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9:38 am
Fri September 21, 2007

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

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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
8:54 am
Thu September 13, 2007

American Jazz Museum celebrates 10 years

The American Jazz Museum kicks off three days of events to mark its first decade.

The American Jazz Museum kicks off a three-day celebration of it 10th anniversary today. The museum first opened to public in 1997. Events include a symposium tonight on the history of the 18th and Vine historic district and series of performances by local and national acts. on Friday the museum holds its annual gala fundraiser at the Gem Theater.

The sold-out concert is headlined by singer Patti LaBelle and the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band.

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Performance
3:47 pm
Sun September 9, 2007

Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company

Soon after choreographer Mary Pat Henry moved to Kansas City to teach at UMKC's Conservatory, she suggested a friend move here too. Leni Wylliams was in his early 30s and already an accomplished veteran of the modern dance world. Together they founded a company to perform not only their own work, but pieces by some of the country's premier choreographers. Their collaboration was cut short in 1996, when Wylliams was brutally murdered.

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Jazz/Blues
9:23 am
Sun September 2, 2007

Jazz Fans Gather to Celebrate 'Bird'

Once again, the music of Charlie "Bird" Parker echoed through Lincoln Cemetery, in the wooded hills of Blue Summit, Missouri, just outside the Kansas City city limits.

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Performance
2:06 pm
Fri August 24, 2007

Everlasting Universe

Civic Opera's Artistic Director Andy Anderson, and composer John Mueter at a recent rehearsal of Everlasting Universe.
Laura Spencer/KCUR

The Civic Opera Theater of Kansas City presented two new works recently, including a world premiere called Everlasting Universe exploring the relationship between the early Romantic poets Byron and Shelley.

Kansas City, MO – The Civic Opera Theater of Kansas City presented two new works recently, including a world premiere called Everlasting Universe exploring the relationship between the early Romantic poets Byron and Shelley.

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Jazz/Blues
12:07 pm
Fri August 24, 2007

Snuff Jazz puts 'beyond' in Jazz and Beyond concert series

Kansas City jazz unit brings free improv to the Jazz and Beyond series weekend. Special guests include Jeffery Ruckma, Patrick Alonzo Conway and the All Souls Hand Bell Choir.

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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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Visual Arts
12:15 pm
Thu July 26, 2007

'Kansas City Snapshot' Examines Daily Life

Photographer Mike Sinclair taking a photo of the alligator house on Independence Avenue.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Kansas City Snapshot is a project created by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects to celebrate the organization's 150th anniversary. As discussions continue about the future of the metropolitan area - from downtown Kansas City to Metcalf Avenue - organizers say this "yearlong experiment" could provide an opportunity to take a look at where we are now...and how we live, work and play.

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Jazz/Blues
11:31 am
Thu July 19, 2007

New Jazz with Lee Ingalls: Gazarek, Cohen, Cox, Hiromi

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 segment features new music outstanding female jazz artists: Sarah Gazarek, Anat Cohen, Deborah Cox, and Hiromi.

Kansas City, MO – Note: this segment has been edited to comply with current music webcasting restrictions.

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Jazz/Blues
11:35 am
Mon July 9, 2007

New American Jazz Museum Director

The new executive director of the American Jazz Museum settled in to his office last week. Greg Carroll is a percussionist and a longtime jazz educator who most recently served as director of education for the International Association for Jazz Education, one of world's premier jazz organizations.

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Music
9:02 am
Tue June 26, 2007

Indian Classical Record Label in Overland Park

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Banani Ghosh is a singer featured on Rhyme Records.

Rhyme Records records Bengali and North Indian artists who perform around the world. When Pro Ghosh moved to Kansas City from upstate New York to work for Sprint, he brought the idea for creating an Indian music record label with him.

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Visual Arts
8:37 am
Fri June 15, 2007

Finding...Alvin Ailey

An image of Alvin Ailey near the entrance to the exhibit
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

African-American modern dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey died nearly 20 years ago. But, until recently, his personal collection of photographs, costume sketches, stage notes and letters had not viewed by the public.

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Jazz/Blues
11:09 am
Sun June 10, 2007

Immigrant Smokers Compete at Rhythm and Ribs

KCUR's Alex Smith visited the home of Llewellyn Thompson, who's a member of a team called the Immigrant Smokers. They're competing in this week's Rhythm and Ribs Festival.

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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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Performance
12:07 pm
Tue May 1, 2007

A World Premiere of Carmen at the Kansas City Ballet

The Kansas City Ballet's Kimberly Cowen as Carmen.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

One of the foremost authorities in Spanish dance is in Kansas City helping stage flamenco choreography for the Kansas City Ballet's world premiere of Carmen, choreographed by artistic director William Whitener.

Kansas City, MO – SPRING PERFORMANCE 2007
May 3-6, Lyric Theatre (11th & Central)

Thursday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 4, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 6, 2:00 p.m.

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Performance
11:57 am
Thu April 26, 2007

Playwright James Still's Works in Two Kansas City Venues

Nathan Darrow (left) and Karen Errington (right) in Iron Kisses.
photo courtesy of the Unicorn Theatre

This weekend, the voice of a writer with deep Kansas roots, James Still, will be heard in two very different Kansas City theater venues.

Kansas City, MO – Olathe South High School, Secret History of the Future, April 26 - 28, 7:30 pm.

Unicorn Theatre presents Iron Kisses, April 27 - May 20 (previews April 25 and 26).

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Yo La Tengo
8:36 am
Fri April 13, 2007

WEB EXTRA: An Interview with Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo is an indie rock band, based in Hoboken, New Jersey. The group is famous for creating a lush mixture of pop music, punctuated by looping organs and bursts of feedback. Yo La Tengo performed this week in Lawrence.

St. Louis, MO – Over the last 20 years Yo La Tengo has released 12 studio albums; the latest is called I am not afraid of you?and I will beat your ass".

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Jazz/Blues
2:40 pm
Tue April 10, 2007

Jazz Vocalist Speaks at his Alma Mater in KC

Kevin Mahogany (center)
Alex Smith / KCUR

Jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany spoke and sang at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy.

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Jazz/Blues
12:12 pm
Mon April 2, 2007

Spoken Word Poet Returns to KC

Kansas City native Nikki Skies was in town to perform at the Blue Room's monthly Jazz Poetry Jams in March. She plans to return to Kansas City in May; hopefully for another performance and a book signing for her latest book of short stories, Mississippi Window Cracks.

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Jazz/Blues
9:35 am
Mon February 19, 2007

Marva Whitney: It's Her Thing

KCUR's Chuck Haddix welcomed funk singer Marva Whitney to The Fish Fry, where she talked about her start in Kansas City Kansas and working with the late great James Brown.

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Jazz/Blues
3:28 pm
Wed January 10, 2007

Kansas City Jazz Musician Russ Long's Final Recording

Kansas City jazz musician Russ Long died of heart failure on New Years Eve, a few weeks after releasing a CD of original compositions covering more than 4 decades.

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Jazz/Blues
11:06 am
Mon December 11, 2006

1986 Interview with Jay McShann

Jay "Hootie" McShann tells the story of how he first came to Kansas City, and put together his first band.

Kansas City, MO – Jay McShann said he discovered the blues as a young man, listening to the radio and records by Bessie Smith and James P. Johnson. He was a self-taught pianist - he just picked out the songs he heard on the family piano.

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Jazz/Blues
9:45 am
Fri December 8, 2006

Remembering Jay McShann

Legendary jazz and blues musician Jay "Hootie" McShann died Thursday, December 7 at the age of 90. A pianist, vocalist, composer and big band leader in the 1930s and 40s, McShann was one of the last of a generation who helped create the Kansas City style.

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Jazz/Blues
12:39 pm
Wed December 6, 2006

WEB EXTRA: Ahmad Alaadeen on Jay McShann

Photo courtesy of the Marr Sound Archives, UMKC

Saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen grew up down the street from Jay McShann. Here, Alaadeen tells a story from his childhood about walking down the street, disobeying his mother to hear McShann play.

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Jazz/Blues
10:56 am
Wed December 6, 2006

WEB EXTRA: Myra Taylor on Jay McShann

Photo courtesy of the Marr Sound Archives, UMKC

Vocalist Myra Taylor also performed in Kansas City in the 1930s and 40s. Here, Taylor tells a story about attending a ceremony at the Jazz Hall of Fame in Tulsa (where McShann received the Lifetime Achievement Award).

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Jazz/Blues
10:44 am
Wed December 6, 2006

WEB EXTRA: Chuck Haddix on Jay McShann

Historian Chuck Haddix is the co-author with Frank Driggs of Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop: A History. Here, Haddix talks about how McShann will be remembered.

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Jazz/Blues
1:01 pm
Mon November 13, 2006

A Conversation with the Interim Director of the American Jazz Museum

American Jazz Museum Interim Executive Director Carol Rhodes Dyson has been on the job since former Executive Director Juanita Moore left in September. Rhodes Dyson grew up in Kansas City, just blocks away from the museum.

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Jazz/Blues
9:09 am
Mon September 18, 2006

KC Pianist Harold O'Neal Competes in Monk Competition

This weekend, Kansas City jazz musician Harold O'Neal traveled to Washington D.C. to play in the 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Piano Competition. O'Neal is one of twelve young pianists selected from around the world to play for the judges, who include jazz greats Herbie Hancock, Kenny Barron and Randy Weston. The top prize is a twenty thousand dollar scholarship.

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Performance
1:33 pm
Mon September 11, 2006

Orpheus in Kansas City

The myth has inspired an opera, paintings and films, and most recently a new modern ballet set in Kansas City's jazz era. It's a work in progress by Pascal Rioult, artistic director of the Pascal Rioult Dance Theater. Before starting his own company, Rioult was a principal dancer with the groundbreaking Martha Graham Dance Company. Pascal Rioult joined us over the phone from his rehearsal studio in New York City.

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Jazz/Blues
8:09 am
Thu September 7, 2006

Natalie Twigg on Aurora Consort

The Kansas City-based ensemble Aurora Consort is known for its fusion of jazz, world, and classical music. This weekend, the group presents original compositions, as well as traditional music from Iraq.

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