Sunday, January 19, 2014

Special Programs for the Week of January 20 - 26

Short List with Bob Naujoks                                           
Mon. - Thurs. at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM
Vocal Short List 13: Boz Scaggs                                 
The former pop-rock artist Boz Scaggs has in recent years turned his attention to the Great American Songbook, and to good effect. Scaggs is a veteran of the early Steve Miller Blues Band and a top-selling artist in the 1970s, but on the suggestion of a friend began singing the standards, and finally in 2000, issued an album of love songs. To his credit, Boz Scaggs is at the service of the songs.

Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson    
Monday at 6:00 PM
Charlie Parker: 'Bird Lives!' Part 2   
Charles "Yardbird" Parker was a self-taught innovator who could fly higher and cut deeper than any other musician of his day. Parker pioneered the bebop movement in jazz with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. He influenced generations of musicians. The concluding half of this story focuses on Bird's influence on other musicians, his celebrated return to New York, his superstar acceptance in Europe, his experimentations with strings, and his premature, tragic death. Interviewees include Jackie McLean and Mitch Miller.  

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 - Part Two"
Craig takes us on a tour looking at more material from the sparkling career of this great jazz organist.  We'll hear additional classic recordings from throughout her 35 year career including sides from Cadet, Prestige, Impulse, Blue Note, Candid, and other record labels. She was truly one of the greats!   

Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wendell Pierce  
Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Bird with Strings   
In 1949, Charlie Parker envisioned an album that would link jazz to pop and influence artists to come.  His legendary venture with strings has done just that. Parker with Strings set his searching solos against a lush string quartet. And onstage Bird lives - as we feature saxophonists Wess Anderson and Charles McPherson and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.  

JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Abbey Lincoln’s Songs
Always a vocalist, Lincoln (1930-2010) acted in movies, fought for Civil Rights, and – in her long, productive last chapter – wrote and recorded personal songs about life. New meanings begin to emerge as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson sing Abbey. Musical Director Terri Lyne Carrington.     

Wednesday Night Special     
7:00 PM (Follows JazzSet)
Christian Scott Quintet at the 2013 Iowa City Jazz Festival
Christian Scott, the Grammy Nominated and two time Edison Award winning jazz trumpeter, composer and producer, was only 13 when he began playing with his uncle, jazz alto saxophonist, Donald Harrison. By 14, he was accepted into the New Orleans Center of Creative Arts where he studied jazz under the guidance of program directors, Clyde Kerr, Jr. and Kent Jordan. His New Orleans roots served him well and he earned two degrees in two years at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied under Charlie Lewis, Dave Santoro, and Gary Burton. He eventually launched a music career that has positioned him as one of the great innovators of his generation.

In 2002 he made his solo debut with his self-released and self-titled album, Christian Scott. In 2006, landing a record deal with Concord Jazz, Scott released Rewind That, an album whose mixture of modern jazz, rock and R&B garnered both criticism and praise – but ultimately a Grammy nomination. Anthem was released the following year and Yesterday You Said Tomorrow came out in 2010. During 2011-12, he toured and recorded with the band 90 Miles that also featured Stefon Harris and David Sanchez. His 2-CD release, Christian aTunde Adjuah in 2012, also on Concord, is his most ambitious and expansive recording to date.

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland    
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Jim Hall
Widely admired as a gifted and innovative player, jazz guitarist Jim Hall (he passed away Dec. 10th at the age of 83) had an amazing career spanning more than five decades. Recently, Hall had entered a new creative space, writing and arranging choral and orchestral compositions, all the while continuing to record and perform in a variety of settings. The NEA Jazz Master teams up with McPartland and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi for “Blue Monk” and solos on “All the Things You Are.”                     

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"Birthday Celebration for Benny Golson"
Craig celebrates the 85th birthday of the great tenorman, composer, and arranger, Benny Golson, with a wonderful mix of jazz gems from throughout his career of 60+ years! We'll hear his writing and playing with jazz giants like Tadd Dameron, Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Kelly, Charles Mingus, and so many others. We'll also hear from his own group, The Jazztet, as well as other dates that feature Golson as the band leader. Come along and join in on the fun!  

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM
A Triple Crown of Tunesmiths: Youmans, Barris and Green  
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band welcomes New Orleans vocalist Topsy Chapman, Broadway’s Carol Woods, and piano legend Dick Hyman. They honor a trio of top composers of jazz standards — Vincent Youmans (“Time on My Hands”), Harry Barris (“Mississippi Mud”), and Johnny Green (“Body and Soul”).               

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

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