Short List with Bob Naujoks
Mon. - Thurs. at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
The Short List: B-3 Blitz Two: John Medeski
The B-3 Blitz Two series on the great Hammond B-3 organ players continues with the ever-reaching John Medeski. Almost from the start he has been a part of a trio with two compatible companions, drummer Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood and they are the popular trio, Medeski-Martin-and-Wood. Even while a teenager he was talented enough to perform with the jazz singer Mark Murphy and the outstanding bassist Jaco Pastorius. Medeski is a multi-talented musician---if it has a keyboard, he can play it—piano, organ, electric pianos, and synthesizers of various kinds.
Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson
Monday at 6:00 PM
Ella Fitzgerald: 'First Lady of Song'
You recognize that voice instantly. The sound is youthful, exuberant, and swings! And when you hear Ella Fitzgerald, you don't just recognize her - you feel good! This show celebrates the music of one of the greatest singers of our time with interviews that include Ella herself; vocalists Betty Carter, Jon Hendricks and Joe Williams; writers Gene Lees and Albert Murray; and pianist Oscar Peterson.
Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"Prestige Records in 1963"
Craig jumps back 50 years to look in on some of the recording activities of Bob Weinstock's PRESTIGE RECORDS label in 1963. We'll hear some tasty goodies from the 35+ recording sessions from that year, including classics from Jack McDuff, Shirley Scott, Booker Ervin, Etta Jones, Roy Haynes, and many others!
Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wendell Pierce
Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Regina Carter with Reverse Thread and Stefon Harris with Blackout
Reaching to their personal histories, innovative jazz fiddler Regina Carter and vibraphonist Stefon Harris create contemporary sounds. With kora and accordion, Carter explores the music of Africa - from Ugandan Jewish songs to traditional folk music of Madagascar and Mali. Harris and his band Blackout find inspiration in the funk and soul sound of the 70s. Wendell Pierce hosts.
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Melba! by Geof Bradfield at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb
Trombonist Melba Liston (1926-99) played, composed and arranged for Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Weston, and more. She grew up in Los Angeles, lived in Detroit, taught in Jamaica, and came home to the Kansas City Women’s Jazz Festival. Geof Bradfield studied her music and wrote Melba! for his Chicago octet.
Wednesday Night Special
7:00 PM (Follows JazzSet)
Jazz Under the Stars 2013: The Steve Grismore Quartet (new)
Guitarist Steve Grismore has had a long and successful career, both locally and nationally. He is the founding director of the Iowa City Jazz Festival, a 20-year veteran and original member of Orquesta Alto Maiz, and teaches at the University of Iowa and at Augustana College.
Steve has recorded several CDs of his own and this spring, he released an outstanding CD featuring Iowa Hammond B3 legend Sam Salamone, "Besame Mucho." We were hoping Sam would be able to play at JUTS, but he was unable to do so because of health reasons.
So, Steve put together an exciting, new quartet featuring Coe College and Cedar Rapids Municipal Band director Steve Shanley on piano, Koplant No's Drew Morton on bass, and Dave Tiede on drums. Dave is a Cedar Rapids native and UNI alum who recently returned to Iowa after playing professionally in the Twin Cities for many years.
“I have played Jazz Under the Stars a few times over the years and always had a great time” Grismore said, “Most recently was last year with the Salsa band’s last gig ever.”
Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Tony Award-winning actress Betty Buckley is a veteran of such Broadway hits as Cats, Gypsy and Sunset Boulevard. She’s lauded as one of the best voices in modern musical theater and has played many film and television roles. Buckley talks about her life on the stage to her home on the range and performs a collection of favorites with her musical director Kenny Werner, including “Stardust” and “Angel Eyes.”
Jazz Corner of the World with
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"Impulse! Records in 1963"
Craig Travels back 50 years to look in on some of the recording activities that took place for IMPULSE! RECORDS during 1963. We'll hear a number of jazz classics from the 25+ sessions that were recorded for Impulse! that year....by John Coltrane, Ray Charles, Shirley Scott, Chico Hamilton, McCoy Tyner, Charles Mingus, and several others. Don't miss it!
Sunday at 5:00 PM
The Great Innovator: Clarinetist Benny Goodman
Reedmen Allan Vaché and Harry Allen, with vibists John Cocuzzi and Lionel Hampton, join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to celebrate the young Jewish boy from Chicago who changed the face of popular music in America. Benny Goodman is credited with transforming ’20s-style hot jazz into swing, and he set off a pop craze that spanned the Great Depression and WWII.
KCCK's Midnight CD
The Monday - Sunday Midnight CD for this week can be found at: