Nov 1 - Nov 5
Bold Leaps in Jazz: Saxophonist Odean Pope
Imaginative, daring, and collected within a wide palette of jazz expression, the works of saxophonist, bandleader, and composer Odean Pope all ride on the edges of harmony, dissonance, freedom, and compromise. Born in South Carolina and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Pope's music reflects roots in the church and an association with many jazz notables from the City of Brotherly Love. This week, we'll listen to Pope's saxophone choirs, trio sessions, and fruitful dates with drum master and bebop pioneer Max Roach.
Nov 8 - Nov 12
Recorded Gems in Jazz History
This week on the Jazz Break at Noon we'll hear complete recordings and select tracks from a handful of important jazz albums recorded during the week of Nov 8 - Nov 12 during select years throughout history. John Coltrane's Ballads, Andrew Hill's Black Fire, Alice Coltrane's Journey In Satchidananda, Larry Young's Unity, and the first of Louis Armstrong's sides with the Hot Fives are among the highlights.
Nov 15 - Nov 19
In the Pocket & Out to Space with Don Cherry
Born in Oklahoma City, OK, on November 18, 1936, trumpeter Don Cherry helped change "The Shape of Jazz to Come" with Ornette Coleman from the late 1950's onward. A journey through the music of Cherry takes us to Africa, the Middle East, India, Europe, and back to where jazz was founded. We'll listen to nearly thirty years worth of material in the progression of multicultural sound artist Don Cherry, all this week on the Jazz Break at Noon.
Nov 22 - Nov 26
The Story Behind the Standards
This week, we celebrate Thanksgiving with the songs in jazz repertoire that continue to creatively reverberate since the music's proud beginnings. Musicians, critics, historians, listeners, and lovers of jazz benefit from learning more about the significance of the standards and listening to how they're all uniquely performed by generations of jazz artists. Tune in as we turn a few pages from author Ted Gioia's The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire and share notes and anecdotes of the songs that tell the story of jazz.