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.

Ways To Connect

Sunday, May 24

Tonight we cover several more sets from Mosaic Records, the jazz record label that specializes in recordings that had fallen out of print. We'll hear from Thad Jones and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, plus Woody Shaw and stuff from Bob Florence and Phil Woods. 

Mosiac Reissues

May 14, 2015

Sunday, May 17

On tonight's Straight No Chaser, we will spend the better part of the evening listening to things on the Mosaic Records label. Mosaic has been in business around 25 years, and has received many accolades for their reissue sets. Their staff visits record libraries, storage rooms, closets, and basements to find original tapes of important groups. They reissue selections in well researched and impeccably remastered box sets. We will hear examples by Blue Mitchell, J J Johnson, Buck Clayton, Johnny Hodges, and more. 

Sunday, May 3

Jazz Appreciation Month may be over, but here on Straight No Chaser we celebrate year round. Tonight, listen for American jazz tenor saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and friend Sonny Stitt from their 1950's duo pieces. Also hear selections from David “Fathead” Newman, who is best known for his work as a sideman on singer-pianist Ray Charles' recordings. 

A Jazz Menagerie

Apr 14, 2015

Sunday, April 19

We continue to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, although on Straight No Chaser that's all year long. Some of the very best new selections include Italian-American jazz guitarist Pat Martino and Down Beat's 1969 "Jazz Artist of the Year," Charles Lloyd. Plus hear classic oldies from Gene Ammons in his first release after his 1962 incarceration. 

More Of The Best

Apr 8, 2015

Sunday April 12

More of only the very best jazz for Jazz Appreciation Month. We are featuring some of the most acclaimed musicians, specializing in a wide range of instruments, tonight on Straight No Chaser. Hear from saxophonist Jim Snidero, pianist and composer Ray Bryant, guitarist Bobby Broom, and Wichita native Greg Skaff. 

Only The Best

Apr 2, 2015

  Sunday, April 5

It is now Jazz Appreciation Month, which it is every month on Straight No Chaser. We will celebrate by playing only the best all month long. Tonight we hear from Ahmad Jamal, one of the most successful small-group leaders in jazz. Also hear selections from the Grammy-nominated Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, New York pianist  Bill Charlap, and the great Johnny Griffin.

Sunday March 29

On tonight's Straight No Chaser we hear a compilation of old and new. New selections from swing & bebop jazz guitarist,  Russell Malone, and international jazz  saxophonist Greg Abate. Some old features from "the King," Benny Carter, and legendary Oliver Nelson. Plus hear some slightly old pieces from four time Grammy award nominee Karrin Allyson.

Sunday, March 22

Tonight on Straight No Chaser, we pay tribute to the late jazz pioneer Clark Terry. We'll also hear from Bud Shank , a new CD from Russell Malone, Phil Woods, and Blue Mitchell.

Sunday March 15

Tonight on Straight No Chaser hear something new from Charles McPherson. Also tune in for a few old things from American saxophonist Charlie Rouse, renowned for his ten year collaboration with Thelonious Monk.  Horace Silver, Stan Getz, and J J Johnson will also make appearances throughout the show. 

Sunday March 8

Tonight we hear from Canada's own Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass, featuring Massachusetts born Phil Woods. Tune in for a new jazz album from the Chicago Yestet that includes horns, rhythm, spoken word, and vocals. Also hear saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and guitarist Wes Montgomery with the renowned Wynton Kelly Trio.