July 31-August 4
The Essential Hank Jones: 1947-2010
Pianist Hank Jones recorded and performed for over sixty years, creating a strong and fluent body of work essential to the jazz lexicon. Eloquent, modern lines of improvisational mastery permeate the melodies, choruses, and solo passages of Jones' lyrical keys. We'll start with early 1940's trio recordings with bassist Ray Brown and conclude with the pianist's twenty-first century Grammy Award-winning spirituals with bassist Charlie Haden.
2024 NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships
The National Endowment for the Arts announced next year's Jazz Masters award recipients for the April 2024 ceremony to be held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Pianist Amina Claudine Myers, saxophonist Gary Bartz, trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, and writer Willard Jenkins are selected for next year's Fellowships, and we'll hear music and anecdotes from each all this week on the Jazz Break at Noon.
Improviser Extraordinaire Ellery Eskelin
Born August 16, 1959, in Wichita, KS, saxophonist and creative, visionary composer Ellery Eskelin encompasses a wide spectrum of styles on the tenor, heard on both domestic and imported record labels including hatOLOGY, Clean Feed and Intakt. Romantic and rough tones clash in harmony throughout his extensive discography, heard all this week on the Jazz Break at Noon.
Count Basie's 1970's Pablo Recordings
Born August 21, 1904, in Red Bank, NJ, bandleader Count Basie ranks at the top of the list among American giants in jazz for his genuine leadership, prolific recorded output, and all-natural touch on the piano that seemed to out-swing those who came before and after him. This week, Basie and his late-career, indefatigable 1970's sides on the Norman Granz-owned Pablo Record label.
August 28-Sept 1
The Art of Cecile McLorin Salvant
Born August 28, 1989, in Miami, FL, genre-bending vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant won first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010, Since, Salvant has won multiple Grammy Awards among a series of recordings that showcase her experience in musical theater and the tradition, with a remarkable ability to transcend jazz vocal tropes with integrity and pure emotion. We'll hear Salvant's deep works this week on the Jazz Break at Noon.