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Jazz Break at Noon - December 2021
KRTU’s weekly, mid-day program
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Nov 29 - Dec 3

The Story Behind the Standards (cont'd)

This week, we continue to celebrate the songs in jazz repertoire that have evolved 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 more 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.  


Dec 10

John Coltrane's A Love Supreme Goes Platinum

Last month, Universal Music announced John Coltrane's 1963 masterpiece A Love Supreme as the first jazz LP of the sixties to achieve certified platinum status. The one-million seller was recorded in one session in 1964 at Van Gelder Studios in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, with Coltrane's legendary quartet of pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones on the iconic four-part suite. This week, we'll present the original work along with alternate versions and other Coltrane material, including the October 2021 release of a previously unknown club date performance from Seattle in 1965.  


Dec 13 - Dec 17

Teachings and Technical Mastery of Clark Terry

Born in St. Louis, MO, on December 14, 1920, trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, bandleader, and educator Clark Terry was a veritable fountain of knowledge, humor and wisdom to multiple generations of jazz musicians who knew and loved him. As a mentor to Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, and Herbie Hancock, to name a few, Terry spread his positive message far and wide as a teacher and master of jazz as entertainment and art form. This week, we'll explore the many ensembles Terry recorded with over his 60+ year career.


Dec 20 - Dec 24

New Holiday Releases and Classics for the Season

This week, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays with tunes for the season. Memorable and legendary classics from Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dexter Gordon, and Abbey Lincoln to new releases from vocalists Kat Edmonson, Norah Jones, and drummer Jeff Hamilton will light up the playlists, with bountiful, bright, and sometimes quirky interpretations of Holiday standards from the mainstream to the underground.


Dec 27 - Dec 31

KRTU Top Jazz Picks for 2021

More of today's leading jazz artists returned to studios and stages across the world in 2021 to record, perform, and produce a significant amount of work for the year, now available for our listening pleasure. A few of our top picks include recordings from Brandee Younger, Vijay Iyer, Julian Lage, and Sons of Kemet to local releases from Ron Wilkins, Altin Sencalar, and Gerry Gibbs. KRTU was graced with a wide variety of recorded music this year to share and enjoy with our listeners. We'll hear some of the highlights and staff picks this week as we countdown to 2022.

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