Bill Pearce

Music Producer and Host

Bill was born and raised in a sod hut on the Kansas plains.

And then he graduated with a degree in clarinet performance from Simpson College in Indianola. While in Iowa, Pearce worked at a commercial radio station playing pop-like music records and reading news. 

After college, he returned to Wichita and began a career in photography. He worked for KWCH, at a commercial photo studio and later for Cessna. Pearce got back into radio when he found a job at the now-defunct Friends University station. He played classical music during the week and hosted his own jazz show on Saturdays.

For the past eight years, Pearce has read magazines like Sports Illustrated and Entertainment Weekly for the Wichita Radio Reading Service, which is in the same building as KMUW. That’s how General Manager Mark McCain found him. Straight No Chaser features mostly instrumental jazz, from early music to recent recordings. Also listen for the record labels, names of all the musicians involved, and when the recording was made.

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Jazz
3:59 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Wichita born-and-raised jazz guitarist Greg Skaff on Straight No Chaser

Straight No Chaser features songs spanning three albums from Greg Skaff.
Credit Jack Frisch - www.gregskaff.com

Sunday, March 16:

Tonight, we feature several CD releases from Wichita's own Greg Skaff. Skaff was born, raised and learned to play guitar in the Air Capitol. He studied music at Wichita State University for three semesters before moving to New York to put his passion into practice. We'll hear from the in-demand sideman's newest CD and two others, all new to our library.

Check out Skaff's website for tour dates, news and some free-to-listen songs.

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Jazz
4:12 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

From the 'Classic' Files: Freddie Hubbard, Tom Peterson's LA6 Sextet

The late jazz trumpet great, Freddie Hubbard
Credit Philippe Levy-Stab/Corbis

Sunday, March 9 2014:

Tonight on Straight No Chaser, we hear jazz from a classic time including Freddie Hubbard, Red Garland, Art Farmer, Tom Peterson's LA6 Sextet, Bob Florence band and Huston Person.

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jazz
1:41 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

'Bluesy' and 'Soul' Jazz, a Lyricist with a Cello

"Bluesy jazzists" Deep Blue Organ Trio. Left to right, Greg Rockingham, Chris Foreman and Bobby Broom
Credit www.deepblueorgantrio.com

Saturday, March 2 2014:

Tonight, we feature older recordings from the Deep Blue Organ Trio, Jimmy Smith, Gerry Mulligan and Hank Mobley. We'll also hear recent recordings from Rob Derke, Josh Breakstone and Houston Person.

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jazz
5:43 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Roaring Jazz Vocals and a '20s-Born Bari Sax Legend

Jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell
Credit www.npr.org

On tonight’s Straight No Chaser, it's our usual strange brew of both fresh-off-the-presses music and the old stuff. ‘New’ tunes include the sounds of Pat Metheny, Terrence Brewer, Catherine Russell and the Bill Goodwin Quartet. The ‘old’ include Gerry Mulligan and Carmell Jones.

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Jazz
5:49 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Altoist And Kansas Native Bobby Watson Featured

Sunday, Feb. 16: Tonight, we'll take a lot of trips down memory lane. In anticipation of his upcoming appearance in Wichita, we'll hear from Bobby Watson on the alto sax. We'll also hear tunes from Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, Miles Davis, Paul Desmond and Cannonball Adderley.

Jazz
1:39 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Bobby Watson And Horizon Reassembled On This Week's Straight No Chaser

On tonight's SNC, we hear new cd's by Jeremey Pelt and Terrence Brewer, and in advance of his Wichita appearance, Bobby Watson and Horizon Reassembled.  

Jazz
1:39 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

'Good Old Jazz' Duos And Trios Highlighted On This Week's Straight No Chaser

After weeks of 'Best of' shows, Straight No Chaser returns to soulful, bebop jazz. The epitome of bebop, alto sax great Cannonball Adderley pictured.

On tonight's Straight No Chaser, we throw off the oppression of the 'best of' lists and go back to good old jazz. Featured artists include Joshua Breakstone, Cannonball Adderley with Milt Jackson, Buddy DeFranco with the John Pizzarelli Trio and the Deep Blue Organ Trio.

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Music
11:19 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Best Music of 2013

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2013 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

Join KMUW's music hosts throughout January on Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train, Crossroads, Soulsations and Straight No Chaser for a month-long feature of the Best of 2013. See individual show pages for more information on upcoming shows and to listen to past shows through the streaming archive.

Best of 2013 lists:

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Music
11:14 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Straight No Chaser's Top 19: Best New Releases of 2013

Note: List is in no particular order.

1. Complete Columbia Album Collection -- Herbie Hancock

2. Nice and Easy -- Huston Person

3. Soul Brother Cool -- Cyrus Chestnut

4. White House Sessions -- Bennett/Brubeck

5. Milestones -- Giacomo Gates

6. For Joe -- Frank Potenza

7. Colors of a Dream -- Tom Harrell

8. One of Rudy -- Joey de Francesco

9. Live at Catalinas -- Kenny Burrell

10. Thrasher Dream Trio -- Gerry Gibbs

11. Maybe September -- Ken Peplowski

12. Free Flying -- Fred Hersch and Julian Lage

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Music
1:22 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Straight No Chaser Begins January With The Best New Releases Of 2013

On tonight's SNC, and throughout the month of January, we begin by devoting the first hour of the program to selections from the best new releases of 2013, including Terrance Blanchard, Freddie Cole and Jerry Bergonzi. In the second hour, we take a trip in the wayback machine to hear other selections aged to perfection.

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