Somethin' Else: A Program About Jazz
Joni’s Jazz

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell started out as a folk musician, but it wasn’t long before she embraced jazz as an influence. The Oct. 4 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will feature jazz interpretations of the Mitchell songbook, from artists including the singer herself, pianist Herbie Hancock and trumpeter Dave Douglas. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

Flat-Out Genius

Saxophonist and composer Julius Hemphill was a true jazz original. The Sept. 27 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will feature recordings by Hemphill as a solo artist and as a member of the World Saxophone Quartet, along with interpretations of his compositions by artists including saxophonist Tim Berne. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

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Music by Arthur Schwartz

From “By Myself” to “Alone Together,” composer Arthur Schwartz was a major contributor to the Great American Songbook. The Sept. 20 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will feature some of his most memorable tunes, interpreted by artists including saxophonist Gary Bartz, pianist Robert Glasper and singer-pianist Patricia Barber. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

Rollins on the Road

Jazz fans were less than amused by a recent “satirical” article in the once-great New Yorker magazine targeting the still-great Sonny Rollins. If the magazine has lost its mojo, the saxophonist certainly hasn’t. The Sept. 13 edition of “Somethin’ Else” will focus on his brilliant series of live “Road Shows” recordings. 8 p.m. Saturday (CST) at rafstl.org/listen/.

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/.