Music

Hometown Jazz With Karrin Allyson

Sep 16, 2013
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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.

Guest:

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

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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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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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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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.

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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For the past decade, blues singer and bassist Cassie Taylor has made her home on the road. At age sixteen, she started touring with her father, bluesman Otis Taylor, and she started her own solo career a few years after that.

While Taylor has no plans to slow down, the 26-year-old veteran is settling down a bit. She was recently married and moved to the Kansas City area. Some of the true-life stories of the blues life and love lost and found are the subjects of her new CD, called Out of My Mind.

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

Spotify: T Bone Walker

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

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

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

Spotify:
Irving Berlin

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the music of Jeff Hamilton with our special guest, the man himself, Jeff Hamilton. We find out what gives Jeff the blues and learn a whole lot more with a game of “So, What’s Your Question”.

Song List:
Gravy Waltz
I Love Being Here With You
Little Rootie Tootie
Bye Ya
Whisper Not
Poinciana
But Not For Me

Spotify Link:
Jeff Hamilton

On this week’s archive edition of 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Charles Mingus with our special guest Steve Lambert. Our own psychologist, Dr. Pearl, helps Anne Romney with her hubby and then Serena’s School for Scat helps makes sense of the senseless.

Song List: Living Without You Reincarnation of a Lovebird Love For Sale Fables of Faubus Remember Rockefeller at Attica Nostalgia in Times Square

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This weekend marks the release of Country Singles, the first full-length album for The Grisly Hand. The band played their first shows in Kansas City about four years ago and mixes country, soul, blues, folk, rock and pop.

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Herbie Mann with our special guests, Rob Scheps and Jerry Dodgion. Our resident psychologist, Dr. Pearl helps the President and a parody about spring allergies gets messy.

Song List:
Memphis Underground
Bird of Beauty
Pink Panther
Theme Hatari
The Days of Wine and Roses
Dreamsville
Comin’ Home Baby

On this week’s archive edition of 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Freddie Hubbard with our special guest Stan Kessler. The gang checks in with Dr. Pearl as she takes a direct call from George W and we preview the new Jazzmark cards to celebrate Jazz Month.

Song list:
52nd & Broadway
Upjump Spring
Stolen Moments
Skydive
Bolivia
Birdlike

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the music of Joe Sample with our special guest, the man himself, Joe Sample. We find out what gives Joe the blues and learn a whole lot more with a game of “So, What’s Your Question”.

Song List:
One Day I’ll Fly Away
Put It Where You Want It
Nica’s Dream
Soul Shadows
It Happens Everyday
Street Life

On this week’s archive edition of 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Thad Jones with our special guest, Stan Kessler. We find out what gives Stan Kessler the blues and then Serena’s School For Scat helps clear up political jargon.

Song List:
Unchain My Heart
Three In One
A Child Is Born
Scrapple From The Apple
Whisper Not
Like Someone In Love
Jive Samba

Misogyny in Hip-Hop Culture

Mar 26, 2013

It seems that nowadays, anytime you hear a hip-hop song the lyrics are full of negative and insulting messages. Whether these comments are racist, misogynistic, or just downright disrespectful it's easy to associate the entire hip-hop culture with these words of hate. On this Central Standard, we look specifically at misogyny in hip-hop music.


Jazzing It Up In KC

Mar 25, 2013

Musician Joe Sample has made his life about all that jazz.

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the music of Randy Brecker with Randy himself. A game of “So, What’s Your Question” and a parody about Randy’s blues, reveals even more about this jazz great.

Song List:
Red Top
All Or Nothing At All
Just Friends
Cherokee
Musician’s Ol Lady Blues
Someday My Prince Will Come
Blues Walk

On this week’s archive edition of 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Nat King Cole with our special guest Lonnie McFadden. The gang checks in with Dr. Pearl as she helps Sarah Palin & Rush Limbaugh, but that won’t stop a parody about “All That Trash”.
Song list:
Poinciana
Unforgettable
All That Jazz
L. O. V. E.
Smile
Route 66

This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Wes Montgomery with our special guest, Danny Embry. The Dr. Pearl appointment helps Angelina Jolie and Serena’s School for Scat explains the rise of gas prices.

Song List:
Janine
Gone With the Wind
You’re Everything
If You Could See Me Now
Con Alma
Dearly Beloved

The MidCoast Takeover is a concert of local talent at Austin’s South by Southwest music festival to take place next weekend.  It’s generating a lot of local excitement as the festival is quickly approaching and the local bands are preparing. The MidCoast Takover is organized with the help of The Midwest Music Foundation a local organization that support local musicians.  We're in conversation with Sondra Freemans of the Midwest Music Foundation to talk the ways the MidCoast Takeover supports local musicians and hear some of the local bands she's most excited to be heard in Austin.

Local Music Critics Pick KC's Best

Feb 28, 2013
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Do you like to rock it out with an indie band… or sit back and absorb some Turkish jazz?

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.

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