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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May 20, 2013

9:00 PM
Do That Then
Artist : Charlie Hunter & Leon Parker
Album : Duo
Catalog : 99187
Label : Blue Note
9:05 PM
Carl’s Blues
Artist : Benny Green
Album : Testifyin'! Live at The Village Vanguard
Composer : Benny Green
Catalog : 7 98171 2
Label : Blue Note
9:11 PM
Star Eyes
Artist : Don Friedman
Album : Timeless
Composer : Don Raye-Gene DePaul
Catalog : FFO-0029
Label : 441 Records
9:17 PM
Turn Out the Stars
Artist : Don Friedman
Album : Timeless
Composer : Bill Evans
Catalog : FFO-0029
Label : 441 Records
9:24 PM
Gloria’s Step
Artist : Bill Evans
Album : Serenity
Catalog : CD 5
Label : Le Jazz
8:50 AM
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime
Artist : Kelley Johnson
Album : Music Is the Magic
Composer : Harburg-Gorney
Catalog : 7612
Label : Sapphire
8:58 AM
Artist : Phil Woods & Jim McNeeley
Album : Flowers for Hodges
Composer : Phil Woods
Catalog : CCD-4485
Label : Concord
9:03 AM
I Didn’t Know About You
Artist : Phil Woods & Jim McNeeley
Album : Flowers for Hodges
Composer : Ellington-Russell
Catalog : CCD-4485
Label : Concord
9:09 AM
Well You Needn’t
Artist : The Jeff Hamilton Trio
Album : The Jeff Hamilton Trio: Live!
Label : Mons
9:16 AM
Bemsha Swing
Artist : Jeff Hamilton
Album : Live!
Composer : Thelonious Monk
Catalog : MR 874-777
Label : Mons Records
9:22 AM
Apple Honey
Artist : Jeff Hamilton
Album : Live!
Composer : Woody Herman
Catalog : MR 874-777
Label : Mons Records
9:28 AM
Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin’
Artist : Jack McDuff
Album : Color Me Blue
Catalog : CCD-4516
Label : Concord
9:34 AM
Angel Eyes
Artist : Frank Sinatra & Red Norvo Quintet
Album : Live In Australia, 1959
Label :
9:37 AM
Good Bait
Artist : Joe Pass
Album : Live at Yoshi's
Catalog : PACD-2310-951-2
Label : Pablo
9:43 AM
Sing Sing Sing
Artist : Peter Appleyard
Album : Barbados Heat
Composer : Prima
Catalog : CCD-4436
Label : Concord
9:50 AM
Almost Like Being in Love
Artist : Jutta Hipp & Zoot Sims
Album : Jutta Hipp with Zoot Sims
Composer : Lerner-Loewe
Catalog : 93178 2
Label : Blue Note
9:57 AM
Artist : Henry Mancini
Album : Peter Gunn Soundtrack
Composer : Henry Mancini
Catalog : 7446599610 2
Label : Buddha Records
10:01 AM
Artist : Joe Locke
Album : Moment to Moment
Composer : Henry Mancini
Catalog : MCD-9243-2
Label : Milestone
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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