientist, Kawasaki put an end to his studies early on and concentrated solely on guitar, playing with a variety of Japanese jazz groups throughout the '60s.

Coale Johnson

Apr 7, 2017
Walking Rain

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #161 (April 9 at 8:00 p.m.)

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Coale Johnson was 14 when his musical journey started when he “borrowed” his sister’s guitar and she never really got it back.

Johnson started his formal studies in Chicago and then went on to Berklee School of Music in Boston. It didn’t take long to realize that academia was really no place for a free spirited guitar player.

Javon Jackson

Mar 31, 2017
PDX Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #160 (April 2 at 8:00 p.m.)

Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson came into international prominence touring and recording with the legendary drummer Art Blakey as a member of his band, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

Jeremy Davenport

Mar 24, 2017
Alchetron

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #159 (March 26 at 8:00 p.m.)

Jeremy Davenport is a vital part of the New Orleans music scene. With his original lyrics and music, Jeremy infuses his unique style and mood of storytelling creating not only a modern edge, but also the distinct feeling of a lifestyle reminiscent of a time when Jazz was at its peak of popularity.

He is known for his vocal and trumpet playing skills, as well as being a born entertainer. Davenport’s showing has tempted such performers as Sting, Paul McCartney, Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall.

Betty Carter

Mar 18, 2017
Alchetron

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #158 (March 19 at 8:00 p.m.)

Arguably the most adventurous female jazz singer of all time, Betty Carter was an idiosyncratic stylist and a restless improviser who pushed the limits of melody and harmony as much as any bebop horn player.

Rob Ickes

Mar 10, 2017
Ted Lehmann Blogspot

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #157 (March 12 at 8:00PM)

Widely acknowledged as one of the masters of the Dobro or resonator guitar, Rob Ickes is an instrumentalist who has made a name for himself in bluegrass, country, and jazz.

Born in San Francisco, California in 1967, Ickes was first exposed to bluegrass and old-timey music when he was a child, attending weekly jam sessions hosted by his grandparents. Ickes' family tried to interest him in playing the fiddle, but it didn't take.

Tim Hagans

Mar 3, 2017
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #156 (March 5 at 8:00PM)

Trumpeter Tim Hagans was with the orchestras of Stan Kenton (1974-1977) and Woody Herman (1977), before moving to Sweden (1977-1981) where he played with Sahib Shihab, Ernie Wilkins' Almost Big Band, the Danish Radio Orchestra (which was then directed by Thad Jones), and Dexter Gordon.

After returning to the U.S., he taught at the University of Cincinnati and recorded for the local MoPro label. Hagans taught at Berklee (1984-1986), and then in 1986 he started working with Joe Lovano and Fred Hersch.

Brent Gallaher

Feb 24, 2017
Brent Gallaher

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #155 (February 26 at 8:00PM)

Brent Gallaher has been a favorite on the Cincinnati (OH) jazz scene for more than 25 years. His tonal and melodic conception is reminiscent of the great classic tenor men Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane and Joe Henderson; yet he adds his own personally and modern approach to the instrument.

Gallaher is a diverse musician. His work as a side man varies from small jazz ensembles, to big bands, to classic pop horn bands, and even the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

Manfredo Fest

Feb 18, 2017
Artist Direct

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #154 (February 19 at 8:00PM)

One of the better-kept secrets among Brazil's bossa nova pioneers, Manfredo Fest's popularity and profile rose dramatically in the 1990s.

Legally blind since birth, Fest's greatest early influence was George Shearing, but he developed his own approach apart from Shearing and other Brazilian jazz pianists, unleashing relentlessly flowing streams of bop-flavored notes against a Brazilian pulse, occasionally letting his classical roots show.

Tommy Emmanuel

Feb 11, 2017
Soundpress

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #153 (February 12 at 8:00PM)

Tommy Emmanuel is a four-time winner of Australia's Best Guitarist award, has helped bring the art of rock guitar down under to a higher awareness over his two-decade-long career by bringing a sense of jazz improvisation into a mix that also includes blues, country, rock, classical, and Spanish music.

Kermit Ruffins

Jan 29, 2017
New Music For Old Folks

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #151 (January 29 at 8:00PM)

New Orleans-based trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and songwriter Kermit Ruffins is an ever-inventive musician who projects a warmth from the stage. He's got charisma, so as a consequence, he and his bandmates in the Barbecue Swingers are not in danger of overexposing themselves in their native Crescent City.

Buddy DeFranco

Jan 20, 2017
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #150 (January 22 at 8:00PM)

Buddy DeFranco is one of the great clarinetists of all time and, until the rise of Eddie Daniels, he was indisputably the top clarinetist to emerge since 1940. It was DeFranco's misfortune to be the best on an instrument that after the swing era dropped drastically in popularity and, unlike Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, he has never been a household name for the general public.

George Coleman

Jan 6, 2017
Jazziz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #148 (January 8 at 8:00PM)

A masterful improviser with an ear for both blues-informed lyricism and adventurous harmonics, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator George Coleman is one of the most respected musicians to emerge out of the hard-bop era.

Jeri Brown

Jan 6, 2017
Buddy Holland

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #147 (January 1 at 8:00PM)

Jeri Brown has earned a reputation as one of jazz’s most outstanding artistic vocalists. With many fine musicians who are labeled "artistic," it’s sometimes overlooked how richly musical, thoroughly accessible and enjoyable their music can be.

Jeri Brown is focused, ambitious, daring and intent upon creating music that is both well-conceived and honest. Brown is well known for performing and recording with passion and dedication.

Lynne Arriale

Dec 10, 2016
All About Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #146 (December 11 at 8:00PM)

Pianist/composer Lynne Arriale’s career is graced by a love of melody and a joy of musical discovery. With a style that is vibrant and hard-driving, yet lyrical and intimate, Arriale provides an exhilarating musical experience. The consummate storyteller, she immediately connects with her listeners through emotionally-charged performances.

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