Sunday, December 1, 2013

Special Programs for the Week of December 2 - 8

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

Vocal Short List 13: Carmen Lundy (new)
A new Vocal Short List series beings this week with the underrated and perhaps unappreciated jazz singer Carmen Lundy. Carmen Lundy has been an excellent singer and performer for over three decades. And she had done this, not by using Great American Songbook retreads, but by writing her own songs—she has over 80 published works.

Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson    
Monday at 6:00 PM

Louis Armstrong: 'The Man and His Music,' Part 1
It's hard to overstate the incredible reach of this original American artist. Louis Armstrong defined American culture and did it with the force of his talent as a musician, singer, composer, author, innovator, entertainer, actor, and bandleader. He transcended racial barriers and became America's ambassador to the world.

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"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!                                 
Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wendell Pierce  
Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra
Pianist, composer, and arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi mixes intricate bebop sensibilities and Japanese influences in a big band sound. Joined by long-time partner, saxophonist Lew Tabackin and Japanese taiko drummer Eitetsu Hayashi, Akiyoshi leads a dazzling performance of her own compositions including Remembering Bud and Pollination, alongside classics like Ellington's Black and Tan Fantasy.  

JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
Wednesday at 6:00 PM  
Jason Moran & The Bandwagon
In his second season as Artistic Advisor for Jazz at The Kennedy Center, pianist Jason Moran brings serious ideas and fun. He's a recent MacArthur Fellow and current faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music as well. Moran's Bandwagon with Tarus Mateen and Nasheet Waits have been together for 13 years, in this new concert from November, 2013, at the KC Jazz Club.

Wednesday Night Special    
7:00 PM (Follows JazzSet)
Jon Batiste And Stay Human at the Newport Jazz Festival 2013
by Patrick Jarenwattananon (
A 20-something singing pianist of the New Orleans virtuoso tradition, Jonathan Batiste has a natural entertainer's charisma and chops to match. He now lives in New York — he met his band in school at Juilliard — and can do "modern jazz" with a metropolitan attitude. But Stay Human is named for its dedication to live music magic, which results in second-line-style parades in the subways and through the Lower East Side. It's perfect for Newport's festive setting — and yes, there's a tuba.
•  Jonathan Batiste, piano/melodica/voice
•  Eddie Barbash, alto sax
•  Ibanda Ruhumbika, tuba
•  Philip Kuehn, bass
•  Joe Saylor, drums
Set List
•  "Star-Spangled Banner"
•  "Red Beans" (Batiste)
•  "Killing Me Softly with His Song" (Fox, Gimbel)
•  "On the Sunny Side of the Street" (McHugh, Fields)
•  "St. James Infirmary Blues" (Trad.)
•  "The Entertainer" (Joplin)
•  "Floor Tom"
•  "Why You Gotta"
•  "Amazing Grace" (Trad.)

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland    
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Ellen Seeling
The Montclair Women’s Big Band keeps the jazz ensemble tradition alive and swinging in the San Francisco Bay area. Trumpeter and veteran bandleader Ellen Seeling brings along tenor saxophonist Jean Fineberg and drummer, Allison Miller to this Piano Jazz recorded in 2007. They join McPartland and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi for quintet versions of "Georgia" and "St. Thomas".

Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"Tribute to Frank Wellington Wess (January 4, 1922 - October 30, 2013)"
Craig pays tribute to the recently departed composer and master musician by spinning a tasty variety of goodies featuring Mr. Wess, both as a leader and as a sideman. Wess is considered by most to be the "father of modern jazz flute playing". We'll spotlight his flute work as well as his warm tenor saxophone sound. We'll hear him featured with Count Basie, Milt Jackson, Dorothy Ashby, Osie Johnson, Gene Ammons, and of course with his long-time collaborator, Thad Jones, among others.

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM
When Swing Was the Thing: Diary of a Swing Era Teen
Swing was the thing in 1935 — a teenage music craze that erupted on the heels of the Depression in the years before World War II. This week, we hear what the Swing Era was like from the perspective of the teenage diaries of Bob Inman, author of Swing Era Scrapbook. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and an all-star cast perform pieces from Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and more.           

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

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