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.
Important Figures of Early 20th Century African-American Music
James Reese Europe, Eubie Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Ma Rainey, Louis Armstrong..just a few of the names that represent some of the earliest blues and jazz recordings we'll hear this week as we celebrate Black History Month
Outsider and Pulitzer Prize Winner Henry Threadgill
Saxophonist and flautist Threadgill remains an enigma among the pantheon of composers in modern jazz. His unique works and abstractions with groups ranging from trios to full ensembles have provided a framework for some of today's most adventurous composers.
We'll start with his early recordings from the trio Air and make our way to his most recent, Pulitzer Prize-winning recordings.
The Art Ensemble of Chicago (1966-present)
This week we celebrate the sounds of one of the longest-standing organizations in improvised music. Rising out of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) with trumpeter Lester Bowie and multi-instrumentalist Roscoe Mitchell at the core, the ensemble's tremendous catalog provides some of the most radical and progressive music on record.
Jazz and the Integration of Improvised Music in Parts of Europe
We'll hear from some of Europe's most prominent recordings of improvised music since the 1960s. Also, musicologist Dr Wolfram Knauer of Jazzinstitut Darmstadt joins us this week to discuss the impact of jazz across Europe over the decades and preservation of the music at the continent's largest jazz archive.