August 30 - September 3
Texas-born Trumpeter Kenny Dorham
Trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Kenny Dorham performed with the greatest musicians of the bebop and hard bop era in jazz history. Born in Fairfield, TX, on August 30, 1924, Dorham's life was cut short at the age of 48. Early recordings with Sonny Stitt, Bud Powell, and later with Horace SIlver and Art Blakey as an original jazz "messenger" led to Dorham's brilliant and lyrical trumpet sound heard on many stand out Blue Note and Riverside dates in the 1960's. This week we'll listen to the recordings that established Dorham as a cult figure and one of the most important artists within the story of jazz.
New Jazz Releases for Fall 2021
We're heading into a new season and KRTU has more new music to share with you. Highlights this week include recordings from vocalist Samara Joy, avant supergroup Dopolarians, Texas-based trombonist and educator Altin Sencalar, keyboardist Marc Cary, and tracks from a formerly lost, now found 1960 session from vocalist Sheila Jordan.
Premier Pianist and Bandleader Renee Rosnes
Canadian pianist and composer Renee Rosnes is a dazzling performer with a multitude of creative and invigorating recordings. Beginning in the 1980's, performances with Joe Henderson, James Moody, and Bobby Hutcherson helped Rosnes find her own voice, with a career full of strong collaborations and dates as a leader. Rosnes is also musical director of the all-women ensemble Artemis, and we'll hear tracks from this supergroup while focusing on her recent Smoke Sessions recordings.
Local and National Artists @ Jazz'SAlive Festival 2021 in San Antonio
This year marks the 38th Annual Jazz'SAlive Festival in San Antonio's Travis Park. Scheduled for September 24 & 25, 2021, the roster includes guitarist John Scofield's 2021 Quartet, vocalist Kandace Springs, trumpeter Mike Sailors, and guests New York Voices with the USAF Band of the West. Local artists include the Dirty River Jazz Band, Katchie Cartwright, Jose Amador & Terra Nova, Xenobia, The Fellowship, Kevin Nabors, Michelle Garibay-Carey, & the Toro Flores Quartet. We'll hear music from each selected artist all this week on the Jazz Break at Noon.
September 27-October 1
BeBop Pioneer Bud Powell: Virtuosic and Sublime
The sound of Bud Powell's piano and the music he created can only begin to be described as utterly sublime. Born in Harlem, NY, on September 27, 1924, second only to Art Tatum in jaw-dropping chops, and an early protege to Thelonious Monk, Powell's recordings epitomize bebop. An unlimited range of jazz harmony and masterful compositions complete Powell's discography, and we'll listen to recorded examples of his command of the keyboard all this week on the Jazz Break at Noon.