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:

Lew Tabackin

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #140 (October 30 at 8:00PM)

Lew Tabackin is one of the few jazz musicians who has been able to develop completely different musical personalities on two instruments.

Tabackin studied at the Philadelphia Conservatory from 1958-1962 as a flute major. As a tenor saxophonist, he is a hard-driving, tough-toned player reminiscent of Sonny Rollins, Don Byas, and sometimes, tone-wise, Ben Webster. But as a flutist, he sounds like a highly expressive master of Asian classical music.

Bryan Savage

Oct 21, 2016
Bryan Savage

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #139 (October 23 at 8:00PM)

After years of studio work in Los Angeles playing sax and flute on over 20 major label releases for such artists as Al Stewart, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Steve Martin and others, Bryan Savage is now building a strong following across the country as a solo artist on the National Smooth Jazz radio charts, as well as doing solo performances featuring tunes from his 7 international CD releases plus other popular tunes.

Ernestine Anderson

Oct 19, 2016
Jazz Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #138 (October 16 at 8:00PM)

Positioned squarely in the mainstream, at home in the worlds of jazz and pop standards as well as the blues, comfortable with small groups and big bands, Ernestine Anderson regularly received a lot of airplay on traditional jazz radio stations.


Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #137 (October 9 at 8:00PM)

There have been few jazz musicians as consistently controversial as Stan Kenton. Dismissed by purists of various genres while loved by many others, Kenton ranks up there with Chet Baker and Sun Ra as jazz's top cult figure. He led a succession of highly original bands that often emphasized emotion, power, and advanced harmonies over swing, and this upset listeners who felt that all big bands should aim to sound like Count Basie. Kenton always had a different vision.

Sonny Rollins

Oct 3, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #136 (October 2 at 8:00PM)

Sonny Rollins will go down in history as not only the single most enduring tenor saxophonist of the bebop and hard bop era, but also as one of the greatest contemporary jazz saxophonists of them all. His fluid and harmonically innovative ideas, effortless manner, and easily identifiable and accessible sound have influenced generations of performers, but have also fueled the notion that mainstream jazz music can be widely enjoyed, recognized, and proliferated.

Eddie Palmieri

Sep 24, 2016
IMG Artists

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #135 (September 25 at 8:00PM)

Eddie Palmieri is one of the foremost Latin jazz pianists, blessed with a technique that fuses such ubiquitous jazz influences as the styles of Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, and McCoy Tyner into a Latin context. No purist, he has also shown a welcome willingness to experiment with fusions of Latin and non-Latin music.

Pat Martino

Sep 9, 2016
Benedetto Guitars

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #133 (September 11 at 8:00PM)

One of the most original of the jazz-based guitarists to emerge in the 1960s, Pat Martino made a remarkable comeback after brain surgery in 1980 to correct an aneurysm caused him to lose his memory and completely forget how to play. It took years, but he regained his ability, partly by listening to his older records.

Joe Williams

Sep 3, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #132 (September 4 at 8:00PM)

Joe Williams was the last great big-band singer, a smooth baritone who graced the rejuvenated Count Basie Orchestra during the 1950s and captivated audiences well into the '90s.

Born in Georgia, he moved to Chicago with his grandmother at the age of three. Reunited with his mother, she taught him to play the piano and took him to the symphony. Though tuberculosis slowed him down as a teenager, Williams began performing at social events and formed his own gospel vocal quartet, the Jubilee Boys.

Junko Onishi

Aug 29, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #131 (August 28 at 8:00PM)

With the release of her 1993 Blue Note debut Cruisin', pianist Junko Onishi arrived as one of the most promising of Japan-born jazz musicians.

Growing up in Tokyo, Onishi received classical piano lessons but became quite interested in jazz. She studied at Berklee and after three years moved to New York. Already a well-developed player, Onishi worked with Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, Kenny Garrett, and Mingus Dynasty before recording her debut as a leader.

Jazz Times

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #130 (August 21 at 8:00PM)

As a teenager, David Newman played professionally around Dallas and Fort Worth with Charlie Parker's mentor, Buster Smith, and also with Ornette Coleman in a band led by tenor saxophonist Red Connors. In the early '50s, Newman worked locally with such R&B musicians as Lowell Fulson and T-Bone Walker.

James Moody

Aug 6, 2016

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #129 (August 7 at 8:00PM)

After serving in the Air Force (1943-1946), James Moody joined Dizzy Gillespie's bebop orchestra and began a lifelong friendship with the trumpeter. Moody toured Europe with Gillespie and then stayed overseas for several years, working with Miles Davis, Max Roach, and top European players.

His 1949 recording of "I'm in the Mood for Love" became a hit in 1952 under the title of "Moody's Mood for Love" with classic vocalese lyrics written by Eddie Jefferson and a best-selling recording by King Pleasure.

Bobby Lyle

Aug 1, 2016
Bobby Lyle

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #128 (July 31 at 8:00PM)

A flexible pianist and keyboardist, Bobby Lyle has long straddled the boundaries between straight-ahead and more commercial forms of jazz.

Lyle grew up in Minneapolis and at age six took piano lessons from his mother, who was a church organist. Lyle played clarinet for a period in junior high school before switching back to piano. He considers Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, Erroll Garner, and Art Tatum to have been his early influences.

Geoffrey Keezer

Jul 23, 2016
Blue Port Jazz

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #127 (July 24 at 8:00PM)

A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Geoffry Keezer was playing in jazz clubs as a teenager, holding down the piano chair for Art Blakey at age 18, and touring in the company of Joshua Redman, Benny Golson and Ray Brown in his 20s.

Bill Mays

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #126 (July 17 at 8:00PM)

Bill Mays

A fine pianist, Bill Mays has often worked behind the scenes, leading to him being a somewhat overlooked jazz improviser. Mays worked in Los Angeles as a studio musician from the late '60s on, accompanying Sarah Vaughan (1972-1973) and Al Jarreau (1975), but mostly doing session work.

Quincy Jones

Jul 8, 2016
Wet Paint

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #125 (July 10 at 8:00PM)

In a musical career that has spanned seven decades, Quincy Jones has earned his reputation as a renaissance man of American music. Jones has distinguished himself as a bandleader, a solo artist, a sideman, a songwriter, a producer, an arranger, a film composer, and a record label executive, and outside of music, he's also written books, produced major motion pictures, and helped create television series.

Tuck & Patti

Jun 20, 2016
Word Press

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #124 (June 19 at 8:00PM)

Over a career of jazz, R&B, and crossover recordings, husband-and-wife duo Tuck & Patti have produced a remarkable amount of music, especially considering that they rely on the textures of only guitar and voice.

Benny Golson

Jun 5, 2016
Jazz Wax

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #122 (June 5 at 8:00PM)

Benny Golson is a talented composer/arranger whose tenor playing has continued to evolve with time.

After attending Howard University (1947-1950) he worked in Philadelphia with Bull Moose Jackson's R&B band (1951) at a time when it included one of his writing influences, Tadd Dameron on piano. Golson played with Dameron for a period in 1953, followed by stints with Lionel Hampton (1953-1954), and Johnny Hodges and Earl Bostic (1954-1956).

Pete Fountain

May 21, 2016
Jazz Talk

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #121 (May 22 at 8:00PM)

One of the most famous of all New Orleans jazz clarinetists, Pete Fountain has the ability to play songs that he has performed a countless number of times (such as "Basin Street Blues") with so much enthusiasm that one would swear he had just discovered them.

Roseanna Vitro

May 13, 2016
Roseanna Vitro

Sunday Night Jazz Showcase

Program #120 (May 15 at 8:00PM)

Having toured the world as an esteemed performer, clinician, recording artist, vocal instructor and ambassador, vocalist Roseanna Vitro has proven herself a reigning member of the jazz community. Her collaborations, covering a wide range of music and stylistic directions, have been cited and celebrated, far and wide.

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.