Alfred Turner

Producer, Webmaster

Alfred Turner is a familiar voice to many listeners, having hosted past programs such as The Morning ConcertStandard Time and various specials. He is currently South Carolina Public Radio’s webmaster, and producer for Walter Edgar's Journal South Carolina from A to Z, as well as co-producer of  Spoleto Today.

Over more than 30 years Alfred has worked as recording engineer, post production engineer, and/or producer on dozens of projects, both nationally distributed (JazzSet, Marian McPartland's Piano JazzMain Street Jazz) and regionally broadcast (In the Tradition). He has been a Doctor Who fan since the mid 1980s, and often annoys his wife and three adult children with references to both the classic series and new Who.

Ways to Connect

Charenée Wade

Jazz vocalist Charenée Wade began singing at 12 and learned from jazz luminaries such as Carmen Lundy and Christian McBride. Her clear voice and impressive technique landed her first runner-up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk competition, and she followed this success with her debut album, Love Walked In. On this episode of Song Travels, Wade joins host Michael Feinstein to share about her first experience performing on stage and her growth as an artist. Wade performs jazz classics, including "I Didn’t Know What Time It Was" and "Blue Monk."

Mose Allison
Michael Wilson,

One of the most original and provocative musicians in jazz, pianist Mose Allison (1927 – 2016) was heavily influenced by the blues. The Mississippi native drew inspiration from Sonny Boy Williamson, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, and Thelonious Monk to create jazz flavored by the blues, along with tastes of his own sardonic wit. On this 1988 Piano Jazz, Allison opens with one of his typically witty tunes, “Someone’s Going to Have to Move.” He and McPartland join forces on an old classic, “Your Red Wagon.”

  Please be advised that the 2017 spring solar outage season will affect South Carolina Public Radio March  4 – 9 at approximately 1:57 p.m. each day.  This will result in a temporary loss of our program signal from satellite sources such as NPR. During this period some programming has been adjusted to prevent any audio interruptions. A solar or sun transit outage is an electromagnetic phenomenon wherein a station down link is temporarily unable to receive a satellite signal due to interference from the sun as it passes behind the satellite.

Watch an archived video stream of the news conference from PBS Newshour, below.

Eric Reed
Jimmy Baikovicius/Flickr

 News Stations: Saturdays, 8 pm | Classical Station: Sundays, 7 pm

  July 30/31:  Eric Reed

Pianist and composer Eric Reed began playing piano as a small child. He was only 18 when he played his first string of gigs with Wynton Marsalis, work that catapulted him to the forefront of jazz musicians. He has played with Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, and Joshua Redman, among others, and has established himself as a notable leader, producer, and educator. On this 1995 Piano Jazz, the then 24-year-old Reed’s distinctive style is evident on a solo of “Cedar’s Blues.”

Shelby Lynne
Randee St. Nicholas

Vocalist and songwriter Shelby Lynn has carved her own path as a respected independent artist. After years in Nashville, she relocated to California, where the Grammy-winning artist continues to win high praise with each new album. This week, Lynne performs a set of original songs and teams up with Feinstein for “Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You.”

Classical Stations: Sun, 6 pm | News Stations: Sun, 2 pm

The Federal Emergency Management Division reports that a disaster recovery center in Richland County, located in the Richland Main Library, 1431 Assembly St., will close Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m.

Many services available at disaster recovery centers are also available by calling the FEMA helpline. Survivors of Oct. 1-23 storms and flooding in Richland County can get help by calling 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585; those who use 711/VRS can call 800-621-3362. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

  The Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that tne disaster recovery center, located at the Recreation Center at 397 Chappell Drive in Bishopville, will close Saturday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.

South Carolina flood survivors who have a continued need for temporary housing assistance must complete and submit paperwork that demonstrates a disaster-related and financial need.

Applicants need to submit several documents each time they want to ask FEMA for continued temporary housing assistance including:

Three disaster recovery centers will close Saturday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m.:

  • Blaney Fire Department at 1200 Rose St. in Elgin
  • Berkeley County Emergency Management Station No. 7 at 1501 Recreation Road in Huger
  • Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at 540 Wilson Road in Newberry

Applicants in Elgin, Huger and Newberry may still visit other recovery centers to ask disaster assistance questions. They can locate their closest center by visiting

    FEMA Mitigation Advisers Offer Guidance to Flood Survivors in Charleston, Darlington, Dorchester, Greenwood, Horry and Richland counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – As South Carolinians rebuild and repair after the recent historic floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended its disaster declaration for the recent flooding in order to make survivors in Bamberg, Colleton and Greenwood counties eligible for Individual Assistance. Survivors who sustained losses in the designated counties can apply for assistance by registering online at or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Governor Nikki Haley briefing the press at the SC Emergency Management Division, October 2, 2015.
Governor's Office/Zach Pippin

  Gov. Nikki Haley announced today that Bamberg, Colleton, and, Greenwood counties have been added to list of those qualifying for individual assistance under the federal disaster declaration, bringing the total to 19. Haley also encouraged "anybody who has had any damage" to call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or registering at, a sentiment that was echoed by FEMA's Mike Moore.

  The latest warnings and advisories from NOAA's National Weather service are available at

The Shandon neighborhood in Columbia, SC, Monday, Oct 5.
Timothy Carrier

  Record rainfall is expected to taper off Monday, after severe flooding left houses in Columbia and elsewhere with water up to their eaves. But officials say the crisis is not over, and residents should stay away from dangerous roadways.

At least nine deaths were reported in the state, and some 40,000 people are without water. In addition, 70 miles of Interstate 95 are closed to traffic.

"If you're in your house, continue to stay in your house," Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday morning. "This is not the time to take pictures." She added that even in areas where rain has stopped, "This is not over."

Listen to the Governor's entire press conference, below.

Joe Lovano
Jimmy Katz

  Saxophonist Joe Lovano and bassist Dave Holland first recorded together in 1992 on the album From the Soul. Lovano toured with the Woody Herman Thundering Herd in the 1970s and went on to join the John Scofield Quartet. Holland was part of the London jazz scene of the late ’60s before playing with Miles Davis’ band. On this Piano Jazz from 2000, Lovano and Holland share their dynamic energy with host McPartland in a trio collaboration.

-- News Stations: Sat, Oct 03, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Oct 04, 7 pm --

  This week's special Pledge Edition of Walter Edgar's Journal features an encore of segments from Walter's January 16th conversation with South Carolina author Ron Rash.

-- All Stations: Fri, Oct 2, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Oct 4, 4 pm --

Bobby McFerrin
Courtesy of the artist

  Vocalist Bobby McFerrin is best known for his 1988 hit “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” which was the first a capella song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won three Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year. McFerrin also has five Grammy wins for Best Male Jazz Vocal, and has created a concert version of George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess. This week, McFerrin stops by Song Travels’ studio to talk about his endless creativity and the enduring appeal of the Gershwins.

--- Classical Stations: Sun, Aug 23, 6pm | News Stations, Sun, Aug 23, 2pm ---

Lowcountry Fiction

Aug 10, 2015

  Walter Edgar welcomes two old friends to Walter Edgar's Jounral this week, Dorothea Benton Frank and Mary Alice Monroe. Monroe talks about her new novel, The Summer’s End (Gallery/Simon & Schuster, 2015), the final installment her Lowcountry Summer trilogy of books. In All the Single Ladies (Harper Collins, 2015), Dorothea Benton Frank again takes us deep into the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where three unsuspecting women are brought together by tragedy and mystery.

--All Stations: Fri, Aug 14, 12 pm; News Stations: Sun, Aug 16, 4pm---

José James
Janette Beckman

  July 19
José James

Vocalist and songwriter José James draws his musical inspiration from hip hop and indie rock in addition to jazz and R&B. He’s toured extensively and has gained a following with his acclaimed 2013 album, No Beginning No End, and his 2014 release, While You Were Sleeping. On this Song Travels, James remembers Billie Holiday, who was born 100 years ago this past April, and performs her classics “Loverman” and “I Thought About You.”

Undated photo of Dylann Roof from his Facebook page

  Updated 11:45 am: Area news sources, including WOLO TV in Columbia and WCCB TV in Charlotte, are reporting that 21-year-old Dylann Roof, the suspect in a mass killing Wednesday night at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, has been arrested in Shelby, NC. Authorities identify Roof as the assailant who killed nine people during a bible study at the historic church. WOLO reports that the FBI has confirmed the arrest.

Dee Dee Bridgewater
Courtesy of the artist

  --- Classical Stations: Sun, Jun 21, 6 pm | News Stations: Sun, Jun 21, 2pm --- In honor of Billie Holiday’s centennial, Song Travels features Grammy-winning vocalist and actress Dee Dee Bridgewater, who embodied the late singer in the starring role in Lady Day. In addition to her Tony Award-winning role in The Wiz (1975), Bridgewater has appeared in shows including Sophisticated Ladies and Cabaret. This week, she shares about her experience playing Billie Holiday and performs “God Bless the Child” and “Good Morning Heartache.”

--- Classical Station: Sun, Jun 7, 6 pm | News Stations: Sun, Jun 7, 2 pm ---

Vocalist, bassist, and songwriter Kate Davis was recognized as a National Young Art Silver winner and twice invited to the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony. Hailed as a “talent not to be missed” by The Herald Tribune, she’s performed at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center and Rockwood Music Hall. This week, Davis performs her original songs “Movie” and “Every Good Girl is a Unicorn.”  


Doc Cheatham
Courtesy Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University.

  - News Stations: Sat, Jun 6, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, Jun 7, 7 pm -

Trumpeter Adolphus “Doc” Cheatham (1905 – 1997) was known for his admirable technique and tone. His signature slight burr gave his solos an edge, but his approach was warm and elegant. He continued touring late into his life, with some of his best recordings from this later stage. On this 1992 Piano Jazz, Cheatham and McPartland play “Give Me a Kiss to Build a Dream On” and “I Double Dare You.”

- News Stations: Sat, May 30, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, May 31, 7 pm -

Pamela Hines is a pianist and composer whose forte is a complex and engaging take on the structural components of music within the jazz form. She brings nuances and impressive technical abilities to all the tunes she plays, and as a composer, she draws out a theme from every musician working with her. In this session from 2000, Hines performs her original tune “Porridge.”

- News Stations: Sat, May 23, 8 pm | News Stations: Sun, May 24, 7 pm -

Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton (1908 – 2002) was one of the most influential figures in the annals of jazz. He made the vibes a vital voice in the arsenal of jazz instruments and gained international fame playing in Benny Goodman’s small groups and leading his own orchestra. On this 1989 Piano Jazz, Hampton and McPartland duet on a set including “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Mack the Knife.”

---All Stations: Fri, May 22, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, May 24, 4 pm--- (Originally broadcast 01/10/14) - In the years following World War I, the New Orleans French Quarter attracted artists and writers with low rent, a faded charm, and colorful street life. By the 1920s Jackson Square became the center of a vibrant but short-lived bohemia. A young William Faulkner and his roommate William Spratling, an artist who taught at Tulane, were among the "artful and crafty ones of the French Quarter." In Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s (LSU Press, 2012) John Shelton Reed introduces Faulkner's circle of friends ranging from the distinguished Sherwood Anderson to a gender-bending Mardi Gras costume designer and brings to life the people and places of New Orleans in the jazz age.

Dr. John Shelton Reed is the William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was director of the Howard Odum Institute for Research in Social Science for twelve years and helped to found the university's Center for the Study of the American South and the quarterly Southern Cultures.

Gonzalo Rubalcaba

- News Stations: Sat, May 16, 8 pm | Classical Stations: Sun, May 17, 7 pm -

The music of pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba is a potent mixture of Cuban and American jazz. His style is both melodic and rhythmic, filled with exciting and intriguing influences. He plays everything from jazz to classical as well as music from his native land, Cuba. When he was a guest on Piano Jazz in 1995, he spoke with host McPartland through an interpreter and dazzled with pieces including “Con Alma” and “Straight No Chaser.”

Joey von Nessen
Mike Switzer

  South Carolina's economy has been one of the better performers nationwide over the past year.  Will the Palmetto State step into high gear this summer?

Mike Switzer interviews Joey von Nessen, a research economist with the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, and their Division of Research, which stays busy tracking and calculating our state's economic statistics.