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Desert Island Jazz Encore Presentation
Desert Island Jazz Encore Presentation Fri, May 7th from 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Al Young
Desert Island Jazz is listening back to Encore shows with our Bay Area Giants! The late Poet Laureate of California Al Young
I'm Talkin' Jazz
<strong>I'm Talkin' Jazz</strong> Sun, May 9th from 8:00AM - 8:30AM
Ben Storolow with Alisa Clancy
Since moving to the Bay Area from Los Angeles to attend UC Berkeley in 1994, Ben Storolow has become one of the most in-demand pianists and composers working with Craig Handy, Akira Tana, Danya Stephens, Lorca Hart and vocalist Kenny Washington. Awarded the Hertz Traveling Fellowship he lived and studied in New York before joining the faculty at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, CA.
Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride
Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride Mon, May 10th from 9:00PM - 10:00PM
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at 50 Encore Presentation
A repeat from five years ago, we revisit the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at 50 (and hope they're back playing again every Monday night once the Covid 19 crisis is over.)

In 1965, the trumpeter, composer and arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis found themselves with a book of big-band music originally intended for the Count Basie Orchestra — and nobody to perform it. So they made their own. They handpicked some of New York's top talent and called rehearsals on Monday nights, when the studio musicians could actually make it. And by the time they debuted on a Monday in February 1966 at the famed Village Vanguard, they were already a force to be reckoned with. (As proof, that first night was recorded and issued on a 2-CD set called All My Yesterdays.) Soon, the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra would become the most influential big band of the last 50 years, and the band now known as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra still plays every Monday night.

Jazz Night In America heads to the basement jazz shrine to see the band's 50th anniversary show in February 2016, full of cuts from the original Thad Jones songbook. Our radio program tells the story of how the band came to be.
I'm Talkin' Jazz
<strong>I'm Talkin' Jazz</strong><br> Sun, May 16th from 8:00AM - 8:30AM
Carlos Zialcita with Chris Cortez
Harmonica player and singer Carlos Zialcita has been part of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene for decades working with Johnny Otis, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Country Pete McGill and Sonny Rhodes. As an educator and promoter, he has produced the Filipino American Jazz Festival and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Manilatown Heritage Foundation.
Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride
Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride Mon, May 17th from 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Celebrating Betty Carter
For years, one of jazz's top institutions of higher education was "the school of Betty Carter," an esteemed collection of her band's alumni and singers bound together by the thrall of her titanic influence. Hers was, simply, one of the most powerful voices in American music.

Jazz Night In America celebrates her birthday (May 19) and her lasting influence with a performance by vocalist Charenée Wade, accompanied by many former members of Carter's bands through the years at Jazz at Lincoln Center.