Now's the Time

Spanning decades and including artists from Charlie Parker to Cannonball Adderley, each episode of Now's the Time with Martin Berger features the musical stylings of an influential jazz artist.

Now's the Time Program Guide

  • January 6: Gene Ammons
    Massive tenor sound, forcefully deployed in the soul-jazz direction and in classic duets with Sonny Stitt.
  • January 13: Lew Tabackin
    The Hawkins sound, usually in modern settings, including his co-leadership of the Toshiko big band.
  • January 20: Jay McShann
    Durable Kansas City pianist and leader, best known for employing a young Charlie Parker.
  • January 27: Joe Zawinul
    Persuasive keyboard artist, with Cannonball, Weather Report, et al.
  • February 3: George Shearing
    Unique British pianist, much admired in the 50s and 60s.
  • February 10: Charles Mingus
    Bassist, leader, primal force- including the "My Favorite Quartet" session with Charles McPherson and Lonnie Hillyer.
  • February 17: Oscar Pettiford
    Pioneer of modern-jaz bass.
  • February 24: Earl Hines
    Among the most influential of jazz pianists.
  • March 3: Buck Clayton Jam Sessions
    Long performances, lots of soloists, in exuberant 1950s releases that demonstrated the possibilities of long-playing vinyl.
  • March 10: Old New Orleans
    Original-formula small-band polyphonic, music.
  • March 17: Jimmy Bruno
    Strong modern-mainstream guitarist, in good company.
  • March 24: Ben Webster
    One of the ways to play great jazz on tenor sax, best known for ballads but a mighty swinger as well.
  • March 31: Sonny Stitt
    Agile, intense performer on tenor and alto saxes, including duets with Gene Ammons.

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