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.
Nov 30 - Dec 4
Ascension from Be Bop's Roots with Jackie McLean
In 2006, the International Critics Poll elected saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and educator Jackie McLean to DownBeat magazine's esteemed Hall of Fame. It was also the year McLean died at the age of 74. Once a Jazz Messenger with drummer/leader Art Blakey, McLean soon became one of the few veterans to support and encourage new developments and approaches to music in the free jazz movement. Classic Blue Note recordings from the 1960's provide proof of the saxophonist's advancement among his peers and solidify McLean's place in the story of modern jazz and improvised music.
Dec 7 - Dec 11
100 Years of Dave Brubeck
During a speech in 2009, former President Barack Obama said "You can't understand America without understanding jazz. And you can't understand jazz, without understanding Dave Brubeck." The salute to Brubeck at the Kennedy Center was one of several well-deserved award ceremonies and celebrations held for the beloved and lauded visionary and ambassador to jazz. Brubeck was born December 6, 1920, entering the music world while in the military. More than a decade before the monumental release "Time Out" in 1959, Brubeck met saxophonist Paul Desmond to form one of the strongest partnerships in modern music. Their innovations, together with bassist Eugene Wright and drummer Joe Morello, helped change the course of time and tonality in recorded jazz. Brubeck's last studio recording "Lullabies" was released in November 2020. We'll hear tracks from this new collection recorded as a gift to his grandchildren, plus newly released alternate cuts from original sessions "Time Outtakes."
Dec 14 - Dec 18
Top Archival Releases and Historical Surprises for 2020
Never-before-released archival recordings represent the epitome of discovery for listeners and enthusiasts. Some of today's leading jazz producers and historians provided a healthy dose of now-fresh material this year to fill your ears with a wealth of retrospective surprises. Producer Zev Feldman at Resonance Records, Impulse! Records, Mack Avenue, historic label Reel to Reel, and Verve Music brought us Ella Fitzgerald and The Lost Berlin Tapes, Thelonious Monk at "Palo Alto," Sonny Rollins in Holland, Cannonball Adderley in Seattle, and other jazz revelations for us to discover this week.
Dec 21 - Dec 25
Classics and New Twists On the Season
This week, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays with tunes for the season. Memorable and legendary classics from Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dexter Gordon, and Abbey Lincoln to new releases from vibraphonist Warren Wolf, 3D Jazz Trio, Champian Fulton, and The Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra light up the playlists with bountiful, bright, and sometimes quirky interpretations of Holiday standards from the mainstream to the underground.
Dec 28 - Jan 1
KRTU Top Jazz Release Picks for 2020
The flipside of a lack in live jazz performances worldwide in 2020 is the significant amount of recorded works now available this year from today's leading jazz artists. A few of our top picks include the triumphant return of trumpeter Charles Tolliver, the reunion of Redman/Mehldau/McBride/Blade, and The Nels Cline Singers, to local releases from Audra Menconi, Katchie Cartwright, and a local/international ensemble with Argentinian saxophonist Natalio Sued and San Antonio's Andrew Bergmann. KRTU was graced with a wide variety of recorded music this year to share and enjoy with our listeners. We'll hear some of the highlights and staff picks this week as we countdown to 2021.