Sunday, December 15, 2013

Special Programs for the Week of December 16 - 22

Short List with Bob Naujoks                                           
Mon. - Thurs. at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
Vocal Short List 13: Barbara Lea (new)                             
A new Vocal Short List series continues with Barbara Lea. Barbara Lea seemed to float just under the surface of the ocean of jazz, out of hearing for the average jazz fan and pop music lovers. It is too bad because her voice was distinctive and her presentation impeccable. Her singing career was interrupted by many years on the stage as an actress, but fortunately in the mid-70s she found opportunities to sing professionally again. Barbara Lea never got the acclaim that she should have, but her rich, deep voice graced innumerable melodies from the Great American Songbook.  

Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson    
Monday at 6:00 PM
Louis Armstrong: "The Trumpeter"
Armstrong displayed a blend of talent and dedication that has not been matched by any trumpeter since. His improvisation paved the way for the jazz soloist. In this program, we trace Armstrong's development as a trumpeter and reflect on his contributions. Jazz expression remains forever steeped in the innovations of Armstrong's trumpet solos. The scope and magnitude of his virtuosity was nothing short of world-altering. Each time he held his horn up to his lips, he made melodies ring out in a joyful, brilliant tone.

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"Tribute to Forestorn "Chico" Hamilton -- 9/20/1921 to 11/25/2013"
Craig pays tribute to the recently departed jazz drummer, Chico Hamilton, by presenting an excellent mix of selections from throughout his stellar career.  We'll hear Chico as a sideman with the likes of Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, and a host of others...and also leading some of his own groups from the mid 1950’s, several movie soundtracks, up through his years with Impulse! Records, and the more recent Soul Note Records.

Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wendell Pierce  
Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Brazilian Nights: Leny Andrade with Paquito D'Rivera
New York Times writer Stephen Holden calls her "both the Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald of bossa nova."  Vocalist Leny Andrade embodies the spirit of jazz with the soul of her native Brazil. Andrade is inspired and accompanied by reedman and friend Paquito D'Rivera through bossa nova, sambas and choros including Manha de Carnival, Batida Diferente and Ceu e Mar.    

JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
Wednesday at 6:00 PM  
Dee Alexander's Funkin with Electric Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix and James Brown
A heart-stopping moment in this free family concert comes when Dee Alexander sings a classic -- Jimi's "Hey Joe, where you goin' with that gun in your hand?" It's an anthem and a plea to stop the violence, in the middle of a funky dance-a-thon. The Jazz Institute of Chicago presented Alexander and her Evolution Arkestra at South Shore Cultural Center.

Wednesday Night Special    
7:00 PM (Follows JazzSet)
Jim Hall Trio with Julian Lage at the Newport Jazz Festival 2013
We remember jazz guitar legend Jim Hall, who passed away December 10th at age 83, with a special broadcast of the Jim Hall Trio with Julian Lage at the Newport Jazz Festival 2013. Jim Hall, one of the finest guitar players in jazz history, made several classic records with Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Art Farmer, Ron Carter and many others. Jim Hall's rhythm section featured Scott Colley on bass and Lewis Nash on drums. Julian Lage, a much younger guitar phenom, joined them in a cross-generational meeting of guitar heroes.
• Jim Hall, guitar
• Scott Colley, bass
• Lewis Nash, drums
• Julian Lage, guitar
Set List
• "Big Blues" (Hall)
• "All the Things You Are" (Kern, Hammerstein)
• "My Funny Valentine" (Rodgers, Hart)
• "In a Sentimental Mood" (Ellington)
• Free Improvisation
• "Eatrice" (Lage)

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland    
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Christmas with Marian McPartland
Piano Jazz swings into the holiday season with a special program of Christmas music. McPartland and her guests from seasons past share their favorite memories and perform yuletide classics and original holiday tunes. Guest artists include George Shearing, Tony DeSare and Dena DeRose.                 

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"The Jazz Corner of the World's 2013 Holiday Show"
Craig will play a relaxing but stimulating program of contemplative jazz, mellow ballads, and a tasteful mix of holiday favorites.  We'll hear from Ben Webster, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy McGriff, Keely Smith, Duke Ellington, Dave McKenna, Horace Silver, Dave Holland, Lee Morgan, and many, many others.  

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM
Home for the Holidays
Holiday favorites performed by The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and special guests, along with excerpts from Louis Armstrong’s historic reading of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. Break out the ornaments and turn up the volume. Riverwalk Jazz puts listeners in the mood for trimming the tree, stuffing stockings, and sharing the holiday spirit.            

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

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