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 5: Archie Shepp
    Avant-garde saxophonist in the 60s, mellower since.
  • January 12: Roy Hargrove
    Strong modern trumpeter, lost too young in 2018.
  • January 19: Nat Cole
    Most remembered as a persuasive vocalist, a dazzling pianist.
  • January 25: Granzstanding
    Selections from the impresario Norman Granz’s Jazz at the Philharmonic tours.
  • February 2: Bud Powell
    Archetypical pianist of the Bop revolution.
  • February 9: Chris Barber
    Leading bandleader of the 50s British Trad movement.
  • February 16 Bill Evans
    Introspective, brilliant modern pianist, mostly with his trios.
  • February 23: Wynton Marsalis
    Nowadays so famed as organizer, spokesman, etc., that his splendid trumpet work may be neglected.
  • March 2: Basieites
    The Count’s crews without the Count, including ghost bands.
  • March 9: Lester Young
    Saxophonist, influential but inimitable, most glorious of the Basie associates, in a variety of settings.
  • Match 16: Phil Woods
    Tireless, masterful modern-jazz altoist.
  • March 23: Fletcher Henderson
    One of the first great jazz big bands.
  • March 30: Dexter Gordon
    Tenor-sax giant.
  • April 6: Fats Waller
    Jovial entertainer, mighty stride pianist.
  • April 13: Ike Quebec
    Modern-mainstream big-sound tenor.
  • April 20: Basie
    Including some of the recently-released 1938 radio broadcasts with Lester Young.
  • April 27: McCoy Tyner
    Great, much-admired modern pianist.
  • May 4: Dave Frishberg
    Brilliant lyricist and vocalist and major-league pianist.
  • May 11: Eddie Condon
    Rhythm guitarist, organizer of his own genre of Chicago-traditional jazz, including some newly-available airchecks.
  • May 18: Stan Kenton
    Including material from a new-to-me Youngstown visit.
  • May 25: Roy Eldridge
    Perhaps the most intense, consistently-exciting trumpeter in jazz.
  • June 1: Oscar Peterson
    Monster modern-mainstream pianist.
  • June 8: Bob Crosby, Eddie Miller, et al.
    New Orleans sound in big and small combinations.
  • June 15: Buddy Rich
    Assertive drummer, with his big bands and in other settings.
  • June 22: Eric Dolphy
    Avant-garde explorer on assorted reed instruments.
  • June 29: Gerry Mulligan
    Baritone saxophonist, composer, etc., in diverse settings, including a 1958 sextet with Zoot Sims and Bob Brookmeyer.
  • July 6: Ellington Small Groups
    Great musicians, great music.
  • July 13: Coleman Hawkins
    Founding father of jazz tenor saxophone.
  • July 20: Sonny Stitt
    Modern master on tenor and alto saxes.
  • July 27: Herb Ellis
    Irresistible force on guitar.
  • August 3: Thelonious Monk
    Unique, profound pianist.
  • August 10: Bix Beiderbecke
    Short-lived, brilliant cornetist of the 20s and 30s.
  • August 17: Sonny Rollins
    One of the most original and compelling modern-jazz saxophonists.
  • August 24: Ray Charles
    Great bluesy vocalist--and pianist, bandleader, etc.
  • August 31: Jazz and Swing in the Late 1930s
    Surveying the big-band scene, when big-band jazz and its gentler dance/pop mutations dominated American popular music.
  • September 7: Traditional Jazz Revival(s) in the 30s and 40s
    It had existed for only 4 decades and needed to be revived? Variations on hot-jazz resurgence.
  • September 14: Woody Herman
    From the “band that plays the blues” to one of the most successful unions of the big band and modern jazz, 50+ energetic years.
  • September 21: Jimmy Rowles
    Lyrical, ebullient modern-mainstream piano, somehow made to sound easy.
  • September 28: Sid Catlett
    One of the all-time great drummers, in a great variety of settings.
  • October 5: Jaki Byard
    Unpredictable, inimitable modern pianist.
  • October 12: Coleman Hawkins
    Founder of jazz tenor saxophone, perhaps the greatest of all.
  • October 19; Thad Jones
    Brass master, defining figure in modern big-band jazz arranging, and a congenial contributor in surprisingly varied settings.
  • October 26: Benny Goodman
    Exacting, often dazzling Swing-Era icon, as clarinetist and leader.
  • November 2: John Coltrane
    Transforming and transcending modern jazz.
  • November 9: Traditionalists, notably the New Black Eagles
    Lively, authentic keepers of a flame worth sustaining.
  • November 16: Ike Quebec
    Majestic, massive tenor master.
  • November 23: Dexter Gordon
    Including some newly-acquired live performances by the forceful saxophonist.
  • November 30: Oscar Pettiford
    Basic bassist of bebop, seeking and finding fresh inspiration.
  • December 7: Charles Mingus
    A fierce, intense, challenging bassist and leader; our first “Now’s the Time” broadcast (Dec. 2, 1972) was a Mingus show. Here’s another one.
  • December 14: Duke Ellington (later works)
    50s and after; Duke had been an icon for decades, and found ways to keep the music fresh.
  • December 21: Stan Getz
    Light tenor sound, powerful music; some newly-acquired material.
  • December 28: Ben Webster
    Yet another powerful tenor saxophonist, mellow and fiery.

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