Rich Tones Curated Jazz

Friday 10pm and Saturday 11pm
  • Hosted by Rich Rector

Rich Tones Curated Jazz is a one hour journey into the wonderful world of jazz music with host Rich Rector.     The program features music from jazz legends and emerging new artists. It shares information about the motivation behind the music as well as interesting facts about the various artists. Whether your a long time lover of jazz or a new listener, this show is not to be missed!           

Rich Tones Curated Jazz Host Rich Rector
Credit Rich Rector

Rich has been around music all his life. His dad had a swing band in the 1940’s and played saxophones and clarinets. Rich played one of his clarinets in grade school band, and also took up the guitar in high school. But never was a jazz player. Instead, he listened! Rich Tones Curated Jazz on KPCW gives our listeners a new perspective on jazz.

While attending Stanford University Rich's roommate, Ian McIlraith, was a jazz saxophone player who was familiar with many jazz players and songs.  Ian really educated him about jazz; he taught him how to listen closely for different artists’ playing styles and he introduced him to the classic jazz standards. 


Credit Rich Rector

Honing his listening skills by attending many concerts and jazz festivals some of the people and places Rich went and enjoyed the music of were: Mike Stern at The Regatta Bar at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA; Milt Jackson at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, CA; Bill Frisell at The Blue Note in NYC, local combos at The Green Mill in Chicago, The Blue Room in Kansas City’s Jazz District, just to name a few.  Other favorites that will be featured in the show include Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Pat Metheny Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and many more.    

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