Sunday Night (American TV program)

This article is about the American music program. For the Australian current affairs program, see Sunday Night (Australian TV program).
Sunday Night / Michelob Presents Night Music
Starring Jools Holland, David Sanborn, various
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 44
Executive producer(s) Lorne Michaels
Running time 60 minutes
Original network NBC (season one) syndication (season two)
Original release 1988 1990

Sunday Night, later named Michelob Presents Night Music, is a late-night television show which aired for two seasons between 1988 and 1990 as a showcase for jazz and eclectic musical artists. It was hosted by Jools Holland and David Sanborn, and featured Marcus Miller as musical director. Guests included acts such as Sonny Rollins, Shinehead, Sister Carol, Sonic Youth, Richard Thompson, Jo-El Sonnier, Joe Sample, Slim Gaillard, Elliott Sharp, Pere Ubu, Pharoah Sanders, and many others. In addition, vintage clips of jazz legends like Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, and Billie Holiday were also featured. The show also featured a house band of Omar Hakim (drums), Marcus Miller (bass), Philippe Saisse (keys), David Sanborn (sax), Hiram Bullock (guitar), and Jools Holland (piano). The show often allowed its guests ample time to explain the origins of their sound, meaning of songs, etc. It also provided a national audience for lesser-known acts (such as Arto Lindsay's band, Ambitious Lovers). Hal Willner was the music coordinator, responsible for the interesting musical mix-and-matching that took place on the show.

Cast and crew

The Sunday Night Band
Season 1: episodes 101–122
plays 1988 1st lineup 1989 2nd lineup 1989 3rd lineup 1989 4th lineup
keys Philippe Saisse Philippe Saisse Philippe Saisse Philippe Saisse
guitar Hiram Bullock Hiram Bullock Hiram Bullock Robben Ford
drums Omar Hakim Omar Hakim J.T. Lewis J.T. Lewis
bass Marcus Miller Tom Barney Tom Barney Marcus Miller
Music Associate (keys): Brenda V. Browne Brenda V. Browne
Night Music Band[1]
Season 2: episodes 201–218
plays 1989 5th lineup
keys Philippe Saisse
guitar Hiram Bullock
drums Omar Hakim
bass Tom Barney
hand drum Don Alias
Regular weekly personalities and performers
Hosts: Jools Holland

David Sanborn

(occasional piano or organ accompaniment)

(frequent saxophone accompaniment)

Production credits[2]
Title Name
Sponsor: Michelob
Production companies: Broadway Video, Inc.

PRA, Inc.

Videotaped at: Chelsea Television Studios, New York City
Director: Dave Wilson (1988–89)

John Fortenberry (season 2: 1989–90)

Musical Directors: Marcus Miller (1988, 1989)

George Duke (1989)
Hiram Bullock (season 2: 1989–90)
Philippe Saisse (season 2: 1989–90)

Producer: John Head
Co-Producer: Patrick Rains


Sunday Night musical guest appearances[3]
Season 1: episodes 101–122 (1988–89)
Show 101 Show 102 Show 103

Ruth Brown
Ivan Neville
George Duke

James Taylor
Milton Nascimento
Nana Vasconcelos
Don Grolnick
Lani Groves
Dennis Collins

Eddie Palmieri
Nelson Gonzales
Phoebe Snow
Yomo Toro

Show 104 Show 105 Show 106

Dr. John
Mavis Staples
Jeff Healey

Dizzy Gillespie
Dianne Reeves
David Peaston
Onaje Allan Gumbs

Slim Gaillard
Mark Knopfler
Randy Newman
Take 6

Show 107 Show 108 Show 109

Marianne Faithfull
John Zorn
Aaron Neville
Rob Wasserman
John Sebastian

Jack Bruce
Joe Walsh
Al Green
Highway 101
Nat Hentoff

Boz Scaggs
Anson Funderburgh
Betty Wright
Trio Bulgarka
Dave Bargeron
Randy Brecker
Ronnie Cuber
Lou Marini

Show 110 Show 111 Show 112

Al Jarreau
Darlene Love
Bashiri Johnson
Johnny Clegg & Savuka
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Brenda White, Lani Groves, Dennis Collins (backing singers)

Earl Klugh
Patti Austin
Joe Sample
Donald Fagen
Sister Carol
Kasey Cisyk
Lani Groves
Vaneese Thomas
Vivian Cherry
Bashiri Johnson

Judy Mowatt
Joe Cocker
David "Fathead" Newman
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Annicia Banks
Vaneese Thomas
Kasey Cisyk
Lani Groves

Show 113 Show 114 Show 115

Curtis Mayfield
Taylor Dayne
David Lindley
Jorge Cameron
George Duke

Sam Moore
Stanley Turrentine
Ashford and Simpson
Joseph Joubert
Steve Thornton
George Duke

Youssou N'Dour
Theo Diarra
Mar Gueye
Habib Faye
Philip Bailey
Lani Groves
Marcus Roberts
Ambitious Lovers
George Duke

Show 116 Show 117 Show 118

Carlos Santana
Lyle Lovett
Chester Thompson
Armando Peraza
José "Chepito" Areas
Wayne Shorter
Fontella Bass
George Duke

Betty Carter
Branford Marsalis
Willie Dixon
Katie Webster
John Sebastian
George Duke

Take 6
Rev. Claude Jeter
Rev. Shirley Caesar
Ann Caesar Price
Bernard Sterling
Michael Mathis
The Dixie Hummingbirds

Show 119 Show 120 Show 121

Sonny Rollins
Leonard Cohen
Ken Nordine
Perla Batalla
Was (Not Was)
Julie Christensen
George Duke

Lou Reed
John Cale
Kattie Webster
Harry Connick, Jr.
Paul Shaffer(co-host)

Robert Cray
John Hiatt
Koko Taylor (failed to appear)
Tracy Nelson (replacement)
World Saxophone Quartet

Show 122 Compilation 1 Compilation 2

John Lurie & The Lounge Lizards
The Roches
Little Milton Campbell
Marcus Miller

Yomo Toro (Show 103)
Dizzy Gillespie (Show 105)
Slim Gaillard (Show 106)
Aaron Neville (Show 107)
Al Green (Show 108)
Boz Scaggs & Betty Wright (Show 109)
Savuka (Show 110)
Joe Cocker (Show 112)
Louis Jordan (archive video)

David Lindley (Show 113)
Squeeze (Show 114)
Youssous N'Dour (Show 115)
Ambitious Lovers (Show 115)
Fontella Bass (Show 116)
Betty Carter (Show 117)
Branford Marsalis (Show 117)
Rev. Claude Jeter (Show 118)
Leonard Cohen (Show 119)
Sonny Rollins (Show 119)
Robert Cray & John Hiatt (Show 121)

Night Music musical guest appearances
Season 2: episodes 201–218 (1989–90)
Show 201 Show 202 Show 203

Stevie Ray Vaughan
Pharoah Sanders
Van Dyke Parks
Maria McKee

Philip Glass
Debbie Harry
Loudon Wainwright III
Pere Ubu

Nona Hendryx
Pops Staples
Ivo Papasov and his Wedding Band
Adrian Belew
Elliott Sharp

Show 204 Show 205 Show 206

Bootsy Collins
Pretty Fat
Carla Bley
Steve Swallow
Allen Toussaint
Karen Mantler & Band

Todd Rundgren
Pat Metheny Group
Taj Mahal
Nanci Griffith
Christian Marclay

L.L. Cool J
Jean-Luc Ponty
Ray Manzarek
Elliott Sharp

Show 207 Show 208 Show 209

The Pixies
Sun Ra
Syd Straw
Arthur Baker
Al Green
Sister Carol

Sting & Fareed Haque
Carla Thomas & Rufus Thomas
Bill Frisell & Band
Mary Margaret O'Hara

Miles Davis
Hank Ballard & The Three Midnighters
Marcus Miller

Show 210 Show 211 Show 212

Sonic Youth
Indigo Girls
Daniel Lanois
Evan Lurie & his Tango Band
Diamanda Galás

Eric Clapton
Robert Cray
Julee Cruise
Papa Wemba
Dan Hicks & The Acoustic Warriors

Conway Twitty
The Residents
Kronos Quartet
Aster Aweke

Show 213 Show 214 Show 215

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Toots Thielemans
Charlie Haden & his Liberation Orchestra
Nick Cave & Mick Harvey
Sister Carol

Graham Parker
Abbey Lincoln
Phil Woods
Shabazz and His D.J.
C.E. Just
Steve Turre and His Sea Shells

Bob Weir
Rob Wasserman
Warren Zevon
Artis the Spoonman
John Lurie and Nana Vasconcelos
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Modern Jazz Quartet

Show 216 Show 217 Show 218

Richard Thompson
Tim Berne
Jo-el Sonnier
John Cale & B.J. Cole
Shawn Colvin
Howard Johnson
Sister Carol
Hank Crawford

Miles Davis
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Hank Crawford
Abbey Lincoln
Kronos Quartet

Eric Clapton and Robert Cray
Warren Zevon
Modern Jazz Quartet
Charlie Haden & his Liberation Orchestra
Dan Hicks & The Acoustic Warriors
Sister Carol
Steve Turre and his Sea Shells

Compilation 3 Compilation 4

Stevie Ray Vaughan (Show 201)
Debbie Harry (Show 202)
Al Green (Show 207)
The Pixies (Show 207)
Miles Davis (Show 209)
Eric Clapton and Robert Cray (Show 211)

Pharaoh Sanders (Show 201)
Ivo Papasov and his Wedding Band (Show 203)
Mary Margaret O'Hara (Show 208)
Zahar (Show 209)
Abbey Lincoln (Show 214)
NRBQ (Show 214)
Red Hot Chili Peppers (Show 217)


  1. "Night Music", closing credits, episode 201 (1989)
  2. "Sunday Night" episodes 104 (1988), 113 (1989), 114 (1989), 121 (1989)
  3. Broadway Video, Distribution, Night Music, Internet Archive Wayback Machine, July 6, 2004
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