Short List with Bob Naujoks
Mon. - Thurs. at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
The Short List: B-3 Blitz Two: Reuben Wilson (new series)
The B-3 Blitz Two series on the great Hammond B-3 organ players continues with the soul-jazz of Reuben Wilson. He started out to be a boxer and pro football player and ended up with music as his career---first in Los Angeles, then in New York. His five albums in the late 1960s mark his early career, but it was the dance clubs in the 1980s and his sampled music in the 90s that gave him a bit of fame. He is now the "grandfather of Acid Jazz".
Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson
Monday at 6:00 PM
Jackie McLean (1931 - 2006)
Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean was one of the giants of jazz. His spare, sugar-free sound backed everyone from Charlie Parker to Miles Davis. In five decades of jazz, Jackie McLean lived the quintessential jazz survivor's life. A veteran of bebop, he emerged from the shadow of Charlie Parker and drugs to make a music bristling with passion and a Hemingway-esque direction. McLean debuted on Miles Davis' 1951 album Dig!, and also led his own groups. These raw edged, taut units included Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Billy Higgens, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Roy Haynes, and others. In tribute to McLean, we'll listen again to this Jazz Profiles episode where the McLean talks candidly about his life and times.
Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"Jazz In 1953"
Although Craig has already presented shows this year for "PRESTIGE RECORDS IN 1953" and "BLUE NOTE RECORDS IN 1953", this week he gathers up material from other record labels in 1953 to help complete the picture of what recorded jazz was like sixty years ago. We'll hear from a number of jazz masters like Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz, Oscar Peterson, Charles Mingus, Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars, and many others!
Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wendell Pierce
Tuesday at 6:00 PM
The Music of Bud Powell and Earl Hines
The story of the modern jazz piano can be heard in the hands of Earl “Fatha” Hines and Earl “Bud” Powell. Hines worked with Louis Armstrong and brought a new dimension from ragtime; Powell’s inventive, emotional soloing brought the piano into the bebop era. Pianist Marcus Roberts and his nonet take us through theses innovators of piano with songs such as "Bubbling Over" and "Dance of the Infidels."
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Gregory Porter at The Strings of Autumn in Prague
This is release week for Gregory Porter’s Liquid Spirit on Blue Note. One year ago, he sang for the Autumnal Equinox at the Lucerna Music Bar near Wenceslas Square. A fan wrote “huge applause, two encores, great solo performances, band tight and so was Gregory... made me long for the USA...” Thanks to Radio Prague.
Wednesday Night Special
7:00 PM (Follows JazzSet)
Jazz at Beems: John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
We celebrate the legacy of saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (born 9/23/26) during this tribute performance from Beems Auditorium at the former downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library. Husband and wife Peter and Lynne Hart, who share a deep appreciation of Coltrane’s music, lead an all-star group of fellow jazz educators including Andrew Classen on trumpet, Steve Shanley, piano, Chris Bird, bass, and Herman Sarduy on drums with the Hart’s featured on saxophones and flute.
Since 1998 the Hart’s have been co-leaders of Thelonious Assault, the only area jazz group dedicated to performing the music of be-bop and hard hard-bop masters like Thelonious Monk, Charle Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Mingus. Most of the musicians performing in this Coltrane tribute are also members of Thelonious Assault. The group performed at Jazz Under The Stars in 2006 and more recently was featured live on KCCK as part of the “First Friday Jazz” series at the Opus Concert Café in Cedar Rapids.
This summer Lynne Hart directed the Iowa Jazz Orchestra and wrote several original arrangements for the band and singer Sachal Vasandani for a crowd pleasing performance on the opening night of the 2013 Iowa City Jazz Festival.
Our salute to John Coltrane includes the Hart’s unique versions of classic Coltrane compositions including “Giant Steps,” “Impressions,” “Naima,” “Mr. PC” and several others.
Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Brazilian pianist/singer Eliane Elias is one of the most original and popular artists on the jazz scene. Widely recognized as one of the preeminent interpreters of Brazilian icon Antonio Carlos Jobim, Elias has also explored the works of Bill Evans and Chet Baker. On this session she performs an Evans tune, “Here Is Something for You,” for which she has written a lyric, and McPartland gives her own Evans tribute on “B Minor Waltz.”
Jazz Corner of the World with
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"John William Coltrane's 'Atlantic' Years"
In noting Coltrane's "birthday anniversary week", (born 9/23/26), Craig will play "middle period" Trane from his years with Atlantic Records (Jan.1959 thru May,1961). We'll hear from classic Coltrane albums like "Bags & Trane", "Coltrane's Sound", "My Favorite Things", "Giant Steps", "Coltrane Plays The Blues", and several other gems. Don't miss this one!
Sunday at 5:00 PM
Porgy & Bess: An Original Jazz Transcription Part 2
In Part Two of this encore presentation of Porgy & Bess, Porgy’s love for Bess is put to the test. William Warfield returns in his acclaimed role as narrator, and compositions include “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “A Red-Headed Woman,” and “Oh Lawd, I’m On My Way.”
KCCK's Midnight CD
The Monday - Sunday Midnight CD for this week can be found at: