As 2006 winds down, KCCK will be doing something just a bit different for our end-of-the-year countdown. As usual, we'll run the full Top 88 Countdown of the top jazz discs of the year on New Year's Day starting at 10am. In addition, the week leading up to that, Tuesday through Thursday, we'll have a couple of hours of the countdown each day beginning at 1pm, with a three-hour-plus set to wind down the countdown on Friday. Also listen for each indvidual producer's Top Ten favorites over the next couple of weeks.
NPR's Toast of the Nation will again ring in the New Year for us. We'll start at 7pm on the East Coast on Sunday night with Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra from Berklee College of Music in Boston, followed by a tribute to the late Jay McShann from Bobby Watson's Kansas City Jump Band. Then we'll move on to the Big River Concert for New Orleans from Chicago's Symphony Center with Branford and Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton and others. A set by Steve Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchesta at Tonic in New York City follows that, before we move on to Kansas City with Karrin Allyson from the Repertory Theater there. The night will conclude with a set of blues from the Derek Trucks Band at the Kreswick Theater in Philadelphia, the jumpin' jive of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the McCoy Tyner Trio with Joe Lovano from Yoshi's in Oakland.
Happy New Year from all of us at KCCK!!
Bob Stewart, Program Director firstname.lastname@example.org