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.
May 6 - May 10:
New Spring 2019 Releases from Established Artists, Newcomers, and Archival Recordings
New Releases for springtime, including music from saxophonist/composer Chris Potter's new project, vocalist Mary Stallings with a release on Smoke Sessions, and 12-year old piano phenom Brandon Goldberg. We'll also hear newly discovered tracks from pianist Bill Evans captured in London, England, and vocalist Betty Carter live in the early 90's at Lincoln Center.
May 13 - May 17:
Dewey Redman: A Different Kind of Texas Tenor
Born in Ft Worth, TX, Redman attended the legendary I.M. Terrell High School in the 1950's with other innovative horn players/composers Ornette Coleman, Prince Lasha, John Carter, Julius Hemphill and Bobby Bradford. This week, we'll explore Redman's works as leader in the mid 1960s to his later collaborations with Keith Jarrett, Ed Blackwell, Coleman, and son Joshua Redman.
May 20 - May 24:
Sun Ra: Live and Later Recordings from the Afrofuturist
Born Herman Poole Blount in Birmingham, Alabama, and later naming himself after the Egyptian God, Sun Ra is a pioneer in jazz's avant-garde and Afrofuturism. His controversial works and creative approaches as bandleader and improviser have changed the way musicians listen to and approach both big band and small combo performance. This week, we'll hear some classics along with newly discovered gems from Ra's final years.
May 27 - May 31:
Terence Blanchard: From the Messengers to Film Scores and Grammy Nominations
Grammy Award winning trumpeter/composer/bandleader Terence Blanchard's career has been on a steady climb since joining Lionel Hampton's band in 1980. Born in New Orleans, Blanchard is one of the more innovative and successful trumpeters to come out of the "young lions" school established by the Marsalis family. This week, we'll hear Blanchard's film scores, small combo recordings and his most recent, electronic-laden musical adventures.