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 4 - Nov 8:
Allison Miller: Challenging Notions of Gender in Jazz
Drummer, composer, and bandleader Allison Miller has been breaking down gender barriers and crossing genre lines for over ten years with her progressive jazz outfit Boom Tic Boom. As an outspoken feminist musician and educator, Miller has helped assemble some of the world's most prestigious jazz workshops for students around the globe. We'll hear from Miller's varied recordings this week, from her debut in 2005 to her most recent outings with pianist Carmen Staaf and violinist/frequent collaborator Jenny Scheinman.
Nov 11 - Nov 15:
Erroll Garner: Newly Remastered 1960s Recordings
This fall, Octave Music released a series of remastered recordings from pianist extraordinaire Erroll Garner with his loyal rhythm team of Eddie Calhoun on bass and Kelly Martin on drums. We'll hear concert albums, studio sessions and some previously unreleased gems from Garner's extensive catalog, including the Campus Concert, Dreamstreet, A Night at the Movies, and other treasures.
Nov 18 - Nov 22
Blues in Texas: Origins and Destinations
In anticipation of the celebration of the music of Robert Johnson coming up at Sam's Burger Joint on Saturday, Nov 23, we'll bring you the blues with origins in Texas this week. From vocalists and guitarists Blind Lemon Jefferson, Leadbelly, and Robert Johnson to Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Mance Lipscomb, and other Texas natives, we'll explore the roots and growth of the blues in Texas while bringing it all back to San Antonio, TX.
Nov 25 - Nov 29
Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn: Compositions and Collaborations
Composer and pianist Billy Strayhorn joined Duke Ellington's band in 1939, and the two combined their tremendous talent for a collaboration that brought much joy to the world for nearly thirty years. Strayhorn had become essential to Duke's band as an arranger and composer, and this week we'll hear some of their long-form compositions and suites they recorded together, along with more intimate studio affairs and smaller combos.