Sandy and Jeff Cressman visit The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, March 21

Vocalist Sandy Cressman and trombonist Jeff Cressman, two of the Bay Area’s most valuable jazz musicians, visit the Hear and Now to talk about their upcoming SFJAZZ concert “Sandy Cressman & Homenagem Brasileira.” We’ll be playing their music and talking about their inspirations (including, obviously, the music of Brazil) and their many creative projects.


Film score composer David Shire in conversation and performance on The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, March 14, 2019

Academy Award-winning composer David Shire, whose scores include “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three,” “The Conversation,” “Norma Rae,” “All the President’s Men,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Return to Oz,” and “Zodiac,” visits with host Derk Richardson and performs original music on the KPFA studio piano. Tony Ferro engineers the sound. Shire is in the Bay … Continued




Zeena Parkins–avant-garde harp music–on The Hear and Now – 10 p.m., Thursday, January 31, 2019

Harpist, composer, improviser, and educator Zeena Parkins joins host Derk Richardson in the studio, sharing her latest music, including her major composition Captiva–which she will perform Saturday night (Feb. 2) in a benefit concert at Mills College in Oakland–plus selections from herTriplicates duo with Jon Leidecker (aka Wobbly), a brand new mix of her piece “Tensor,” and … Continued






Myra Melford Interview — and new music — on The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1

Myra Melford is one of the most important composers, pianists, and bandleaders in contemporary music. Tonight she discusses, with host Derk Richardson, the inspirations, strategies, and collaborations that shape her jazz-rooted music, especially as it manifests in her Snowy Egret ensemble, which has a new recording, The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12 Records), and will appear at … Continued