Cafe Jazz

Weeknights at 9 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Energize your evening with two hours of mainstream jazz on Café Jazz. George Eldred gets the week started on Mondays and again Thursdays (at 10 pm), Todd Hill picks up the jazz on Tuesdays, and Dr. Brian Clardy takes over Wednesdays. Whether you're new to jazz or an aficionado, Café Jazz is the place to satisfy that fix.

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January 15, 2013

9:00 PM
Blues Inn (Rudy Van Gelder 24Bit Mastering)
Artist : Jackie McLean
Album : Jackie's Bag - The Rudy Van Gelder Edition
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9:09 PM
Gone With The Wind
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Live At Art D'Lugoff's: Top of the Gate [Disc 1]
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9:16 PM
Blue Monk
Artist : Thelonious Monk
Album : The Composer
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9:22 PM
All Or Nothing At All
Artist : Karrin Allyson
Album : Ballads
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9:29 PM
East Wind
Artist : Frank Wess
Album : Opus In Swing
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9:34 PM
Artist : Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
Album : Begin The Beguine
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9:37 PM
Tea For Two
Artist : Anita O’Day with the Gene Krupa Orchestra
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9:40 PM
’Tis Autumn
Artist : Nat King Cole
Album : Complete Capitol Recordings - Trio [Disc 13]
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9:43 PM
A Night in Tunisia
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : The Bluebird Sampler 1990
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9:46 PM
She’s Funny That Way
Artist : The Benny Goodman Sextet
Album : Slipped Disc, 1945-1946
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9:49 PM
Artist : Woody Herman
Album : Big Band Sampler
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9:52 PM
Perdido (1957 Version)
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books [Disc 5]
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9:58 PM
Now’s The Time
Artist : Hal McKusick
Album : Now's The Time (1957-58)
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10:05 PM
Dickie’s Dream
Artist : Count Basie & His Orchestra
Album : The Sound of Jazz
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10:11 PM
Easy To Love
Artist : Harry Connick, Jr.
Album : Come By Me
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10:14 PM
I Found A New Baby
Artist : Lester Young/Harry Edison
Album : Pres & Sweets
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10:20 PM
Easy Living
Artist : Nancy Wilson
Album : But Beautiful
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10:23 PM
Dee Dee’s Dance
Artist : Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Album : Prestige Legacy (Vol. 2) Battle Of The Saxes
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10:29 PM
Hot House (Live)
Artist : The Quintet
Album : Jazz At Massey Hall (Live)
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10:38 PM
Just You, Just Me
Artist : Thelonious Monk
Album : Monk
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WKMS Programming
1:53 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

We're Opening the Jazz Vault on WKMS

We're opening the vault... Join us at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday nights as we share programs from our jazz archives. It could be productions by Todd Hill, Brian Clardy, Andy "Jazzman" Smith, George Eldred, the late-great Colonel Tom Morgan, or an unexpected surprise. Jazz goes local late nights on WKMS with Jazz Vault, classical Cafe Jazz favorites, introduced and produced by George Eldred.

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5:19 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

From the Archive: Remembering Jazz Pianist Mulgrew Miller


Jazz pianist and educator Mulgrew Miller passed away today at the age of 57. He was said to be a leader among contemporary jazz pianists. In this commentary recorded in 2007, Dr. Brian Clardy, Murray State Assistant Professor of History and host of Cafe Jazz Wednesday nights, talks about why Miller was more than just a listening experience. To honor Miller's legacy, Brian will play several selections of his work, along with work by contemporaries tonight (May 29) on Cafe Jazz.

Cafe Jazz
1:23 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Remembering Chicago Jazz Icon Franz Jackson


One of the great music innovators in the second half of the Twentieth Century, and the formative years of the Twenty-First, was the Chicago based iconic artist Franz Jackson. Having performed with Fletcher Henderson, Billie Holiday, and Duke Ellington (as well as being a leader on several recordings), Jackson brought energy, excitement, and soul to his music. As such, Jackson was one of the great pioneers of American jazz. History professor and host of Café Jazz, Dr. Brian Clardy spoke with his daughter, Michelle Jackson-Jewell in a telephone interview. Listen to the full interview above. See more at, including how to purchase his new album, "Milestone."

Cafe Jazz
9:10 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Jazz Vocalist, Artist Solitaire Miles on Cafe Jazz


Classically trained vocalist Solitaire Miles has the range and sound that echoes the musings of jazz singer Anita O'Day and Ella Fitzgerald, and opera singer Fredericka Van Staad. Her brilliantly recorded albums Born To Be Blue and Melancholy reflect her complex ideas and multifaceted influences. But equally impressive are her paintings, one of which is of President Obama that was accepted by the White House. Café Jazz host and Department of History professor Dr. Brian Clardy spoke with her by telephone about her work and views on the future of jazz as an art form. A shortened version of this interview aired on Café Jazz Wednesday, March 13. The interview above is the longer, full version.

Cafe Jazz
4:39 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Pianist and Composer Kelly Brand on Cafe Jazz

Chicago area pianist, composer, and band leader Kelly Brand has been on the music scene for well over a decade and a half entertaining jazz lovers with her innovative compositions and arrangements. Her original compositions, as well as her covers of musicians like Bobby Hutcherson, have enthralled listeners from the concert stage to her stellar recordings. Murray State History Professor and host of Café Jazz Dr. Brian Clardy spoke with her via telephone in an interview that was aired recently on the Wednesday night broadcast. Hear is the full interview. Discover more of her work at

11:27 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Meet Jazz Pianist, Paducah Native, Jon Cowherd


Kate Lochte continues our series of interviews with young people of western Kentucky who are finding success “out there” in major markets.  This time we meet a co-founder of the Brian Blade Fellowship Band, Jon Cowherd.

Pianist Jon Cowherd is a member of jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson's band, and his instrumental work has graced albums by the likes of Rosanne Cash, Lizz Wright, Iggy Pop, Marc Cohn, Mark Olson and Victoria Williams. He tours with Ms. Wilson, Rosanne Cash and also his Fellowship Band, which he co-founded with percussionist /bandleader Brian Blade with whom he discovered musical brotherhood while both were students at Loyola University in New Orleans. 

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9:30 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

A Cafe Jazz Conversation with Pianist Taylor Eigsti

Café Jazz host Dr. Brian Clardy recently spoke with jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti, for A Café Jazz Christmas with Brian Clardy (aired: 12/19 at 9 p.m.). They talk about Taylor's influences, memories of Dave Brubeck and improving as a young musician into adulthood. Taylor began studying the piano at the age of four and recorded his first album at the age of 14, titled Tays Groove. He was recently nominated for two Grammy Awards and lives in New York City. Brian spoke with Taylor Eigsti over the phone.

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