music http://kcur.org en Violinist Angèle Dubeau Mines Cancer Experience In New CD http://kcur.org/post/violinist-ang-le-dubeau-mines-cancer-experience-new-cd <p>Canadian violinist <a href="http://www.angeledubeau.com/en/">Angèle Dubeau</a> was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2013. Her latest CD, <em>Blanc</em>, traces the range of emotions during her illness - from anxiety to sadness to hope - with songs by composers such as Dave Brubeck, Mark O'Connor and Cat Stevens.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:19:52 +0000 Mark Edwards 56899 at http://kcur.org Violinist Angèle Dubeau Mines Cancer Experience In New CD Regina Carter Shares Inspiration Behind New Album http://kcur.org/post/regina-carter-shares-inspiration-behind-new-album <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Regina Carter is considered one of the most prolific contemporary jazz violinists.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient, she has a discography that draws upon a wide range of musical influences from Motown to Folk, and now her Southern roots, with her latest album </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Southern Comfort</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:01:47 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Christie Garton 53127 at http://kcur.org Regina Carter Shares Inspiration Behind New Album All The Songs On The New Chuck Mead Album Are About Kansas http://kcur.org/post/all-songs-new-chuck-mead-album-are-about-kansas <p>Chuck Mead left Kansas more than two decades ago when he set out for Nashville and made a name for himself in country music. Now he’s circling back to Kansas, where his career began.</p><p>The first group he formed there, BR549, started out as the house band at <a href="http://robertswesternworld.com/">Robert’s Western World</a> on Lower Broadway in Nashville, just across the alley from Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. &nbsp;BR549 quickly built a huge following playing regularly in the small bar.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:54:24 +0000 Frank Morris 51579 at http://kcur.org All The Songs On The New Chuck Mead Album Are About Kansas After 5 Decades, Graham Nash Still Loves Rock And Roll http://kcur.org/post/after-5-decades-graham-nash-still-loves-rock-and-roll <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At 72, Graham Nash remains part of rock royalty, a musician who came to the U.S. as part of the British invasion with his band <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hollies">The </a></span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hollies">Hollies</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and plays on today with his super-group <a href="http://www.crosbystillsnash.com/">Crosby, Stills &amp; Nash</a>. </span></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:47:04 +0000 Steve Kraske, Stephen Steigman & Julie Denesha 51560 at http://kcur.org After 5 Decades, Graham Nash Still Loves Rock And Roll Bill Shapiro's Top 35 Artists For 35 Years http://kcur.org/post/bill-shapiros-top-35-artists-35-years <p><strong>TOP 10</strong></p><ol><li>Bob Dylan</li><li>Elvis Presley</li><li>The Beatles</li><li>Chuck Berry</li><li>Ray Charles</li><li>Bob Marley</li><li>Van Morrison</li><li>Bruce Springsteen</li><li>James Brown</li><li>Paul Simon</li></ol><p><br><strong>REMAINING 25, in no particular order</strong></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 03:07:13 +0000 Kevin Alexander 43214 at http://kcur.org Bill Shapiro Looks Back As 'Cyprus Avenue' Celebrates 35 Years On Air http://kcur.org/post/bill-shapiro-looks-back-cyprus-avenue-celebrates-35-years-air <p>This fall marks a milestone for Kansas City radio and the metro’s many fans of rock, gospel, country and reggae. The now-iconic Cyprus Avenue program premiered on KCUR in October 1978. Piloting the program from the beginning was an eager, well-informed, dedicated host who was opportunely equipped with both an ideal voice for radio and a passion about the music he played.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:26:43 +0000 Kevin Alexander 43211 at http://kcur.org Bill Shapiro Looks Back As 'Cyprus Avenue' Celebrates 35 Years On Air The Best Kansas City Music of 2013 - So Far http://kcur.org/post/best-kansas-city-music-2013-so-far <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Is your iTunes library lacking a local flare?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From jazz acts to hip hop artists and everything in between, </span>KCUR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has its finger on the pulse of local music.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Kaitlin Brennan 39111 at http://kcur.org The Best Kansas City Music of 2013 - So Far The Weekend To-Do List: May 17-19, 2013 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-may-17-19-2013 <p>Looking for ways to <strong>enjoy the weekend of May 17-19, 2013</strong>? Brian McTavish has some options for you on the <strong>Weekend To-Do List</strong>.</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 16:45:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Brian McTavish 36868 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: May 17-19, 2013 Two KC Artists Earn Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships http://kcur.org/post/two-kc-artists-earn-prestigious-guggenheim-fellowships <p></p><p>Two Kansas Citians were announced yesterday as winners of this year's very prestigious <a href="http://www.gf.org/news-events/Press-Release-2013-Fellows-United-States-and-Canada/" target="_blank">Guggenheim Fellowships</a>.</p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:32:38 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 34992 at http://kcur.org Two KC Artists Earn Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships Jazzing It Up In KC http://kcur.org/post/jazzing-it-kc <p>Musician <strong>Joe Sample</strong> has made his life about <strong>all that jazz</strong>. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 34022 at http://kcur.org Jazzing It Up In KC How Music Affected World War I http://kcur.org/post/how-music-affected-world-war-i <p>All wasn't quiet on the homefront during World War I. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:20:14 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 32047 at http://kcur.org How Music Affected World War I Film Traces Career Of KC Musician http://kcur.org/post/film-traces-career-kc-musician <p>He tickled the ivories from <strong>Kansas City to Paris</strong> in the 1920s. Now, a new documentary is chronicling organist <strong>Virgil Thomson</strong>’s journey from movie theater musician to<strong> </strong><strong>trailblazer of the American style of music composition</strong>.<br> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:34:24 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 31853 at http://kcur.org Film Traces Career Of KC Musician Why Jazz Happened http://kcur.org/post/why-jazz-happened <p>The<strong> sweet notes of smooth jazz </strong>are well-known to anyone who’s delved into <strong>Kansas City’s history</strong>, but jazz is <strong>still evolving today</strong>.<br> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 30499 at http://kcur.org Why Jazz Happened A Country Conversation With Rosanne Cash http://kcur.org/post/country-conversation-rosanne-cash <p><strong>Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash</strong> is bringing her <strong>country tunes</strong> back to the Midwest.</p><p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:01:45 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 27511 at http://kcur.org A Country Conversation With Rosanne Cash Jazz Singer Deborah Brown's New CD And International Attention http://kcur.org/post/jazz-singer-deborah-browns-new-cd-and-international-attention <p>Kansas City-based singer Deborah Brown says her new CD, All Too Soon, explores hidden gems of jazz songs. Like most of her music, the disc delivers a no-nonsense, romantic sound to fans of classic, swinging jazz. For much of her career, the singer has found those classic jazz fans at nightclubs, concerts and festivals in Europe. She’s spent the last couple of decades living and teaching off and on in Europe, and she also performs regularly in Russia.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:00:09 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 26455 at http://kcur.org Jazz Singer Deborah Brown's New CD And International Attention Charlie Parker Cutting Contest Results Are In http://kcur.org/post/charlie-parker-cutting-contest-results-are <p>Charlie Parker’s birthday is coming up on August 29, and Kansas City has been known to show its locally grown sax legend many forms of tributes over the years.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:22:20 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 23088 at http://kcur.org Charlie Parker Cutting Contest Results Are In Meet The Ukesters http://kcur.org/post/meet-ukesters <p>It's lightweight, inexpensive, and fun to play, with a sound that's both deeply sentimental and incredibly silly. Is there a more perfect instrument than the ukulele?</p><p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 20:14:39 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 22368 at http://kcur.org Meet The Ukesters Best Music Of 2012 (So Far) http://kcur.org/post/best-music-2012-so-far <p>Pretend <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/search/users/%23lastfm">#lastfm</a> asked you to tweet your top three songs so far in 2012, what would you select?&nbsp; Something straight from Billboard, or maybe a tune playing under the radar?</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 22:30:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Danie Alexander & Michael Byars 21309 at http://kcur.org Best Music Of 2012 (So Far) Drum Safari http://kcur.org/post/drum-safari <p>On this Tuesday&#39;s <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/centralstandard">Central Standard</a></em><em>, </em>meet the guy in crazy patchwork pants teaching kids about world instruments. Join us for a <a href="http://flavors.me/drumsafari">drum safari</a> with our guest <a href="http://www.draperama.com/">Brandon Draper</a>.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 15:28:47 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 21164 at http://kcur.org Drum Safari Rise and Dream: A Concert In A Conflict Zone http://kcur.org/post/rise-and-dream-concert-conflict-zone <p>Coming up on this Tuesday&#39;s <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/centralstandard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, the story of 13 young people in Zamboanga, Philippines who take on an extraordinary challenge &ndash; to learn their traditional instruments, and preform a concert, in front of 10,000 people.</p><p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:09:00 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 19976 at http://kcur.org Rise and Dream: A Concert In A Conflict Zone US Air Guitar Regionals Come to KC: Meet The Oxygen Warriors http://kcur.org/post/us-air-guitar-regionals-come-kc-meet-oxygen-warriors <p>Air Guitar. It sounds like something you should only do in private, but it&rsquo;s become an international phenomenon &ndash; a combination of sport, comedy, mime, and performance art, with ample hair tossing, fret scaling, and hip thrusting.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:36:36 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 19765 at http://kcur.org US Air Guitar Regionals Come to KC: Meet The Oxygen Warriors Marilyn Maye's Song For Walt Bodine http://kcur.org/post/last-walt-bodine-show <p>Thank you all for joining KCUR this Friday morning at 10 a.m. for the very last <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/waltbodineshow"><em>Walt Bodine Show</em></a>, and showing such outstanding support for Walt, and his contributions to local journalism.</p><p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 11:58:10 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 16693 at http://kcur.org Marilyn Maye's Song For Walt Bodine KC Artists' Tribute To Etta James http://kcur.org/post/kc-artists-tribute-etta-james <p>Kansas City artists love reasons to get together, and who&#39;s more tribute-worthy than the late Etta James? On this Thursday&#39;s <a href="programs/programs/centralstandard"><strong><em>Central Standard</em></strong></a><em>,</em> a look back at the singer&rsquo;s many styles, from early jump blues to country soul.</p><p> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 13:29:58 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 15873 at http://kcur.org KC Artists' Tribute To Etta James The Middle Of The Map Fest Is Blowing Up http://kcur.org/post/middle-map-fest-blowing-tax-advice <p>On this Wednesday&#39;s <strong><em><a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/central-standard">Central Standard</a></em></strong>, learn about a SXSW-style festival in our own backyard. Hear why the <a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/"><strong>Middle of the Map Festival</strong></a> is drawing exponentially more bands, more people &amp; more attention in its second year.</p><p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 17:25:06 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 15362 at http://kcur.org The Middle Of The Map Fest Is Blowing Up Windows Down, Stereo Up: New Music Releases With KCUR Hosts http://kcur.org/post/windows-down-stereo-new-music-releases-kcur-hosts <p>Is your musical taste stuck in a rut? Don&rsquo;t you wish you had cool friends to take you out to a record store for a music makeover? Well, now you do.</p><p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 18:22:55 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 15286 at http://kcur.org Windows Down, Stereo Up: New Music Releases With KCUR Hosts The History Of Gospel Music In KC http://kcur.org/post/history-gospel-music-kc <p>Back in the 1940-60s, Black gospel music gave a voice to people living in troubled times. On this Tuesday's Central Standard, hear how Kansas City played a prominent role during this period as a crossroads on the legendary gospel highway, and how that tradition continues in communities today.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:54:07 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 14521 at http://kcur.org The History Of Gospel Music In KC The Beautiful Bodies Work It http://kcur.org/post/beautiful-bodies-work-it <p>On the second half of this Thursday&#39;s <em><a href="program/centralstandard"><strong>Central Standard</strong></a>,</em> meet energetic lead-singer <strong>Alicia Solo. </strong>Her hip-thrusts and dance moves have sent her home with cuts, bruises and chipped teeth.</p><p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 13789 at http://kcur.org The Beautiful Bodies Work It The Great Immensity: The Fine Art Of Edutrainment http://kcur.org/post/great-immensity-fine-art-edutrainment <p>Can any topic make a good song – even climate change? On this leap day edition of Central Standard, meet the performers from a musical mystery about the environment showing now at the Kansas City Repertory Theater. We speak with The Great Immensity cast members Rebecca Hart and Todd Cerveris about how the show turns the Copenhagen Accord into a dance, poll numbers into song, and the last living lemur into a love song.</p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 18:30:48 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 13377 at http://kcur.org The Great Immensity: The Fine Art Of Edutrainment Favorite Love Songs: A Valentine From KCUR http://kcur.org/post/favorite-love-songs-valentine-kcur <p>Here's a spread of songs and personal stories about love, loss and the in-between, including tales from Up to Date host Steve Kraske and KC Currents co-host Sylvia Maria Gross.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:03:28 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 12157 at http://kcur.org Favorite Love Songs: A Valentine From KCUR Favorite Love Songs: "My Guy" by Mary Wells http://kcur.org/post/favorite-love-songs-my-guy-mary-wells <p>Continuing our series on love songs... KCUR&#39;s General Manager <a href="http://www.kcur.org/people/patricia-deal-cahill"><strong>Patty Cahill</strong></a> tells how a song by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Wells">Mary Wells</a> sends her back to memories of her first love.</p><p>&quot;My favorite long song is &quot;My Guy&quot; by Mary Wells,&quot; Cahill said.</p><p>&quot;He may not be a movie star,&quot; she sings, pauses and mutters &#39;I wish I could sing,&#39; then continues the tune, &quot;but when it comes to being happy, we are.&quot;</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 20:28:17 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon 12328 at http://kcur.org Favorite Love Songs: "My Guy" by Mary Wells