This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Dexter Gordon with our special guest, Jim Mair. Dr. Pearl grabs a drink with Marco Rubio and the Sax Therapist helps a couple kickstart their engine.

Song List:
On The Trail
Body & Soul
Fried Bananas
Mean To Me
I Told You So
Long Tall Dexter
One For My Baby

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the music of Wycliffe Gordon with our special guest, Wycliffe himself. There’s an old fashioned cutting contest, a blues jam custom made for Wycliffe, and Nedra’s man delivers another sad Valentine.

Song List:

I’m Beginning To See The Light
I Cover The Waterfront
Blue n’ Boogie
Now Is The Time
Basin Street Blues
Hello Pops
Swing That Music

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of King Curtis with our special guest Jim Mair. A session with Dr. Pearl gets some much needed help to women married to Washington, and the alliterative Sax Therapist starts a Pensacola pair playing perfectly, post political prudeness.

Song List:
I Want A Little Girl
Night Train
After Hours
Sister Sadie
Ode To Billie Joe
Hey Bartender

Where The Blues Lives In KC's East Bottoms

Jan 25, 2013
Joe Smith

It's the place where performers as diverse as Nick Low, Merle Hagard and Carrie Rodriguez play when they hit town.

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Charlie Musselwhite with our special guests Bill Dye and Trashmouth Baker. The gang sings about their Super Bowl Blues and Charlie Musselwhite himself calls in to let us know what gives him the blues.

Song List:

Outskirts of Town
The Blues Overtook Me
Willow Weep For Me
Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean
Christo Redemptor
Movin and Groovin
Memphis Charlie
Just Your Fool

On this week’s archive edition of 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Stephane Grappelli with our special guest Marvin Gruenbaum. The gang checks in with Dr. Pearl as she helps celebrities with famous issues and before the end of the hour, Serena’s School for Scat straightens out crooked politicians.

Song List:

Thou Swell
Pent Up House
Minor Swing
Sweet Georgia Brown
Pennies From Heaven
Makin’ Whoopee
It Don’t Mean A Thing

Why Jazz Happened

Jan 16, 2013

The sweet notes of smooth jazz are well-known to anyone who’s delved into Kansas City’s history, but jazz is still evolving today.

Trumpeting Jazz In Kansas City

Jan 16, 2013

How do you get to be one of the rising stars of Kansas City's jazz scene?

Bernard “Step Buddy” Anderson / Special Collections, Miller Nichols Library, UMKC

Kansas City saxophone player and jazz singer Eddie Saunders passed away on December 30, 2012.  The late Lucky Wesley of The Scamps came up with Saunders and had described him as nice--naughty but nice.  Saunders loved to sing and he loved to play, and he was proud of his Kansas City jazz heritage.

There's no doubt that much of Kansas City's creativity is embodied in its local music scene.

Friday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes the return of the Local Music Show​, during which our music experts Chris HaghirianBill Brownlee and Michael Byars will check out some of the best music - local and international - of 2012.

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the Boswell Sisters with our special guests Victor & Penny featuring Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling. To learn more about Erin we play “Who’s Got the Blues” and we all have a sugar low as we sing a parody to help deal the biggest bake sale in history.

Song List:

Good Morning Blues

I’ll Never Say Never Again

Object Of My Affection

Comes Love

I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A  Letter

If It Ain’t Love

Love Me Or Leave Me

Way Back Home

Tenor Nathan Granner has done his share of traditional work with the likes of the Lyric Opera here in Kansas City and as a member of The American Tenors trio.  

Top O' The World, MAW!

Nov 21, 2012

What do you get when three band wives get together with friends to make their own music?  Well, you get MAW, a Lawrence-based, all female string band with an attitude.

Opera superstar Joyce DiDonato won a Grammy this year for Best Classical Vocal Solo.

The Prairie Village native and mezzo-soprano was the star of a TV special titled "Homecoming" produced by Kansas City's KCPT and PBS Arts. The concert with the Kansas City Symphony at the newly-opened Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts was broadcast nationally, and now, she has a new disc out titled "Drama Queens," which she recorded in Italy in July.

Sterling Witt: Upside-Down And Backwards

Nov 13, 2012
Sterling Witt

A  man who plays his guitar upside-down and backwards.  Sounds difficult, but it's also beautiful.

Country Funk: 1969-1975

Nov 3, 2012

This week on Cyprus Avenue, slinking bass lines, brass section breakdowns, and pedal lap steel?  An aural expedition into the world of country funk music via a new compilation release from Light In The Attic Records.

Local Music Critics Pick KC's Best

Nov 2, 2012
Brody Buster Band

Looking for a new sound? Kansas City's musical veins are still pumping with melodies.

On Friday's Up to Date, local music critics Chris Haghirian, Bill Brownlee and Michael Byars will check out some of the latest tunes to come out of the area.

Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

Kansas City-based singer Deborah Brown says her new CD, All Too Soon, explores hidden gems of jazz songs.

On this week’s archive edition of 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Dizzy Gillespie with our special guest Stan Kessler.

The sounds of Count Basie and Charlie Parker are part of Kansas City’s musical identity.

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Cannonball Adderley with our special guest Kim Park.

Cannonball Adderley

In the second part of Thursday's Up to Date we take some time with jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany.

Live Music For A Living

Sep 12, 2012
Kansas City Star

If you spend any amount of time going to concerts or music shows in Kansas City, you’ve probably seen a tall, thin man with a shock of grey hair usually standing by himself, often near the back of the club.

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Jimmy Reed with our special guests, Grammy nominated Karrin Allyson and Sheila Bey.

Jimmy Reed

Reisig and Taylor

Jazz singer and pianist Karrin Allyson is in town this weekend to perform at the Prairie Village Jazz Festival.

For more than eighty years, the small two-story building at 1823 Highland Avenue has been the heart of Kansas City jazz. 

On this week’s archive edition of 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Pat Metheny with our special guest Danny Embrey.

Pat Metheny

 James "Yank" Rachell (March 16, 1910 – April 9, 1997) was an American country blues musician, dubbed an "elder statesman of the blues." - Wikipedia