Friday Night Jazz

Friday from 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Reuben takes you on a new adventure every Friday night, exploring the great American invention called jazz.  You’ll explore the back roads and alleys of the genre, the musicians and standards you love, and experience that essential element of surprise.  Reuben also shares his in-depth knowledge of the stories behind the music.

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Vocal Extravaganza

Oct 19, 2012

Tonight's program includes memorable performances by vocalists Betty Carter, Flora Purim, Christine Correa, Carmen McRae and Joni Mitchell, as well as Miles Davis, Roscoe Mitchell and others.

Playlist

Tight
Composer
Album The Audience With Betty Carter
Record Label Verve

My Reverie
Composer
Album I Can't Help It
Record Label Impulse

Friday Night Gumbo

Oct 12, 2012

Tonight's show includes recordings by vocalist Andy Bey, pianist Cecil Taylor, saxophonists Jane Bunnett and Michael Brecker, and guitarist Steve Khan.

Playlist

Milonga Triste
Composer
Album Chapter Three: Viva Emiliano Zapata
Record Label Impulse

I'm Thru With Love
Composer
Album Chet Baker: With Strings
Record Label Columbia

October Magic

Oct 5, 2012

Tonight's program features excerpts from celebrated jazz suites such as Stan Getz's Focus, pianist Randy Weston's Little Niles, and Duke Ellington's Suite Thursday, plus music by Don Byron, Stacy Kent, Les Mc Cann and The Art Ensemble of Chicago, among others.

Playlist

Ellington-Strayhorn: Suite Thursday - Misfit Blues
Composer
Album Three Suites
Record Label Columbia

Tonight we'll feature music by the World Saxophone Quartet, Shirley Horn, David Frishberg. Ahmad Jamal, JoeHenderson, and many more...

Playlist

Diggin' In
Composer
Album Sophisticated Giant
Record Label Columbia

It's Only A Paper Moon
Composer
Album Sophisticated Giant
Record Label Columbia

Autumnal Serenades

Sep 21, 2012

Tonight we welcome autumn in spirit and song with Autumnal Serenades and music by Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon and others!

Playlist

Autumn Nocturne
Composer
Album Sonny Rollins And Co. 1964
Record Label RCA

Autumn Nocturne
Composer
Album Blue Skies
Record Label JMT

We'll hear from artists with September birthdays like John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Bud Powell, plus lots more.

McCoy Tyner And Duke

Sep 20, 2012

Reuben plays jazz from McCoy Tyner, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and many others.

We'll hear from artists with September birthdays like John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Bud Powell, plus lots more.

Playlist

Welcome
Composer
Album The Gentle Side Of John Coltrane
Record Label Impulse

Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
Composer
Album Just You Just Me
Record Label Dunhill Compact Classics

Reuben plays jazz from McCoy Tyner, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and many others.

Playlist

Only A Dream In Rio
Composer
Album Belly Of The Sun
Record Label Blue Note

Light Or Dark
Composer
Album Heavy Heart
Record Label ECM

Playlist

Afternoon in Paris (Take 12)
Composer
Album Sonny Rollins And Co. 1964
Record Label RCA

The Wind Cries Mary
Composer
Ensemble Brian Bromberg, bass
Album Bromberg Plays Hendrix
Record Label Artistry

Febuary
Composer
Album Renaissance
Record Label Concord Jazz

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