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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2:07 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Salute To Prestige Records On Straight No Chaser Plus Organist Everette DeVan

Jazz organist Everette DeVan
Credit everettedevan.com

Sunday, July 6:

Tune in tonight for the beginning of a month long salute to Prestige Records, in celebration of their 65th anniversary. The American jazz record label was first founded in 1949 in New York City. 

We will also hear from organist and Kansas City jazz scene mainstay Everette DeVan, along with American jazz musician Phil Woods.

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1:33 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Remembering Blue Note artist and jazz great Horace Silver on Straight No Chaser

Jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver

Sunday, June 29:

Straight No Chaser continues to join Night Train in featuring Blue Note Records, the American jazz record label, for the month of June in celebration of their 75th Anniversary.

Tune in for a special tribute show tonight in honor of Blue Note recording artist and legendary jazz musician Horace Silver. Horace Silver, an American jazz pianist and composer, died on June 18th at the age of 85. 

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4:05 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

More Blue Note artists including Grant Green and Ike Quebec on Straight No Chaser

Grant Green, American jazz guitarist and composer
Credit www.bluenote.com

Sunday, June 22:

Straight No Chaser continues to join Night Train in featuring Blue Note Records, the American jazz record label, in celebration of their 75th Anniversary. On tonight's show, hear from Blue Note artists Grant Green and Ike Quebec. 

Grant Green is a St. Louis born jazz guitarist and composer. Ike Quebec of Newark, New Jersey is a jazz tenor saxophonist.  

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Music
2:34 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

More from Blue Note Records with Cannonball Adderley on Straight No Chaser

Alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley

Sunday, June 15:

Straight No Chaser continues to join Night Train in featuring Blue Note Records, the American jazz record label, in celebration of their 75th Anniversary. On tonight's show, hear from Blue Note artist and alto saxophone great Cannonball Adderley, among others.

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2:54 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Limited edition reissues from Mosiac Records on Straight No Chaser

Blue Note reissues from Mosaic Records featured on Straight No Chaser

Sunday, June 8:

Straight No Chaser continues to join Night Train in a tribute to Blue Note Records, an American jazz record label, on the occasion of their 75th Anniversary.

Tonight we will hear many limited edition reissues of iconic Blue Note recordings from Mosaic Records.  

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Music
9:32 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Blue Note Records featured on Straight No Chaser

American jazz tenor saxophonist Ike Quebec
Credit Blue Note Records

Sunday, June 1:

Tonight Straight No Chaser joins Night Train in featuring Blue Note Records, an American jazz record label, on the occasion of their 75th Anniversary. 

Blue Note artists featured on tonight's show include tenor saxophonists Ike Quebec and Johnny Griffin, and jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell.

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Music
8:33 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Straight No Chaser for May 25: Last recordings from Frank Wess plus Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

Frank Wess at Vancouver's Jazz Cellar, 2005
Credit Steve Mynett

Sunday, May 25:

Tonight's edition of Straight No Chaser features one of the last recordings by Frank Wess. Then we learn the meaning of the blues from Jimmy Smith, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Jimmy Ponder.

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1:33 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Straight No Chaser for May 18: Zoot Sims, Horace Silver, Wes Montgomery - plus web extras

The late, great Zoot Sims, known for his work with legends like Ray Charles and Benny Goodman, is among Sunday's SNC featured artists.
Credit The Concert Database

Sunday, May 18:

Historic figures all: pianist/composer Bill Evans, guitarist Wes Montgomery, Zoot Sims on sax, and pianist Horace Silver.

Web extras:

Wes Montgomery live in London circa 1965:

This week's long-watch: Horace Silver Quintet circa 1974 at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy.

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2:02 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Straight No Chaser for May 11: Bob Brookmeyer on T-bone, sax duo Mulligan and Desmond, big band jazz

One of Sundays's featured collaborations
Credit Album cover art

Sunday, May 11: KCMO-born trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, bari sax great Gerry Mulligan with his longtime collaborator, alto sax Paul Desmond (in an outing sans Dave Brubeck), Josh Breakstone on jazz guitar, and the Carl Saunders Big Band.

This week's long-watch: Dave Brubeck Trio feat. Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond.

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6:30 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Drummer Matt Wilson Headlines Annual Wichita Jazz Festival

Matt Wilson will be at the Wichita Jazz Festival on April 23-26.
Credit mattwilsonjazz.com

The Annual Wichita Jazz Festival will be taking place this weekend and this year’s festival features percussion headlined by drummer Matt Wilson.

Wilson received a Bachelor's degree from Wichita State University. After graduation, Wilson and his wife Felicia, also a WSU graduate, moved to Boston and then New York, where he became an in-demand musician.

Matt has played with groups led by Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz, Denny Zeitlin, Dewey Redman and Dena DeRose. He has appeared on over 250 CDs as a sideman.

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