The Jazz Break at Noon is KRTU’s weekly, mid-day program. Hosted by Music Director Kory Cook, the program is an educational listening session highlighting major artists, styles, and themes from jazz music’s rich history. From rare recordings of the 1930s to today’s most progressive sounds, the Jazz Break at Noon takes you on an educational sonic journey through jazz history.
Expressions and Improvisations of Billie Holiday -
The story of vocalist and jazz legend Billie Holiday is full of genuine emotion, beauty, controversy, injustice, and a short but complete life experience, all heard in the songs she sang. "Lady Day" was born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915, in Philadelphia, PA. Her innovative, improvisational vocal delivery placed her among the top legion of jazz artists and instrumentalists. Holiday was a star by the end of the 1930s and had already performed and recorded with Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Lester Young, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Teddy Wilson, and others. But her most readily available and commercial recordings as a bandleader didn't arrive until the late 1950s. This week, and with the recent release of 2021's The United States Vs. Billie Holiday, we'll remember the comprehensive and ultimately tragic life of a jazz icon.
Past and Present Artists of the Spoken Word for Jazz Poetry Week -
KRTU 91.7 FM in San Antonio, TX presents Jazz Poetry Week on the Jazz Break at Noon. Join us for the week of April 12-16, 2021, as we celebrate National Poetry Month and the relationship of the art form to recorded jazz and improvised music. Co-host Jim LaVilla-Havelin joins host Kory Cook, with local poets, musicians, and plenty of recordings to share with listeners.
Enigmatic Icon of the Bass: Composer and Bandleader Charles Mingus -
Born in Nogales, AZ, on April 22, 1922, Charles Mingus remains among jazz listeners, both devoted and those new to the genre, as an enigma of extraordinary personality with ingenious abilities as a composer. Mingus insistently spoke his beliefs and thoughts through his personal music, and his own self-criticism appropriately serves as a primary source of where to begin listening to his recordings. The bassist, composer, and bandleader Mingus's heavy, often-political, and extremely rewarding discography will be heard all this week on the Jazz Break at Noon.
Jazz Appreciation Month & International Jazz Day
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declares April 30 as International Jazz Day "to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe." Join us this week as we feature bandleaders and their recordings from several countries and cultures from around the globe, with UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, jazz day creator, and pianist Herbie Hancock as a starting point.