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11:37 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Getting Jazzy With Bobby Watson

Bobby Watson performs Friday night at Unity Temple on the Plaza.

Even if you don't know what jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson looks like or own one of his albums, you know his sound, because his music greets you each day on Up to Date.

In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, Watson joins Steve Kraske to talk about his new album, a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Up To Date
5:03 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Local Listen: Victor And Penny

Jeff Freeling and Erin McGrane make up the duo "Victor and Penny."
Credit VictorAndPenny.com

Jeff Freeling and Erin McGrane make up the duo Victor and Penny, who have been touring all across America with a sound that they like to call “antique pop.”

In this week's Local Listen, we hear the song "Stomp, Stomp" from the duo's album Side By Side.

Victor and Penny will be back in Kansas City to host “Eve 2013”, Dec. 31 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

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Up To Date
9:50 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Ben Sidran: Musician, Composer And 'Space Cowboy'

Composer, musician Ben Sidran appears at the Jewish Community Center of Kansas City on Sunday December 15.
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Ben Sidran is one of those guys who makes your knees buckle.

Piano player. Singer. Author. Composer. Host of the NPR jazz series “Jazz Alive.” Host of the VH-1 television’s “New Visions” series. Peabody winner. Ace winner. Friend of rock ‘n’ roller Steve Miller. Played in his band. Composer. Producer of recordings by Diana Ross, Van Morrison and Rickie Lee Jones.

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Up to Date
11:29 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Kelley Hunt Brings Her Sound To Kansas City

Singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt is partnering with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for a holiday concert this year.
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Kelley Hunt sings across many genres. Part of her heart may be in R&B but it's the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra she'll partner with this week for a Christmas-themed concert.

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, she joins Steve Kraske to talk about "Christmas with Kelley Hunt" and her Kansas roots.

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Up To Date
8:22 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Local Listen: Akkilles

Akkilles new album is titled "Something You'd Say."
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With the Kansas City area getting a dose of winter weather over the past couple days, perhaps it's time for some music that has a summertime feel.  

The band Akkilles offers a sound that conjures up an afternoon on the beach, toes dug into the sand, and waves gently crashing along the shore.

In Friday's "Local Listen" we hear "Your Only One" from the group's album Something You’d Say.

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Up to Date
12:37 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Local Listen: The Latenight Callers

The Latenight Callers perform this weekend in at the Record Bar's "Saturday Brunch."

Band The Latenight Callers describe their sultry, film-noir sound as that of “the house band at a David Lynch pool party.” Their latest album is called Songs for Stolen Moments.

In Friday's Local Listen, we hear “Red Bricks, White Ghosts.”

The Latenight Callers will be paying a midday call to The Record Bar for their first-ever Saturday Brunch, November 16, from noon to 4 p.m. at 1020 Westport Road in Kansas City, Mo.

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Up to Date
11:02 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Duke Ellington: Behind The Jazz

Terry Teachout's new book is 'Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington.'

Duke Ellington's jazzy orchestrations are the stuff of music legends. However, his star power hid a very private life.

In the second part of Friday's Up to Date, Wall Street Journal drama critic and biographer Terry Teachout takes us into the world of Ellington.

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Up to Date
7:24 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Local Listen: The Silver Maggies

The music of The Silver Maggies is a unique blend of gothic country and high desert noir, resulting in a sound that’s dark and lonely... and maybe a little dangerous.   In this week’s local listen, we hear “End of Time” from their album “My Pale Horse”. The Silver Maggies appear Friday evening October 25th at The Brick, sharing the stage with Starhaven Rounders and Amy Farrand.  

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Up To Date
3:11 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Local Listen: The Jorge Arana Trio

The Jorge Arana Trio offers an energetic and eclectic fusion of jazz, rock and funk that has gotten the attention of music lovers throughout Kansas City as a result of their take-no-prisoners live shows. 

In today's Local Listen, we hear Bitter Era from their most recent album, "Mapache."

You can catch the Trio on Sunday October 20 at The Riot Room and November 1 at the Czar Bar.

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Music
9:55 am
Thu October 17, 2013

The Many Talents Of Kansas City Musician Mike Stover

Credit Todd Zimmer

There is something that strings all these different local bands together… Mr. Marco’s V7, The Grisly Hand, Ernest James Zydeco, Dead Voices. Or rather, someone.

Musician Mike Stover plays in all of these bands and more. Normally when you hear a story about a band you hear from the lead singer or songwriter, the person at the front of the stage. Mike Stover is normally in the back or off to the side, sometimes sitting down, he doesn’t sing, just sticks to the strings.

On the night of The Crossroads Music Festival last month, musician Mike Stover was one especially busy guy.

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Up to Date
11:07 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Local Listen: Katy Guillen and The Girls

"...and then there were three" is the new album from Katy Guillen and The Girls

Katy Guillen and The Girls have only been together for about a year, but it hasn’t taken them long to get noticed: next January they will be representing Kansas City in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.  They’ve just release a new EP called “… and then there were three.”  

In this week's "Local Listen" we hear a track from the album titled “The Race."

 You have a couple chances to hear them live next week: they’ll be at BB’s Lawnside Bar-B-Q on October 17th and at Knuckleheads on the 18th. 

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Up to Date
2:23 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Local Listen: Vi Tran

Vi Tran's new album, "American Heronie" will hit store shelves on October 8, 2013.

Vi Tran is a singer/songwriter who uses his experience as an actor to create music that combines melody with heartfelt expression.  His new album, “American Heroine” plays like a soundtrack to an off-Broadway musical.   

In today's "Local Listen" we hear the title track from the album. The Vi Tran Band will perform at the Kill Devil Club Friday evening, October 4 to celebrate the release "American Heroine." The CD will be in stores on Tuesday October 8.

 

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12th Street Jump
10:07 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Celebrating The Birthday Of Charlie Parker

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This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of the great Charlie Parker with our special guest Dan Thomas. We play a game of “Who’s Got the Blues” with Chuck Haddix, and the Sax Therapist helps a Russian couple end the cold war in their bedroom.

Song List:

Yardbird Suite
Scrapple From The Apple
Donna Lee
Ko-Ko
Marmaduke
Parker’s Mood
Billie Bounce

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Charlie Parker

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12th Street Jump
10:04 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Celebrating The Birthday Of Bill Evans

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This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Bill Evans with our special guest Michael Pagan. The gang plays “So, What’s Your Question?” to learn a bit more about Bill Evans and we pay homage to the flight attendant gone wild with the “Friggin’ Jet Blues”.

Song List:

Flip, Flop, and Fly
Turn Out the Stars
Whisper Not
We Will Meet Again
You Look Good To Me
Shadow of Your Smile

SPOTIFY:

Bill Evans

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12th Street Jump
10:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Celebrating The Birthday Of Pat Metheny

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On this week’s archive edition of 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Pat Metheny with our special guest Danny Embrey. Our own Dr Pearl offers up some advice for President Obama and a lesson at Serena's School for Scat has all the politicians listening.

Song List:

Snatch and Grab It
Bright Size Life
Always and Forever
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Giant Step
All the Things You Are
Two for the Road

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Pat Metheny

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12th Street Jump
9:58 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Celebrating The Birthday Of Louis Armstrong

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 This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of the great Louis Armstrong with our special guest Stan Kessler. A session with Dr. Pearl gets the royal baby started down the right path and Anthony Weiner is such a joke the gang just has to make fun of him.

Song List:

Love Walked In
Hello, Dolly!
Struttin’ With Some Barbecue
Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You
On The Sunny Side of the Street
Stompin at the Savoy
When the Saints Go Marching In

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Louis Armstrong

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12th Street Jump
9:55 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Celebrating The Birthday Of Hank Jones

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 This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthdays of Hank Jones and Eddie Jefferson. We take a call-in from a musician in Erie, PA to find out “Who’s Got the Blues” and the heat wave gets a theme song.

Song List:

Just Squeeze Me
Ruby My Dear
Love Walked In
Now Is the Time
Soft and Furry
Over the Rainbow
You Came a Long Way from St. Louis
Dat Dere
Benny’s from Heaven

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Hank Jones

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12th Street Jump
9:50 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Celebrating The Birthday Of Sonny Boy Williamson

 This week, 12th Street Jump celebrates the birthday of Sonny Boy Williamson with our special guests Tom “Trashmouth” Baker and Sheila Bey. We play “Who’s Got the Blues” to find out more about our audience and Nedra sings the “Golf Widow Blues”, and it has nothing to do with Tiger Woods.

Song List:

Show Me Missouri Blues
Keep It to Yourself
CC Rider
Checkin’ Up on My Baby
Hound Dog
Drivin’ Wheel
Don’t Start Me Talking

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KC Currents
10:01 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Brothers Break Family Band Mold With St. Joe Punk Band 'Radkey'

Brothers (from left) Solomon, Isaiah and Darion "Dee" Radke make up the band Radkey.
Credit Courtesy / Radkey

The three brothers from St. Joseph, Mo. that make up the punk band Radkey are about to release their second EP and tour Europe. But recognition at home has been harder to come by.

When they came into the studio for our interview late one night I was surprised by how small the brothers were. Considering their deep vocals and charging sounds I had suspected they’d be bigger. They sat down to the mics one dressed in a flannel button down, the youngest in a Star Wars t-shirt and the other in a torn and faded denim vest.

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Up to Date
4:01 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Local Listen: Lennon Bone

Lennon Bone is probably best known among music lovers as the drummer for Ha Ha Tonka, but he recently released a new EP of his own material that’s got a gentle, dreamy-folk sound. It’s called “Call It A Custom.”

In today's "Local Listen," we hear the title track to the four-song EP. His band, Ha Ha Tonka releases their new album, “Lessons,” on September 24th.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Hometown Jazz With Karrin Allyson

Karrin Allyson chats with Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
Credit Beth Lipoff/KCUR

Jazz and Kansas City go well together live and on the radio.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with singer Karrin Allyson about her headlining kick-off for the 12th Street Jump series. Her performance Monday night is part of a series being taped for the radio show.

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Karrin Allyson is a Grammy-nominated singer and pianist who born in Great Bend, Kan.

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KC Currents
10:03 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Kansas City Retro Soul And Funk Compilation Released

Songwriter and musician, Lee Harris. Three of Harris' songs are featured on "The Forte Label."
Credit University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries, Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections

This month, the Chicago-based Numero Group released a compilation of funk and soul songs originally put out by Kansas City record label, Forte, in the late 1960s and '70s —  Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label came out this week on vinyl and CD.

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Central Standard
5:17 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

The Impact Of Latin American Music

Performer sports a traditional Zoot suit.
Credit thisisbossi / Flickr-CC

Coming from dozens of countries, from Mexico and the Caribbean in the north to Brazil and Argentena in South America, Latin American identity encompasses a variety of cultures, backgrounds, stories, traditions, and, of course, music. The diversity can be heard in every measure, as each artist brings not only their own personal style, but also their Latino ancestry to the lyrics, melodies and rhythms of music.

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Performance
9:00 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Watson & Baskin-Watson

Saxophonist Bobby Watson and Pamela Baskin-Watson spend time together on the back porch of their Shawnee, Kan. home.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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Classical
12:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

A New Contract For Kansas City Symphony Musicians

The Kansas City Symphony performs in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Credit Chris Lee / Kansas City Symphony

It’s been called a "tumultuous time" for orchestras across the United States with labor disputes leading to strikes and lockouts. But the Kansas City Symphony, the city’s largest performing arts organization, announced a new three-year contract Friday with musicians signed a year ahead of schedule.

The Symphony's executive director Frank Byrne says work started on the contract in January 2013, about 18 months before the expiration.

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Performance
10:26 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Aram Demirjian Promoted To Symphony's Associate Conductor

The Kansas City Symphony's Associate Conductor Aram Demirjian.
Credit Kansas City Symphony

After working as an assistant conductor with Kansas City Symphony for a year now, Aram Demirjian is taking on a new role: associate conductor for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons.

This past season at the Symphony has been one of the greatest musical years of his life, Demirjian said.

"When you're a young conductor, what you desire more than anything else is just time in front of an orchestra," he said. "And it was an incredible blessing and privilege to be able to do so."

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12th Street Jump
2:59 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Celebrating The Birthday Of T Bone Walker

On this week’s archive edition of 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of T Bone Walker with our special guest Bill Dye. A call in reminds us “Who’s Got the Blues” in Alaska and Dr. Pearl holds a session to help Wall Street.

Song List: I Want A Little Girl
Two Bones And A Pick
What A Little Moonlight Can Do
Shufflin The Blues
Good Morning Heartache
Hands Off
T Bone Shuffle

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12th Street Jump
2:03 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Celebrating The Birthday Of Fats Waller

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Fats Waller. Dr. Pearl helps Keith Richards deal with change and a parody considers what Fats Waller might say about all the present day misbehavin’.

Song List:
Jitterbug Waltz
Squeeze Me
Your Feet’s Too Big
One Note Samba
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Come On A My House
Honeysuckle Rose
Scrapple From the Apple

SPOTIFY LINK: Fats Waller

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12th Street Jump
1:48 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Celebrating The Birthday Of Big Joe Turner

On this weeks’ archive episode of 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Big Joe Turner. We play a game of questions with 12th Street Jump’s own Joe Cartwright and send the learned out into the world with the “Graduation Blues”.

Song List:
Jumpin’ the Blues
Flip, Flop, and Fly
Tight
Trouble In Mind
Roll’em Pete
One Note Samba
Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Spotify: Big Joe Turner

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12th Street Jump
9:50 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Celebrating The Birthday Of Irving Berlin

On this weeks’ archive episode of 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Irving Berlin. The cast plays a game of “So, What’s Your Question?” to reveal a few lesser known facts about Irving Berlin.

Song List:
Overhand
What’ll I Do
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
It Ain’t Necessarily So
Dat Dere
Blue Skies
Little Joe

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Irving Berlin

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