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.
November 2 - November 6: Bird and Beyond with Phil Woods
Early in his career, alto saxophonist Phil Woods was often compared to bop icon Charlie Parker, along with Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley, and others. But Massachusetts-born Woods journeyed through be-bop, big band, Brazilian, and 60's-70's psychedelia, all while appearing on numerous recordings with a variety of popular songwriters. This week we'll listen to Woods recordings from the 1950's to the sounds he made in the twenty-first century.
November 9 - November 13: Drumming Maverick Andrew Cyrille
A 1966 recording with free jazz pioneer and pianist Cecil Taylor set the bold and adventurous pace in performance for drummer Andrew Cyrille's career. Often described as an avant-garde drummer and percussionist, Cyrille is a powerful force as a recording and performing artist in jazz and improvised music today. Join us this week as we listen to the many significant contributions of Andrew Cyrille as a creative collaborator and bandleader.
November 16 - November 20: The Legacy of the Blues from W.C. Handy
Memphis, TN-born cornetist William Christopher Handy rose to early fame as a writer and arranger of blues, spirituals, ragtime, country and swing. The self-proclaimed "Father of the Blues" wrote music that would become a part of Louis Armstrong's early repertoire, and of the ever-evolving sound of the blues and jazz today, with several current artists including classic Handy pieces in their work. This week we'll listen to some of the interpretations of Handy's work from yesterday to today.
November 23 - November 27: The 2021 NEA Jazz Masters Awards
The NEA Jazz Masters Award is the highest award in the nation honored to jazz artists. The 2021 NEA Jazz Masters have been selected, and they are drummer/bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington, composer and multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill, drummer/bandleader Albert "Tootie" Heath, and historian/radio host Phil Schaap. This week we'll hear selections of music and commentary from next year's nominees, scheduled for a ceremony in April of 2021.