Somethin' Else: A Program About Jazz
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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Jazz in the 80s

Contrary to popular belief, jazz in the Reagan era wasn’t limited to the musings of Wynton Marsalis and his post-bop minions. The June 28 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will focus on some of decade’s most progressive sounds, as delivered by artists including saxophonist Tim Berne, pianist Don Pullen and the World Saxophone Quartet. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

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Something to Listen For

Perhaps best known as one of Duke Ellington’s key collaborators, composer Billy Strayhorn has become legendary in his own right. The June 21 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will feature some of Strayhorn’s finest tunes, as performed by artists including saxophonists Joe Henderson and Branford Marsalis and pianist Matthew Shipp. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

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Monk’s dreamers

Each year, the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition showcases some of the most promising artists on the jazz scene. The June 14 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will feature artists who have taken first place, including singer Gretchen Parlato, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and pianist Kris Bowers. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

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Way ahead jazz

If you want to hear where jazz is going, New York’s Vision Festival is an excellent place to start. The June 7 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will feature artists who have performed at the festival, including pianists Myra Melford and Matthew Shipp and saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

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Beyond yeah, yeah, yeah

John Lennon and Paul McCartney were not only members of a band you may have heard of, but also brilliant composers. The May 31 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will feature some of their finest tunes, as recorded by artists including singer Paula West, clarinetist Don Byron and pianist Fred Hersch. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

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