Sunday, November 10, 2013

Special Programs for the Week of November 11 - 17

Short List with Bob Naujoks                                           
Mon. - Thurs. at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
The Short List: B-3 Blitz Two: Ron Levy                       
Ron Levy is a Boston B-3 marvel. While in high school he was playing on the local jazz scene, and not even graduated, would tour with blues singer Albert King. After four years he switched to another blues “King”---B. B.---and would be in his backup band for seven years. From that background Levy formed a great devotion to blues and jazz, he also plays Latin and hip-hop. Still, Levy’s foundation is as a “soul-jazz” musician and his story is interesting.  

Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson    
Monday at 6:00 PM
Johnny Hartman, 'The Romantic Balladeer'                
Johnny Hatman followed in the wake of Billy Eckstine and Nat "King" Cole, two singers who personified the "black baritone movement" of the late '40s and '50s. Overshadowed by these two, Hartman never achieved the popularity he deserved. Through the release of the soundtrack to Clint Eastwood's Bridges of Madison County and the re-release of a recording with John Coltrane, the public has rediscovered this wonderful balladeer.       

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"Jazz in 1973"        
Craig gives us a taste of what was happening 40 years ago in the world of jazz.  We'll hear selections recorded during 1973 by a wide variety of artists including Herbie Hancock, Sun Ra, Billy Cobham, Flora Purim, Keith Jarrett, Charles Mingus, and many others.

Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wendell Pierce  
Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Chucho Valdes and The Afro Cuban Jazz Messengers

Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes is today's ultimate jazz ambassador - from deep Afro-Cuban roots and improvisational jazz mastery, he creates a sophisticated style all his own.  For their first stateside performance in seven years, Valdes brings his Afro Cuban Messengers to the Allen Room.

JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band's "Sweet Chicago Suite"  
The trombonist's little New Orleans style band celebrates the windy city of his youth, in a New Jazz Work commissioned by Chamber Music America with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and played at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Wednesday Night Special    
7:00 PM (Follows JazzSet)
Robert Glasper Experiment at the Newport Jazz Festival 2013   
by Patrick Jarenwattananon (
One gets the sense that pianist Robert Glasper feels completely at ease with his Experiment band, running his right hand in circles, cracking jokes and switching directions on the fly. Along the way, he's cracked the mold of how jazz might approach the hip-hop and R&B of today. The breakout success of last year's album Black Radio, with its real-time boom-bap and myriad vocal cameos, has already led to a sequel, due out yet this year. Here's a freewheeling set of vamps and vocoder from Glasper and company.
• Robert Glasper, piano/keyboard
• Casey Benjamin, alto saxophone/vocoder
• Derrick Hodge, electric bass
• Mark Colenburg, drums   

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland    
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Robert Glasper
Pianist and composer Robert Glasper is a powerful voice on the jazz scene. His Grammy-winning group, Robert Glasper Experiment, blends hip-hop, R&B, rock, and  jazz into an appealing and highly intelligent sound. He kicks off the show with an original tune, “Rise and Shine,” and jams with McPartland on Herbie Hancock’s “Dolphin Dance.”                

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"Jazz in 1983"         
Craig gives us a taste of what was going on 30 years ago in the world of jazz.  We'll hear selections recorded during 1983 by a wide variety of artists including Dave Holland, George Russell, Miles Davis, Kenny Wheeler, Abdullah Ibrahim, and many others.

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM
Peck’s Bad Boys: The Peck Kelley Story     
Dick Hyman joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band for the story of piano virtuoso Peck Kelley. Kelley was in high demand by the top bandleaders of the ’20s, but preferred to spend his life playing in Texas honky-tonks.          

KCCK's Midnight CD
The Monday - Sunday Midnight CD for this week can be found at:

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