Gil Scott Heron Salute

Mar 31, 2012

Gil Scott Heron was born on April 1, 1949. Join Milton Shirdan on Bill Boynton's SwingTown this Sunday afternoon for a musical salute to Gil Scott Heron on his birthday.

Benny Green Trio On JazzSet

Mar 29, 2012

The pioneering pianist Thelonious Monk left behind a treasure trove of compositions. Onstage at the KC Jazz Club at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., a current jazz treasure is here to play some of the best. Benny Green is on piano with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums.

Sarah Vaughan Salute

Mar 26, 2012

Sarah Vaughan was born on March 27, 1924. Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite this Tuesday evening during the 9:00 hour for a musical salute to Sarah Vaughan on her birthday.

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Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis On JazzSet

Mar 15, 2012

JazzSet returns to the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival for performances from two complementary bandleaders on the main Fort Adams stage: violinist Regina Carter and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Regina Carter started playing violin as a 4-year-old Suzuki method student in Detroit, and later played in school and community orchestras. After attending the New England Conservatory of Music, she chose jazz as her primary direction. JazzSet first presented her from the 1995 Telluride Jazz Festival — on a stage in the mountains, playing into the open air.

Shirley Scott...The Queen of the Organ

Mar 13, 2012

Shirley Scott was born on March 14, 1934. Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite this Wednesday evening for a very special musical salute to Shirley Scott during the 9:00 hour. Exclusively on 90.7 WVAS-FM.

Avishai Cohen's Triveni With Anat Cohen On JazzSet

Mar 9, 2012

Anat Cohen leads the Anzic Orchestra (Anat + music = Anzic), and Anzic opens this JazzSet by letting "Samba de Orfeu" morph into "Struttin' With Some Barbecue." Cohen loves both Brazilian and New Orleans music, and connects them with ease. "Struttin'" features the trumpet section one man at a time, concluding with Avishai Cohen. Later in the show, Anat will be back.

Wes Montgomery Salute

Mar 4, 2012

Wes Montgomery was born on March 6, 1923...Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite this Tuesday evening for a musical salute to Wes Montgomery on his birthday. Exclusively on 90.7  WVAS-FM.

Kevin Eubanks On JazzSet

Feb 23, 2012

Kevin Eubanks (briefly) and saxophonist Bill Pierce (in the mid 1980s) both played in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the two-generation-spanning band that is so very important in jazz from 1950s through the '80s. Now Pierce chairs the Woodwinds Department at Berklee College.

Eubanks and Marvin Smith were in The Tonight Show band together for 15 years, with guitar riffs and rim shots for Jay Leno Monday through Friday. "Smitty" brought Los Angeles bassist Rene Camacho into this group.

Nina Simone Salute

Feb 20, 2012

Nina Simone was born on February 21, 1927. Tune in to Jazz at Nite this Tuesday evening during the 9:00 hour for a very special tribute to Nina Simone on what would have been her 85th birthday.

Malcolm X Tribute

Feb 20, 2012

Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965. Tune into Jazz at Nite for a short tribute to El Hadj Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X, Malcolm Little) this Tuesday evening during the 8:00 hour.