It's going to be a cooooold weekend in Eastern Iowa, but there's some live jazz out there to warm things up, starting with the great Latin jazz reedman Paquito D'Rivera tonight at Hancher Auditorium...or the Cuban Penguin as he referred to himself in a conversation I had with him last week as he was braving the cold in New Jersey. That chat,by the way, can be heard on our website at kcck.org. His originally scheduled concert was snowed out last month. He and his quintet take the stage tonight at 7:30.
Also tonight, guitarist Steve Grismore and his trio will be playing the Tuscan Moon in Kalona, which is becoming quite the jazz venue for Eastern Iowans. They'll be playing from 7-10pm. Morning After plays there Saturday from 8-11pm.
You can also experience what some student jazz musicians are doing these days with a couple of high school concerts. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids will have their Band Carnival on Saturday from 4-9pm in the auditorium there. The jazz bands will be included in the concert with all the other ensembles from that school's program. And at City High in Iowa City, the jazz bands will be featured in concert along with our good friend, pianist Dan Knight, sitting in as special guest. There'll be two shows, at 6 & 8pm, taking place in the school cafeteria.
And, of course, it's the regular gigs from pianists Eddie Piccard and Dick Watson and their ensembles this weekend, too. Eddie plays Konstantino's in Cedar Rapids tonight from 7-10 and Saturday night at the Top of the Five Seasons Hotel in Cedar Rapids. Dick has his regualar gig at the Lighthouse in Cedar Rapids Friday and Saturday.
Bob Stewart, Program Director firstname.lastname@example.org