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.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

This Week's Special Shows


Week of March 30, 2015


Short List with Bob Naujoks
Monday - Friday at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
Jazz and the Spoken Word: The Harlem Renaissance and Langston Hughes (new)                    
Starting with the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and the jazz-infused poetry of Langston Hughes 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 will reveal some of the best attempts at marrying the two art forms in the last nine decades. Today’s popular mix of rhyming rap lyrics with hip-hop beats owes a lot to the experiments of jazz and jive of generations past. There will be no rapping here, but music and the spoken word to a jazz beat. The series begins this week with the Harlem Renaissance and Langston Hughes.          
   
Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson
Monday at 6:00 PM
Al Grey: The Last Big Time Plunger                
He was described as a "sterling trombonist whose humorous inflection and skill with the plunger have been balanced by his excellent facility and overall technique." Grey performed to the end of his life with appearances at Basie Band reunions and sessions, as well as teaching young musicians the techniques he developed throughout the years. This program follows Grey's prolific career as a trombonist in bands ranging from Count Basie's to Lionel Hampton's.         

  
Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"Birth Date Anniversary Celebration of the Extraordinary Jazz Pianist, Tete Montoliu"            
In this exciting show, Craig will play selections from one of the most overlooked of all modern jazz pianists. From Barcelona, Tete loved to display his uncanny abilities in the realm of "hard bop", his tasteful ways with ballads and love songs, and occasionally would explore world music and Catalonian traditions. We'll hear Tete playing solo piano pieces, duos, trios, and we'll check out some of his work with jazz giants such as Kenny Dorham, Anthony Braxton, Dexter Gordon, Lucky Thompson, Roland Kirk, and others. If the name of TETE MONTOLIU is new to you, you'll want to check out this presentation of "jaw-dropping" performances!  


New Orleans Calling with George Ingmire    
Tuesday at 6:00 PM 
"Festival Season"    
After the glitter of Carnival Season is washed away by the spring rain in New Orleans, there's suddenly something else in the air -- it's Festival Season. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is world famous, but there are hundreds of other free music festivals each year in New Orleans, and they're on everybody's calendars in the Crescent City: French Quarter Fest, Wednesdays in the Square, Jazz in the Park, the Louisiana Cajun/Zydeco Festival, Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, Satchmo Summerfest, and something actually called Chaz Fest. So this week we're bringing you into the parks, the streets, and even the backyards of New Orleans, to show you why festivals here are such a way of life.     

Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Anat Cohen:  Roots of Rio from Jazz at Lincoln Center    
Choro, which means “to cry” in Portuguese, is a genre often referred to as “The New Orleans Jazz of Brazil.” Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen leads Choro Aventuroso, a culmination of both her affinity and intense study of Choro music as part of an international community of jazz players during her days studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her group will play waltzes, mazurkas and African-Brazilian rhythms such as the Lundu, all of which help characterize the essence of Choro.         

Wednesday Night Special              
7:00 PM (Follows Jazz Night in America)   
(Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month with student jazz groups from the “Creative Corridor”)
Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble with guest artist John Riley  
John Riley began playing drums at age eight and by age twelve, he began playing in rock bands and heard his first jazz recordings, the soundtrack to The Gene Krupa Story and Max Roach's Conversation. Two years later, he played his first "professional" gig, which he obtained through an audition played over the telephone. John began studying with Joe Morello in 1971, after meeting him at a drum symposium. John went on to attend the University of North Texas, where he was introduced to a larger world of music and percussion. While at UNT, he played in, toured, and recorded with the famed One O'clock Lab Band. In 1976, he moved to New York City and was soon called to join the Woody Herman Band. Following that great experience, John returned to New York and began freelancing with a wide spectrum of world class musicians including Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Gary Peacock, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, John Patitucci, Bob Berg, and many others.
John has a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music in jazz studies from Manhattan School of Music. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, and SUNY Purchase, and is an Artist in Residence at Amsterdam Conservatory, Holland. John is also the author of The Art of Bop Drumming, Beyond Bop Drumming, The Jazz Drummer's Workshop, and has taught master classes around the world.
Al Naylor directs the Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble for this performance recorded at Kirkwood’s Ballantyne Auditorium last April.  

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland     
Thursday at 6:00 PM
John Pizzarelli           
Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli is one of the hottest jazz acts on the scene today. With his swinging and sophisticated style, he makes music that sounds both classic and modern. He’s the son of jazz guitarist John “Bucky” Pizzarelli, who helped him get his start. On this Piano Jazz from 2001, McPartland and John team up for “I Got Rhythm” and his brother, bassist Martin Pizzarelli, joins in for “It’s Only a Paper Moon.”             

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"Tribute to Orrin Keepnews  -  3/2/23 To 3/1/15"                    
Craig pays tribute to the recently departed Grammy Award winning writer, record producer, and record label owner, ORRIN KEEPNEWS, by playing a well chosen sampling from the 3 principal jazz record labels that Mr. Keepnews was responsible for....RIVERSIDE, LANDMARK, and MILESTONE.  We'll hear from many of our most beloved artists -- John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, Abbey Lincoln, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Bobby Timmons, Randy Weston, and so many others!                            

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM 
Lester Leaps In: The President of Tenor Sax                           
They called him Prez: Lester Young, President of the Tenor Sax. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band — along with Harry “Sweets” Edison, Topsy Chapman, and more — perform tunes he made famous. And Vernel Bagneris adds accounts Young’s career — from the tent show circuit to stardom on the bandstands of Kansas City.                     

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 March 23, 2015


Short List with Bob Naujoks
Monday - Friday at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
Gabriel’s Horns 4: Don Cherry                  
The lyrical and avant-garde trumpeter Don Cherry grew up in Los Angeles living the jazz of the late 1940s along Central Avenue. He was mentored there by Clifford Brown, but his big break came when he joined up with saxophonist Ornette Coleman in the startling post-bop quartet. Don Cherry used the small “pocket trumpet” to craft an individual voice. Cherry was also instrumental in spreading what is now known as “world music.” He was a gifted artist and an influential figure in contemporary jazz.         
   
Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson
Monday at 6:00 PM
Anita O'Day: High Times and Hard Times               
Singer Anita O'Day has experienced both the "high times and hard times" - as her autobiography is so aptly titled - of a jazz singer. She was a celebrated vocalist in the mid-'40s with the Stan Kenton and Gene Krupa orchestras. In the mid-'50s, she had a string of highly regarded albums. Drug addiction interfered with her potential for super-stardom, yet she still had a profound impact in jazz with her exceptional range at improvisation and her skill at interpreting a lyric.                       

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"Hot Beds of Jazz – Boston, Massachusetts – Part One" 

In this first of a series of shows looking at jazz from Boston, Craig will turn the spotlight on to four important jazz musicians that hailed from the area....trumpeter Herb Pomeroy, alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano, baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff, and pianist Nat Pierce. Although all four are of the same generation, Craig will look at the different paths that each of these influential jazzers traveled.  


New Orleans Calling with George Ingmire    
Tuesday at 6:00 PM 
"Bayou Road Blues"   
This week's episode, titled "Bayou Road Blues," takes a look at the blues in the Crescent City. When you bring up New Orleans music, people don't necessarily think about the blues. They think of jazz, and R&B. But New Orleans is filled with blues players. And just like everything else in New Orleans, what they do is a little different -- with syncopation, instrumentation, and even a touch of the rural side of the city.           

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

The SFJAZZ Collective has an innovative approach to repertoire. Each year, the ensemble performs a new list of compositions by a modern jazz master and new pieces by the Collective members (commissioned by SFJAZZ). In 2014, that master was Joe Henderson. We’ll hear some of his classics as well as new work from artists like David Sánchez and Robin Eubanks.        

Wednesday Night Special              
7:00 PM (Follows Jazz Night in America)    
Peter Schlamb Trio at the Opus Concert Café
Jazz vibraphonist and keyboardist Peter Schlamb has roots in the Midwest (born in St. Louis, Missouri), but has been an active member of the New York City jazz scene, performing as a sideman with artists such as Mike Moreno, David Binney, and Logan Richardson. He also led his own groups at several New York City venues including the Jazz Gallery, 55 Bar, and Fat Cat. He studied privately with several frontrunners of today’s jazz scene, including Stefon Harris, Aaron Parks, Nasheet Waits, Ben Street, and Aaron Goldberg. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Performance from NYC’s New School University in May 2010.
Peter is now based out of Kansas City and leads several projects under his own name. The Peter Schlamb Trio also features drummer John Kizilarmut (formerly of Des Moines, now living in K.C.) and Karl McComas-Reichl on bass. This was the band’s first performance for “First Friday Jazz” at the Opus Concert Café in downtown Cedar Rapids.
The “First Friday Jazz” series features an eclectic mix of jazz, Latin and contemporary music the first Friday of every month. Doors at Opus open at 4:30 p.m. with live music from 5-7 p.m. If you can't be there in person, the first set of each performance of the series is broadcast live on KCCK. The Opus Concert Cafe is operated by Orchestra Iowa. For a schedule of upcoming events go to: http://www.artsiowa.com/tickets/series/first-friday-jazz/   


Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland     
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Dardanelle Hadley          
Jazz vocalist and pianist Dardanelle Hadley (1917 – 1997) was born Marcia Marie Mullen, the daughter of vocalist/pianist Marcius Mosely “Buck” Mullen. In the 1940s, she formed a trio that played regularly at the Copacabana Club in New York, and she went on to work with jazz greats such as Bucky Pizaarelli and Grady Tate. In this Piano Jazz session from 1984, Hadley shows off her chops on “All the Things You Are” and duets with McPartland on “It’s Delovely.”    


Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"Birth Date Anniversary Celebration of the Extraordinary Jazz Pianist, Tete Montoliu"            
In this exciting show, Craig will play selections from one of the most overlooked of all modern jazz pianists. From Barcelona, Tete loved to display his uncanny abilities in the realm of "hard bop", his tasteful ways with ballads and love songs, and occasionally would explore world music and Catalonian traditions. We'll hear Tete playing solo piano pieces, duos, trios, and we'll check out some of his work with jazz giants such as Kenny Dorham, Anthony Braxton, Dexter Gordon, Lucky Thompson, Roland Kirk, and others. If the name of TETE MONTOLIU is new to you, you'll want to check out this presentation of "jaw-dropping" performances!                           

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM 
Feelin’ the Spirit: The Luis Russell Story                          
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band revisits the classic early swing recordings of Luis Russell when they return to San Antonio’s Pearl Stable with guest pianist Dick Hyman and vocalist Catherine Russell, Luis Russell’s daughter.                    

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, March 18, 2015

New Music Monday for March 23, 2015

New Music Monday Playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

     “Afrodeezia” was inspired by bassist Marcus Miller’s role as a UNESCO Artist for Peace and spokesman for the organization’s Slave Route Project. It was recorded in locations around the world including Paris, Morocco, Rio, New Orleans and Los Angeles, and features a wide range of guests including vocalist Lalah Hathaway, keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeters Ambrose Akinmusire and Etienne Charles, and guitarist Keb’ Mo’.  “For this project, I collaborated with musicians from West Africa, South America, the Caribbean, the southern U.S. and the large northern cities of the U.S.,” Miller explains. “This is my way of paying tribute to the long journey of my African ancestors who became African-Americans.”
     “Ernestine Anderson Swings the Penthouse” is a previously unreleased set featuring the great singer in the full bloom of youth as you may have never heard her before—live in front of an appreciative audience. It’s the 34-year-old Anderson singing with exuberance and spontaneity in the intimate setting of Seattle’s legendary jazz club, the Penthouse, in 1962. Her first record had come out just a few years prior to this performance, Time Magazine had touted her as the “best new voice in the business…perhaps the best-kept jazz secret in the land” and Down Beat’s Critics Poll had named her the New Star of the Year.
     Also this week, Denver-based trumpeter Al Hood and pianist Dave Hanson lead their H2 Big Band, with special guest vocalist Rene Marie, on “It Could Happen”; saxophonist Jovan Alexandre, a product of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music, makes his debut as a leader with “Collective Consciousness”; and trombonist Steve Turre unveils his first release for the new Smoke Sessions label with “Spiritman.”

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Music Monday for March 16, 20115

New Music Monday Playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

     There have been pivotal locales which were the nurturing ground for the vanguard of many art forms. Jazz music has had a number of these spots, from New Orleans up to Kansas City and Chicago, then to New York and outward. It would not be hard to argue that the great city of Philadelphia should be recognized with these others as a wellspring of talented musicians. One of its prominent sons is drummer Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath. He, like so many other Philly natives including his brothers Jimmy and Percy, grew up in the music, as the city was ripe with musicians of the first order and an important stop for many of the progenitors of the music. On his new recording, “Philadelphia Beat,” Heath returns to his native ground to catch the spirit and preserve it. Joining him in this endeavor, for their third recording as a trio, are pianist Ethan Iverson and bassist Ben Street.
     Russell Malone first worked with master organist Jimmy Smith in 1988 and between 1990 and 1994 toured with Harry Connick, Jr. During the late ‘90s Malone toured internationally with Diana Krall, receiving critical acclaim in his role as her right hand both in concert and on her recordings.  The guitarist has also worked with such diverse artists as Branford Marsalis, Bucky Pizzarelli, Mulgrew Miller, Roy Hargrove and Patti Austin. Malone is added to the roster of High Note Records for his new CD, “Love Looks Good on You.”
     Also this week, Katie Thiroux, an exceptional bassist, captivating singer and gifted composer, debuts with “Introducing Katie Thiroux”; drummer Mike Clark and pianist Michael Wolff return with “Wolff and Clark Expedition 2”; and pianist Jon Davis unveils his second trio recording for Posi-Tone Records, “Moving Right Along.”

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New Music Monday for March 9, 2015

New Music Monday Playlist on YouTube and Spotify

     Sure-footed swing, sweet-toned harmonies and ever-insouciant charm are embodied in the new jazz vocal trio Duchess, featuring notable New York singers Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou. The group’s self-titled debut album channels the 1930s inspiration of the virtuosic Boswell Sisters into a wonderfully entertaining and contemporary package. The songs, blending the vintage and the fresh, range from Peggy Lee to Johnny Mercer to Gershwin.
     With his monthly residency at Small’s Jazz Club in New York, saxophonist Lucas Pino has developed his No Net Nonet into an exciting and deeply musical improvising ensemble. Performing all original compositions, the group forges new ground while maintaining a rich, organic, swinging center. Pino attended the Brubeck Institute, the New School and Julliard, where he received his Masters in 2011. The Villager says, “that feeling of navigating the unexpected is probably the most exciting part of watching a group like the No Net Nonet perform…with all of its members sonically bouncing around, building and expanding upon each other’s ideas until a greater sum bursts forth…”
 
     Also this week, drummer Manu Katche unveils the first live recording with his quartet, “Live in Concert”; alto saxophonist Matt Criscuolo exemplifies that he is a staying force on the scene, offering up his sixth disc as leader, “Headin’ Out”; and Brooklyn-based saxophonist and composer Michael Eaton is joined by special guest Dave Liebman for his debut release, “Individuation.”