Music

Meet The Ukesters

Aug 7, 2012
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It's lightweight, inexpensive, and fun to play, with a sound that's both deeply sentimental and incredibly silly. Is there a more perfect instrument than the ukulele?

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthdays of Hank Jones and Eddie Jefferson.

Hank Jones

On this week’s archive edition of 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Sonny Boy Williamson with our special guests Tom “Trashmouth” Baker and Sheila Bey.

Sonny Boy Williamson

Kansas City Youth Jazz

Jul 25, 2012
Kansas City Youth Jazz

Pop, rock and rap might top the charts, but it’s good old Jazz that’s capturing the hearts of at least some of the new generation of area musicians.

In the first half of Thursday’s Central Standard – we'll take a look at KC Youth Jazz, a group that’s expanded into more than 50 schools around greater Kansas City. We’ll hear some music, talk concerts, appreciation, preservation – all that jazz with Musical Director and instructor Clarence Smith.

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Kansas City’s own father-daughter singing duo, Maurice and Shanice Hayes, are competing in NBC’s national talent competition, America’s Got Talent, for a $1 million prize. 

Danny Cox was born in CincinnatiOhio and moved to Kansas CityKansas in 1963.

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Philly Joe Jones with our special guest Tommy Ruskin.

Philly Joe Jones

Slam Poetry Meets Jazz

Jul 4, 2012
Eric Baker / KCUR

Let’s play a word association game.  What’s do you think when I say, “Kansas City?”  Barbecue?  The Royals? How about jazz?  Now what about when I say “Jazz,” what do you think?  It probably isn’t poetry.

Marta Rincon

Kontrolando Show is one of 30 local bands, dance groups, and djs, in addition to some national acts, that will be playing at Fiesta KC in Crown Center June 22 - 24, 2012.

Jazz Musician David Basse

Jun 14, 2012

Who’s the king of KC Jazz?

Get Your Rag On This Summer

May 30, 2012

On this Thursday's Central Standard, ragtime music and one of its earliest composers, Scott Joplin. A man of mystery, Joplin moved from place to place but left his heart in Sedalia, Missouri. This is where he wrote his famous Maple Leaf Rag, which was the first piece of sheet music to sell over one million copies.

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of T-Bone Walker with our special guest Bill Dye.

This week 12th Street Jump celebrates the birthday of Miles Davis.

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Kansas City shifts strategies on how to deal with violent crime.  Missouri lawmakers take on everything from workers’ compensation to keeping the Jayhawk off of Missouri license plates.  That and more from KCUR.

Jazz Meets Gamelan

May 15, 2012
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 For the last two and a half years, the Black House Improviser’s Collective has made its home in an unoccupied floor of a downtown office building provided by the Charlotte Street Foundation.

Top Tenors Team Up

May 1, 2012
Alex Smith

Back in Kansas City’s classic jazz era of the ‘30s and early ‘40s, it was not uncommon to hear a full stage of horn players making music together.

KC Artists' Tribute To Etta James

Apr 12, 2012

Kansas City artists love reasons to get together, and who's more tribute-worthy than the late Etta James? On this Thursday's Central Standard, a look back at the singer’s many styles, from early jump blues to country soul.

Today, at age 27, Brody Buster is a music veteran with 20 years of live music performance under his belt.

Trying to get in the mood for a festive St. Patrick's Day?

A Vibe Called Mesh: Jazz Meets Hip-Hop

Mar 12, 2012

On this Monday's Central Standard, we explore how area artists honor Jazz’s heritage and progression, through the language of Hip-Hop.

The Beautiful Bodies Work It

Mar 8, 2012
Thomas Becker

On the second half of this Thursday's Central Standard, meet energetic lead-singer Alicia Solo. Her hip-thrusts and dance moves have sent her home with cuts, bruises and chipped teeth.

Mardi Gras At The Fish Fry

Feb 18, 2012

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

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The past few months have been rough for local jazz. Two promising newer venues, 1911 Main and Café Augusta in Lenexa, have shut down. And at Jardine's Restaurant and Jazz Club, one of the city’s most celebrated venues, a dispute between the owner and employees led to a boycott by musicians. The restaurant then closed its doors, and its future remains up in the air.

The show for January 22, 2012.  Click "Listen" to hear the entire show, see below for individual stories.

The Grisly Hand

Jan 19, 2012

When the KC band The Grisly Hand came out with their album Safehouse, they decided to offer it free for download online. Since then they have toured with these songs across the region, and this week, that album has reached #4 most downloaded off the website NoiseTrade.

All That KC Jazz

Jan 18, 2012
Andrea Silenzi

Kansas City jazz has a unique signature. On Wednesday's Central Standard, we talked about the state of our jazz community with pianist and composer Mark Lowrey and trumpet player Hermon Mehari.

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.

 

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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