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.
Jimmy Cobb's 90th Birthday Celebration
Born January 20, 1929, drummer and bandleader Jimmy Cobb celebrates his 90th birthday this month. Cobb holds down the drum throne on arguably the most popular jazz recording of all time, Miles Davis's Kind of Blue, but he's also appeared on numerous significant recordings in the music before and since. We'll celebrate his contributions as a major force on the drums over the decades, beginning with his mid 1950's recordings led by saxophonist Cannonball Adderley.
Songs of Hope and Protest in Turbulent Times
In tribute to civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr, we'll hear music this week that speaks to protest, perseverance, compassion and hope from a variety of modern jazz leaders. Past masters Charles Mingus, Max Roach, and John Coltrane to today's luminaries Christian Scott, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Terence Blanchard will be presented, among many other icons in jazz who've responded to turbulent times through their music.
Jan 28-Jan 31:
England's Contribution to Jazz and Improvised Music
England-born saxophonist and club owner Ronnie Scott established his own jazz club in the late 50s and ushered in the talents of many artists born in the country and other parts of the UK. We'll hear music from Scott, Tubby Hayes, John Surman, Ginger Baker and many more.