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.
A New Decade of Women in Jazz -
This week on the Jazz Break at Noon, we kick off Women's History Month with a fresh batch of all new recordings for 2021 featuring women in jazz as bandleaders, composers, and instrumentalists. Idit Shner, Yoko Miwa, Nicole Glover, Aki Takase, Brittany Anjou, and Satoko Fujii's Koneko are some of the artists with new releases and works that speak to independence, liberation, and new directions in jazz.
Brazilian Vocalists of the 1960's -
Starting in the early 1960's, Brazilian bossa nova exploded on the jazz scene for North American and European audiences as a revelation for listeners. Saxophonists like Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Cannonball Adderely, and Bud Shank all embraced the sound on select recordings, but performances from Brazilian vocalists and percussionists in traditional and pop music ultimately contributed to the escalation of the so-called Brazilian "boom" in jazz. We'll hear recordings this week from vocalists Elis Regina, Gal Costa, Astrud Gilberto, Flora Purim, Caetano Veloso, Elizeth Sardoso and a host of other vocalists from Brazil.
Fund Drive Edition of the Jazz Break at Noon -
March 15-19 & March 17-26:
KRTU's Spring 2021 Membership Drive begins on Friday, March 12 and ends on Friday, March 26. While we ask for your contribution during the Jazz Break at Noon, we'll also take listener requests, hear plenty of your favorite recordings from local artists, and indulge in some of the legendary slices of vinyl that make up our core sound.
Thad Jones' Top Brass -
March 29 - April 2:
One of the most beloved big bands in all of jazz was the multi-faceted Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. The group established themselves as the house band at the legendary Village Vanguard in 1960's New York City. Snooky Young, Jimmy Owens, a young Randy Brecker, Galveston, TX-born Richard Williams, and later Lew Soloff and Tom Harrell, were all trumpeters who served as some of the many top brass players in the orchestra. We'll hear select recordings this week from each player as a leader, along with original tracks from the Jones-Lewis band.