Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Music Monday for April 20, 2015

New Music Monday Playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

     Drum master Steve Gadd is among the most respected and emulated musicians in the world—an anomaly whose panache for playing precisely what a piece of music requires plus bringing signature taste, style and energy to the proceedings has resulted in hundreds of the most rhythmically exhilarating  moments in recorded music history, across genres. Steve turned 70 on April 9th and commemorates the milestone with the release of “70 Strong,” the second CD by the Steve Gadd Band.  The panoramic sound palette of groove and grace features Larry Goldings on keyboards, Walt Fowler on trumpet, Jimmy Johnson on bass and Michael Landau on guitar. 
     Since the beginning of his illustrious career, pianist Joey Calderazzo has mainly played in quartets led by remarkable saxophonists, namely Michael Brecker and Branford Marsalis.  As a musician and composer, he had become comfortable in this format, developing an intensity in his playing and composing that those ensembles’ size demanded.  Calderazzo saw the establishment of his trio as a means to strengthen his craft by working on material and musical concepts that he would not ordinarily work on. In light of the progress he has made in that format, Calderazzo views his new recording, “Going Home,” as a snapshot of a work in progress, an experiment that continues to progress and wield an abundance of intriguing results.
     Also this week, guitarist Phill Fest, the son of bossa nova pioneer Manfredo Fest, offers up a bit of samba-jazz with “That’s What She Says”; singer Jose James features music from the Billie Holiday songbook with “Yesterday I Had the Blues”; and trombonist John Fedchock and his quartet are captured live  in Virginia Beach on “Fluidity.”

This Week's Special Shows


Week of April 20, 2015 
                     
Short List with Bob Naujoks
Monday - Friday at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
Jazz and the Spoken Word: Jack Kerouac                       
Over the years there has been a small group of writers and musicians who have worked to blend together the rhythm of jazz with the rhythm of poetry and the spoken word. This week it is not a poet but the writer of the Beat novel On The Road, Jack Kerouac. He wrote indelibly about the 1950s in a literary bebop style. His recordings with Steve Allen and Zoot Sims are treasures of his art.          
Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson
Monday at 6:00 PM
Milt Hinton: "The Ultimate Timekeeper"                   
Double bassist Milt Hinton built his reputation on being one of the most versatile and consistent players in jazz. Over a thousand recordings feature his rhythmic handiwork. He played with all the greats, including Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, and the Count Basie Orchestra-and collected funny stories about every one of them. This program features vintage and contemporary recordings from Hinton's prolific career and interviews with Clark Terry, Dick Hyman, Rufus Reid and David Berger.                           

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"More of The Compositions of Herbert Horatio Nichols" 

Craig assembles another fine list of exciting Herbie Nichols compositions and gives us multiple versions of each song as played by Herbie himself and a variety of other artists as well. We'll also hear a short interview that Craig conducted with bassist Ben Allison at the end of last year, that concerns THE HERBIE NICHOLS PROJECT and some newly discovered Herbie Nichols sheet music of previously unheard compositions!!       

New Orleans Calling with George Ingmire    
Tuesday at 6:00 PM 
"The Squeezebox"        
Experience the culture of the “Big Easy” with New Orleans Calling featuring exclusive New Orleans stories, interviews and music. This week we take a look at an instrument that might be old fashioned in much of the world -- but very much alive in New Orleans and Louisiana. It's the accordion, and you'll be surprised by just how versatile and beautiful the accordion really is.              

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

In Philadelphia, in the 1950s into the 1970s, dozens of organists emerged and reshaped jazz into a popular, swinging, danceable, yet artistically refined contemporary music. Usually featuring a trio consisting of an organ, drums and saxophonist or guitarist, these ensembles were portable orchestras. This episode of Jazz Night in America goes to the source, and brings a concert from Philadelphia's World Cafe Live paying tribute to three masters of the jazz organ tradition: Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott and Charles Earland. We'll dive into what exactly made Philadelphia jazz organ culture thrive and hear interviews with local talent featured in the show.             

Wednesday Night Special              
7:00 PM (Follows Jazz Night in America)   
(Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month with student jazz groups from the “Creative Corridor”)
Encore: United Jazz Ensemble / North Corridor Jazz All Stars at the 2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival
Every May, this collaborative high school ensemble comes together to prepare for the Jazz Festival.  Directed by Rich Medd and Ryan Arp, the band is composed of students from Iowa City High School and West High School in Iowa City.  For 20 years, this group has served as one of the signature elements of the Iowa City Jazz Festival’s commitment to education outreach. The deep immersion of students in jazz over the summer not only strengthens their musical growth, but builds a strong bond between the programs at the two schools. Their sound swings so hard that you can’t help but agree about the bright future of the music!
The North Corridor All-Star Big Band returned for its third performance at the Iowa City Jazz Festival.  Like the United Jazz Ensemble, this group is composed of some of the most talented high school jazz musicians of the corridor from Cedar Rapids to Cedar Falls. Under the direction of Steve Shanley, the North Corridor Jazz All Stars will present a musically diverse program featuring the many facets of Big Band repertoire. Always ensured to be a romping and swinging live jam, the North Corridor Jazz All Stars had the crowd moving to the beat and grinning with local pride.      

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland     
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Stanley Cowell              
Recorded before a live audience at NPR studios in Washington, DC, Marian McPartland hosted pianist Stanley Cowell for this 1999 Piano Jazz. Known for his brilliant and highly personal approach, Cowell bridges traditional and contemporary styles of jazz. He and McPartland challenge each other in inventive duets, and Cowell performs his famous composition “Euqipoise.” 

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"The Music of Gil Evans"                       
This week, Craig throws the spotlight onto the legendary arranger, pianist, and band leader, Ernest Gilmore "Gil" Evans. We'll hear Gil's music from a variety of record labels - such as Impulse!, Verve, Prestige, Columbia, and others ....concentrating on his famous collaborations with Miles Davis. Stone classics!! 

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM 
The Rise and Fall of Joe “King” Oliver                               
Joe “King” Oliver put the “hot” in hot jazz. Through his personal letters, read by stage legend William Warfield, the rise and fall of Oliver’s career comes to life. And cornetist Leon Oakley and tubist Mike Walbridge join the Jim Cullum Jazz Band to turn up the heat with a collection of 1920s classics.                        

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 April 13, 2015 

Short List with Bob Naujoks
Monday - Friday at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
Jazz and the Spoken Word: Lawrence Ferlinghetti / Kenneth Rexroth
The Short List brings you Jazz and the Spoken Word where writers and musicians tried to blend together the rhythm of jazz with the rhythm of poetry and the spoken word. One of the most significant was the Beat Generation poet and publisher, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He was a major figure in the wedding of jazz and poetry readings. His work at the Cellar nightspot was a seminal event. His, friend and associate, Kenneth Rexroth, will also be heard spouting his discontent with the American society and his sharp observations on life in the 1950s.

Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson
Monday at 6:00 PM
Illinois Jacquet: King of Screeching Tenor                  
Illinois Jacquet performed on every continent and played before kings, queens, and presidents. In his long career, saxophonist Jacquet virtually personified the entire jazz tradition. In the early years, he played saxophone in the swing-era big bands of Count Basie, Lionel Hampton and Cab Calloway and later toured with the Jazz at the Philharmonic All-Stars. As a teenager, he became famous for his saxophone solo on "Flying Home" with Lionel Hampton's big band.        

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"ECM Records -- The Early Years, Part Two"                     
Once again, Craig celebrates ECM's 46 years as a top-notch record label, by looking in on the next "batch" of jazz titles in numeric order...ECM #1025 onward. We'll hear "classics" from Ralph Towner, Stanley Cowell, Dave Holland, Paul Motian, Jan Garbarek, Gary Burton, Keith Jarrett, Dave Liebman, and many others from the 1970s!....timeless music that will live forever!                          

New Orleans Calling with George Ingmire    
Tuesday at 6:00 PM 
"Fish Fries and Green Gumbo"      
New Orleans seasons are defined more by what's cooking than by the weather. On this week's program we get a taste of some springtime food traditions in the Crescent City -- fish fries, St Joseph's altars with all manner of traditional Italian foods, and a seasonal gumbo that you might not believe is actually still a gumbo. Plus we have the debut of an exciting new live performance segment, with jazz singer Sharon Martin recorded live in an intimate setting at the historic Basin St. Station.              

Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Billie at 100
Jazz Night in America marks the centennial of the birth of Billie Holiday with Grammy winner Cassandra Wilson showcasing her blues, country and folk-tinged delivery, singing selections from her newest recording highlighting the artistry of Billie Holiday.            

Wednesday Night Special              
7:00 PM (Follows Jazz Night in America)   
(Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month with student jazz groups from the “Creative Corridor”)
Encore: UI Latin Jazz Ensemble Live at The Mill   
The University of Iowa The Latin Jazz Ensemble is a student group ranging from 10-15 members dedicated to playing music with roots in Caribbean, and Central and South America traditions. The band regularly features an expanded rhythm section. LJE records an album every other year, and presents an annual Latin Jazz Festival each December. This group is directed by James Dreier, a founding member of Orquesta Alto Maiz and is widely regarded as a resource for Afro-Cuban drum styles. Members of LJE are selected by audition in the fall of each academic year.     

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland     
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Henry Mancini             
Composer, arranger, and pianist Henry Mancini (1924 – 1994) penned some of the most memorable tunes of the modern era. Throughout his career, he recorded more than 90 albums and won 20 Grammys and four Oscars. To mark what would have been his 91st birthday, we bring you this Piano Jazz from 1985. Mancini shares about his muse (the movie screen) and performs several favorites, including “Days of Wine and Roses.”               

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"More of The Compositions of Herbert Horatio Nichols"            
Craig assembles another fine list of exciting Herbie Nichols compositions and gives us multiple versions of each song as played by Herbie himself and a variety of other artists as well. We'll also hear a short interview that Craig conducted with bassist Ben Allison at the end of last year, that concerns THE HERBIE NICHOLS PROJECT and some newly discovered Herbie Nichols sheet music of previously unheard compositions!! Don't miss this one!       

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM 
Swinging at The Pearl: Catherine Russell, Dick Hyman, and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band              
At San Antonio’s landmark Pearl Stable, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes piano legend Dick Hyman and vocalist Catherine Russell to their late-night jam session of hot jazz, swing, and the blues.

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




Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Make Your Own "I'm The Boss" Bumper! - Dennis

By now, you've probably heard of our new way of referring to KCCK donors: The Boss.

It's a light-hearted and hopefully fun way of reminding you that as a non-profit, KCCK runs on donations from people who want to support our jazz radio programming and jazz education programs.

In radio parlance, a quick recorded line that comes in between two songs is called a "bumper."

If you're a KCCK Boss, and we have not yet gotten a "Boss Bumper" from you; and you have a smartphone, you can make your own!

Here's how:

  • Open the Voice Recorder app on any IOS or Android phone or tablet.
  • Press Record and say the following into the phone's microphone (a hole or small grill on the bottom of the device).

"Hi, this is __________________________, and I'm The Boss here at KCCK! You can be the boss, too, when you invest in local jazz radio. Listen like a Boss and donate now at kcck.org"

  • Touch the Share button. Depending on your device, it could be one of the icons to the right, or the word "Share."
  • "Email" will be one of your share choices. Email the file to dennis@kcck.org.
  • That's it! I'll let you know that it arrived and will work.
 And thanks for being The Boss at KCCK!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Music Monday for April 13, 2015

New Music Monday Playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

     Eliane Elias’ “Made in Brazil” marks a musical homecoming for the multi-Grammy-nominated keyboardist/singer/composer. In her three-decade long career as a solo artist, this is the first time she’s recorded a disc in her native Brazil since moving to the United States in 1981. Along with co-producers Steve Rodby and Marc Johnson, the latter her bass playing musical partner, Elias ventured ‘home’ and recruited a splendid cast of Brazilian musicians. She also peppered the sessions with delightful special guest performances from Mark Kibble and his multi-Grammy Award-winning gospel vocal group Take 6; one of Brazil’s most celebrated R and B stars, Ed Motta; and the distinguished bossa nova composer Roberto Menescal. 
     Much like the importance of a compass to an explorer, when bassist Avishai Cohen is asked what he would consider his favorite navigational instrument, he points to his bass-piano-drums trio that helps him find his orientation and drive to push forward. His new recording, “From Darkness,” sees the Israeli native go back to the very core of his musical idiom and activity and open an essential gateway into a new creative and expressive dimension. “It is the first time since 2007 that I have the feeling I am reaching a new, fresh and incredibly substantial form with the trio.” A belief reinforced by two outstanding partners, pianist Nitai Hershvovits and drummer Daniel Dor. “Both Nitai and Daniel take my music to places and perspectives that I had never suspected it would go and I couldn’t dream of anything better.”
     Also this week, iconic guitarist Larry Coryell crosses genres between blues, folk, rock and soul-infused jazz on “Heavy Feel”; saxophonist Tim Warfield puts his own spin on the music of Thelonious Monk with “Spherical”; and Chicago-based reed master Bernard Scavella debuts with “A Taste of Scavella.”

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New Music Monday for April 6, 2015

New Music Playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

     Onstage and on record, the music of Anat Cohen positively glows—with virtuosity, with charisma, with the sheer joy of creation—and never more brightly than on her seventh CD as a bandleader, “Luminosa.” The disc sees the clarinetist/saxophonist play singing, dancing originals, interpret Brazilian classics by the likes of Milton Nascimento, and even re-imagine electronica as acoustica. Members of Anat’s touring quartet—keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Daniel Freedman—appear on the album, as do guest guitarists Romero Lubambo and Gilad Hekselman and the Brazilian players from her new band Choro Adventuroso.
     Warren Vache is ideally and nearly uniquely qualified to interpret the music of Benny Carter. He was one of Benny’s favorite musicians and they played together at numerous festivals over the years. The genesis of a new project, “The Warren Vache Quintet Remembers Benny Carter,” happened when Carter’s widow asked Vache to headline a tribute concert in Connecticut, the success of which made the cornetist decide to put together a disc featuring largely the same band as had played in concert. Saxophonist Harry Allen was not available, however, so Vache called on the veteran reedman Houston Person to sit in.
     Also this week, Grammy Award-winning bassist Mark Egan unveils “Direction Home,” the second release from his all-star contemporary jazz trio featuring drummer Danny Gottlieb and keyboardist Mitchel Forman; vocalist Cassandra Wilson delves into the Billie Holiday songbook in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lady Day with “Coming Forth By Day”; and guitarist Steve Watson offers up a fresh fusion of down-home Memphis blues and soul and melodic jazz on “Heat It Up.”

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Music Monday for March 30, 2015

New Music Monday Playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

     Jazz innovator Marc Cary, voted Rising Star-Keyboardist in this year’s annual DownBeat Critics Poll, updates one of the most adventurous concepts of his career with the release of “Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2.” Cary’s breakthrough disc of 1999 incorporated elements of drum n’ bass, electronic funk, house, Afro-Cuban, ethnic, and the ‘go-go’ music of his teenage bands in Washington, D.C. The result was a savvy, exotic mix that crossed rhythmic bridges between generations. “Vol. 2” brings Cary’s vision forward into the heart of today’s urban-centric and digital environment, adding trumpet, violin, guitar and percussion to his core trio mates drummer Terreon Gully and bassist Taurus Mateen. 

     “Messin’ with Mr. T” is guitarist Dave Stryker’s personal homage to the late Stanley Turrentine, with whom he toured for over a decade and recorded with twice. Stryker says that being hired by Turrentine was a “real validation” of his playing, and he’s had it in mind “ever since he passed to do something like this tribute.” Joining his organ trio are ten of the world’s finest tenor players, including Houston Person, Jimmy Heath, Chris Potter, Bob Mintzer, Eric Alexander and Steve Slagle. The material basically reflects Turrentine’s set lists from the years Stryker toured with him.
      Also this week, saxophonist Doug Webb leads a classic blowing session with fellow tenor men Walt Weiskopf and Joel Frahm on “Triple Play”; contemporary jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo offers up his first recording in over fifteen years with “There Goes That”; and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Matthewman, who wrote many of Sade’s best-loved songs, and vocalist Vanessa Bley join forces as “Twin Danger” on their self-titled debut album.