Now's the Time

Now's the Time, Saturdays 11 PM to midnight, consists of rerun shows during the current pandemic, and will continue in this manner until something like normal civilization returns. I'm not going to the studio to do new shows, and like our listeners, I find out the Now's the Time featured artist of the week by turning on the radio.

Whenever the plague ebbs, I look forward to getting back to recording new shows, including memorial programs for McCoy Tyner, Harold Mabern, and Lee Konitz. When I learn what's happening, I'll write up the list of forthcoming programs, to be posted on the website.

Stay safe and keep listening.

- Martin Berger, "Now's the Time" host since Dec. 2, 1972

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 Hackett
    Eloquent, graceful cornetist.
  • March 28: Thad/Mel
    Star-studded durable big band, including some of the Suite for Pops release.

Please note that, due to DMCA Copyright Law Now's the Time is only available on the WYSU terrestrial broadcast; this program is not streamed online.