Somethin' Else: A Program About Jazz
The Song Is Jazz

Jazz and Jerome Kern were made for each other. The April 19 edition of “Somethin’ Else” focuses on the Kern songbook, with performances from artists including pianist Keith Jarrett, saxophonist Jackie McLean and guitarist Bill Frisell. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

Remix 50

Can you believe “Somethin’ Else” is celebrating a milestone? On April 12, the program marks its 50th edition with encore performances from artists including pianist Robert Glasper, singer-pianist Diana Krall and saxophonist Joshua Redman. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

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New Standards

As good as the Great American Songbook is, jazz artists continue to explore the improvisational possibilities of pop music. The April 5 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will cover tunes from OutKast to Oasis, performed by artists including trumpeter Wallace Roney, singer-pianist Patricia Barber and bassist Ben Allison. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

Back to Basics

Commercial success often brings into question artistic integrity, but the performers featured on the March 29 edition of “Somethin’ Else” have nothing to worry about. Tune in for straight-ahead tracks from artists including saxophonist David Sanborn & pianist Bob James, pianist Joe Sample and saxophonist Michael Brecker. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

All the Way

Jazz artists have often been inspired by the songs of Jimmy Van Heusen.The March 22 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will focus on his musical legacy, through recordings by artists including singer-trumpeter Chet Baker, saxophonist Lee Konitz and singer Rickie Lee Jones. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

That Clarion Sound

New Orleans has produced some of the greatest trumpeters in jazz history. The March 15 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will feature tracks from artists including Louis Armstrong, Derrick Shezbie, Joe Newman, Terence Blanchard and Wynton Marsalis. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

Sondheim sounds

Without question, Stephen Sondheim is the greatest living Broadway composer. And his tunes translate into transcendent jazz. The March 8 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will feature gems from the Sondheim songbook as performed by artists including clarinetist Don Byron, saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. and singer Sarah Vaughan. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

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Parker’s Mood Redux

Previously scheduled for Feb. 1, this program has been delayed because of those world-famous “technical difficulties.”

Legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker recorded some great tunes. Indeed, so great that it’s not necessary to hear his versions to appreciate their beauty. The March 1 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will feature gems from the Parker songbook as performed by artists including trumpeter Roy Hargrove, the avant-jazz combo Junk Genius and saxophonist Anthony Braxton. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

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Ellington on Piano

Duke Ellington is mostly remembered as a bandleader and composer. But he was also a terrific pianist who excelled in small combos.The Feb. 22 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will feature recordings by Ellington in the company of artists including saxophonists Johnny Hodges and Coleman Hawkins. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

So Nice, They Named It Twice

New York City is among the world’s great jazz destinations. The Feb. 15 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will feature recordings by Big Apple artists including trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, violinist Jenny Scheinman and piano-bass-drums trio Dawn of Midi. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

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