Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This Week's Special Shows

Week of July 21, 2014

Short List with Bob Naujoks                                           
Monday - Friday at 8:35 AM and Saturday at 7 AM  
The New Face of Jazz: Jim McNeeley / Matt and Jason Moran / Mike Moreno        
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 Jim McNeeley, Matt and Jason Moran, and Mike Moreno.        

Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson    
Monday at 6:00 PM
Oscar Pettiford: Bass Beyond Bop       
Though he lived just 37 years, the jazz world will never forget bassist, composer, and bandleader Oscar Pettiford. The man helped define and refine the bass into the melodic, solo instrument we hear today. He also wrote tunes that lay easy on the large resonant bass body. From his birthplace on a Native American reservation in Oklahoma to his death in 1960 in Copenhagen, Pettiford's musical breadth was a match for the distances he'd traveled, finding a home for himself and his music.     
Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Monday, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (follows Jazz Profiles)
"The 75th Anniversary Celebration of Blue Note Records - Show  #13"         
Craig continues his chronological survey of the evolution of Blue Note Records with more classic material from 1960. We'll hear selections from each and every Blue Note recording session, including dazzling jazz goodies from Jackie McLean, Horace Parlan, Lee Morgan, Tina Brooks, Harold Land, Duke Jordan, and many others.           

Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wendell Pierce  
Tuesday at 6:00 PM
“The Improvisors: Paul Bley and Charlie Haden”       
We celebrate the life of Shenandoah, Iowa native Charlie Haden (he passed away July 11th at age 76) with this rare presentation of the bassist in a minimal, duet setting with pianist Paul Bley. Live at the Kaplan Penthouse, the pair "played as if every form shattered at their touch", according to the NYTimes. Enjoy this set from the late NEA recognized Jazz Master, whose work on the bass resonated over seven decades of jazz, and stints with luminaries like Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett.                        

JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Bill Frisell and Music of John Lennon    
Like balloons floating above the Newport Jazz Festival, the guitarist and his group send up "Beautiful Boy," "Come Together," "In My Life," and a piece by the late drummer Paul Motian. Frisell opens on violinist Jenny Scheinman's stage, playing duets.         

Wednesday Night Special           
7:00 PM (Follows JazzSet)
Our Wednesday Night Specials for July feature highlights from KCCK’s Jazz Under the Stars concerts from the past as a run-up to our 2014 season of free concerts on Thursday nights in August!  

Equilateral at KCCK’s Jazz Under the Stars      
Equilateral plays original, progressive jazz and is comprised of UNI faculty member Chris Merz (saxes), and UI faculty member Brent Sandy (trumpet), who are joined by Greg Mazunik (bass) and Eric Thompson (drums). Merz and Sandy have worked together extensively since 2000. Mazunik has freelanced around the Iowa City area for the past 10 years. Thompson returned to eastern Iowa from New York City, where he lived and worked following graduation from NEC (Boston).
The ensemble has no chording instrument, giving freedom to their improvisations while allowing them to utilize forms, textures, and harmonies to their advantage. Their 2012 studio recording “Loud & Dark" on Realtown Records was a “Featured CD of the Month” on KCCK.
Individually, the members of Equilateral have won many awards including: several DownBeat awards, Outstanding Soloist at MusicFest USA, and outstanding soloist at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival.

Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland     
Thursday at 6:00 PM
Jessica Williams  
Pianist and composer Jessica Williams has gained critical acclaim and multiple Grammy nominations for her writing and remarkable skill at the keyboard. Dave Brubeck called her "one of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard.” On this Piano Jazz from 1992, Williams solos on “Why Do I Love You” and gets together with host McPartland for Monk’s “Straight, No Chaser.”               

Jazz Corner of the World with Craig Kessler
Saturday, Noon - 4:00 PM
 "The Jazztet"          
Craig takes a close look at the two distinct periods of the jazz sextet formed by trumpeter Art Farmer and tenorman and composer Benny Golson, known as the "JAZZTET". We'll hear selections from the early years, 1959 to 1962, and from the later period (1982 to1986). The JAZZTET was known for its creative writing and arrangements, and for introducing some very important artists (McCoy Tyner, Julian Priester, and others). Tune in for this exclusive look at a unique band and a fascinating period in modern jazz.                

Riverwalk Jazz
Sunday at 5:00 PM
Hot Jazz Down Under: Gems from Aussie Jazzman Bob Barnard 
The spotlight is on Australian cornetist Bob Barnard, longtime friend and “musical soul mate” of bandleader Jim Cullum. From hot jazz to sweet ballads, the two share tunes and swap stories about their lives in jazz.                                   

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

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