Jazz luminaries from Charlie Parker to Hank Jones, Arturo Sandoval to the Boswell Sisters will be celebrated this Summer and Fall on 12th Street Jump, public radio’s jazz, blues and comedy jam.
Recorded live! in Kansas City, where Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Big Joe Turner and other jazz greats got their starts, 12th Street Jump is broadcast weekly on twenty public radio stations around the country, as well as every Saturday night at midnight on 89.3FM KCUR, the home of 12th Street Jump.
“12th Street Jump continues to grow, both in reputation and in reach," commented Mark Edelman, the show's Executive Producer. "We added WJAB in Huntsville, Ala.; WMCE in Erie, Penn. and WVPE in Elkhart/South Bend, Ind., all great jazz broadcasters. The show's even heard on the faraway Pribilof Islands in Alaska, thanks to local station KUHB."
Recorded live from Kansas City, 12th Street Jump celebrates the birthday of a Jazz or Blues great each week. Combining topical sketch comedy with jazz news and great music, the show is hosted by Pete Weber and Pearl McDonald and features vocalists David Basse and Nedra Dixon, musical director Joe Cartwright on piano, Tyrone Clark on bass and Mike Warren on drums.
The 12th STREET JUMP July, August and September line up includes the following:
July 7: Louis Jordan with special guest Bryan Redmond
July 14: drummer Philly Joe Jones
July 21: blues legend Sonny Boy Watson with special guests Trashmouth Baker and Sheila Bey
July 28: pianist Hank Jones
August 4: jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby with special guest Michael Oshiver
August 11: pianist George Shearing
August 18: pianist Bill Evans with special guest Michael Pagan
August 25: sax legend Charlie Parker with special guest Jim Mair
September 1: tenor sax Sonny Rollins with special guest Bill Caldwell
September 8: vocalist Otis Redding with special guest Sheila Bey
September 15: alto saxman Cannonball Adderley with special guest Kim Park
September 22: composer George Gershwin with special guest Stephanie Moore
September 29: bassists Eddie Gomez, Steve Swallow, Blanton with Bob Bowman
12th STREET JUMP is produced and presented by Theater League, celebrating 36 years enhancing the quality of life in the communities it serves with the thrill of live music and theater.
For more information, visit theaterleague.com or call Theater League at 816-421-7500.