Jazz After Dark

Live Tuesday 8-9pm
Replays Monday 10-11pm, Friday 3-4pm, Saturday 9-10pm


20th-century jazz--each show featuring instrumental and vocal jazz, usually presented in historical sequence. Occasionally contemporary, sometimes much older selections, lots from the 1940s to the 1980s. Some big band and swing, lots of cool jazz and West Coast, some fusion, a little bebop. Usually some boogie woogie, blues, bossa nova. Always something by Ella.

Jazz After Dark December 16th, 2014

Featuring the music of Porgy & Bess tonight! George Gershwin’s great jazz/folk opera was a commercial failure at the time, but it lived on and became an American classic spawning several jazz standards, including I Got Plenty of Nothin’, It Ain’t Necessarily So, and Summertime. Tonight we feature those and more, by: Budd Johnson, Bill Pemberton, Oliver Jackson & Earl "Fatha" Hines   *  Aretha Franklin  *  Billie Holiday *  Ray Charles *  Mundell Lowe And His All Stars  *  Ella Fitzgerald & Russell Garcia  *  Richard Twardzik & Russ Freeman  *  Bernt Rosengren  *  Peggy Lee  *  Ahmad Jamal  *  Louis Armstrong & Russell Garcia  *  Rahsaan Roland Kirk  *  Jim Hall & Pat Metheny

Jazz After Dark December 9th, 2014

Jazz with some funk and blues tonight! Cassandra Wilson  *  The Vince Guaraldi Quartet  *  The Howard Roberts Quartet  *  Budd Johnson, Bill Pemberton, Jimmy Rushing, Oliver Jackson & Earl "Fatha" Hines  *  Hubert Laws  *  Ella Fitzgerald  *  Lucky Thompson  *  Paul Desmond, Modern Jazz Quartet  *  Ramsey Lewis  *  Eddie Henderson

Jazz After Dark December 2nd, 2014

It’s toe-tapping jazz tonight, songs from across four decades. Roll up the carpet, move the table out of the way, and dance like nobody’s watching! Earl Bostic  *  Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Hodges  *  Vince Guaraldi & Bola Sete  *  Bruce Reitherman & Phil Harris  *  Frank Sinatra  *  Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong  *  New Orleans' Own The Dukes of Dixieland  *  Boots Randolph  *  Stuff Smith  *  Louise Tobin, Peanuts Hucko  *  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Jazz After Dark November 25th, 2014

Featuring the works of Gershwin tonight!  Vocals by Billie Holiday, Felicia Sanders, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Scott, Tony Bennett, and Bucky Pizzarelli. Instrumental works by Glenn Miller, Oscar Aleman, Benny Goodman, Marian McPartland, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Pete Fountain, and Mongo Santamaria. All songs by George and/or Ira Gershwin.

Jazz After Dark November 18th, 2014

Latin style jazz across four decades: Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra  *  John Williams  *  Art Pepper/Conte Candoli  *  Cal Tjader  *  Sergio Mendes  *  Kenny Burrell Octet  *  The Chico Hamilton Quintet  *  Clark Terry & Chico O'Farrill  *  Dave Brubeck  *  Ella Fitzgerald  *  Charlie Byrd And The Washington Guitar Quintet  *  Ximo Tebar

Jazz After Dark November 11th, 2014

An hour of cool jazz: vocals by Frank Sinatra with Louis Armstrong, and Sinatra in a rare recording with Ella Fitzgerald. West Coast cool by Chico Hamilton, Annie Ross with Gerry Mulligan, Zoot Sims. Blues by Art Blakey, Chet Baker does Summertime, then finishing up with some Latin jazz guitar in the second half hour. 

Jazz After Dark October 28th, 2014

Back to basics tonight, with some well-known jazz numbers. Some are historic, like Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall, or Ella singing with the Mills Brothers very early in her career. Others are pieces classically associated with their artist, like In the Mood by Glenn Miller and Body and Soul by Coleman Hawkins, Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk, and Take Five by Dave Brubeck. It’s the golden age of jazz, from the 1930’s to the early 1960’s.

Jazz After Dark October 21st, 2014

Live jazz performances tonight by some of the best-known artists. From the Hollywood Bowl, the Sands, or the Savoy, to the basement setting of the Jazz Workshop in Boston, or Earl Hines with his small combo at Dinkler’s Motor Inn in Syracuse, live jazz always has a special feel.   Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra  *  Ella Fitzgerald  *  Count Basie (Frank Sinatra)  *  Kenny Burrell Trio  *  Gabor Szabo  *  Clark Terry, Jam Session & Oscar Peterson  *  Dave Brubeck  *  Earl Hines  *  Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis & Barney Kessel  *  Ramsey Lewis  *  Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis  *  Bill Frisell

Jazz After Dark October 14th, 2014

Crossing jazz genres tonight: big band  --  hard bop  --  west coast cool  --  jazz funk  --  latin jazz  --   and wherever you want to categorize Oscar Peterson. And a ballad by Ella.

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra  *  Sonny Clark  *  Gerry Mulligan  *  Oscar Peterson Trio  *  George Benson  *  Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass  *  Tito Puente  *  Art Farmer  *  Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers  *  Charlie Byrd And The Washington Guitar Quintet

Jazz After Dark October 7th, 2014

Jazz spanning five decades tonight. Some great guitar pieces by Howard Roberts, Gabor Szabo, Charlie Byrd with Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis, Cassandra Wilson, and Bill Frisell.  Vocals by Ella, sax by Art Pepper and Johnny Hodges; Spanish flute by Jorge Pardo. 


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