Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Music Monday for December 22, 2014



     Legendary alto saxophonist Richie Cole first heard the Washington DC-based Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet in 2012 and immediately declared them “my new discovery, the whole package.” Cole, who has worked extensively with the Manhattan Transfer, instantly recognized the vocal appeal of the UVJQ and the unique songwriting and arranging talents of their leader, Ginny Carr. A lover of swinging vocal harmonies and a prolific songwriter himself, Cole invited Carr to arrange his own songs for her group and collaborate with him on "Vocal Madness," a recording featuring their collective original compositions with arrangements by Carr.

     2013 Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Manual Valera is a 34-year-old powerhouse who has taken New York by storm since relocating there from his native Cuba in 2000, and has worked with many of today’s finest artists in Afro-Cuban jazz. For his third release with his band New Cuban Express, “In Motion,” Valera offers up a selection of originals that cover a good deal of ground, touching on both Latin and swing sensibilities. Yosvany Terry on alto sax, Tom Guarna on guitar and Alex Sipiagin on trumpet make strong statements while Valera tastefully uses the Fender Rhodes to add new colors to the ensemble mix.
     Also this week is the brand new disc from Eastern Iowa’s Lynne Hart on clarinet, Richard Wagor on bass and Pat Smith on guitar for their debut release as a trio, “Roots of Rhythm”; Gary Urwin and his L.A.-based Jazz Orchestra welcome special guests Bill Watrous, Pete Christlieb and Carl Saunders to the proceedings for “A Beautiful Friendship”; and Phil Brown and the New Arts Jazztet out of Southern Illinois University present an engaging set of originals on “Arkadia.”

This Week's Special Shows


Week of December 22, 2014


Short List with Bob Naujoks
Monday - Friday at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
Sax Soiree 2: Joe Lovano  
To anyone who laments that jazz music is not what it used to be in the dear departed past, here is good news. Joe Lovano is on the scene and has been preaching the true faith for over five decades. In his heart Lovano is a bebop jazzman. However, he also loved the experimental avant-garde of the 1960s and had his ears open to those experimenters John Coltrane, Jimmy Guiffre and Ornette Coleman. So with Lovano you will hear traditional chord melody sounds as well as the free jazz and modal designs in his music. All of this musical education gives Joe Lovano his uniqueness on today’s jazz scene.   
 
Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson
Monday at 6:00 PM
Melba Liston: Bones of an Arranger    
Melba Liston (1926-1999) made her mark as one of the few women to succeed as a jazz instrumentalist, composer, and arranger. A trombonist in the '40s, '50s and '60s, she played in big bands and led her own group in the '70s and '80s. As an accomplished arranger, she brought musical life to the songs of artists as diverse as Billie Holiday, Gloria Lynne, Art Blakey, Milt Jackson, and even Marvin Gaye. And her musical collaboration with pianist Randy Weston for more than thirty years produced such critically acclaimed albums as The Spirits of Our Ancestors and Volcano Blues.          

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"The Jazz Corner of the World's 2014 Holiday Show"  
Craig celebrates the season with an interesting array of jazz surprises designed to uplift your spirits!....including some seldom heard seasonal favorites;  some items that were recorded on December 24th and 25th;  some contemplative, mellow jazz stocking stuffers;  and a variety of other goodies, all designed to get your head into a good place for the holiday season. 


New Orleans Calling with George Ingmire    
Tuesday at 6:00 PM 
"Christmas Time in New Orleans "                           
This week we celebrate the season in a city known for its celebrations. Sounds of Christmas that only the Crescent City and Louisiana can provide. We'll stop by some out of the way places for some "down home" Christmas Cookin' too! 

Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride
Wednesday at 6:00 PM 

(pre-empted this week for KCCK’s special holiday programming) 

Wednesday Night Special              
7:00 PM (Follows Jazz Night in America) 

(pre-empted this week for KCCK’s special holiday programming) 


Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland      
Thursday at 6:00 PM 

(pre-empted this week for KCCK’s special holiday programming) 


Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"The 75th Anniversary Celebration of Blue Note Records -- Show #27"   
With this program, Craig concludes his ambitious chronological survey of the "Alfred Lion" years at Blue Note Records. It's been quite a ride, and certainly a great honor for Craig to be able to present this series of shows to KCCK listeners! As usual, we'll hear at least one selection from each of the remaining Blue Note recording sessions, taking us right up to the final session that was supervised by label boss, Alfred Lion....July 28th, 1967. Craig will then serve up a reprise of some of the more important Blue Note recordings from January 6th, 1939, right up to Alfred's final session. Through the efforts of Alfred Lion and his Blue Note record label, an ASTOUNDING BODY OF AMAZING ART was created and continues to inspire all jazz artists and jazz fans around the world! Thanks for listening!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!             

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM  
Songstress Nina Ferro: Live in Concert with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band               
Soulful songstress Nina Ferro has a quality of tone, an honest emotion, and a technique that make her performances nothing short of inspirational. Her energetic style and musical grace shine through as she joins the Jim Cullum Jazz Band for a concert of jazz standards and sultry ballads.           

KCCK's Midnight CD
The Monday - Sunday Midnight CD for this week can be found at:
http://www.kcck.org/onair/midnight_cd.php








Week of December 15, 2014


Short List with Bob Naujoks
Monday - Friday at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
Sax Soiree 2: Bob Wilber  
Saxophonist-clarinetist Bob Wilber is totally devoted to the classic styles of jazz. As he emerged on the music scene, his contemporaries were following the bop and cool masters of jazz—Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Lee Konitz and others. But that was not for Wilber. His heroes were traditionalists and swing players—Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman and Johnny Hodges. Wilber grew up with some impressive traditional jazz players—pianists Dick Wellstood and Ralph Sutton, and reedman Kenny Davern. In fact, Wellstood was in his high school band. Early on Wilber came under the sway of the iconic Sidney Bechet, managed to find his own voice working with Kenny Davern in Soprano Summit and Yank Lawson in the World’s Greatest Jazz Band.  
 
Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson
Monday at 6:00 PM
John Coltrane: Saxophone Icon, Part 2   
John Coltrane's never-ending quest for musical improvement and self-awareness distinguished his playing and compositions in the '60s. It was driven by an increasing spirituality, most potently unveiled in his 1964 recording A Love Supreme. Coltrane later created music of great turbulence and ecstasy, and he remains a powerful inspiration to artists of all disciplines.         

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"The 75th Anniversary Celebration of Blue Note Records -- Show #26"  
Craig continues his chronological survey of the evolution of Blue Note Records with exciting material from 1966 and 1967. We'll hear at least one selection from each and every Blue Note recording session, including tasty classics from Lou Donaldson, Duke Pearson, Horace Silver, Sam Rivers, Blue Mitchell, Jackie McLean, and many others.                             

New Orleans Calling with George Ingmire    
Tuesday at 6:00 PM 
"City of the Dead"                          
Tour guide Tony Paone and show host George Ingmire at the Barbarin family tomb in St Louis #1 Cemetery New Orleans is known for jazz, Mardi Gras, food, parties, architecture, festivals... and also for its above-ground cemeteries. When you wander into one, it’s a world unto itself. These places are the focus of so many myths and stories, and questions. We’re taking a walk into one of those cemeteries, with an expert to guide us, and a soundtrack of jazz, blues, and more.

Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
"Ellis Marsalis at 80"   
Ellis Marsalis celebrates his 80 birthday at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  He's joined by Derek Douget on saxophone; Jason Stewart, bass and Herlin Riley on the drums.         

Wednesday Night Special              
7:00 PM (Follows Jazz Night in America)  
Anat Cohen Quartet at the 2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival     
An established bandleader and prolific composer, idiomatically conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles, Anat Cohen has established herself as one of the primary voices of her generation on both the tenor saxophone and clarinet since arriving in New York in 1999. Anat has topped the critics’ and readers’ polls in DownBeat magazine for several years and has been a prolific recording and touring jazz artist. Her most recent recording, Claroscuro, blends creolized New Orleans chanson with the evergreen swing of an Artie Shaw tune to African grooves, Brazilian choro, sambo and more.          

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland      
Thursday at 6:00 PM
George Shearing  
British jazz pianist George Shearing (August 13, 1919 – February 14, 2011) was a friend and frequent guest of Marian’s on Piano Jazz. On this special edition from 2001, Shearing joins McPartland to celebrate the holidays in a jazzy way! The two reminisce about seasons gone by and perform both traditional and contemporary holiday tunes, including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Away in a Manger,” and “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”        

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"The Jazz Corner of The World's 2014 Holiday Show"   
Craig celebrates the season with an interesting array of jazz surprises designed to uplift your spirits!....including some seldom heard seasonal favorites;  some items that were recorded on December 24th and 25th;  some contemplative, mellow jazz stocking stuffers;  and a variety of other goodies, all designed to get your head into a good place for the holiday season.    

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM  
Swinging on a Riff: The Legacy of the Benny Goodman Sextet 

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band salutes the Benny Goodman Sextet, which originally started as a quintet — that’s until Charlie Christian and his electric guitar came along. Included are featured performances by clarinetists Ron Hockett and Allan Vaché, with Harry Allen on sax.       

KCCK's Midnight CD
The Monday - Sunday Midnight CD for this week can be found at:
http://www.kcck.org/onair/midnight_cd.php




Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Music Monday for December 15, 2014



     A lot of commitment is required for a band to develop musical ESP, and it was in this spirit that saxophonist Jeremy Udden and trumpeter John McNeil began to meet regularly in 2011 to work on their concepts of composition and improvisation. Over time, they added a rhythm section of bassist Aryeh Kobrinsky and drummer Anthony Pinciotti and Hush Point was born. The Brooklyn quartet’s acclaimed 2013 self-titled debut was named by the New Yorker as “among the most substantial jazz albums of the year” and the New York times described it as “…surprising music, much of it a kind of x-rayed blues.” Their brand new disc is “Blues and Reds."
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     Legendary organist Dr. Lonnie Smith says, “Jonathan Kreisberg is a creative guitarist who has been an integral member of my trio for many years. He is a passionate musician with great vision, and he is constantly in fiery pursuit of innovation.”  Vibraphonist Joe Locke says Kreisberg “…is a great musician whose playing and writing always tell a story. His formidable technique and intellect never get in the way, but only serve the agenda of the heart.” “Wave Upon Wave” is Kreisberg’s new CD, his tenth as a leader.

     Also this week, drummer Jeff Hamilton steps away from the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and leads his trio on “Great American Songs Through the Years”; Brian Charette, who has established himself as one of the most adventuresome yet respectful organists operating today, proves himself a “Good Tipper”; and singer Kenny Washington, recently dubbed “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene” by the San Francisco Chronicle, joins with saxophonist Michael O’Neill for “New Beginnings.”

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New Music Monday for December 8, 2014

New Music Monday Playlist on Youtube and Spotify.

     For many years, a special part of David Hazeltine’s Christmas Eve ritual was to go to the Village Vanguard and listen to Cedar Walton play. The pianist has been listening to and trying to incorporate aspects of Cedar’s style since 1974. He first met Walton in 1982 and saw him play many times after that but didn’t really get to know him until 1994 when Hazeltine moved back to New York City. Walton passed away in August of 2013. Hazeltine’s new trio CD, “I Remember Cedar,” is a testament to his deep love and admiration for the musical genius that was Cedar Walton.


     Legendary Russian pianist, composer and arranger Nick Levinovsky is supported by his friend, saxophonist Igor Butman and his Moscow Jazz Orchestra on “Special Opinion,” a non-traditional session of music presenting funk, fusion, jazz-rock, a tinge of psychedelic, and straight-ahead jazz. The fourth disc in the Orchestra’s discography features  special guests Dave Weckl on drums, Mike Stern and Mitch Stein on guitars, Bill Evans on reeds, Randy Brecker on trumpet and Tom Kennedy on bass. As allaboutjazz.com sums it up, “Levinovsky does a bang up job in melding influences of funk and fusion into traditional jazz orchestrations to produce a swinging sound that packs a punch.”

     Also this week, drummer Louis Hayes leads his Cannonball Adderly Legacy Band “Live at Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club”; organist Tony Monaco introduces guitarist Fareed Haque to his trio on “Furry Slippers”; and veteran saxophonist Greg Abate is joined by bassist John Lockwood and drummer Mark Walker on “Motif.”

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New Music Monday, Christmas Style


New Music Monday Playlist on Youtube and Spotify
      The Hammond organ may just be the musical instrument best suited to Christmas and holiday-themed music. It produces a gloriously warm, rich and full-bodied sound, the aural equivalent of a hug from Santa Claus. Place that instrument in the hands of a genuine virtuoso and you have the recipe for an instant classic of a Christmas album. Which is precisely what Joey DeFrancesco has produced with “Home for the Holidays,” the first holiday album of his 25-year career. Disc one of the two disc set features many of the most popular Christmas and holiday songs ever recorded, “the typical Christmas party songs,” as Joey puts it. DeFrancesco calls disc two “the more traditional liturgical side of Christmas music. 

     American soprano Renee Fleming’s first-ever holiday album celebrates the beloved and iconic Christmas season in New York City. From the holiday windows lining 5th Avenue to the red and green-lit spire of the Empire State Building, the essence of the city at the most wonderful time of the year is captured on “Christmas in New York.” Jazz notables Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Brand Mehldau, Gregory Porter and Chris Botti join Renee has she lends her sublime voice to a program of seasonal gems.


     Also in the holiday spirit this week, guitarist Larry Carlton takes an intimate approach on nine new arrangements of classic holiday songs on “Four Hands and a Heart Christmas”; award-winning trumpeter and bandleader Irvin Mayfield debuts his first disc of holiday music with “A New Orleans Creole Christmas,” with his handpicked small ensemble the New Orleans Jazz Playhouse Revue; Mack Avenue Records celebrates the season with its brightest stars in a collection of familiar and not-so-familiar holiday tunes with “It’s Christmas on Mack Avenue,” including Sean Jones, Christian McBride, Cyrille Aimee, Hot Club of Detroit and Sachal Vasandani; and contemporary jazz vocalist Maysa unwraps “A Very Maysa Christmas.”