Music Shows

Night Tides
12:00 am
Sun February 26, 2012

Whispers

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A gentle interlude of songs featuring piano and/or guitar begins this week's Night Tides broadcast, including music from Kevin Kern, Bob Kilgore and Kathryn Kaye.

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Cyprus Avenue
6:00 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

Guy Clark: Old Friend, Take 2

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This week's Cyprus is a re-broadcast of the January 21, 2012, episode featuring the work of singer-songwriter Guy Clark. Below, find this episode's playlist and for more information about the episode, visit here.

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Night Tides
10:57 am
Sun February 19, 2012

Unwind, Rewind

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Renee' presents new music from Cyber Zen Sound Engine as well as works from Night Tides favorites Bob Kilgore and Libera.

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12th Street Jump
8:57 am
Sun February 19, 2012

Happy Birthdays To Nancy Wilson & Nina Simone

Nina Simone (February 21, 1933 - April 21, 2003).

On this week's 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthdays of song stylist Miss Nancy Wilson & the High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone, with our very own Nedra Dixon.

During the hour, the 12th Street Jump gang plays “So What’s Your Question?” and we learn a bit more about Nedra in a little jam session called, ”Who’s Got the Blues?"

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Cyprus Avenue
6:04 pm
Sat February 18, 2012

New Songs From Leonard Cohen's 'Old Ideas'

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This week on Cyprus Avenue, hear songs from Leonard Cohen’s new album "Old Ideas."  The prolific folk artist's latest album, released January 31, features ten new tracks.

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Fish Fry
2:06 pm
Sat February 18, 2012

Mardi Gras At The Fish Fry

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

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Night Tides
3:46 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

Love Is...

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12th Street Jump
4:55 pm
Sat February 11, 2012

Celebrating The Birthday Of Harold Arlen

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This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Harold Arlen with our special guest Ervin Brown. The gang discovers what gives St. Louis people the Blues and the Sax Therapist helps a Pittsburgh couple prime their private passion.

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Cyprus Avenue
3:56 pm
Sat February 11, 2012

The Fame Studios: 1961-1973

This week on Cyprus Avenue, the sound of Muscle Shoals FAME Studios. Featuring Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Etta James and more.

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12th Street Jump
12:07 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Celebrating The Birthday Of Benny "King" Curtis

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This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of King Curtis with our special guest Jim Mair. The wives on the campaign trail get some advice from Dr. Pearl and the Sax Therapist helps a married couple get their spark back.

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Night Tides
1:28 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Game Day 2012

Cyprus Avenue
6:13 pm
Sat February 4, 2012

Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan

On Saturday's show, Cyprus Avenue celebrated the music of Bob Dylan with tracks from Amnesty International's new Bob Dylan tribute album, Chimes of Freedom.

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Cyprus Avenue
6:02 pm
Sat January 28, 2012

Elvis Is Back!

Cyprus Avenue celebrates The King of Rock 'n' Roll a few weeks after what would've been Elvis' 77th birthday.

In 1954, Elvis began working with Sun Records' Sam Phillips. Soon after, he met his future manager, Colonel Tom Parker -- and the rest is rock 'n' roll history.

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12th Street Jump
1:13 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Celebrating the Birthdays Of Stephane Grappelli And Django Reinhardt

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthdays of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt with our special guests Marvin Gruenbaum and Clayton DeLong. Dr. Pearl prescribes some good advice for celebrities and politicians and we all take a language lesson from Serena’s School for Scat.

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Cyprus Avenue
6:54 pm
Sat January 21, 2012

Guy Clark: Old Friend

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Texas-born country artist Guy Clark has released more than 20 albums and has written singles for other artists including Jerry Jeff Walker and Ricky Skaggs.

This week's Cyprus Avenue features the music of Guy Clark. Below find the show's playlist and some video samples of Mr. Clark's work.

Clark and Verlon Thompson at Austin's Cactus Cafe:

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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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Cyprus Avenue
9:00 am
Sat January 14, 2012

2011 Favorites

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This episode of Cyprus showcases some of host Bill Shapiro's top picks of 2011. With new releases from Hugh Laurie and Paul Simon, along with a partly-posthumous duet from Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse, 2011 was a good-sounding year. And, since we can't provide you with the show's audio because of recording industry restrictions, below find some YouTube videos of Cyprus' chosen songs.

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12th Street Jump
10:00 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Jay McShann With Joe Cartwright

This week on 12th Street Jump, celebrate the music of Kansas City bluesman, jazzman & bandleader Jay McShann with music director & piano man Joe Cartwright.

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Cyprus Avenue
6:00 pm
Sat December 31, 2011

Cyprus Avenue's Annual New Years' Show

Below find the playlist for Cyprus' annual Live New Years' show, originally broadcast December 31, 1994. And, since we can't give you the audio because of recording industry restrictions, check out some YouTube videos for some of the songs below. Happy 2012!

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NYE Jams
12:40 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

KCUR Jazz & Blues For New Year's

This Saturday night, invite KCUR's Fish Fry and 12th Street Jump to bring the jazz & blues to your New Year's Eve party!

From 8pm to midnight, join Chuck Haddock on the Fish Fry ringing out the old and ringing in the new as he and his wife Terri Mac play an eclectic mix of the finest in blues, soul, rhythm 'n' blues, rock & roll,  jumpin' jive & zydeco.

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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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Cyprus Avenue
6:00 pm
Sat December 24, 2011

Cyprus' Annual Holiday Show

Find the playlist from Cyprus Avenue's annual holiday show, which originally aired on December 20, 2003, below. And since we can't post the audio, check out some YouTube videos of some of the songs below! Cheers.

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Paul Butterfield
1:33 am
Sun December 18, 2011

Celebrating Paul Butterfield's Birthday

This week on 12th Street Jump, celebrate the birthday of Paul Butterfield with special guest Tom “Trashmouth” Baker.

Paul Butterfield (Dec.17,1942 - May 4, 1987) founded the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early 1960s. Butterfield played the harmonica in an unconventional way -- by turning it upside-down. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band performed at the original Woodstock Festival.

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12th Street Jump
3:47 pm
Sat December 10, 2011

Celebrating Joe Williams' Birthday

This week 12th Street Jump celebrates the birthday of vocalist Joe Williams with Kansas City's own David Basse.

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Cyprus Avenue
12:00 pm
Sat December 10, 2011

Here Comes Shelby Lynne

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December 10, 2011, Cyprus Avenue celebrates the work of singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne. She won a Best New Artist Grammy in 1999 for her album I Am Shelby Lynne. She released a Dusty Springfield tribute album in 2008, and she's since started her own record label, Everso Records, on which she's released three albums.

Below, find some videos of Lynne's songs and performances, and below, find the full playlist for this week's episode of Cyprus Avenue.

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KC Currents
3:35 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Remembering Gospel Composer, Choir Leader Michael Charles

Photo courtesy of Samuel Jordon II, Royal Photography, LLC.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – This month, Kansas City said goodbye to a local leader in gospel music and education. Michael Charles passed away suddenly on March 9, 2011 at the age of 64, of liver cancer. 

Throughout his career, Michael Charles performed around the country with gospel greats such as James Cleveland, Richard Smallwood and the Mighty Clouds of Joy. He worked in the Kansas City Missouri school district, and served as minister of music at Saint James United Methodist Church for 23 years.

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Cyprus Avenue
1:45 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Cyprus Avenue's Top Albums Of 2010

Host Bill Shapiro outlines his favorite listening choices of the past year.

1. Tom Jones, Praise & Blame

2. Bettye LaVette, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

3. Mary Gauthier, The Foundling

4. Bruce Springsteen, The Promise

5. Bob Dylan, The Best of The Original Mono Recordings

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Cyprus Avenue
9:46 am
Sat December 12, 2009

Cyprus Avenue's Top Music Picks Of 2009

Host Bill Shapiro shares the recordings that have grabbed his ear this past year.

2009 marked the 31st anniversary of Cyprus Avenue on KCUR- FM making Bill Shapiro the longest-serving volunteer in the station's history.

During that time we've witnessed a veritable sea change in the world in which we live, primarily brought on by the onset of the cyberage.

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