The Jazz Break at Noon is KRTU’s weekly, mid-day educational 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.
Join KRTU Music Director Kory Cook every weekday at 12 p.m. as he delves into the work, influence and inspiration of a major figure, group or movement in the world of jazz.
London-born Bassist Dave Holland and Adventures in Composition and Improvisation
Born in the UK when be bop was coming of age in NYC, Holland grew through the 1970's as a force of nature on the upright bass as both a unique composer and flawless improviser. From his debut on ECM with Sam Rivers and Anthony Braxton to more recent recordings leading large ensembles, we'll explore much of Holland's extended works.
Local Music and Listener Requests During our Fall Membership Drive
This week we'll take your requests and play them back for you on the Jazz Break at Noon during our Fall Membership Drive. Show your appreciation for jazz on the radio in San Antonio and let us know what you would like to hear!
Saxophonist Melissa Aldana Recognizes Her Elders While Progressing the Sound
Chilean-born Aldana wears the sound of her elders, like Bill Pierce and Sonny Rollins, on her sleeve while pushing the music forward as a progressive instrumentalist and artist in modern jazz. We'll hear her Crash Trio recordings, and tracks with fellow saxophonist and husband Jure Pukl.
The Rhythmic Individualism of Pianist and Composer Vijay Iyer
Through his varied musical projects and award winning recordings, pianist Iyer has blazed a new trail on piano while setting a new standard for students of the music since his mid 90's debut as a composer and bandleader.
Oct 29-Nov 2
After the Comeback: Live and In Studio with Art Pepper
Saxophonist Pepper's life as a leading 50's/60's west coast musician was disrupted by health problems, drug rehabilitation and the criminal justice system. His "comeback" recordings after 1975 show a revitalized and energized Pepper, proving his musicianship never faltered. Stunning live recordings from the Village Vanguard and numerous Galaxy studio sides are some of the highlights we'll hear this week.