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.
  • April 7: Red Garland
    Piano trio and solo sessions, a bit of the Miles and Trane work; serene and deeply bluesy.
  • April 14: Mary Lou Williams
    Innovative pianist, composer, etc., from the 30s on, the first great female instrumentalist in jazz.
  • April 21: Ray Bryant
    The essentials of mainstream jazz piano.
  • April 28: Thelonious Monk
    Perhaps the only jazz superhero who didn’t leave a school of imitators.
  • May 5: Doc Cheatham
    Straightforward trumpeter, a model of clarity and integrity, generally in traditional-mainstream contexts.
  • May 12: Scott Hamilton
    Persuasive keeper of the mainstream tenor-sax flame.
  • May 19: Lee Konitz
    Cornerstone altoist of the 50s Cool School, unpredictably innovative in later decades.
  • May 26: Sean Jones
    One of YSU’s most notable contributions to jazz, a major-league trumpeter.
  • June 2: Vic Dickenson
    Charming, wry trombonist, in Basieite-mainstream and traditional contexts.
  • June 9: Bob Brookmeyer
    Valve trombonist, ingenious composer-arranger; from big bands to the quintet with Clark Terry.
  • June 16: Kid Ory
    One of the founders; original-formula New Orleans trombone master, icon of the trad revival.
  • June 23: Jaki Byard:
    High-energy, surprising pianist, with Mingus and his own projects.
  • June 30: Charles Mingus
    Bassist, leader, one of a powerful kind.
  • July 7: Armstrong
    July 4 probably wasn’t his birthday, but we’ll do a show on the most influential musician in jazz history.
  • July 14: Hilton Jefferson
    Swing-era alto saxophonist with a remarkably mellow sound.
  • July 21: Teddy Wilson
    Virtuoso Swing-Era pianist, including his big bands from 1930s-1940s, from the new Mosaic set.
  • July 28: Cecil Taylor
    Overwhelming avant-garde pianist, who died April 6 at 89.
  • August 4: Transcendent Trane
    John Coltrane, saxophone giant, emphasizing his ambitious later work.
  • August 11: Hank Crawford
    Soul-jazz altoist, with the Ray Charles band and his own sessions.
  • August 18: Bob Brookmeyer
    Valve trombonist, mostly in sessions acquired since our June show.
  • August 25: Basie
    Mostly the later bands (1950s and after).
  • September 1: Ruby Braff
    Exuberant mainstream cornetist, featuring recently-acquired recordings.
  • September 8: Ralph LaLama, Sean Jones, et al.
    Prominent Dana alumni, an appetizer for their on-campus appearance on the afternoon of the 15th.
  • September 15: Ornette Coleman
    Alto saxophonist and instigator of the free-jazz revolution.
  • September 22: Coleman Hawkins
    First great jazz saxophonist, ever more powerful through his many decades.
  • September 29: Jazz in the Second World War, Part 1
    The traditional revival.
  • October 6: Jazz in the Second Wolrd War, Part 2
    The emergence of modern jazz.
  • October 13: Randy Weston
    Memorial program for the major modern-jazz pianist, a searcher for the music’s African roots, who died at 91 in September.
  • October 20: Al Cohn
    Exuberant tenor saxophonist, a leading figure of the Lester Young-inspired movement but too assertive for the “cool school” label.
  • October 27: Ben Webster
    A very different sort of tenor sax sound, massive, mellow,and overwhelming.
  • November 3: Gerry Mulligan
    One of the ways to make great music on baritone sax.
  • November 10: Sean Jones
    Major figure on the jazz trumpet scene, one of YSU’s most brilliant contributions to the music.
  • November 17: Archie Shepp
    Fiery saxophone force in 60s avant-garde, more reflective of late.
  • November 24: Freddie Hubbard
    Modern-jazz trumpet virtuoso.
  • December 1: Cozy Cole
    Solid, forceful swing-oriented drummer, driving his own and others’ groups .
  • December 8: Sal Nistico
    Hard-hitting tenor saxophonist, a force in the Herman band and elsewhere.
  • December 15: Traditional Scenes
    Ralph Grugel, Dr. Dubious and the Agnostics, and other keepers of the flame.
  • December 22: Joe Lovano
    Dominant tenor saxophonist of our time, in widely-varied contexts.
  • December 29: Basie
    Revered, inimitable; what jazz music is about.

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