Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Music Monday for May 25, 2015

New Music Monday Playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

     Musicians always strive to capture the spirit and energy of a live performance in the recording studio—a formidable challenge with the mirror of the live audience. With “Night and Day,” the brilliant alto saxophonist Vincent Herring achieves this elusive goal unequivocally. Renowned for his soulful and powerfully expressive playing, Herring is joined on the front line for six pieces by the equally combustible trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. The rhythm section of Mike LeDonne on piano, Brandi Disterheft on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums are ideally suited to the fierce energy and take-no-prisoners context, performing with exuberant fire and impeccable taste throughout.
     The time honored legacy of jazz is to look upon its heritage to build its future. The remarkable organist Pat Bianchi is totally dedicated to that tradition, which is in full evidence on his extraordinary new CD, “A Higher Standard.” With his outstanding arrangements and the shared commitment of the other members of his trio—guitarist Craig Ebner and longtime associate Byron Landham on drums—Pat delivers a scintillating and captivating set of ten sonic landscapes. Building upon Larry Young’s liberation of the instrument from its previous confines, Bianchi combines fiery adventurousness with a highly lyrical imagination, equally at play on beautiful ballads and blazing drivers.
     Also this week, reedman Grant Stewart pares his ensemble down to a threesome for the first time on disc with “Trio”; pianist Dana Landry presents a swinging set of tunes from the golden age of song with his quartet on “Standard Elevation”; and saxophonist Tom Tallitsch includes trombonist Michael Dease and keyboardist Brian Charette in his sextet for “All Together Now.”

This Week's Special Shows


Week of May 25, 2015

2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival – Memorial Day Special
(9 am – 12 Midnight)
KCCK brings you all of the 2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival Main Stage performances plus our exclusive, behind the scene, backstage interviews with the major artists during our special Memorial Day broadcast 9 am - Midnight. Enjoy 11 different bands during 15 hours of non-stop coverage from all three days of last summer’s festival recorded over the July 4th weekend! Hear several of today’s top international jazz artists, some outstanding local players, plus many of the area’s best high school jazz musicians. Our line-up features United Jazz Ensemble, the Jared Gold Trio, The Pedrito Martinez Group, North Corridor All-Star Jazz Band, Nordic Connect with Ingrid Jensen, Etienne Charles Creole Soul, Joe Lovano Us Five, The Commons Collective, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, Anat Cohen Quartet, and Tom Harrell Colors of a Dream with Esperanza Spalding.

Short List with Bob Naujoks
Monday - Friday at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
Jazz and the Spoken Word: Norman Woods / Dan Jaffe                              
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. “Jazz and the Spoken Word” continues with some modern-day poetry with jazz. The first segments feature N-Side, the healer --- that is, Norman Woods from San Francisco. He is not only a poet, but a screenwriter, film producer and music publisher. His performances have steadily gained acceptance over the past decade and a half. The second poet to be featured is from Kansas City --- Dan Jaffe. A few years ago he teamed up with the veteran jazz pianist Mike Melvoin to make a well-received recording. Jaffe also was the librettist for a jazz opera.                   
   
Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson
Monday at 6:00 PM
(pre-empted this week for our special Memorial Day broadcast: The 2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival)   

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
(pre-empted this week for our special Memorial Day broadcast: The 2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival)   

New Orleans Calling with George Ingmire    
Tuesday at 6:00 PM 
"Didn't It Rain"           
This week's episode focuses on the connection between R&B singers and gospel music, particularly in New Orleans. Through the voices of Mahalia Jackson, Tricia Boutte, Chuck Carbo, Irma Thomas and more, we start to look at another side of these singer's careers.                   

Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Our Point of View
        
Our Point of View is a leaderless supergroup of Blue Note artists assembled for the labels 75th anniversary. The group consists of: Lionel Loueke, guitar and vocals; Marcus Strickland, tenor sax; Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet; Robert Glasper, piano; Derrick Hodge, bass; and Kendrick Scott, drums. We’ll hear stories from each artist and Blue Note president Don Was about how Blue Note impacted their lives. This concert is the fourth performance of Our Point of View, and was captured in New York at Le Poisson Rouge.              

Wednesday Night Special              
7:00 PM (Follows Jazz Night in America)   
Mirage: Jean Luc Ponty Project featuring Natalie Brown at Campbell Steel Gallery     
Mirage: Jean Luc Ponty Project is the newest and perhaps most distinctive band  performing in the Cultural Corridor today. Led by Cedar Rapids Folk/Jazz violinist and educator Natalie Brown, this group of remarkable musicians is dedicated to, but not limited by, the 70’s Jazz-Rock Fusion of virtuoso violinist Jean Luc Ponty. 
In a review for City Revealed Magazine, Ric Holmquest wrote: “Mirage is a Jean-Luc Ponty tribute band, laying down an instrumental oriented fusion of musical styles including, salsa, funk, and Celtic all on a bed of jazz blues grooves. Natalie points out, “there aren’t too many violin-driven bands around or at least bands where the violin is an equal to the other instruments. The fluidity of styles, funk, jazz, and the combination of instruments create a unique texture and interplay.”
Our concert presentation from the group’s Halloween Party at Campbell Steel Gallery in Marion includes Mirage playing classics like “Enigmatic Ocean," "Open Country Joy,” “Bald Mountain,” “New Country,” and several others plus original material. The first set was broadcast live on KCCK October 31, 2014.
In addition to Natalie Brown, the band also features Ryan Phelan; guitar, Richard Wagor; bass, Jon Wilson; drums and Luke Viertel; keys. 

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland     
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Pamela Hines                  
Pamela Hines is a pianist and composer whose forte is a complex and engaging take on the structural components of music within the jazz form. She brings nuances and impressive technical abilities to all the tunes she plays, and as a composer, she draws out a theme from every musician working with her. In this session from 2000, Hines performs her original tune “Porridge.”                    

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"McCoy Tyner -- The Milestone Years"    
In this important show, Craig will focus on the time period that Tyner spent recording for Orrin Keepnews' MILESTONE RECORDS label -- January, 1972 to November, 1994. During this time, McCoy produced some of his most memorable music...a prodigious amount of classic work that is represented by 20 + records! We'll hear Tyner in a variety of settings that include solo piano recordings, duos, trios, quartets, quintets, and big bands.                                     

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM 
Last-Call Late-Night Jam: Live From the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee  
Trumpeter John-Erik Kellso, drummer Hal Smith, trombone great Bill Allred, and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band keep the party going with a last-call, late-night jam from the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. Stand back. Things are going to heat up!                            
 
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 May 18, 2015

Short List with Bob Naujoks 

Monday - Friday at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM


Jazz and the Spoken Word: Gil Scott-Heron                            
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. “Jazz and the Spoken Word” continues with the poetry of the influential Gil Scott-Heron as well as a digression on the “Talkin’ Blues.” Gil Scott-Heron voiced his support of African-American lives and communities with his sharp, socially-aware poetry set to instrumental accompaniment. His early 1970s recordings for Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman label gave form to what would later become hip-hop and rap in our time. Gil Scott-Heron gives one history and political commentary in one package.                  
   
Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson
Monday at 6:00 PM
Harry "Sweets" Edison: Simplicity In Swing                       
Swinging and singing -- both describe the unmistakable sound of Harry "Sweets" Edison, one of the most important stylists in the history of jazz trumpet. Sweets plays with a simplicity born of sophisticated artistry. It propelled him to the Count Basie Band, which he joined in 1937, thereafter becoming one of its most frequently featured soloists. This program, produced just before his death, celebrates Edison's spare style that blends subtle humor, impeccable timing, and the sweetly muted tone that gave him his nickname.                               

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"Jazz in 1945" 
Craig travels back 70 years to look in on some of the many stylistic changes that were occurring across the landscape of jazz and popular music back in the final days of the era of the Second World War. We'll hear from seasoned artists such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Coleman Hawkins, and others, as well as some of the purveyors of the "new" music...bebop artists such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Howard McGhee, and others. This was a very important time of transition in the world of jazz!                                                  

New Orleans Calling with George Ingmire    
Tuesday at 6:00 PM 
In Search of Satchmo          
This week's episode, titled "In Search of Satchmo," focuses on the great Louis Armstrong. The presence and spirit of "Satchmo" can be found in books, in movies, and on recordings spanning many decades. But in New Orleans, he’s very much alive in another way: in the spirit of the musicians of the city.                  

Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
From Duke to the JLCO

Saxophonist and clarinetist Joe Temperley’s has led an illustrious career, spanning several decades. Temperley, now 85, has performed with the orchestras of Humphrey Lyttelton, Woody Herman, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, and most notably, Duke Ellington, as well as in the Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies. For the past 25 years, Temperley has been the heart and soul of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. On this episode of Jazz Night in America, we get to know the man himself and hear his new arrangements of Ellington favorites as well as his original music.            

Wednesday Night Special              
7:00 PM (Follows Jazz Night in America)   
Ray Blue Quartet Live at Campbell Steele Gallery    
Ray Blue’s music can be described as a fusion of straight ahead jazz and African groove. Ray is a New York based saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator who performs and conducts workshops and master classes internationally. He has family ties to eastern Iowa and returns a couple of times a year to perform and teach.  
Over the years this award winning artist has shared the stage and studio as leader and sideman with Art Davis, Benny Powell, Kirk Lightsey, Bernard Purdie, Wycliff Gordon, Steve Turre, Ted Curson, and many others. He was also a cast member of the “Ray Charles Show” which toured in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy 2008 to 2010. Ray Blue was inducted into The Blues Hall of Fame in 2013. He has released five CDs as a leader, the most recent is “Berries and Blues” in 2010. 
The Ray Blue Quartet features Ray Blue, saxophones; Dick Watson, Piano; Scott Barnum, bass and Craig Wood on drums. The performance was part of Campbell Steele Gallery’s “Music in the Mud” concert series and the first set was broadcast live on KCCK last October. The Ray Blue Quartet returns to the Campbell Steele Gallery June 19th at 7:00 pm. More information about the Music in the Mud series at: www.campbellsteele.com/events/                       

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland     
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Lionel Hampton                 
Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton (1908 – 2002) was one of the most influential figures in the annals of jazz.  He made the vibes a vital voice in the arsenal of jazz instruments and gained international fame playing in Benny Goodman’s small groups and leading his own orchestra. On this 1989 Piano Jazz, Hampton and McPartland duet on a set including “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Mack the Knife."

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"Miles Davis -- The Columbia Years"   
In Craig's annual salute to the artistry of the great Miles Davis, we'll focus on classic material from Miles' long association with Columbia Records (1955 to 1986). We'll hear jazz gems from the "first great quintet" (Miles with John Coltrane), the sextet with Cannonball Adderley, the "second great quintet" (with Wayne Shorter), the Miles Davis/Gil Evans collaborations, and a number of other transitional groups that were recorded for Columbia. Don't miss this one!                                    

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM 
Swinging on V-Disc: Jazz in WWII
A strike by the musicians’ union during World War II reduced new recordings by jazz artists. Troops overseas felt the pinch, and special releases called Victory Discs filled the need. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and their guests tell the story of V-Discs and the musicians who made them.                           

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

2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival – Memorial Day Special
(9 am – 12 Midnight)

KCCK brings you all of the 2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival Main Stage performances plus our exclusive, behind the scene, backstage interviews with the major artists during our special Memorial Day broadcast May 25th from 9 am - Midnight. Enjoy 11 different bands during 15 hours of non-stop coverage from all three days of last year’s festival recorded over the July 4th weekend! Hear several of today’s top international jazz artists, some outstanding local players, plus many of the area’s best high school jazz musicians. Our line-up features United Jazz Ensemble, the Jared Gold Trio, The Pedrito Martinez Group, North Corridor All-Star Jazz Band, Nordic Connect with Ingrid Jensen, Etienne Charles Creole Soul, Joe Lovano Us Five, The Commons Collective, Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio, Anat Cohen Quartet, and Tom Harrell Colors of a Dream with Esperanza Spalding.
Make KCCK's special Memorial Day broadcast of the 2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival part of your holiday celebration Monday, May 25th at 9:00 am.



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Music Monday for May 18, 2015

New Music Playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

     Through a series of critically acclaimed releases over the past decade, saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa has explored the music of his South Indian heritage and translated it through the vocabulary of his own distinctive approach to modern jazz. On his latest release, “Bird Calls,” Mahanthappa trains his anthropological imagination on an equally important cultural influence: the music of Charlie Parker. With a stellar quintet of forward-thinking musicians, which includes some long-time collaborators as well as 20-year-old trumpet prodigy Adam O’Farrill, Mahanthappa offers an inspired examination of Bird’s foundational influence and how it manifests itself in a decidedly 21st-century context. The saxophonist will be bringing this music to the Iowa City Jazz Festival on July 3rd.
     “Triangles and Circles” is the sixth album by Dafnis Prieto as a leader and his sextet’s long-awaited second release. The new recording brightly illuminates the drummer and McArthur Fellow as a composer of considerable depth, with a penchant for complex but infectious melodies that meld the folklore of his Afro-Cuban roots with modern harmonies rich with counterpoint and virtuosic rhythmic concepts. His bandmates, including saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum and pianist Manuel Valera, are all brilliant soloists but also exemplary team players who, like Prieto, are experts at crafting a musical narrative from Pan-American source material.
     Also this week, the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn-based collective Snarky Puppy are joined by the famous Metropole Orkest for their new project, “Sylva”; Johnson County Landmark, the University of Iowa’s premiere jazz ensemble,  plays the music of their director John Rapson on “Crescendo”; and Canadian saxophonist Cory Weeds takes on the Jackie McLean songbook on “Condition Blue.”

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New Music Monday for May 11, 2015

New Music Monday Playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

     Revered by The Washington Post as “successfully translating the musical pulse of his era into jazz,” acclaimed bassist Ben Williams delivers his sophomore release, “Coming of Age.” Continuing to implore the common elements of jazz, hip-hop, rock and soul, the young bandleader embarks on a bolder journey on this CD with more music by his own hand and a reflection of his new outlook as a seasoned musician.  Williams has secured a masterful selection of special guests on the project including renowned trumpeter Christian Scott and vibraphonist Stefon Harris
     Guitarist Andrew DiRuzza holds an undergraduate degree in jazz performance from the University of Massachusetts as well as a Masters in jazz performance and composition from the University of Iowa. A featured performer at the Iowa City Jazz Festival the last two years, DiRuzza currently teaches at Augustana College in Rock Island. His newest CD, “Shapes and Analogies,” is a combination of both traditional and contemporary jazz styles and forms. His quintet features other familiar players from the Eastern Iowa jazz scene including bassist Blake Shaw, keyboardist Michael Jarvey, saxophonist Robert Espe and drummer Marcelo Cardoso.
     Also this week, trombonist Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band showcase Latin jazz instrumental versions of 1960s and ‘70s classic rock songs by Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and others on “Low Ridin’”; keyboardist and vocalist Ben Sidran unveils his 31st recording as a leader, “Blue Camus”; and guitarist Matt Panayides features a program of his original compositions on his second disc as leader, “Conduits.”

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New Music Monday for May 4, 2015

New Music Monday Playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

     Recorded at the Tin Angel in the Old City section of Philadelphia in the mid-‘90s, “Nexus” represents a rare look a jazz guitar master Pat Martino in the stripped-down setting of duos with one of his most emphatic partners to date, pianist Jim Ridl. Martino’s signature sound is instantly revealed in these intimate recordings with Ridl, a longtime member of the guitarist’s working quartet and a valued duet partner for ten years. This previously unissued material provides a reminder of the remarkable rapport between the Philly jazz icon and the North Dakota native, two musicians who come from different generations and different parts of the country but very much speak the same language.
     “I see so much beauty and truth in nature,” Lisa Hilton writes, “and I like to let that inform and inspire our music and my life.” Hilton’s new CD, “Horizons,” presents exceptional performances from the clarion trumpet of Sean Jones, the smoky tenor of J.D. Allen, the Julliard trained bassist Gregg August, the ever-inventive drummer Rudy Royston, and Hilton’s evocative touch on piano.
     Also this week, prolific bassist and composer Kyle Eastwood’s new CD, “Time Pieces,” is full of melodic elegance and a sense of groove; “Hot Club of the Americas” is a band that performs a unique blend of Latin and Gypsy Jazz led by world renowned violinist, Federico Britos; and tenor saxophonist Harry Allen takes on the works of Gershwin, Porter and Ellington on “For George, Cole and Duke.”