When asked if I wanted to produce a jazz program for the start-up jazz station WETF in South Bend, Indiana, I didn’t have to think twice before I agreed. One of the most satisfying work I ever did was produce for NPR’s Jazz Profiles. (The series ran from 1995 and 2002, winning a Peabody in 200?).

I created 15 Profiles, mostly on vocalists - including Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O’Day, Rosemary Clooney, Etta Jones, Ernestine Anderson, Freddy Cole, Al Hibbler, and Johnny Hartman.

For WETF, I suggested a program called The Vocalists to be produced at home. My first program was on October 6, 2019. The station gave me carte blanche, making it clear that it’s MY show, which I guess it is since I’m an unpaid volunteer.

People asked me how they could hear the programs. And, although the station does live stream, the showtimes didn’t always work out for people, so I put my favorite episodes on my website.

I recently decided to revamp the site and add historical context. Although I didn’t create a show for EVERY jazz singer or songwriter, I covered the major ones. The result is an introduction to the musical genre Jazz Singing and its repertory, The Great American Songbook.

I hope you enjoy delving into the work of these outstanding artists who together created what is, in my opinion, the best of America’s popular music.

*I did not adhere to a strict purist’s definition of jazz singing. I included jazz-influenced vocalists who drew from The Great American Songbook and also used my personal preferences.


2019 to present: Freelance radio producer:
JM Jazz, The Vocalists,
WETF,  South Bend, Indiana

See https://joanmerrll.com

2011-2020: Producer of tribute shows featuring Kristi King:
“Que Sera! Celebrating Doris Day,”  “Country Girls,” 
“Peggy Lee, I Love Being Here With You,” & more.
website:  http://www.kristiking.com

“LEGACY OF DORIS DAY”:  click here
published in Jazz Journal, June 1, 2019 

Produced video documentary Saying It With Jazz,
featuring Carmen McRae  and others  
 Favorable reviews in Down Beat, JazzTimes, and Jazz Now.
For more information, click here

Independent radio producer 1992-2001
Produced 15 shows for Peabody winning NPR’s Jazz Profiles
Produced four shows for PRI’s Smithsonian
Productions: Jazz Singers

Record Producer, Saying It With Jazz 
“You Don’t Know Me” by Rebecca Parris (2007)
“Well, Alright!” by Nancy Kelly (2009)
“Que Sera! Celebrating Doris Day” by Kristi King (2012)
purchase from CD Baby, Amazon, artists, or this site.

Talent Management, 1998-2009
various jazz singers: Ernestine Anderson, Rebecca Parris,
Denise Perrier, Patti Wicks, Nancy Kelly.