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12:13 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Local Listen: Oleta Adams

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Oleta Adams has been a favorite of area audiences since she began showcasing her lustrous voice in Kansas City jazz clubs and hotel lounges over three decades ago. 

This week's edition of Local Listen features Adams' rendition of "Winter Wonderland," a selection from her 2006 album "Christmas Time With Oleta."

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Arts & Culture
7:22 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Ensemble Ibérica Explores Spanish Connections To Irish Carols

Soprano Victoria Botero keeps an eye on the verses as she rehearses 'The Darkest Midnight,' one of the best known carols -- one that is sung on Christmas Day.
Julie Denesha KCUR

In the 1720s, after studying in Spain, a young priest returned home to Ireland. He started writing Christmas carols influenced by Spanish liturgical music. Now known as the Kilmore Carols, these carols are still performed during the holidays in the small Irish village of Kilmore —and this year, in Kansas City. 

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90.9 The Bridge
1:47 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Kansas City Music Guy Chris Haghirian To Host All Local Radio Show

90.9FM The Bridge's new music show "Eight One Sixty" is set to launch this January and focus on all things local in Kansas City's music scene.
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Kansas City community radio station The Bridge is launching a new hour-long music program this January hosted by local music aficionado Chris Haghirian.

"Eight One Sixty" will debut on Jan. 6 and air weekly on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. The show will play all local music and feature interviews, news and live performances from Kansas City-based artists. 

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Central Standard
12:24 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Lauren Krum Of 'The Grisly Hand' Picks Her Favorite Country Christmas Songs

Lauren Krum is a vocalist with The Grisly Hand.
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The incessant upbeat of canned Christmas music can leave even those who love the holidays with a feeling of cheer fatigue.

Kansas City-area singer Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand, whose DJ alter-ego Lorna Kay spins classic country tunes all year long, shares some grittier winter songs to fill out the emotional spectrum this December.

Lauren's Picks:

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Arts & Culture
5:26 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Once Again, The Kansas City Symphony Lets Tubas Take Over Christmas

Just a few of the tubas and euphoniums at the Kansas City Symphony's 2014 Tuba Christmas.
Credit Eric Williams / Kansas City Symphony

It’s not often that tuba players get to be the ones on melody.

That changes once a year, though, when the Kansas City Symphony puts on Tuba Christmas, where hundreds of tuba players from all around the metro gather to play traditional holiday songs. Because of popular demand, there are now two Tuba Christmases.

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Up To Date
12:06 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Local Listen: Megan Birdsall

Megan Birdsall is Kansas City's finest young jazz vocalist. As musically accomplished as she is personable, Birdsall is a delightful entertainer. This week's edition of Local Listen features "Hey There (You With the Stars In Your Eyes)" from her album, "Little Jazz Bird."

Hear More: Birdsall will perform at the recently relocated Take Five Coffee + Bar in Overland Park, KS on Friday, December 5th at 8pm.  

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Up To Date
12:34 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Local Listen: Kasey Rausch

Kasey Rausch is the most prominent member of a new generation of dedicated folk musicians in Kansas City. This week's edition of Local Listen features a rollicking song from Rausch’s new album, Guitar in Hand.  Take a listen to "The Gospel of Winfield."

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Arts & Culture
12:14 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Gospel Singer Ah'Lee Robinson Sings Out

Ah'Lee Robinson rehearses an a cappella version of 'Give me Jesus.'
Julie Denesha KCUR

For the past 20 years, Ah'Lee Robinson has helped young people find their own voices as executive director of the Kansas City Boys Choir and the Kansas City Girls Choir

Robinson is an accomplished gospel singer himself. On Friday, he’ll sing in a concert of "praise and thanksgiving.”

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Arts & Culture
10:56 am
Thu November 20, 2014

New Release Brings Subterranean Sounds From 1960s, 1970s To Light

The new release, Local Customs: Cavern Sound features previously unreleased recordings by bands like Tide, the Reactions, Burlington Express, Faright, and more.
courtesy: The Numero Group

It was described as "one of the strangest recording studios ever built."

In the 1960s and 1970s, musicians found their way to Cavern Sound, a studio in an underground cave in Independence, Mo. James Brown and Brewer and Shipley recorded there. But so did garage bands, school choirs, gospel groups, and folk duos at a rate of $300 a day.

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Up To Date
10:46 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Local Listen: Gene Clark

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Gene Clark was born in Tipton, Mo., on Nov. 17, 1944. As a founding member of The Byrds, Clark played a major role in the development of folk-rock and psychedelic rock.

This edition of Local Listen features "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better," a jangly 1965 gem that Clark wrote as a member of the Byrds.

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Up To Date
2:01 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Local Listen: Sara Swenson

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The elegant Kansas City singer-songwriter Sara Swenson is one of many artists participating in this weekend's Apocalypse Meow benefit. This annual event raises money for Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care.

This edition of Local Listen features "Darling Dear," a lovely song from Swenson's new album "Runway Lights." 

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Central Standard
4:34 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Chuck Haddix's Tips For Collecting Records In Kansas City

Chuck Haddix is at home among albums at the Marr Sound Archives.
Credit E.C. Boldridge / Marr Sound Archives / UMKC

On Tuesday's Central Standard, Chuck Haddix, who hosts the public radio party known as the Fish Fry, joined a panel of guests in the studio to talk about the changing landscape for music collectors.

The consensus: Vinyl isn't going anywhere. If anything, it's seeing a revival, in the Kansas City area and elsewhere.

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Central Standard
4:28 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Kansas City's Vinyl Revival And The Music Collection Of The Future

Mills Record Company in Westport caters to vinyl collectors of all generations, including the Iron Maiden generation.
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How are the elements of pride, care and luck-of-the-find translating from the tangible world of the record collector to the digital world of, well, everyone else? Plus, news from local record stores and a recent release from Numero Records, featuring music recorded in Missouri's limestone mines between 1967 and 1973.

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Up To Date
2:50 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Local Listen: White Girl

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In one of the most striking transformations on the Kansas City music scene in recent memory ... Martin Bush has completely reinvented himself.  Once a prominent metallic punk rocker, Bush is now a dance music guru.  Operating under the moniker White Girl, Bush makes industrial electronic music. 

This week's edition of Local Listen features the A-side of the new 7-inch single "M.E.T.R.O.R.O.C.K."

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Up To Date
12:57 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

DiDonato Invites 40,000 Fans To Sing With Her At Kauffman Stadium

Mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato, a Royals fan for decades, sings the National Anthem on Wednesday.
Credit courtesy: Joyce DiDonato

After a social media campaign with the twitter hashtag #LetJoyceSing, a Change.org petition, an invitation from Major League Baseball to sing in Game 7 of the World Series -- and the Royals victory that assured there would be a Game 7, Prairie Village, Kan. native Joyce DiDonato is ready to sing the National Anthem in the final game.

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Arts & Culture
5:14 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

World Series National Anthem Update: Game 6, Kansas City Symphony; Game 7, Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato is not available to sing the National Anthem before Game 6, but she plans to perform it if there's a game Game 7.
Credit courtesy: Carnegie Hall

Classical musicians will be taking center stage during the final games of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

About 20, or as many as 60, members of the Kansas City Symphony, decked out in blue suits with blue accents, are scheduled to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" in the pre-game ceremonies of Game 6 on Tuesday night. Music director Michael Stern is flying back Tuesday afternoon in time to conduct. 

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Up To Date
5:30 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Local Listen: The Architects

The Architects have been Kansas City's sturdiest punk band for a decade. The quartet is barnstorming the country with the California skate-punk legends Agent Orange. Their tour stops at the Bottleneck in Lawrence, Kan. on Friday, October 24.

This week's edition of Local Listen features "Kickswaggerboom," a song from the latest installment of the Architect's "Border Wars" song cycle that reveals the Architect's affection for vintage American pop.

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Arts & Culture
3:07 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Horace Washington, Kansas City Saxophone And Flute Player, Dies

(left to right) American Jazz Museum's Greg Carroll, jazz historian Chuck Haddix, and musicians Horace Washington and Bobby Watson participated in a recent panel about the legacy of Charlie Parker at the American Jazz Museum.
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The American Jazz Museum is reporting the death of musician Horace Washington, 62, posting this today on the museum's Facebook page: “The Board and Staff of the American Jazz Museum are saddened to pass along the news that HORACE WASHINGTON has passed away.”

Washington, a saxophonist and flute player who grew up in Kansas City, Kan., had been dealing with some health issues for the past couple of years, says Chris Burnett, marketing and communications manager for the museum.

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Central Standard
2:53 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Composer Jeffrey Ruckman Knows His Tools, His Obsessions And His City

Jeffrey Ruckman's Kansas City home is full of instruments, familiar and unfamiliar.
Credit Paul Andrews

When Central Standard thought about asking Jeffrey Ruckman to create new theme music for the show, one of the things that made him appealing was his masterfully offbeat, genre-bending tendency.

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Central Standard
12:49 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston On Comics And Jazz

Art Spiegelman is rarely 'Wordless!', even though that is the title of his traveling production with musical collaborator Phillip Johnston.
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Art Spiegelman has been called the father of the graphic novel, though it's a title he resists. And composer Phillip Johnston has been a fixture in the New York underground music scene since the 1980s. The friends and collaborators teamed up on a performance (coming to Kansas City October 19, 2014) that, according to Johnston, is like a high school class slideshow lecture on LSD. 

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Royals
2:50 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Listen To The Awesome Songs These Fans Made Up In Support Of The Royals

John Long in his parody of Lorde's hit song 'Royals.'
Credit John Long / YouTube

Now that the Royals have made the playoffs for the first time in nearly 30 years, fans are celebrating in their own unique ways.

A recent spike of fan-made Royals songs have hit the Internet in support of their historical post-season journey.

Here's a short list of songs we dug up that were created by fans for the Royals:

John Long"Kansas City Royals" - parody of Lorde's hit-song "Royals"

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4:26 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Local Listen: OJT

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This Saturday's 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival will have national acts like the great jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove.  But the event also provides an expanded stage for many Kansas City-based musicians like OJT. This organ jazz trio, led by Ken Lovern, will be among the acts representing the area's jazz scene. This edition of Local Listen features the trio's playful new interpretation of Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl."

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Arts & Culture
1:53 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Musicians Mourn Death Of Lou Whitney, Sound Engineer And Father Figure

Lou Whitney with Kristie Stremel, who recorded five albums at his studio.
Credit Kristie Stremel

One branch of Kansas City’s musical family is mourning the death of Lou Whitney, a Missouri recording engineer and bass player who many of them considered a father figure.

Whitney, of Springfield, Mo., died Tuesday after a battle with cancer.

Whitney established his reputation at now-legendary gigs with his 1980s-era bands The Morells and later The Skeletons, both of which made regular appearances at the Grand Emporium in Kansas City. 

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Central Standard
4:14 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Lawrence's Rock Wizard: Paul DeGeorge Of Harry And The Potters

Paul DeGeorge wouldn't be Harry Potter without his accessories.
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Paul DeGeorge and his brother Joe have been writing and performing songs about the trials and triumphs of wizards-in-training since 2002. They look disorientingly similar, and both wear v-neck sweaters and neck ties. Their band, Harry and the Potters, has inspired its own genre: "wizard rock."

It was the younger brother, Joe, who first read the Harry Potter books. In his early 20s when the first books in the series came out, Paul, the older of the DeGeorge brothers, picked them up out of curiosity; he immediately related to the Harry Potter character as a punk.

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Talk Show
5:09 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Local Listen: Shades Of Jade

Shades of Jade is among Kansas City's many notable young jazz ensembles.  This band differentiates itself with an invigorating blend of bop and R&B.  This week's Local Listen features "Dynasty," an ebullient track from Shades of Jade's new album "Fingerprinted Memories.

Hear in KC: Shades of Jade performs Friday night October 3 at the Broadway Jazz Club, 3601 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, Mo. 

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

7 Things That 'Rock' This Weekend In Kansas City

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band will rock Kansas City this weekend.
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There’s only one way to rock, and that’s any way you want.

Long ago, the term “it rocks” went well beyond rock ’n’ roll to encompass anything deemed personally appealing or individually scintillating. What rocks for a fifth-grader probably won’t do it for grandma. Then again, maybe it will – and that’s the beauty of it – including this weekend in Kansas City.

From classic rock to zombies that rock, the town is yours to rock. So are you ready to – all together now – ROCK? I knew you were.

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Central Standard
3:18 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

How Kansas City Relates To Its Jazz Legacy

Charlie Parker, one of Kansas City's most legendary saxophonists.
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In the 1930s, Kansas City was a place where talent and history converged, resulting in a whole new sound that jazz aficionados continue to study today. But how does that past inform Kansas City's present day jazz scene?

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Central Standard
1:30 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Why Jazz Fans In Denmark Feel A Connection To Kansas City

Was Kansas City-born Ben Webster "king of the tenors" as this album title suggests?
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Ben Webster hated to fly on airplanes.

When he went to Europe to perform for his fans across the Atlantic, the trip was one-way. 

A contemporary of Charlie Parker, Webster grew up in Kansas City, Mo., right off of 24th Street. He taught himself to play the piano at a young age, and started his career performing as a pianist for silent films. It wasn't until he was about 20 years old that he took up the saxophone.

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Up To Date
4:17 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Local Listen: Grand Marquis

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Big Joe Turner died in 1985, but the jump blues tradition he forged in Prohibition-era Kansas City nightclubs is kept alive by the Grand Marquis. The band has been entertaining audiences with its vintage sound since 1998. This week's edition of Local Listen features "Bed of Nails," a raucous song from the Grand Marquis' 2013 album "Blues and Trouble."

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Arts & Culture
6:54 am
Fri September 26, 2014

WATCH: Pianist Behzod Abduraimov Takes On New Role At Park University

Behzod Abduraimov, the new artist-in-residence at ICM, rehearses in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel at Park University.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

When the International Center for Music (ICM) at Park University in Parkville, Mo., a boutique conservatory for top performers, decided to add an artist-in-residence, they didn’t have to look very far.

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