Jazz After Dark September 22 2020

Coming up tonight on Jazz After Dark.

Tonight’s program is dedicated to Stanley Crouch, legendary jazz critic who died September 16, 2020, at the age of 74. He wrote for the New York Daily News and the Village Voice, collaborated with Ken Burns on his Jazz mini-series documentary, and co-founded Jazz at the Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis.

We’ll hear from three jazz artists that he respected:

Duke Ellington (shown above), who Crouch described as “the greatest of all jazz musicians” in his column Duke Ellington: Artist of the Century from December 1, 1999.

Charlie Parker: Crouch wrote Kansas City Lightning: the Rise and Times of Charlie Parker over a thirty year period. He described Parker as “the self-made creator of a vital and breathtakingly structured jazz vernacular and an anarchic man of dooming appetites.”

COVID-19 Community Report Sept. 22, 2020

Today my guest is UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May, who happens to be my most-requested interview.

May became UC Davis’ 7th chancellor in 2017. He leads the most comprehensive campus in the University of California system, with four colleges and six professional schools. UC Davis enrolls more than 39,000 students, brings in nearly $850 million annually in sponsored research, and contributes $8 billion annually to California’s economy. It’s an institution that brought many alums, like yours truly, to Davis and helped us find a home and make a difference locally.

This week, UC Davis was once again rated among the top colleges in the country in the latest “Best Colleges” rankings by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked UC Davis the 11th-best public school in the United States, and the 39th-best school overall.

Celtic Songlines A Celebration of Mabon, the Autumn Equinox

It is the time to celebrate Mabon, the Autumn Equinox, and honor the changing seasons and celebrate the harvest. This is a time of giving thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops or other blessings. It's a time of plenty, of gratitude, and of sharing our abundance with those less fortunate.

This week's program will feature artists Lisa Thiel, Lúnasa, Malinky, Jenna Greene, Libana, two selections from the just released album "Wrackline" by Folkworks: Fay Hield, Omnia, the Afro-Celt Sound System, FAUN and Northern Ireland's Déanta.

Tune in Tuesday 11:00 to Noon with replay Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 pm or stream Celtic Songlines is available on iTunes. 

Jazz After Dark September 15 2020

Coming up tonight on Jazz After Dark! Count Basie, Erroll Garner, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, The Don Ellis Orchestra, Paul Desmond Quartet, Bob Brookmeyer Small Band, Ramsey Lewis, Houston Person, and Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen with Mulgrew Miller.

Jazz After Dark broadcasts 8 pm Tuesdays on KDRT-LP 95.7 FM in Davis, CA. Replays Monday 11 pm.

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Jazz After Dark September 08 2020

Jazz After Dark presents a special show at 8 pm tonight featuring artists and works from the second volume of Derrick Bang’s new book: Crime and Spy Jazz on Screen. Tonight, we feature music from 1970 (ok, 1969) on.

You’ll hear performances by Shirley Bassey, Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes, Lalo Schifrin, Jerry Fielding, Miles Davis, Taj Mahal, Jimmy Scott, David ‘Fathead’ Newman with Geri Allen & Mark Whitfield, Kansas City Band, Christophe Beck, Louis Armstrong, and Stanley Turrentine.

Featuring selections from Trouble Man, Shaft, Magnum Force and Dirty Harry, The Gauntlet, Mission Impossible, Hot Spot, Twin Peaks, Robert Altman’s Kansas City, The Pink Panther (Steve Martin remake), and, of course: Bond … James Bond.

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COVID-19 Community Report Sept. 8, 2020

Each week on the "COVID-19 Community Report," we share local news and resources, focusing on what’s impacting Davis and nearby cities in Yolo County during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today on Episode 35, I'll interview Koren Motekaitis about her longtime role co-directing youth swim program Davis AquaMonsters. We'll discuss impacts of the pandemic on youth sports, including how it's narrowing future options for recognition and scholarships.

I'll also talk with Stacie Frerichs, executive director of the Davis Arts Center, about how they've had to pivot and change during the pandemic.

Tune in live Tuesdays at noon on 95.7FM or online, where you can also see the entire show archive.

Celtic Songlines Sept 8, 2020

Celtic Songlines celebrates the music, stories and traditions of Ireland, the United Kingdom and other Celtic lands.

On this week's program: accordionist extraordinaire Billy McComiskey with guitarist John Doyle and fiddler Liz Carroll, The Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies, vocalist Niamh Parsons, Scottish activist Alistair Hulett, Kevin Burke & Open House, Gaelic linguist and singer @Julie Fowlis, The Purple Minds of Lazeron, Loreena McKennitt, Lunasa, Natalie MacMaster, Steeleye Span, Alasdair Fraser & guitarist Tony McManus.

Tune into KDRT 95.7FM or stream Tuesday at 11:00 a.m to Noon with replay Wed. 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Jazz After Dark September 01 2020

Coming up at 8 pm tonight on Jazz After Dark: old-fashioned jazz by some of the great artists of the mid-20th century. Fats Waller, Earl Hines, Benny Goodman, Eubie Blake, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Jimmy Lunceford, Sidney Bechet, Erskine Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Gerry Mulligan, The Ray Brown Trio, Diana Krall, Charlie Haden and Hank Jones.

Broadcasts 8 pm Tuesdays on KDRT-LP 95.7 FM in Davis, CA. Replays Monday 11 pm.

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COVID-19 Community Report Sept. 1, 2020

This unparalleled time we're living through affects not only our physical health, but our mental health as well. Today I'll speak with Sara Gavin, LMFT/LPCC. She serves as Chief Behavioral Health Officer at CommuniCare Health Centers, overseeing a 100-person team of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder services in Yolo County,  and also sits on the Board of Directors of National Alliance for NAMI-Yolo. We'll speak about current mental health challenges, how providers have pivoted in response to COVID, and what kinds of resources NAMI offers.

In our second interview, I'll also chat with Melanie Carr, a Davis resident who's been offering a "Tuesday Table" through the pandemic, a "take what you need" offering in one Davis neighborhood. We'll hear about why she started it, and what it offers.

Show airs live today, Sept. 1, at noon, and repeats and is archived at


Jazz After Dark August 25 2020

Jazz After Dark presents a special show tonight featuring artists and works from a new book: Crime and Spy Jazz on Screen, 1950 – 1970, by local author Derrick Bang.

We’ll hear performances by Henry Mancini, Alex North  and Jerry Goldsmith, Duke Ellington, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Count Basie and His Orchestra, Laurie Johnson, Mundell Lowe, John Barry, Lalo Schifrin, Quincy Jones.

Featuring selections from The Pink Panther, A Streetcar Named Desire, Peter Gunn , Anatomy of a Murder, Satan in High Heels, Goldfinger, The Cincinnati Kid, Bullitt, and more.

For some, it will be a trip down memory lane; for younger listeners it’s a glimpse into the role of jazz in contemporary culture of the mid-20th century.

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Check out Bill Buchanan’s July 6 interview with Derrick Bang on Davisville on KDRT: