Up to Date

Jazz/Blues
10:15 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Ahmad Alaadeen Remembered

Alaadeen performs at the Orchid Room, 12th & Vine, Kansas City. 1948

Kansas City just lost a jazz icon, perhaps the last musician in town who played when Charlie Parker did.

 

The great Ahmad Alaadeen died Sunday, August 17th, 2010, at his home at age 76.

He was known as a leading jazz educator in this town and a mentor to dozens of musicians in much the same way that Art Blakey once was in New York. Earlier this year, Alaadeen was awarded the American Jazz Museum's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Jazz/Blues
11:27 am
Fri July 23, 2010

Alaturka Live

Kansas City based Alaturka plays a fusion of American jazz and Turkish classical music

 

Alaturka was formed in 2009 with the vision of creating an equal "auditory handshake" between two musical cultures - American jazz and Turkish classical music.

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Music
8:16 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Must Have New Music

Up to Date brings you a great compilation of the best jazz, rock, pop and classical music that you need to discover for yourself.

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Music
1:01 pm
Fri May 7, 2010

New Classical Music Recordings

Kansas City Symphony executive director Frank Byrne returns with some favorite new classical music recordings. His picks include music from composers Antonio Salieri, Pablo de Sarasate, Igor Stravinsky, Richard Wagner, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Kansas City, MO –

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Music
12:35 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

New Classical Recordings

Steve Kraske talks with Kansas City Symphony executive director Frank Byrne about some of the finer CD releases in recent months.

Steve Kraske talks with Kansas City Symphony executive director Frank Byrne about some of the finer CD releases in recent months.

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Jazz/Blues
12:38 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Singer/Songwriter Megan Birdsall Sings Again

Steve Kraske sits down with Megan Birdsall to discuss what it's like to work with jazz greats, her upcoming CD, and the facial reconstruction surgery that almost ended her career.

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Jazz/Blues
9:11 am
Wed February 17, 2010

Ragtime Pianist Frederick Hodges

Ragtime fell out of 'style' by the 1920s but its adherents are proud of its rich history.

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Jazz/Blues
1:05 pm
Thu February 4, 2010

NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston

After contributing six decades of musical direction and genius, Randy Weston remains one of the world's foremost pianists and composers of today, a true innovator and visionary.

 

Born in Brooklyn N.Y., Randy Weston didn't have to travel far to hear early influential jazz giants like Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, and of course, Duke Ellington. But his greatest influence, by far, was Thelonious Monk.

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Music
2:22 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

Nolan Gasser and The Music Genome Project

A visit with composer Nolan Gasser, who in addition to being a critically acclaimed composer, pianist, and musicologist is the chief architect of the Music Genome Project, the musical technology behind the famous Pandora personalized radio application.

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Jazz/Blues
10:35 am
Thu June 25, 2009

The State of Jazz in Kansas City

While Kansas City remains a capital city of jazz, the face of that music is always changing.

Kansas City , Mo. – Steve Kraske discusses the state of Kansas City Jazz with Bill Brownlee, music marketer and jazz writer, and Jeff Harshbarger, composer and jazz bassist. They examine the aging jazz fan base, new style developments, and what venues are thriving while others are struggling.

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Theater/Performance
2:49 pm
Thu April 2, 2009

Choreographer Karole Armitage

Dancer/choreographer Karole Armitage, previously known as the "Punk Ballerina" talks with Steve Kraske about her work.

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Music
11:46 am
Tue February 24, 2009

Opera Soprano Carol Vaness

Carol Vaness performed the title role of Puccini's Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in 2004 opposite Pavarotti in the legendary tenor's final operatic performance. That's just a part of the extraordinary professional life of this opera soprano.

Kansas City, Mo – >>LISTEN TO THE PROGRAM

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Music
2:58 pm
Tue December 16, 2008

Classical Music Recordings for the Holidays

Frank Byrne, Executive Director of the Kansas City Symphony, returns to KCUR's Up to Date program with another collection of classical recordings. Selections include music by composers Mozart, Vivaldi, Haydn, Hahn, Reinberger, Sibelius, and Bernstein.

Kansas City, Mo – Frank Byrne, Executive Director of the Kansas City Symphony, returns with another collection of classical recordings.

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Theater/Performance
11:13 am
Fri October 24, 2008

Hard-Hat Tour of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

l to r: Architect Moshe Safdie, Lyric Opera General Director Evan Luskin, and Up to Date host Steve Kraske.
photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

Architect Moshe Safdie visited Kansas City on October 16, 2008 to walk through his Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, currently under construction. KCUR tagged along for the hard-hat tour.

So what's behind the walls surrounding Broadway and 16th Street? To the public it might just look like a big hunk of concrete. But inside the fence sit the foundations of two state-of-the art performance halls.

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Jazz/Blues
9:38 am
Fri September 21, 2007

New Jazz with Lee Ingalls: Satchmo, Gatschet, Alaadeen, O'Neal, Eldar

ASR Records

Up to Date host Steve Kraske welcomes KCUR morning news anchor and Up to Date jazz critic Lee Ingalls for their regular discussion of the latest jazz. This time around, jazz with Kansas City connections and Louis Armstrong, captured in concert at the 1958 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Kansas City, MO – New releases featured in this month's jazz update:

"Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival" - Louis Armstrong and The All-Stars (Monterey Jazz Fest)

"Step Lightly" - Charles Gatschet

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Jazz/Blues
1:33 pm
Fri August 10, 2007

New Jazz with Lee Ingalls: Schneider, Ward, Mingus, Hornsby

Up to Date host Steve Kraske welcomes KCUR morning news anchor and Up to Date jazz critic Lee Ingalls for their regular discussion of the latest jazz. This time around, new releases from the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Kansas City's James Ward Band, Charles Mingus Septet with Eric Dolphy and Bruce Hornsby (with Christian McBride and Jack DeJohnette).

Kansas City, MO – New releases featured in this month's jazz update:

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Jazz/Blues
8:40 am
Thu May 31, 2007

Kansas City's Ida McBeth

Versatile singer Ida McBeth has been serving up jazz, blues, soul and funk to Kansas City audiences for 30 years. Note: Ida McBeth kicks off MAAA's Live in the Crossroads series on June 1, 7 - 9 pm at 2018 Baltimore.

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