Somethin' Else: A Program About Jazz
New York Forever

No one who was alive on that fateful day in 2001 will ever forget the declaration, “We are all New Yorkers now.” The Sept. 6 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will focus on tunes themed to the Big Apple and performed by artists including singer Diana Krall, saxophonist Eric Alexander and guitarist Mark Whitfield. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

Jazz Advance

Cecil Taylor is among the signature figures in jazz. The August 30 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will focus on his multifaceted music, as performed by the pianist himself with collaborators including saxophonist Steve Lacy and drummer Elvin Jones. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

Jazz, Jobim style

Jazz and the works of Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim make for a breezy combination. The August 23 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will focus on that repertoire, as interpreted by artists including singer-bassist Esperanza Spalding, singer Nellie McKay and saxophonist Javon Jackson. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

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Art of the improvisers

Jazz piano has attracted no shortage of practitioners — including those who may be lesser known, but no less talented. The August 16 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will focus on the artistry of pianists Sonny Clark, Andrew Hill and Herbie Nichols. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

Sax to the Max

For pure jazz poetry, there’s nothing like the stripped-down trinity of saxophone, bass and drums. The August 9 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will showcase trios led by saxophonists including Joshua Redman, Joe Henderson and Branford Marsalis. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

Alive and riffing

One of the most annoying things on Earth is the so-called jazz fan who may have an impressive collection of classic albums, but is clueless about what’s going on right now. The August 2 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will showcase artists who are either set to perform in St. Louis, long overdue for a local gig, or rumored to be on the way, including pianist Kenny Barron, singer Gretchen Parlato and guitarist Mary Halvorson. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

Face of the Bass

Jazz lost a major artist with the recent death of bassist Charlie Haden. The July 26 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will showcase some of Haden’s most interesting recordings as bandleader, sideman and collaborator, featuring artists including saxophonist Ornette Coleman and pianist Keith Jarrett. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

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Ladies with Verve

Three of the greatest jazz singers of all time released a number of fine albums on Verve late in their careers: Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Horn and Betty Carter. The July 19 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will feature some of their most memorable recordings for the legendary jazz label. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

Ornettology

If Ornette Coleman had never picked up a saxophone, he’d still be remembered for his distinctive tunes. The July 12 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will focus on compositions by Coleman, as interpreted by artists including bassist Christian McBride, arranger-conductor John Hollenbeck and the iconoclastic saxophonist himself. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

Live at the Village Vanguard

Quite a few essential jazz albums have been recorded at New York’s Village Vanguard. The July 5 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will focus on sounds generated at that legendary jazz club, by artists including pianist Geri Allen, trumpeter Woody Shaw and guitarist Marc Ribot. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

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