Kenny Drew, Jr.

We celebrate the birthday of pianist Kenny Drew, Jr. who combines classical compositions with jazz standards and his own tunes. New Orleans called us with songs by vocalist Johnny Adams, clarinet player & composer Evan Christopher and the traditional Crescent City classic, St. James Infirmary. 

Doc Cheatham, Attilar Zollar, Ellen Kelly

We celebrate the birthdays of trumpeter & vocalist Doc Cheatham and the guitarist Attilar Zollar who founded the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro. It’s also the birthday of my mother Ellen Kellywho loved blues, Count Basie & Joe Turner and Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall concert.

Chick Corea, Geri Allen

We celebrate the birthdays of two of the great pianists of the last 40 years: Chick Corea, who has worked with an astounding number of musicians including Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Gary Burton and many others and Geri Allen who has worked with trios including, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian and a Mary Lou Williams tribute band.

Cole Porter

Cole Porter’s birthday was last Saturday June 9 and we celebrate tonight with vocalists & instrumentals doing his songs, including versions by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Art Tatum and many more. You’re The Top Cole Porter.

Jazz Old & New

We share some favorites of mine tonight, including "Compared to What" with Les McCann & Eddie Harris, "So What" from the classic Miles Davis album "Kind Of Blue," Horace Sliver’s "Song For My Father" with the tenor Sax of Joe Henderson and Christian McBride’s duet with Dee Dee Bridgewater on "It’s Your Thing." Thanks.