SiriusXM is here to jazz up your April with programming across SiriusXM in honour of Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM)! Celebrate America’s original art form, a genre that is performed and listened to by people of virtually every nationality and culture worldwide. Real Jazz and Watercolors are airing specials throughout the month of April, including dozens of live performances and exclusive shows from traditional and contemporary jazz stars alike.
Check out our Jazz Appreciation Month programming schedule below!
MONDAY, APRIL 16
8 pm ET — Hear the NEA Jazz Masters ceremony and concert LIVE from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts, The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship is the highest honour that the United States bestows on jazz artists. This year, musical honourees include Dianne Reeves and Pat Metheny.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21
10 am-12 pm ET — The Great American Songbook lives every Saturday morning with legendary East Coast jazz DJ, Dick Golden. For Jazz Appreciation Month, Dick celebrates the 101st birthday of Ella Fitzgerald with a rare 1977 interview with Ella featuring Tony Bennett, as well as a broadcast that features her with piano legend Oscar Peterson. In his second hour, Dick features live recordings from the Newport Jazz Festival.
MONDAY, APRIL 23
8 pm ET —Last April, the International Jazz Day Global Concert was held in Havana Cuba and SiriusXM is the exclusive radio broadcaster. Hear this magical concert hosted by Will Smith, Esperanza Spalding and Herbie Hancock featuring more than 50 renowned artists representing 14 countries including Real Jazz host and bassist, Marcus Miller, vocalist Kurt Elling and Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
10 am-12 pm ET — Broadcast veteran Dick Golden explores The Great American Songbook every Saturday morning on Real Jazz. The first hour is a Duke Ellington Birthday Tribute including Joe Williams singing at The White House for Duke’s 70th Birthday party on April 29, 1969 as well as a portion of the poetic eulogy delivered by Stanley Dance at the Ellington funeral at St. John the Divine in NYC on May of 1974.
SOUTH AFRICAN JAZZ: South African music will be featured daily in honour of superstar Hugh Masekela plus Real Jazz premieres a new four-part SiriusXM original limited series, “South African Jazz,” hosted by Johannesburg native and Jazz at Lincoln Center educator Seaton Hawkins.
Airs: Mondays at 6 pm ET with replays Tuesdays at Midnight ET & Fridays at 1 pm ET.
JAZZ AND DEMOCRACY: A SiriusXM Real Jazz three-part. original series co-hosted by Grammy-winning musicians Terri Lyne Carrington and Ted Nash among others. In a mix-tape fashion, the program explores the intersection between jazz and America and how often they are a reflection of each other.
Airs: Friday 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 at 6 pm ET with replays Saturday 4/14, 4/21, 4/28 at Midnight ET
WORLD PREMIERES: April also brings the Real Jazz exclusive world premiere of two previously unreleased albums by guitar legend Grant Green. “Slick” and “Funk In France” will have a vinyl release on Record Store Day, April 21st and digital a month later.
Airs: Daily until 4/21
FRIDAY CONCERTS: “Friday Cruising with Blue Note at Sea” features concerts recorded in February on the Blue Note at Sea jazz cruise with music from Chick Corea, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Marcus Miller and Harold Lopez-Nussa.
Airs: Fridays at 6 pm ET with replays at Midnight ET
Each Friday through Sunday this month, Watercolors presents LIVE contemporary jazz recorded from the 15th anniversary Smooth Jazz Cruise. Featuring the biggest names in contemporary jazz! Including Boney James, Peter White, Brian Culbertson, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright and more! Friday and Saturdays at 7pm eastern and Sunday’s at 5pm eastern exclusively on SiriusXM.
FRIDAY, APRIL 13
7 pm -8:40 pm ET — Hear the “West Coast Jam” concert featuring three of the biggest stars in contemporary jazz – trumpeter and producer Rick Braun, Grammy-winning guitarist Norman Brown and chart-topping saxophonist Richard Elliot.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
7 pm-9 pm ET —Today features a double bill! Hear jazz-fusion keyboardist Keiko Matsui in concert followed by Grammy award-winning saxophonist Eric Marienthal.
SUNDAY, APRIL 15
5 pm-6:30 pm ET — Hear Grammy nominee, Soul Train and NAACP Image Award-winning saxophonist, Boney James in concert!
FRIDAY, APRIL 20
7 pm-9pm ET — It’s the “Legends of the Smooth Jazz Cruise 2018” concert featuring three icons in contemporary jazz – saxophonists Gerald Albright and Kirk Whalum, and guitarist Peter White.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21
7 pm-9:15 pm ET —Today features a double bill! Hear powerful saxman Euge Groove followed by pianist and composer Brian Simpson.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22
5 pm-6:30 pm ET — Hear critically acclaimed bassist, composer and producer, Marcus Miller in concert!
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
7 pm-9:15 pm ET —Today features a double (kind of triple) concert bill! Keyboardist Brian Culbertson brings a little funk and romance in an hour long concert followed by two gentlemen known for their signature hats and their signature sounds. It’s the “Hat to Hat” concert with sax superstar Boney James and world-renowned bassist Marcus Miller.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
7 pm-8:30 pm ET — Norman Brown in concert! Drawing comparisons to George Benson, this Grammy-winning guitarist lights up the stage.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29
5 pm-7 pm ET — It’s the official “SiriusXM Watercolors All-Star Concert” presented aboard the 15th Anniversary Smooth Jazz Cruise. Featuring Richard Elliot, Peter White, Brian Culbertson, Rick Braun, Candy Dulfer, Norman Brown, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Keiko Matsui, Euge Groove, Gerald Albright and Marcus Miller.
MONDAY, APRIL 30
7 pm ET — On International Jazz Day, hear an encore of the All-Star Concert, featuring Richard Elliot, Peter White, Brian Culbertson, Rick Braun, Candy Dulfer, Norman Brown, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Keiko Matsui, Euge Groove, Gerald Albright and Marcus Miller.
Renowned contemporary jazz saxophonist Dave Koz hosts a weekly two-hour show exclusively for SiriusXM Watercolors. In honour of Jazz Appreciation Month, today Dave spotlights the music of Duke Ellington and welcomes guest Janis Siegel of Manhattan Transfer to his personally curated show.
Airs: Sunday, April 29 from 12 pm-2 pm ET.