Music

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

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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

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
Alex Smith / KCUR

 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.

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