Thursday, February 26, 2015

New Music Monday for March 2, 2015

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     It’s a rare combination that has made trombonist Marshall Gilkes an in-demand performer, composer and sideman since his arrival in New York City in the late 1990s.  He has been a regular member of Maria Schneider’s Grammy Award-winning orchestra. Schneider describes him as, “one of those musicians who continually just drops my jaw and leaves me shaking my head in disbelief.” He spent four years as a full time member of the Grammy Award-winning WDR Big Band of Koln, Germany, an association that lasted until the end of 2013. At the request of the band’s producer, he returned in early 2014 for a farewell concert of the material heard on his brand new CD, “Koln,” titling the disc after the city where he lived during his tenure with the WDR.
     Musicians can take on the role of anthropologists, curious about what came before in music and how musicians reflected the world around them. Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Roberta Donnay is that rare species of musician who almost lives in another time, as she and her Prohibition Mob Band exist to revive the Jazz Age of America. Their new release, “Bathtub Gin,” mines 1920s gems but also takes the listener on a stroll into the 1930s. Donnay also includes four party-rousing shout-chorus originals that evoke and revive the open spirit that birthed jazz.
     Also this week, trumpeter Randy Brecker is captured in a live performance with the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago on “Dearborn Station”; pianist Jacky Terrasson is fueled by loops, Afro beats, wah-wah Fender Rhodes voicings and hip-hop flavors on “Take This”; and bassist Omer Avital mines his Middle Eastern Jewish heritage for his new disc, “New Song.”

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

This Week's Special Shows


Week of March 2, 2015 


Short List with Bob Naujoks
Monday - Friday at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
Gabriel’s Horns 4: Ziggy Elman               
Ziggy Elman may not be the first name to come to mind in Swing Era trumpeters, but he was one of the best. He was a key member of both the Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey orchestras during the heyday of the Big Bands. However, in Goodman’s band he sat behind the great Harry James, so his solos were few then. In the Dorsey orchestra he became a featured artist. He made two attempts at organizing a band in the late 1940s, but the time had passed for them. Elman would do studio work and die nearly penniless in 1968. 

Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson
Monday at 6:00 PM
Doc Cheatam: Jazz History's Eyewitness            
Doc Cheatham was a part of virtually all of jazz's history from his own early groups in the mid 1920s to the McKinney Cotton Pickers and Cab Calloway's band in the 30s, and on into the 70s with numerous other bands. Late in life, Doc emerged from his role as an ensemble player and blossomed into an expressive soloist in small group settings. His articulation and clarity on the trumpet were the pillars of his style.                   

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"Tribute to Kenny Wheeler – Part Two"              
Craig pays an additional tribute to the recently departed composer, bandleader, trumpet and flugelhorn master, Kenneth Vincent John "Kenny" Wheeler. For this 2nd show, Craig will play material from a selection of LPs and CDs that is completely different from the selection of discs that he drew from for the first tribute show. We'll hear Kenny with Enrico Pieranunzi, Joe Harriott, Jurgen Friedrich, Michael Gibbs, Ian Carr, Dave Holland, Pierre Favre, and many others, as well as more material under his own leadership. Beautiful music from a beautiful jazz soul!                                      

New Orleans Calling with George Ingmire    
Tuesday at 6:00 PM 
"The Piano Player"                                    
This week we check out the New Orleans piano tradition with music by Fats Domino, Tom McDermott, Sweet Emma Barrett, Dr. John, Jon Cleary, Professor Longhair and Allen Toussaint.       

Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation  

It’s all piano all the time from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation pay tribute to Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, and Chick Corea.     

Wednesday Night Special              
7:00 PM (Follows Jazz Night in America)
The Steve Grismore Quartet at the Opus Concert Café      
Guitarist Steve Grismore is well known in the area as both a musician and educator. He is the founder of the Iowa City Jazz Festival and was one of the original members of “The Salsa Band.” His groups have played The Iowa City Jazz Festival and KCCK’s Jazz Under the Stars. This performance was originally broadcast live on KCCK last February as part of the “First Friday Jazz” series at the Opus Concert Café in downtown Cedar Rapids.                

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland     
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Arturo Sandoval       
Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is one of Cuba’s best-known musical exports. On this Piano Jazz from 2002, Sandoval showcases his talent as a pianist and composer. His inspiration for turning to the piano came from his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie, who prompted him to take it up. He joins McPartland for a duet of his composition “Blues in F,” and Sandoval solos on “Surena” and “Romantio.”      

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"Tribute to Clark Terry -- 12/14/1920 to 2/21/2015"               
Craig pays tribute to the recently departed trumpet and flugelhorn master, CLARK TERRY, by presenting an array of musical treats from many of the masters of jazz that Clark played with during his lengthy career. We'll hear from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Dinah Washington, Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, Ray Charles, and a host of others. And, of course, we'll hear selections from the dozens of recordings that have been issued under the leadership of Mr. Terry himself. Tune in for this fitting tribute to one of true pillars of jazz!                        

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM 
Blues Queens, Cakewalkin’ Babies and Songbirds                       
In honor of National Women’s History Month, Riverwalk celebrates ‘first ladies of classic jazz’ as Carol Woods joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band in a salute to Bessie, Billie, Ella, Ethel and more.         

KCCK's Midnight CD
The Monday - Sunday Midnight CD for this week can be found at:










Week of February 23, 2015


Short List with Bob Naujoks
Monday - Friday at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
Gabriel’s Horns 4: Terell Stafford              
Terell Stafford may never be the singular jazz star that others have been and certainly not a household name. But if you have heard of Stafford it was probably because he was the firebrand that worked in saxophonist Bobby Watson’s group in the early 1990s. It was Watson that gave Stafford a practical education in collaboration, leadership and business. It would be critic Stanley Crouch who expanded his historical horizons. Terell Stafford’s leadership is subtle and collaborative, but he has few solo recordings. Rather he is a valued sideman for many of today’s finest jazz groups including McCoy Tyner and the Clayton Brothers Orchestra.      
   
Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson
Monday at 6:00 PM
Al Hibbler: Unchained Melodist            
One of the most popular romantic singers of the 50s—Al Hibbler was remarkable for more than his beautiful baritone. He first established himself with the Duke Ellington orchestra in the 40s and then became one of the first black male vocalists to sing love songs for mainstream audiences. He was also one of the first blind performers to make it big. It’s a tribute to the irrepressible Al Hibbler, singer and musical groundbreaker.                  

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"Birth Date Anniversary Celebration for Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Tadd Dameron"             
Craig celebrates the birth date anniversary of Tadd Dameron by spinning an exciting variety of compositions and recordings by the greatest arranger and composer from the bebop era. We'll hear Tadd with the likes of Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and others. We'll also hear great performances of some of his well-known compositions by a host of jazz stars from throughout the history of "modern jazz"! Tune in and discover why Dexter Gordon called Dameron "the romanticist of the bop movement"! 

                                      
New Orleans Calling with George Ingmire    
Tuesday at 6:00 PM 
"Rampart Street Ramble"                                   
This week on New Orleans Calling we get a special invitation into one musician's journey through the world of the New Orleans jazz clarinet. Evan Christopher moved to the Crescent City after discovering such clarinet legends as Sidney Bechet, Alphonse Picou, and Barney Bigard -- and now he's become part of the clarinet tradition himself, touring the world as a jazz master and as an ambassador for New Orleans music. In addition to giving us a personal guided tour of the instrument from a musician's perspective, Evan performs a special exclusive show just for us, of all new compositions, live onstage at the historic Basin Street Station.            

Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
“Spokfrevo Orquestra: Carnival + Jazz”
  
In Brazil, during Carnival, music fills the streets. The Spokfrevo Orquestra brings the joyous music from the streets of Brazil to the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. “Frevo” is a genre drawing from march, Brazilian quadrilha, polka and classical music. Fronted by virtuoso saxophonist and arranger Inaldo Cavalcante de Albuquerque, better known as Spok, the 17-piece orquestra brings an adventurous program featuring special guests saxophonist Melissa Aldana and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Jazz Night in America brings you the highlights from this exhilarating performance while tracing the origins of Brazilian Carnival music.    

Wednesday Night Special              
7:00 PM (Follows Jazz Night in America)
Heavenly Sight: A Vision Out of Blindness (Celebrating Black History Month)     
Heavenly Sight tells the story of how some well-known and some little known, blind, black men and women transformed American music. It's a collection of stories that deepen our understanding of an interconnected world of diverse cultures and experiences. Correspondent David Marash brings us these moving tales and inspiring gospel music. Featuring interviews and music from The Blind Boys of Alabama: carrying gospel tradition into the 21st century, Blind Willie Johnson: who died in obscure poverty, but whose music is immortalized on the Voyager probe, Ray Charles: the legend who transformed Gospel to Soul and broke the country music color barrier, Flora Molton: who survived by singing on the streets of Washington DC, Reverend Gary Davis: whose "holy blues" influenced Ry Cooder and Bob Dylan and more. Hear the stories. Discover what they see.                

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland      
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Marilyn & Alan Bergman      
Renowned lyricists and songwriters Marilyn and Alan Bergman have been the recipients of Oscars, Grammy, Emmys, and many additional awards. Their works include “The Windmills of Your Mind,” the score for Yentl, and music for In the Heat of the Night. On this 2005 episode, they collaborate with McPartland as she accompanies Alan singing some of their trademark songs, “The Way We Were” and “Nice and Easy.”     

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"Tribute to Kenny Wheeler – Part Two"              
Craig pays an additional tribute to the recently departed composer, bandleader, trumpet and flugelhorn master, Kenneth Vincent John "Kenny" Wheeler. For this 2nd show, Craig will play material from a selection of LPs and CDs that is completely different from the selection of discs that he drew from for the first tribute show. We'll hear Kenny with Enrico Pieranunzi, Joe Harriott, Jurgen Friedrich, Michael Gibbs, Ian Carr, Dave Holland, Pierre Favre, and many others, as well as more material under his own leadership. Beautiful music from a beautiful jazz soul!                       

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM 
Reluctant Genius of Jazz: Artie Shaw                      
Artie Shaw won accolades for his amazing talent on clarinet, but developed a reputation as an unpredictable and “reluctant” musical genius. Host David Holt welcomes Tom Nolan, author of the Shaw biography Three Chords for Beauty’s Sake, to discuss the music and mystique of one of America’s most celebrated jazz musicians.                

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, February 18, 2015

New Music Monday for February 23, 2015

New Music Playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

     “Collective Portrait” is much more than just the title of Eddie Henderson’s new CD. For Henderson, it’s the heart and soul of the remarkable trumpet master’s entire approach to music expression. Taking a cue from Miles Davis’ statement that “a collective portrait is better than a self-portrait,” Henderson has assembled a stellar cast of musicians to create music forged with the classic qualities of synergy and empathy essential for jazz at its highest level. Reuniting with pianist George Cables and alto saxophonist Gary Bartz—musical collaborators for nearly 40 years—along with the perfectly simpatico bass and drums tandem of Doug Weiss and Carl Allen, the disc embodies the creative spirit and adventurousness that is always the primary goal of all of Henderson’s musical endeavors.
     Legendary alto saxophonist and Charles Mingus alum Charles McPherson teams up with Colorado cats Keith Oxman, Chip Stephens, Ken Walker and Todd Reid for his latest outing, “The Journey.” The recording features three originals by McPherson as well as two originals from tenor man Oxman and one from pianist Stephens. The rest of the date has bop-infused standards from Richard Rodgers, Sammy Cahn and Charlie Parker. McPherson calls the date, “fruitful and joyous” and the tunes “a great representation of the collective spirit and vitality of this group.”
     Also this week, Texas-based guitarist Chris Cortez offers up an eclectic mix of standards, a few originals and a few re-imagined pop tunes in the jazz tradition on “Top Secret!”; drummer Robert Jospe releases a double CD with his new band the Robert Jospe Express in both trio and quartet settings for “Doin’ It Up”; and veteran flutist Sam Most recorded and finished his final project, “New Jazz Standards,” just one month prior to his passing in June of 2013.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New Music Monday for February 16, 2015

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     Pianist Vijay Iyer’s long-running and widely acclaimed trio with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore has been in existence for eleven years now. It’s a group whose musical language is informed by more than just the jazz piano trio tradition. While Iyer acknowledges the influence of, for instance, Ahmad Jamal, Andrew Hill and Duke Ellington’s “Money Jungle” trio upon his own trio aesthetics, he points out that his group also has been inspired by James Brown’s rhythm section, Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies, Miles Davis’ rhythm section, soul music from the ‘70s, electronic music and hip-hop from very recent times. Their new disc, “Break Stuff,” is Iyer’s third now for ECM Records. 
     “Constellations” is the debut recording from the trio of drummer Karl Latham, trumpeter Ryan Carniaux and bassist Mark Egan. A longtime fan of the music of Icelandic singer/songwriter Bjork, Latham longed to attempt a true representation of his impression of her music. He approached his close friend Egan to be part of the project and they brought in the rising star Carniaux, whom they had worked with in 2012. The ensemble was completed with the addition of special guest Nick Rolfe on keyboards. The result is a journey, explorations of conscious and subconscious reality and humble homage to the vision of one of the 20th Century’s most influential creative forces.
     Also this week, guitarist Rez Abbasi and his Acoustic Quartet offer up acoustic interpretations of ‘70s jazz-rock classics by Weather Report, Herbie Hancock and others with “Intents and Purposes”; “Songs for Quintet” is one of the final recordings from the late trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler; and the George Gee Swing Orchestra performs the compositions and arrangements of trombonist David Gibson on “Swing Makes You Happy.”

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New Music Monday for February 9, 2015

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     Tradition is an overused word in jazz—tradition is important, but the continuum of jazz is far more important because it’s not just about where the music’s been but where it is going. Two people that symbolize the continuum are pianist Justin Kauflin and his mentor, iconic trumpeter Clark Terry. The new documentary film, “Keep on Keepin’ On,” explores the close relationship that has developed between the two. Terry also imparted much knowledge to a young Quincy Jones when he was embarking on his musical journey as a trumpeter. As if to complete the circle Kauflin—who met Jones via Terry—joined Quincy on his 2013-2014 world tour. Now the multi-Grammy Award winning Jones has produced Kauflin’s second disc as a leader, “Dedication.”
     For his fifth release for Savant Records, alto saxophonist Jim Snidero draws from a quarter-century of touring to create a compelling sonic trip across America. “Main Street” is inspired by towns throughout the United States and features one of the hippest rhythm sections in jazz; pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Rudy Royston. The CD includes five originals by Snidero, a piece by Gil Evans, and a surprising version of the cowboy lament, “The Streets of Laredo.” 
      Also this week, trumpeter Joshua Bruneau, a product of the Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz and now a faculty member of The Artist’s Collective in Hartford, Connecticut, debuts with “Bright Idea”; trombonist David Gibson explodes strongly back on the scene with a new quintet date, “Boom!”; and pianist and Atlanta native Joe Alterman is joined by Houston Person, Gregory Hutchinson and Reuben Rogers for his first release, “Georgia Sunset.”