Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Week's Special Shows

Week of September 1, 2014 

2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival – Labor Day Special!  

Monday: 9 am – 12 Midnight  
KCCK brings you all of the 2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival Main Stage performances plus our exclusive, behind the scene, backstage interviews with the major artists during our special Labor Day broadcast September 1st from 9 am - Midnight. Enjoy 11 different bands during 15 hours of non-stop coverage from all three days of this year’s festival recorded over the July 4th weekend! Hear several of today’s top international jazz artists, some outstanding local players, plus many of the area’s best high school jazz musicians. Our line-up features United Jazz Ensemble, the Jared Gold Trio, The Pedrito Martinez Group, North Corridor All-Star Jazz Band, Nordic Connect with Ingrid Jensen, Etienne Charles Creole Soul, Joe Lovano Us Five, The Commons Collective, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, Anat Cohen Quartet, and Tom Harrell Colors of a Dream with Esperanza Spalding. 

Don't forget... listen from wherever you happen to be on Labor Day. With our IOS and Android apps, KCCK goes where you do.  

Short List with Bob Naujoks                                           
Monday - Friday at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM 

The New Face of Jazz: Esperanza Spalding / Steve Swallow 

Our encore Short List summer series is inspired by the book The New Face of Jazz by Cicily Janus. Like the book, the series covers a wide variety of jazz players --- some are on the fringes of success, some are older but overlooked, some are active but have limited exposure, and some have devoted their lives to educating the succeeding generations of jazz musicians. Still, there are many good stories of how music in general and jazz in particular has shaped their lives and inspired them. Producer Bob Naujoks continues The New Face of Jazz Short List this week with bassist and singer-songwriter Esperanza Spalding and bassist/composer Steve Swallow.         
Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson    
Monday at 6:00 PM
(pre-empted this week for our special Labor Day broadcast of the 2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival)            
Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
(pre-empted this week for our special Labor Day broadcast of the 2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival)                 

Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wendell Pierce  
Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Gerry Mulligan & John Lewis             
Post-war America saw the hard edges of Bebop segue to the Cool. The music bewitched baritone sax man Gerry Mulligan, and it enchanted classically trained pianist John Lewis; both became pioneers of this sophisticated style. Pianist Jonathan Batiste and baritone saxophone master Joe Temperly join the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra to make the Cool all new. The set includes “Django,” “Delawny’s Dilemma,” and “Animal Dance.”

JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Miles Davis / Gil Evans: Still Ahead at the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival

Davis and Evans, trumpet and orchestrator, collaborated unforgettably on the albums Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain. For this occasion, Miles Evans (the son of Gil) provides the original charts for both. Terence Blanchard is the trumpet soloist, with the Still Ahead Orchestra from Los Angeles, Vince Mendoza conducting.

Wednesday Night Special           
7:00 PM (Follows JazzSet)  
Jazz in the Stacks: The Beatles in Jazztime (new!)         
The music of John Lennon and Paul McCartney is reimagined by the Dennis McPartland Sextet featuring several outstanding area jazz musicians with expert commentary by KCCK’s Bob Naujoks. Featuring Dennis McPartland, drums; Gail (piano and vocals) and Paul (guitar and vocals) Williams, Dave Sharp, saxes and flute; Craig Dove, bass and vocals; and Pat Smith, guitar. Recorded before a live audience in Whipple Auditorium at the new downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library.  

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland     
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Helen Merrill         
Helen Merrill’s voice is an instrument that sometimes carries the melody and sometimes complements the improvisational skills of her co-musicians. In this session from 1995, McPartland performs a “Portrait of Helen Merrill.” Merrill joins McPartland to perform songs popularized by Billie Holiday, including Bob Haggart’s “What’s New” and Holiday’s “Don’t Explain.”                     

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
"Tribute to Horace Silver – The Conclusion"                   
Craig presents the 4th and final installment of his tribute to jazz pianist, HORACE WARD MARTIN TAVARES SILVER, who passed away June 18th earlier this summer. We'll hear from a number of sessions spanning the 1950s to his final recordings, that we have yet to sample in this series of "tribute" shows -- a Clark Terry session from 1955, a Lester Young Birdland broadcast from 1953, more Bluenote recordings from the 60s and 70s, and some of his more recent material from several different labels. Silver will remain one of the true pillars of modern jazz.                     

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM
Ride, Red, Ride: New Orleans Trumpeter Henry “Red” Allen Jr. 
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and special guests play the music and tell the story of Henry ‘Red’ Allen Jr. — an inventive New Orleans trumpeter whose long career took him from the Crescent City to the Apple.             

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

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