Arts & Culture
5:19 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Violinist Angèle Dubeau Mines Cancer Experience In New CD

When Angèle Dubeau was diagnosed with cancer, her fans reached out and asked her to share her experience through music.
Credit Courtesy: Analekta

Canadian violinist Angèle Dubeau was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2013. Her latest CD, Blanc, 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.

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Central Standard
2:01 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Regina Carter Shares Inspiration Behind New Album

Jazz Violinist Regina Carter
Credit David Katzenstein

Regina Carter is considered one of the most prolific contemporary jazz violinists.

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 Southern Comfort.

"[Southern Comfort] is about my journey of trying to learn about my father's family and search for my ancestors to find out where I come from," Carter explains in a recent interview with Central Standard's Matthew Long-Middleton.

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Arts and Culture
2:54 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

All The Songs On The New Chuck Mead Album Are About Kansas

The cover of Chuck Mead's new album, Free State Serenade

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.

The first group he formed there, BR549, started out as the house band at Robert’s Western World on Lower Broadway in Nashville, just across the alley from Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.  BR549 quickly built a huge following playing regularly in the small bar.

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Up To Date
11:47 am
Thu February 20, 2014

After 5 Decades, Graham Nash Still Loves Rock And Roll

Graham Nash, of Crosby, Stills & Nash fame, sings a song after delivering the keynote address to a group of musicians assembled for the 2014 Folk Alliance International conference.
Julie Denesha KCUR

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 The Hollies and plays on today with his super-group Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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10:07 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Bill Shapiro's Top 35 Artists For 35 Years

TOP 10

  1. Bob Dylan
  2. Elvis Presley
  3. The Beatles
  4. Chuck Berry
  5. Ray Charles
  6. Bob Marley
  7. Van Morrison
  8. Bruce Springsteen
  9. James Brown
  10. Paul Simon

REMAINING 25, in no particular order

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3:26 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Bill Shapiro Looks Back As 'Cyprus Avenue' Celebrates 35 Years On Air

Bill Shapiro has hosted 'Cyprus Avenue' on KCUR since 1978.

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.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

The Best Kansas City Music of 2013 - So Far

Local hip hop artist and rapper, Reach, performs on stage.
Credit Jordan Smith - Creative Commons

Is your iTunes library lacking a local flare? From jazz acts to hip hop artists and everything in between, KCUR has its finger on the pulse of local music. 

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Fri May 17, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: May 17-19, 2013

An Olds 442: one of the cars you might see at this weekend's West Bottoms Car Show
Popular Hot Rodding

Looking for ways to enjoy the weekend of May 17-19, 2013? Brian McTavish has some options for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
10:32 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Two KC Artists Earn Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships

Lemon shake-up in Strong City, Kan.
Mike Sinclair

Two Kansas Citians were announced yesterday as winners of this year's very prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Jazzing It Up In KC

Joe Sample

Musician Joe Sample has made his life about all that jazz.

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Up to Date
7:20 am
Fri February 15, 2013

How Music Affected World War I

Sheet music for "When the War Is Over"

All wasn't quiet on the homefront during World War I.

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Up to Date
10:34 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Film Traces Career Of KC Musician

Virgil Thomson

He tickled the ivories from Kansas City to Paris in the 1920s. Now, a new documentary is chronicling organist Virgil Thomson’s journey from movie theater musician to trailblazer of the American style of music composition.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Why Jazz Happened

Why Jazz Happened by Marc Myers

The sweet notes of smooth jazz are well-known to anyone who’s delved into Kansas City’s history, but jazz is still evolving today.

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Up to Date
11:01 am
Tue November 13, 2012

A Country Conversation With Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash.

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash is bringing her country tunes back to the Midwest.

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KC Currents
4:00 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Jazz Singer Deborah Brown's New CD And International Attention

Jazz singer Deborah Brown at the KCUR studios.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

Kansas City-based singer Deborah Brown says her new CD, All Too Soon, explores hidden gems of jazz songs.

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KC Currents
8:22 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Charlie Parker Cutting Contest Results Are In

12 St. Jump

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.  

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Central Standard
3:14 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Meet The Ukesters

wererabbit flickr

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?

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Up to Date
5:30 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Best Music Of 2012 (So Far)

Pretend #lastfm asked you to tweet your top three songs so far in 2012, what would you select?  Something straight from Billboard, or maybe a tune playing under the radar?

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Central Standard
10:28 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Drum Safari

Brendon Draper

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, meet the guy in crazy patchwork pants teaching kids about world instruments. Join us for a drum safari with our guest Brandon Draper.

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Central Standard
3:09 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Rise and Dream: A Concert In A Conflict Zone

Coming up on this Tuesday's Central Standard, the story of 13 young people in Zamboanga, Philippines who take on an extraordinary challenge – to learn their traditional instruments, and preform a concert, in front of 10,000 people.

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Central Standard
9:36 am
Thu June 21, 2012

US Air Guitar Regionals Come to KC: Meet The Oxygen Warriors

Nordic Thunder
Alyce Henson

Air Guitar. It sounds like something you should only do in private, but it’s become an international phenomenon – a combination of sport, comedy, mime, and performance art, with ample hair tossing, fret scaling, and hip thrusting.

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Thank You, Walt Bodine
6:58 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Marilyn Maye's Song For Walt Bodine

Thank you all for joining KCUR this Friday morning at 10 a.m. for the very last Walt Bodine Show, and showing such outstanding support for Walt, and his contributions to local journalism.

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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
12:25 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

The Middle Of The Map Fest Is Blowing Up


On this Wednesday's Central Standard, learn about a SXSW-style festival in our own backyard. Hear why the Middle of the Map Festival is drawing exponentially more bands, more people & more attention in its second year.

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Central Standard
1:22 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Windows Down, Stereo Up: New Music Releases With KCUR Hosts

Lee Fields, from the album "Faithful Man" (2012)

Is your musical taste stuck in a rut? Don’t you wish you had cool friends to take you out to a record store for a music makeover? Well, now you do.

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Central Standard
12:54 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

The History Of Gospel Music In KC

Genetter Bradley at the Apollo Theatre

Back in the 1940-60s, Black gospel music gave a voice to people living in troubled times.

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Central Standard
9:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

The Beautiful Bodies Work It

Thomas Becker

On the second half of this Thursday's Central Standard, meet energetic lead-singer Alicia Solo. Her hip-thrusts and dance moves have sent her home with cuts, bruises and chipped teeth.

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Central Standard
12:30 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

The Great Immensity: The Fine Art Of Edutrainment

Rebecca Hart
Don Ipock KC Rep

Can any topic make a good song – even climate change? On this leap day edition of Central Standard, meet the cast from a musical mystery about the environment showing now at the Kansas City Repertory Theater.

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Central Standard
8:03 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Favorite Love Songs: A Valentine From KCUR

A Public Radio Valentine

You told us to forget the flowers and chocolates. You're not that into Valentines Day. And we listened. But still, despite your playful protests, we couldn't help but make you something special.

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Central Standard
2:28 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Favorite Love Songs: "My Guy" by Mary Wells

Continuing our series on love songs... KCUR's General Manager Patty Cahill tells how a song by Mary Wells sends her back to memories of her first love.

"My favorite long song is "My Guy" by Mary Wells," Cahill said.

"He may not be a movie star," she sings, pauses and mutters 'I wish I could sing,' then continues the tune, "but when it comes to being happy, we are."

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