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.
Unsung Works of John Handy
Born in Dallas, TX, saxophonist John Handy's late 1950s stint with Charles Mingus helped cement his reputation in jazz history as one of the finer soloists in modern jazz, but his recorded output as a leader remains seldom heard among others from the 1960s. This week we'll hear what you might've missed from Handy, including recordings with violinist Michael White.
The Honorable Sir Roland Hanna
Pianist Roland Pembroke Hanna was knighted by the President of Liberia in 1970 as Sir Roland Hanna. As both an improvising jazz pianist and composer of chamber and orchestral works, Hanna has shared his knowledge and vision as a professor of music at several prestigious music schools. This week, we'll hear from Hanna's wide scope on a selection of recordings as collaborator, leader, and soloist.
The Rise of Kamasi Washington
Bandleader and saxophonist Kamasi Washington currently leads the charge for a new sound in jazz among his peers. His recordings are often compiled in multiple volumes, offering the listener an abundance of fresh, sonic landscapes in improvised music. This week, we'll celebrate Washington's birthday and embark on a journey through his already extensive catalog before his March 2020 appearance at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, TX.
International Anthem Records
Founded in 2014, The IAR label out of Chicago, Illinois is greatly informed by the city's historical non-profit organization known as the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Preferring their releases to be described as "boundary-defying music," IAR boasts an impressive roster of progressive artists including guitarist Jeff Parker, drummer Makaya McCraven and trumpeter Jaimie Branch, among their growing community. We'll hear numerous innovations from the label this week.