Membership Drive Edition of the Jazz Break at Noon
KRTU's Fall 2022 Membership Drive began on September 23, and will conclude Friday, October 7. This week we ask for your contribution during the Jazz Break at Noon, take listener requests, and say thank you with plenty of your favorite recordings from local, national, and international artists, while indulging in some of the cracklin' slices of vinyl that make up our core sound.
Hispanic Heritage Month & Jazz Appreciation
The selected theme for 2022's National Hispanic Heritage Month is "Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation." KRTU is United by Music and recognizes the achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans in jazz and improvised music. This week on the Jazz Break @ Noon, we'll listen to music from artists with ancestry in Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain, and Central and South America. Drummer Antonio Sanchez, multi-instrumentalist Paquito D'Rivera, saxophonist Julieta Eugenio, and keyboardist Leo Genovese are among the highlights.
Piano Giant Art Tatum: 1933-1956
Born October 13, 1909, in Toledo, Ohio, jazz piano giant Art Tatum transformed the sound and style of piano that came before him into a synthesis of sheer virtuosity and stunning improvisational intuition. Pianist Fats Waller was an influence on Tatum. But according to archivist and producer Dan Morgenstern's notes, Waller announced "Ladies and gentlemen, I play the piano, but God is in the house tonight," after Tatum walked into the club where Waller was playing. This week, we'll hear Tatum recordings on the Brunswick, Decca, Capitol, and Verve record labels.
History, Progress, and Multiculturalism with Vijay Iyer
Born October 26, 1971, in Albany, NY, pianist and composer Vijay Iyer explores the universal systems, modes, and processes of composition and improvisation through his varied projects and award-winning recordings made with artists based around the world. A survey of Billie Holiday with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, breaking musical codes with saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, and modern compositions for concert music are among some of the recorded examples we'll listen to from Iyer this week.