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Jazz Night In America

Oct 20, 2014

Jazz Night In America, a new program from NPR Music, is now airing on Friday nights on KIOS at 8pm.

Hosted by veteran jazz bassist Christian McBride, this new program utilizes a number of media platforms to present live jazz concerts in a new and innovative way. There will be streaming video of the concerts available online and chat rooms available for fans to interact with musicians. The concerts will take place at a number of venues including Lincoln Center in New York, and at jazz festivals. 

Remembering Joe Sample

Oct 7, 2014

Joe Sample, legendary pianist and member of the jazz super group the Crusaders, passed away in September. He was 75. Sample died in his hometown of Houston, Texas on September 12 due to complications from lung cancer.

ARTIST / CD TITLE / RECORD LABEL
1.JOHNNY WINTER / STEP BACK / MEGAFORCE
2.MARCIA BALL / THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN / ALLIGATOR
3.MISSISSIPPI HEAT / WARNING SHOT / DELMARK
4.ROB STONE / GOTTA KEEP ROLLIN' / MARQUEE
5.GRADY CHAMPION / BOOTLEG WHISKEY / MALACO
6.ELVIN BISHOP / CAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT / ALLIGATOR
7.BIG HARP GEORGE / CHROMATICISM / BLUES MOUNTAIN
8.MISSY ANDERSEN / IN THE MOMENT / MAIN SQUEEZE
9.ETTA BRITT / ETTA DOES DELBERT / BRITTUNES
10.JP SOARS / FULL MOON NIGHT IN MEMPHIS / SOARS HIGH

Jazz Junction September Reviews

Sep 2, 2014

We begin with the KIOS Jazz CD of the month:

ORRIN EVANS – LIBERATION BLUES – Smoke Sessions Records SSR-1409
 

As a listener I appreciate an album that catches my attention through stimulating composition, improvisation and that spark that transpires between musicians during a good session. It is also pleasing when a CD's capacity is utilized to offer over seventy minutes of solid music that takes one unexpected places, both inside and outside the pocket. Pianist Orrin Evans' new release “Liberation Blues”embraces these qualities in stimulating fashion.

KIOS BLUES CHART AUGUST 2014

Sep 1, 2014

KIOS BLUES CHART
AUGUST  2014

ARTIST / CD TITLE / RECORD LABEL

Remembering Horace Silver

Jul 1, 2014

One of the most influential and popular of jazz artists, Horace Silver, passed away on June 18 at the age of 85. Born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silver in Norwalk, CT in 1928, his father was an immigrant from the Cape Verde Islands. The creole rhythms from these islands were to have profound impact upon Silver's music and his successful career. 

Playing With Fire, Omaha’s sizzling, free summer concert tradition, will take place this year at an  expansive, new venue: seven-acre Turner Park with its iconic Pavilion and permanent stage. A free concert experience, open to the public, Playing with Fire’s 2014 schedule will play out over the course of two Thursday nights: June 26 and July 3, starting at 5:30 p.m.

June 26:
Opening act: Hector Anchondo
Supporting act: Ben Poole
Headliner: Jonas & the Massive Attraction

Roy Orbison cared about two things in life more than anything else-music and family. Often, those two combined, but Roy's sons never got the chance to share the stage with their dad. They did find a tape of a song that Roy never finished, and as a family Roy's boys completed it as his backup band.

Legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter will visit Omaha in April. He will perform at 7:30pm on April 2 at the Holland Performing Arts Center. 

The celebrated saxophonist, composer, bandleader and sideman in the Miles Davis 1960s quintet will bring his own quartet of pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade to Omaha.

MARCH  6th: WOMEN IN JAZZ FOR WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
We celebrate Women's History Month with an hour of music from some of the top women in jazz today. Cheryl Bentyne, Rene Marie and Gretchen Parlato are a few of the great artists on tonight's program.

MARCH 20th: ALTO SAXOPHONISTS
Charlie Parker, Jackie McLean and Cannonball Adderley will be featured in this hour of music from some of the great alto saxophonists from yesteryear and some of the fine players on today's scene such as Gilad Edelman and Kenny Garrett.

The Beatles In America - 1964

Jan 28, 2014

When The Beatles arrived in the United States in February 1964, no one could have anticipated the tremendous impact the band would have on the development of American popular music and pop culture. The Beatles in America - 1964 takes listeners back to when The Beatles and America first got to know one another. This lively two-hour documentary features rarely heard archival audio, concert recordings, and new interviews with fans and reporters who were swept into The Beatles frenzy.

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since 1979, Toast of the Nation is perfect for the occasion. It's jazz you can party to, all night from coast to coast,with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations and contributing something new to the musical feast. Toast of the Nation is co-produced by WBGO FM in Newark, New Jersey and NPR Music.

Jazz Piano Christmas

Dec 19, 2013

KIOS will present "Jazz Piano Christmas" on Monday, December 23rd at 8:00pm.

This program, produced by NPR Music,  brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Artists Andy Bey,Stanley Cowell, Sullivan Fortner, Michelle Rosewoman and others will perform their favorite holiday songs.

Last Call remembers legendary avant-garde drummer and composer Ronald Shannon Jackson. He died in October at the age of 73.

One of the finest drummers to emerge in the last 50 years, Jackson was a native of Fort Worth, Texas. Jackson played drums in his high school marching band and sang a soloist in the school choir. While at Lincoln University, Jackson gained invaluable experience working with Lester Bowie, Oliver Nelson and John Hicks.

The James Hunter Six / Minute By Minute / Fantasy
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite / Get Up! / Stax
Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters / Just For Today / Stony Plain
James Cotton / Cotton Mouth Man / Alligator
Dayna Kurtz / Secret Canon Vol. 2 / M.C.
Candye Kane / Coming Out Swingin' / Vizztone
Roomful of Blues / 45 Live / Alligator
Valerie June / Pushin' Against A Stone / Concord
Shawn Holt & The Teardrops / Daddy Told Me / Blind Pig
Guy Davis / Juba Dance / M.C.
Jim Allchin / Q.E.D. / Self Release

Introducing Gordon Spencer

Oct 1, 2013

Veteran radio personality Gordon Spencer will present Friday's Jazz in the Afternoon on KIOS starting October 18. Spencer has been hosting jazz radio broadcasts continuously since 1976.

From childhood on Gordon Spencer’s life has been full of music. He was in the audience during Philadelphia Orchestra Children’s Concerts, his father up there on stage playing viola. At home little Gordon delighted in recordings of Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Ravel, Debussy. And was baby-sat while his father played Mozart and Haydn string quartets with friends.

On Sunday September 29th at 7:00PM KIOS will present The Band Radio Special. An in-depth look at one of rock music's most influential groups.

From their roots in rockabilly as the backing band for legend Ronnie Hawkins, to their years playing with Bob Dylan and their own rise to fame, The Band is one of the most celebrated and iconic groups of their time.

KIOS airs a two-hour highlights show of the 2013  Newport Jazz Festival at 8:00PM Thursday September 5th. The program is produced by WBGO and hosted by Josh Jackson. The show includes a performance by Wayne Shorter with Herbie Hancock celebrating Shorter's 80th birthday. Also in the lineup are the Rez Abbasi Trio, Gregory Porter, Terence Blanchard, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Joshua Redman and the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra.(Photo Credit: Adam Kissick for NPR.)

 

For the 11th consecutive year KIOS will air highlights of the Detroit Jazz Festival prior to Labor Day Weekend.  Highlights of  the 2012 gathering will air on the afternoons of Thursday August 29th and Friday August 30th at 2:00PM. The programs are hosted by Ed Love of WDET and Linda Yohn of WEMU.

The artist lineup includes Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Poncho Sanchez, Fred Hersch, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many more!

KIOS will honor Marian McPartland, jazz pianist and longtime host of NPR's Piano Jazz with a one-hour special edition of Piano Jazz Friday at 2:00PM. The program will re-air on Saturday at 7:00PM.

The tribute will be hosted by Marian's longtime friend Murray Horowitz and will feature Marian's compositions and collaborations with Sarah Vaughan, Karrin Allyson, Elvis Costello and many more.

Marian McPartland died on Tuesday at her home in Port Washington, N.Y. She was 95.

Jazz legend George Duke, a visionary keyboardist, producer, composer and arranger, died in Los Angeles on Monday. He was 67.

In a career spanning nearly 50 years, the Grammy-winning artist collaborated with Don Ellis, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Anita Baker, and many others.

As a child, George Duke watched a performance by Duke Ellington that inspired a his own trajectory as world-renowned keyboard artist. He released more than 40 albums and was a successful producer and bandleader, hitting gold with a megahit 1977 record, Reach For It .

The hottest ticket this summer will be the Playing with Fire Concert Series in celebration of it's 10th anniversary of providing free music to area residents and visitors of all ages.

The concerts take place at Lewis & Clark Landing on Omaha's Riverfront with gates opening at 5pm Friday and 4pm Saturday.

Admission is free but free will donations will be accepted at the gate,with portions of the proceeds donated to the Food Bank of the Heartland and American Parkinson Disease Foundation/ Nebraska Chapter.

Line-Up:

The Jimi You Never Knew

May 3, 2013

2-HOUR Jimi Hendrix Special:
"The Jimi You Never Knew"
Sunday May 5th at 7:00PM

For Jazz Appreciation Month, KIOS presents the SFJazz Center Opening Night Concert on Wednesday April 17th at 8:00PM. San Francisco has been a jazz hot spot for decades and now the city is home to the first stand-alone building built specifically for jazz. It's the new 700 seat SFJazz Center.

IN MEMORY OF DONALD BYRD

Mar 1, 2013

Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II, known as Donald Byrd, passed away February 4, 2013 at the age of eighty. Byrd was a superb trumpet player whose music spanned a period of some five deacdes. After playing with Lionel Hampton before finishing high school and service in the United States Air Force, Byrd completed his bachelor's degree in music at Wayne State University in 1954 and moved to New York in 1955 to get his master's at the Manhattan School of Music.

KIOS will air the final show in the 2012 Jazz Heritage Series on Friday December 7th at 2:00PM.

Once again this year The Blues Society of Omaha is sponsoring a
show that will benefit the annual toy drive for the children of the Pine
Ridge Reservation. The concert is Sunday December 2nd at the 21st Saloon
located at 4727 South 96th Plaza just south of L Street. Music starts at 3:00PM
and will feature Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, The Loose
Brothers and Christy Rossiter & 122 North Duck. Local musician Lash LaRue
is in his tenth year of hosting events to raise funds and awareness of conditions in

Tommy Castro joins the previously announced lineup for the October 12th Playing with Fire Fundraiser Concert at Slowdown. The October show is the first in a series of fundraiser concerts supporting the FREE Playing with Fire Summer Concert held each year on the Lewis & Clark Landing along Omaha’s Riverfront. The series kicks off on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 7:30PM featuring Curtis Salgado, Joe Louis Walker,Tommy Castro and the Painkillers.

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