Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Music Monday for January 26, 2015

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     Tenor saxophonist Ian Sims was advised early in his career that in order to fully captivate your audience, you must consider a variety of programming. Your material should engage the listener by presenting different styles and tempos while still maintaining continuity. “Conundrum” takes the listener on one such empirical journey. For his debut album as a leader, Sims assembled his band Divergent Paths with a stellar cast of musicians including Alex Norris on trumpet, Paul Bollenback on guitar, Ed Howard on bass and EJ Strickland on drums.
     As a veteran purveyor of smooth, moody and sophisticated contemporary jazz, composer/keyboardist Dan Siegel is an artist known for instrumental music of high taste and quality. Yet after a five-year hiatus from recording, he has just created what is easily the most inspired and meticulously-crafted collection of his career with his milestone 20th project, “Indigo.” Thirty-plus years past his 1980 debut CD, Siegel quietly removed himself from the rat race of the recording industry, submerged himself into his enlarged role as a music educator and gently massaged his creative musical muse with a non-rushed approach to composing and orchestrating his latest creations.
     Also this week, drummer Chip White, who has performed with James Moody, Houston Person, Etta Jones and others, has assembled an all-star cast including Wycliffe Gordon, Eddie Henderson and Renee Rosnes for “Family Dedications and More”; Rippingtons’ keyboardist Bill Heller is joined by Eric Marienthal, Jeff Kashiwa and others for his debut as a leader, “Find the Way”; and pianist Art Hirahara unveils his new trio recording, “Libations and Meditations”.

This Week's Special Shows


Week of January 26, 2015


Short List with Bob Naujoks
Monday - Friday at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
Gabriel’s Horns 4: Randy Brecker         
One might know Randy Brecker as the brother of the late saxophonist Michael, or know his work with some top names like Blood-Sweat-&-Tears, Blue Oyster Cult, Charles Mingus, Horace Silver, Art Blakey or Stanley Turrentine. He is a guy who spans jazz, rock and rhythm & blues and has earned several Grammys along the way. The Brecker Brothers band was well-known for several decades. The Brecker Brother Reunion Band is a jazz fusion band, but Randy remains a jazz “burner” at heart.   
 
Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson
Monday at 6:00 PM
Nat Adderley: Brotherly Swing        
Nat Adderley was a fine trumpet player. But he spent most of his career in the shadow of his older brother, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley. Nat ran the band business and wrote many of their hits. When Cannonball died, Nat carried on, not only with the band, but also with the family tradition of educating the next generation.              

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"ECM Records in the Early 1970s"     
Craig celebrates the early years of this very important European record label that spotlights jazz and modern composers. ECM Records, (standing for Editions of Contemporary Music), was founded by Manfred Eicher in Munich, Germany in 1969, and is still going strong after 46 years! We'll hear interesting recordings from the likes of Julian Priester, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Burton, Mal Waldron, Keith Jarrett, Dave Liebman, and a host of others. This is very engaging music that certainly has withstood the test of time!                                   

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
Butler, Bernstein and The Hot 9    
Pianist Henry Butler and trumpeter Steven Bernstein live at the Jazz Standard in New York, with highlights from their Impulse! Records CD Viper’s Drag – ranked #7 on KCCK’s Top 88 Countdown for 2014!

Wednesday Night Special              
7:00 PM (Follows Jazz Night in America)
The Pedrito Martinez Group at the 2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival

The Grammy nominated Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. Formed in 2008, the group has developed into an extraordinarily tight and musically creative unit. With a home base gig in Midtown Manhattan the group has built a fan base that includes Steve Gadd, Dave Weckel, Anton Fig, Steve Jordan Taj Mahal, John Scofield, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Zigaboo Modeliste, Wynton Marsalis, Derek Trucks, and Herlin Riley. Members of the group include Padro "Pedrito" Martinez, from Havana, on percussion and vocals; percussionist, Jhair Sala, from Lima, Peru; electric bassist, Alvaro Benavides, from Caracas, Venezuela; and keyboard player/vocalist, Araicne Trujillo, from Havana, Cuba. 
Honors that Pedrito has received include with the Thelonius Monk Award-first place, for Afro-Latin Hand Percussion in 2000; The Sphinx Medal of Excellence, 2014; The Jazz  Journalists Association “Percussionist of the Year”, 2014; Modern Drummer Readers Poll #1 “Percussionist of the Year”, 2014, Downbeat Magazine’s one of the “80 Coolest Things in Jazz Today.”
Their self-entitled CD “The Pedrito Martinez Group” is nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for “Best Latin Jazz Album.”              

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland     
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Danilo Perez  
Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez worked with Dizzy Gillespie and his United Nations Orchestra, where he absorbed bebop and prebop styles. But Dizzy also impressed upon him the importance of getting to the roots of his own heritage, and Perez began creating music that seeks connection and defies boundaries. In this Piano Jazz session from 1994, he demonstrates his fresh ideas of music with his original composition “Reminiscing.”  

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"The Incomparable Artistry of Pianist, Andrew Hill – Part One"

Craig begins a series of chronological shows in which he'll throw the spotlight onto the career of one of the most innovative jazz pianists of the last 65 years. This show begins with his earliest recordings from Warwick Records and Blue Note Records. We'll hear astonishing music that is not to be missed!!                   

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM 
All the Cats Join In: Catherine Russell in Concert                  
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band keeps America’s rich jazz tradition alive with the rhythms of hot jazz, swing and the blues as they share the stage with pianist Dick Hyman and vocalist Catherine Russell — “the real deal” according to jazz critic Nat Hentoff.             

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 January 19, 2015 


Short List with Bob Naujoks
Monday - Friday at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
Gabriel’s Horns 4: Barbara Donald        
Gabriel’s Horns 4 continues with a trumpeter of the recent generation who has slipped our notice --- Barbara Donald who was one of the most gifted instrumentalists of the free jazz movement of the 1960s through the 1980s. To some critics she is “one of the most important jazz trumpeters of all time.” If she is obscure it is because Barbara Donald made only a half-dozen recordings; there were only two under her name.   
 
Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson
Monday at 6:00 PM
Betty Carter: Fiercely Individual       
For nearly 50 years, Betty Carter was an irrepressible and incomparable practitioner of jazz vocal tradition. She was a “pure” jazz singer whose strong musical style and instrument-like voice was keenly original and distinct. She was also a fiercely dedicated and demanding bandleader who helped hone the skills of gifted young musicians like Cyrus Chestnut and Jacky Terrasin. This program explores Carter’s many sides and talents -- as a song stylist, composer, a bandleader, and teacher.             

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"Tribute To Buddy Defranco -- 2/17/1923 To 12/24/2014"     
Craig honors the career and legacy of the recently departed Boniface Ferdinand Leonard "Buddy" DeFranco...the "greatest of the great" virtuoso jazz clarinetists, by presenting a delightful overview of Buddy's lengthy career. We'll hear a variety of DeFranco's own groups, which included the likes of Kenny Drew, Art Blakey, Sonny Clark Jimmy Rowles, Scott LaFaro, and many other greats. We'll also hear examples of Buddy's work in the company of Art Tatum, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, and a host of others. He was a "jaw-dropping" jazz musician who was never anything short of absolutely amazing!!       


New Orleans Calling with George Ingmire    
Tuesday at 6:00 PM 
"Rhythm of Life"                               
This week's episode, titled "Rhythm of Life," takes a look at New Orleans as a city filled with young musicians, who embrace the traditions here, and keep them alive by making them their own. Sometimes it's a matter of taking old music in a new direction. Sometimes it's playing new music in an old style. Or even creating something nobody has ever imagined before. This week on New Orleans Calling, we take a listen to their music and their stories.      

Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Prestige Turns 65   
Two years ago Jamison Ross took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.  The 26-year-old drummer has played with both veterans Carmen Lundy and Wess Anderson, and young talents like Jon Batiste and C├ęcile McLorin Salvant. Ross’ roots in jazz and gospel give him unfailing feel, and thrill-inducing chops. His trio celebrates Prestige Records’ 65th anniversary, live at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Wednesday Night Special              
7:00 PM (Follows Jazz Night in America)
UI Latin Jazz Ensemble at The Mill (2014)    
Last April KCCK continued our tradition of celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month with a live broadcast from The Mill in Iowa City showcasing the University of Iowa's student ensembles and collaborations with professors from the jazz program.
The Latin Jazz Ensemble is a group ranging from 10-15 members dedicated to playing the music of the Caribbean and South America. Its programs each semester are often centered around one country or region, and regularly feature 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
Gary Burton  
Five-time Grammy Award-winner Gary Burton taught himself to play the vibraphone as a young person and began his recording career at age seventeen. He backed jazz greats, including George Shearing and Stan Getz, and went on to form his own quartet, combining jazz, rock, and other influences into what would become Fusion. On this Piano Jazz from 2005, Burton and McPartland perform tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, and many more.

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"ECM Records in the Early 1970s"     
Craig celebrates the early years of this very important European record label that spotlights jazz and modern composers. ECM Records, (standing for Editions of Contemporary Music), was founded by Manfred Eicher in Munich, Germany in 1969, and is still going strong after 46 years! We'll hear interesting recordings from the likes of Julian Priester, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Burton, Mal Waldron, Keith Jarrett, Dave Liebman, and a host of others. This is very engaging music that certainly has withstood the test of time!                  

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM 
Crazy Rhythm: Red Nichols and His Five Pennies                  
Ace cornetist Red Nichols racked up thousands of recordings in the 1920s alone, leading dozens of small groups. He was creative, influential, and as hardworking as they come. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band cooks up a batch of crazy rhythm with the music of Red Nichols and His Five Pennies.             

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, January 14, 2015

New Music Monday for January 19, 2015

New Music Monday Playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

     Saxophonist Chris Potter began his musical journey in the late 1980s with bebop veteran Red Rodney and laid the foundation for his current position as a leading light in jazz, sharing the studio and the bandstand with a staggering list of major artists including Paul Motian, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny and the Mingus Big Band, to name just a few. From his star-studded debut forward, Potter has shown a singular focus and growth as a composer and improviser, moving deftly from acoustic post-bop to the fringes of experimentalism.  For his new CD, “Imaginary Cities,” Potter leads the Underground Orchestra, an expanded version of his supercharged funk-fueled band Underground augmented by a string quartet.
     Al Muirhead has long been an iconic figure on the Canadian jazz scene. His career has included work with legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Guido Basso, Rosemary Clooney and Diana Krall. He’s been a first-call player for recordings, concerts, shows, studio, film, and television orchestras. He’s a much-sought-after arranger and musical director for undertakings of all sorts. The fact that it has taken this long for a recording to be made with his name at the top is due in the main to the fact that he has been so busy producing, writing, and playing for other artists’ recordings that he simply hasn’t taken the time do his own. That situation has been rectified with his debut release, aptly titled “It’s About Time.”
     Also this week, Grammy winning composer and pianist Billy Childs and an all-star cast of singers and musicians reinvigorate the musical legacy of songwriter Laura Nyro on “Map to the Treasure,” featuring Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Chris Botti and others; acclaimed Mexican pianist and composer Alex Mercado is joined by bassist Scott Colley and drummer Antonio Sanchez on “Symbiosis”; and one Australia’s finest jazz musicians, multi-instrumentalist Adrian Cunningham,  is joined by world class trombonist Wycliffe Gordon in tribute to composer/arrange Neal Hefti on “Ain’t That Right!”

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Music Monday for January 12, 2015

New Music Monday Playlist on Youtube and Spotify.

     The New York City-based saxophonist Michael Blake has built his reputation by producing albums that “make the familiar sound fresh” (Jim Macnie, Downbeat). That statement couldn’t be applied better than to Blake’s new release, “Tiddy Boom,” his nod to the magnificent tenor saxophone innovators Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young.  The title references Young, who had a vernacular all his own. While watching an old video of Pres, Blake picked up on him requesting the drummer to give him a “little tickity boom, please.”  The disc reunites him with two of his former Jazz Composers Collective colleagues, bassist Ben Allison and pianist Frank Kimbrough, who, along with drummer Rudy Royston, provide effortless support for Blake’s tenor sax to flow in any direction he chooses on his program of originals.
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     The jukebox was one of the most ubiquitous devices that adorned many African-American barbershops, beauty salons, lodges and restaurants throughout the many waypoints of the Great Migration of the early to mid-Twentieth Century. The infinite musical inventions and dimensions emanating from jukeboxes back in the day form the conceptual core of Allan Harris’ new CD, “Black Bar Jukebox,” his heartfelt tribute to Harlem. The 13-track journey displays the wide range of Harris’ mellow bari-tenor voice that was forged by and pays homage to the infinite variety of Upper Manhattan, the Sepia Panorama Citadel that gave artistic birth to him.
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     Also this week, trumpet virtuoso Brad Goode, whom the Chicago Tribune calls “the lyrical genius of the trumpet,” creates a rich and distinctive group dynamic with his quartet on “Montezuma”; Seattle-based composer, arranger and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Jim Norton returns to the Bay Area to reunite with a stellar cast of former bandmates for a wide-ranging exploration of the compositions of Bill Evans on “Time Remembered”; and the funk/Afrobeat ensemble The Funk Ark, comprised of the best jazz musicians from the Washington, D.C. area, create music that is gritty, soulful and invigorating on their new disc, “Man is a Monster.”

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Music Monday for January 5, 2015

New Music Monday Playlist on Youtube and Spotify.

     Hailed by DownBeat magazine for his “quick-witted harmonic reflexes, fluid command of line and cut-to-the-chase sense of narrative logic,” Aaron Goldberg has made his name as one of jazz’s most compelling pianists, both as a bandleader and frequent collaborator with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Guillermo Klein and many more. On his new release, “The Now,” Goldberg reunites with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, the virtuoso rhythm team going all the way to his 1998 debut. On their fifth outing together, the  trio foregrounds a central truth about the art of playing jazz: that no two performances will be the same because the music is created, in Goldberg’s words, “in the dynamic plane of the present.”
Pre-order on iTunes - Expected release date: January 20th
     Philadelphia trumpeter Duane Eubanks unveils his first recording as a leader in over 10 years with “Things of That Particular Nature.” The late, great pianist Mulgrew Miller provided a brotherly role model for Eubanks as he began his career as a professional musician, a relationship that became more akin to that of mentor and friend. Upon leaving Philly, Eubanks made an immediate splash on the New York jazz scene by forming his own quintet and releasing a pair of CDs. He has collaborated on projects with a diverse array of highly respected musicians, including his brothers Robin and Kevin, Elvin Jones, Dave Holland and Miller. 
Pre-order on iTunes - Expected release date: January 20th
     Also this week, saxophonist Geoff Bradfield, trumpeter Chad McCullough, bassist Clark Sommers and drummer Kobie Watkins come together as The Spin Quartet for their debut release, “In Circles”; saxophonist Oliver Lake debuts his organ quartet on “What I Heard”; and L.A.-based trumpeter Carl Saunders and his quintet celebrate “America”.