Sunday, November 24, 2013

Special Programs for the Week of November 25 - December 1

KCCK’s Special Thanksgiving Day Broadcast    
Thursday, November 28 10:00 AM - Midnight
Highlights from KCCK’s Jazz Under the Stars 2013 (10 am–3:15 pm)
The United States Air Force Band Jazz Heritage Series Radio Broadcasts (3:15 pm-6:35 pm)                 
Our annual Thanksgiving Day special includes an encore from three top area bands captured live in concert this past August at Jazz Under the Stars.
Al Naylor and the I-380 Express
Led by trumpeter, teacher and 2013 inductee into the Jazz Educators of Iowa Hall of Fame, Al Naylor, the I-380 Express was for many years, the premier big band in Eastern Iowa. The group was best known for serving as the “house band” for the Variety Club Telethon on KCRG-TV, where it played its own charts and also backed up many regional and national artists. The band included music faculty from UNI, UI and Drake, along with professional players from all over the state. This reunion performance was the first for I-380 Express since 2007.
The Steve Grismore Quartet
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 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.
Dennis McMurrin and the Demolition Band
Dennis “Daddy-O” McMurrin, a member of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame, has been entertaining audiences for more than 45 years. He first picked up a guitar when he was 9 years old, influenced by his maternal grandfather, who played guitar as a hobby. “My first paid gig was in 1963 for the Boddicker School of Music Christmas Party at the Danceland in Cedar Rapids.” says McMurrin. He was 10 years old. “My first band was called The Plannets.” McMurrin’s biggest influences include James Brown, B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Tower Of Power.
Just in case you miss any of our JUTS 2013 Highlights, we’ll repeat all three performances following The United States Air Force Band Jazz Heritage Series Radio Broadcasts.
The United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note with guest artists
Throughout its long history, the Airmen of Note has regularly performed and recorded with the leading artists in the jazz world. Since 1990, the Airmen of Note has presented a concert series called The Jazz Heritage Series to music lovers in the nation's capital. Over the years since its inception, music critics and concert goers have praised this high-quality music series, and letters of appreciation have poured in. The series features internationally acclaimed jazz musicians who donate their time and talent to join forces with one of the best and most versatile big bands in America--the Airmen of Note. The 2013 Jazz Heritage Series Broadcasts features singer Roberta Gambarini, trombonist Andy Martin, and vibraphonist Joe Locke.

Short List with Bob Naujoks                                           
Mon. - Thurs. at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM

The Short List: B-3 Blitz Two: Papa John DeFrancesco 
As the phrase goes “like father, like son,” but in this case, it’s reversed---“like son, like father.” Papa John’s son, Joey, claimed fame first, but the father was on the scene first with bandleader Cab Calloway and others. When the family came along, John decided to forgo touring and stay at home in Philadelphia. He became a Philly jazz legend and with his son’s success, a nationally known jazzman.

Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson    
Monday at 6:00 PM
Mary Lou Williams, 'Perpetually Contemporary'
Mary Lou Williams achieved and maintained a status that many women in jazz found elusive: unwavering respect from male colleagues as a musical equal. Her accomplishments are many as arranger and pianist with Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy, with her own small groups, and with the be-bop artists of the '40s. Throughout, she was always -- as Duke Ellington once said -- "perpetually contemporary."         

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

Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wendell Pierce  
Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Maceo Parker: Funky Stuff
Funk's living legend Maceo Parker brings red-blooded soul to the Allen Room.  He's played alongside James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince - but on his own, he's a force to be reckoned with. Maceo Parker's compositions burst with energy as he leads "the Tightest Little Funk Orchestra On Earth" through a set including Off The Hook, Georgia on My Mind, and Make It Funky.

JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
Wednesday at 6:00 PM  
"Bix Factor" and Bandoneon
From the Umbria Winter Festival, trombonist/composer Mauricio Ottolini and Sousaphonix play original music for a science fiction tale. Early jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke is a character in the plot. We follow "Bix Factor" with tango from the Umbria Summer Fest. Young bandoneonist J-P Jofre from Argentina and New York and an Italian string orchestra fill a Renaissance opera house.

Wednesday Night Special    
7:00 PM (Follows JazzSet)
Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra at the Newport Jazz Festival 2013
by Patrick Jarenwattananon (
Eddie Palmieri has earned the right to be confident: He's been leading Latin jazz and salsa bands for more than 50 years, and playing in them even longer. "I don't guess I'm going to excite you with my band," he's been known to say. "I know it." For a performance on Newport's main stage, he assembled a large group for maximum effect.
•  Eddie Palmieri, piano
•  Herman Olivera, vocals
•  Joseph González, vocals
•  Louis Fouché, alto sax
•  Jonathan Powell, trumpet
•  John Walsh, trumpet
•  Conrad Herwig, trombone
•  Jimmy Bosch, trombone
•  José Claussell, timbales
•  Vicente Rivero, congas
•  Orlando Vega, bongos
•  Nelson González, tres
•  Luques Curtis, bass 

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland    
Thursday at 6:00 PM
(Pre-empted this week for our Special Thanksgiving Day Broadcast)                 

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"Shirley Scott - Queen of the Hammond B-3 Organ"
Craig takes us on a tour looking at a general overview of the career of the great jazz organist, Shirley Scott.  We'll hear classic  recordings from throughout her 35 year career including sides from Prestige, Impulse, Blue Note, Atlantic, Candid, and other record labels.  She was truly one of the greats!

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM
Breaking Bread Together: The Spirit of Thanksgiving
In a spirit of gratitude and abundance, New Orleans’ Topsy Chapman joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, lending her soulful vocals to classic spirituals and hymns. Trumpeters Clark Terry and ‘Sweets’ Edison, and bass-baritone William Warfield perform with the band. They share heartfelt and humorous family stories of what music has meant in their lives.          

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

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