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.
Dec 2 - 6:
Highlights from Pianist and Master Accompanist Wynton Kelly
Pianist Wynton Kelly appears on some of the most important modern jazz recordings since the late 1950s, including Miles Davis' Kind of Blue and Wes Montgomery's Smokin at the Half Note. We'll hear Kelly's blues-based improvisations and leadership on these recordings, his trio and small combo recordings as a leader, and some more obscure outings while we celebrate his birthday this week.
Dec 9 - 13:
Live at the Village Vanguard
Since becoming a jazz venue in 1957, the Village Vanguard stands strong on Seventh Avenue South at Greenwich Village in New York City and shines as a beacon of inspiration for live jazz performances today. This week, we'll hear some of the recorded highlights since the club's opening, from Bill Evans, Dexter Gordon, and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra to new recordings from Ambrose Akinmusire, Fred Hersch, Jon Batiste and many others.
Dec 16 - 20:
Jazz Gifts from the Archives
2019 saw the release of several posthumous recordings from major jazz artists and absolute treasures from archives, released for the first time on various record labels. Stan Getz on Verve, Johnny Griffin on Reel-to-Real, John Coltrane on Impulse, and separate releases from Sarah Vaughan and Bill Evans on Resonance Records are a few of this year's musical surprises we'll hear this week.
Dec 23 - 31:
Top Releases from 2019
As we close out the year and the decade, we'll listen to several highlights in jazz from various artists around the globe, with a look back at the careers of those who've blazed their own progressive trail in jazz over the last decade. Melissa Aldana, Jon Batiste, Jazzmeia Horn, Joshua Redman, and Miles Okazaki are just a few of the artists we'll hear this week.