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 2020

  • January 4: Woody Herman
    Bandleader, Clarinetist, etc.
  • January 11: Eric Dolphy
    Carving out his Iconic place in the 60s avant-garde on a multitude of reed instruments.
  • January 18: Nat King Cole
    Before his crooner career, a dazzling piano innovator and jivey entertainer, mostly in recently-assembled early recordings and air-checks.
  • January 25: Classic jazz piano
    Some favorite pianists of the beloved classical (and ragtime and stride) pianist Marcellene Hawk-Mayhall.
  • February 1: Louis Bellson
    Major modern-mainstream drummer, in good company.
  • February 8: Ruby Braff
    Elegant, graceful cornetist, including some of the Ellis Larkins duets.
  • February 15: Teddy Wilson
    Impeccable Swing-Era pianist, in splendidly assorted settings.
  • February 22: Herbie Hancock
    Influential modern pianist, including some early work.
  • February 29: Dave Brubeck
    Mostly with the Quartet, including the early Columbia date Red Hot and Cool.
  • March 7: Duke’s People
    Mostly Ellington veterans, including a date led by Jimmy Hamilton.
  • March 14: Johnny Dodds
    Primal New Orleans clarinetist (found my Dodds-Ory LP!).
  • March 21: Bobby Hacket
    Eloquent, graceful cornetist.
  • March 28: Thad/Mel
    Star-studded durable big band, including some of the Suite for Pops release.
  • October 3: Illinois Jacquet
  • October 10: Lee Konitz (1927 - 2020)
    Memorial program for the unclassifiable, ever-surprising saxophonist, in quite varied contexts.
  • October 17: Jimmy Heath (1926 - 2020)
    Energetic modern-jazz saxophonist, one of the mighty Heath Brothers.
  • October 24: McCoy Tyner (1938 - 2020)
    Intimidatingly splendid modern-jazz pianist, mostly in his own groups (we’ll revisit the Coltrane Quartet works another time).
  • October 31: Freddie Hubbard
    Flamboyant, brilliant modern trumpeter.
  • November 7: WW2 Traditional
    The revival of traditional New Orleans - Chicago jazz during the Second World War.
  • November 14: WW2 Bop
    Emergence of modern jazz during the War.
  • November 21: Ray Bryant
    A solid, bluesy mainstream pianist, in solo, trio, and combo with Dizzy, Hawkins, and other outstanding colleagues.
  • November 28: Basie
    Perfecting the jazz band with understated, propulsive rhythm and stellar soloists, from the 30s on, and on.

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