KC Currents
5:00 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Mutual Musicians Foundation's Spirit Won't Stop

The Mutual Musicians at 18th and Highland stays up as late as jazz music is happening upstairs…often until sunrise.

For more than eighty years, the small two-story building at 1823 Highland Avenue has been the heart of Kansas City jazz. 

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12th Street Jump
1:07 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Celebrating the Birthday of Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny

On this week’s archive edition of 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Pat Metheny with our special guest Danny Embrey.

Pat Metheny

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The Fish Fry
10:33 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Yank Rachell, Knocky Parker

Yank Rachell

 James "Yank" Rachell (March 16, 1910 – April 9, 1997) was an American country blues musician, dubbed an "elder statesman of the blues." - Wikipedia

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12th Street Jump
10:03 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Celebrating The Birthdays of Hank Jones & Eddie Jefferson

Hank Jones

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthdays of Hank Jones and Eddie Jefferson.

Hank Jones

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12th Street Jump
9:45 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Celebrating The Birthday Of Sonny Boy Williamson

Sonny Boy Williamson

On this week’s archive edition of 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Sonny Boy Williamson with our special guests Tom “Trashmouth” Baker and Sheila Bey.

Sonny Boy Williamson

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Central Standard
1:32 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Kansas City Youth Jazz

Kansas City Youth Jazz

Pop, rock and rap might top the charts, but it’s good old Jazz that’s capturing the hearts of at least some of the new generation of area musicians.

In the first half of Thursday’s Central Standard – we'll take a look at KC Youth Jazz, a group that’s expanded into more than 50 schools around greater Kansas City. We’ll hear some music, talk concerts, appreciation, preservation – all that jazz with Musical Director and instructor Clarence Smith.

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Fish Fry Friday
1:17 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

A Conversation With Danny Cox

Danny Cox

Danny Cox was born in CincinnatiOhio and moved to Kansas CityKansas in 1963.

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12th Street Jump
12:25 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Celebrating the Birthday of Philly Joe Jones

Philly Joe Jones

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Philly Joe Jones with our special guest Tommy Ruskin.

Philly Joe Jones

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11:20 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Slam Poetry Meets Jazz

The House pianist, Everett Freeman, performs during the opening 30 minute set.
Eric Baker KCUR

Let’s play a word association game.  What’s do you think when I say, “Kansas City?”  Barbecue?  The Royals? How about jazz?  Now what about when I say “Jazz,” what do you think?  It probably isn’t poetry.

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Up to Date
1:28 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Jazz Musician David Basse

David Basse

Who’s the king of KC Jazz?

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Central Standard
2:25 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Get Your Rag On This Summer

Scott Joplin

On this Thursday's Central Standard, ragtime music and one of its earliest composers, Scott Joplin. A man of mystery, Joplin moved from place to place but left his heart in Sedalia, Missouri. This is where he wrote his famous Maple Leaf Rag, which was the first piece of sheet music to sell over one million copies.

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12th Street Jump
1:20 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Celebrating The Birthday Of T-Bone Walker

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of T-Bone Walker with our special guest Bill Dye.

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12th Street Jump
12:33 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Celebrating the Birthday of Miles Davis

This week 12th Street Jump celebrates the birthday of Miles Davis.

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KC Currents
11:17 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Jazz Meets Gamelan

Black House Improvisor's collective collaborating with the Indonesian percussion ensemble Gamelan Genta Kasturi
Alex Smith KCUR

 For the last two and a half years, the Black House Improviser’s Collective has made its home in an unoccupied floor of a downtown office building provided by the Charlotte Street Foundation.

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KC Currents
12:21 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Top Tenors Team Up

Rich Wheeler (seated) and Matt Otto (standing) in rehearsal
Alex Smith

Back in Kansas City’s classic jazz era of the ‘30s and early ‘40s, it was not uncommon to hear a full stage of horn players making music together.

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Music Interviews
11:22 am
Tue April 17, 2012

The Jazz Drummer Who Makes Music Out Of Everything

Han Bennink drums on whatever surface he can find — and plays with tone and rhythm while manipulating the drum with parts of his own body.
Michael Jackson

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 2:04 pm

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Central Standard
8:29 am
Thu April 12, 2012

KC Artists' Tribute To Etta James

Kansas City artists love reasons to get together, and who's more tribute-worthy than the late Etta James? On this Thursday's Central Standard, a look back at the singer’s many styles, from early jump blues to country soul.

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Central Standard
12:14 am
Mon March 12, 2012

A Vibe Called Mesh: Jazz Meets Hip-Hop

Miles Davis

On this Monday's Central Standard, we explore how area artists honor Jazz’s heritage and progression, through the language of Hip-Hop.

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Fish Fry
2:06 pm
Sat February 18, 2012

Mardi Gras At The Fish Fry

Hour 1!
Hour 2!
Hour 3!
Hour 4!

The Mardi Gras celebration begins this weekend in New Orleans and on tonight's Fish Fry!

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KC Currents
10:38 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Where To Next For KC Jazz?

A red light still glows in the back window, but Jardine's remains closed indefinitely.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

The past few months have been rough for local jazz. Two promising newer venues, 1911 Main and Café Augusta in Lenexa, have shut down. And at Jardine's Restaurant and Jazz Club, one of the city’s most celebrated venues, a dispute between the owner and employees led to a boycott by musicians. The restaurant then closed its doors, and its future remains up in the air.

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January 22, 2012
5:38 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Where Is KC Jazz?, Tuskegee Airmen, Veggie Revolt

The show for January 22, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show, see below for individual stories.

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Central Standard
2:00 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

All That KC Jazz

KCUR's Michael Byars admires Mark Lowrey's new tattoo from his visit to Africa.
Andrea Silenzi

Kansas City jazz has a unique signature. On Wednesday's Central Standard, we talked about the state of our jazz community with pianist and composer Mark Lowrey and trumpet player Hermon Mehari.

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12th Street Jump
1:49 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Celebrating The Birthday Of Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrated the birthday of Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, with our special guest Millage Gilbert as the Blues take center stage.

The iconic American folk and blues musician, Lead Belly was considered the "King of the 12-string guitar" but he also played the piano, accordion, mandolin, harmonica and violin in some recordings.


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12th Street Jump
10:52 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Celebrate The New Year & Birthday Of Saxman James Carter

Ring in 2012 & celebrate the birthday of tenor saxman James Carter on 12th Street Jump, public radio's weekly jazz, blues and comedy jam, Saturday at midnight on KCUR.

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Remembering Myra Taylor
9:19 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Kansas City Jazz Singer And Wild Woman Myra Taylor Dies At 94

Singer Myra Taylor was one of the last living links to Kansas City's jazz heyday of the 1930s. Taylor died Friday, December 9, 2011 at the age of 94.

According to The Kansas City Star:

Taylor had been under hospice care at the Swope Ridge Geriatric Center, 5900 Swope Parkway, for more than three months, said her manager, Dawayne Gilley. Her final performance was July 24 at Jardine’s, 4536 Main St., where she performed with the Wild Women of Kansas City, a jazz vocal quartet.


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2:58 pm
Mon October 4, 2010

Jeff Harshbarger and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

In the jazz world, making it big isn't what it used to be. Record sales are down, instrumentals don't make hit songs, and even Grammy-winners need day jobs. But for those with the right combination of talent, dedication and luck, it's still possible to make a living and good music.

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3:03 pm
Mon November 23, 2009

StoryCorps In Kansas City: Horace Washington & Garland Smith

Kansas City, MO – The day after Thanksgiving, Americans will be encouraged to sit down to record a conversation with a loved one. It's part of a project by NPR's StoryCorps called National Day of Listening. KCUR is playing stories recorded 3 years ago when StoryCorps visited Kansas City.

Longtime friends and jazz musicians Horace Washington and Garland Smith stopped by the Mutual Musicians Foundation to talk about memorable moments.

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1:43 pm
Sun August 21, 2005

New CD Release by KC Jazz Artist, Alaadeen

Saxophonist and composer Ahmad Shahid Alaadeen, talks about his new album "New Africa Suite." He spoke with KCUR's Lee Ingalls.

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