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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yardbird Suite Scrapple From The Apple Donna Lee Ko-Ko Marmaduke Parker’s Mood Billie Bounce
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”.
Flip, Flop, and Fly Turn Out the Stars Whisper Not We Will Meet Again You Look Good To Me Shadow of Your Smile
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Show Me Missouri Blues Keep It to Yourself CC Rider Checkin’ Up on My Baby Hound Dog Drivin’ Wheel Don’t Start Me Talking
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.
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.
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.
Karrin Allyson is a Grammy-nominated singer and pianist who born in Great Bend, Kan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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