Sunday, November 17, 2013

Special Programs for the Week of November 18 - 24

Short List with Bob Naujoks                                           
Mon. - Thurs. at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
The Short List: B-3 Blitz Two: Ronnie Foster                        
Ronnie Foster is one of the lesser lights in the “acid jazz” genre, but he has gathered in a new following that loves his funky vamps. Foster is not a great improviser, but he IS a great soul-jazz keyboardist, and that has propelled his career through the years. Ronnie Foster’s recorded only five albums---Blue Note in the early 1970s, Columbia Records for two more, and one on the independent---Projazz label. After that he became a session man and a producer who now works continually in Las Vegas. Though his music is not easy to come by, it is worth a listen.  

Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson    
Monday at 6:00 PM
Sidney Bechet, 'Soprano Sax King'                 
Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) started playing the clarinet when he was 13 years old. By the time of his death, at age 62, he was considered one of the most innovative and original clarinetists and soprano saxophonists in jazz. He brought to the instrument an unequaled energy, clarity and verve and was best known for his heavy vibrato. Temperamental and creative, Bechet left a profound mark in the way the clarinet and the soprano saxophone is played today. His autobiography, "Treat It Gentle" is still considered one of the best personal accounts of the life and times of a jazzman. This show explores his legacy.        

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"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.

Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wendell Pierce  
Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Kurt Elling and Richard Galliano
Vocalist Kurt Elling and French accordionist Richard Galliano transport us from the New York vista of the Allen Room to the cafes of Paris and the plazas of Buenos Aires.  Don't miss this heartfelt collaboration exploring the art of the ballad.  We'll hear classics like Nicht Wandle, Mein Licht, an arrangement of the Beatles' Norwegian Wood, and La Vie en Rose.

JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers
From his Iraqi heritage, ElSaffar plays the santur and from his Chicago childhood, the trumpet. His band embraces both sides too, with lute-like oud and buzuq, tenor sax, bass and drums. "ElSaffar is winning over lots of people with invention, precision and emotion," music blogger Jim Macnie tweeted from the audience. The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival commissioned the music, with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. 

Wednesday Night Special    
7:00 PM (Follows JazzSet)
Rez Abbasi Trio at the Newport Jazz Festival 2013   
by Patrick Jarenwattananon (
Guitarist Rez Abbasi's new electronics-enhanced trio is driven by what its leader calls "textural surprise." As heard on the 2012 album Continuous Beat, the Pakistani-born guitarist's newest repertoire was inspired by the late drummer Paul Motian. On wax, that's a point of departure to explore material as diverse as tunes by Motian's contemporaries, Indian ragas and "The Star-Spangled Banner." Abbasi returns to Newport with a set of original compositions — and one Keith Jarrett tune.
•           Rez Abbasi, guitar
•           John Hébert, bass
•           Dan Weiss, drums 

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland    
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Kenny Werner  
Pianist Kenny Werner is a musician for whom creativity is a credo and improvisation a way of life. Transforming brilliant technique into unbridled creativity is not only Werner’s musical mission; it’s the subject of his popular book, Effortless Mastery. He and McPartland get together on a  pair  of  Bill  Evans tunes –“Very Early” and “Waltz for Debbie.”                 

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"The Works of Charles Mingus -- 1960 To 1971"   
This week, Craig will examine this interesting 12 year period of the career of the brilliant composer, pianist, and bassist, Charles Mingus.  We'll hear stunning material from Mingus that includes recordings from Emarcy, Atlantic, Candid, United Artists, Impulse, Columbia, a host of rare radio broadcasts, live material from his 1964 European tour, and much more.  Don't miss this one!

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM
Whiz-Kid of Swing: The Story of John Hammond       
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band celebrates pioneering talent scout and record producer John Hammond, who discovered and championed the careers of jazz greats, from Benny Goodman to Count Basie and Billie Holiday.          

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

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