Mike Jacobs

Music Director

Mike Jacobs has been with KIOS since 1988 while attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Mike began his career at KIOS working weekends acting as local host for NPR’s Weekend Edition. He also hosted Morning Edition from 1990-1996. Mike began hosting the weekly blues program “Blues in the Afternoon” in October 1994 and took on the responsibilities of jazz programming and maintaining the music library in 1996. He has held the position of Music Director since 2002. In addition to hosting “Jazz in the Afternoon” on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Mike also helps with assembling music for “Jazz From Studio One” hosted by the advanced radio students at the Omaha Public Schools Career Center. Mike is an Omaha native and graduated from Technical High School in 1984.

Email address:mike.jacobs@ops.org

Jazz From Studio One returns in 2014 with more great jazz music, produced by the students of the Omaha Public Schools radio broadcasting program.

The New Year starts with:

January 9: Best Jazz of 1964  Some of the notable jazz recordings of 1964 featuring George Benson, Sarah Vaughan, Dave Brubeck, McCoy Tyner and more.

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An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since 1979, Toast of the Nation is perfect for the occasion. It's jazz you can party to, all night from coast to coast,with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations and contributing something new to the musical feast. Toast of the Nation is co-produced by WBGO FM in Newark, New Jersey and NPR Music.

Jazz Piano Christmas

Dec 19, 2013

KIOS will present "Jazz Piano Christmas" on Monday, December 23rd at 8:00pm.

This program, produced by NPR Music,  brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Artists Andy Bey,Stanley Cowell, Sullivan Fortner, Michelle Rosewoman and others will perform their favorite holiday songs.

The James Hunter Six / Minute By Minute / Fantasy
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite / Get Up! / Stax
Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters / Just For Today / Stony Plain
James Cotton / Cotton Mouth Man / Alligator
Dayna Kurtz / Secret Canon Vol. 2 / M.C.
Candye Kane / Coming Out Swingin' / Vizztone
Roomful of Blues / 45 Live / Alligator
Valerie June / Pushin' Against A Stone / Concord
Shawn Holt & The Teardrops / Daddy Told Me / Blind Pig
Guy Davis / Juba Dance / M.C.
Jim Allchin / Q.E.D. / Self Release

Shelly Yoellin's Jazz Workshop Septet / Secret Steps / Blujazz
Pablo Masis / Intrinsic / Self Release
Minho Hazama / Journey To Journey / Sunnyside
Giacomo Gates / Miles Tones / Savant
Eliane Elias / I Thought About You / Concord
Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece / Top Shelf / Posi Tone
Etienne Charles / Creole Soul / Culture Shock
Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express / Expectativas / Mavo
Janis Siegal / Nightsongs / Palmetto
Diego Rivera / The Contender / D Clef

DECEMBER 5th: JAZZ OF 2013 PART 1                        
Some of the notable jazz recordings of 2013 are presented including music from Dick Reynolds, Phil Woods and Mary Stallings.
                       

DECEMBER 19:  JAZZ OF 2013 PART 2                          
The second installment of our year-in-review series with music from Eliane Elias, Geoffrey Keezer and Freddy Cole.

KIOS airs Lou's Legacy: A Lou Reed Appreciation Sunday night at 7:00pm.

Rock icon Lou Reed died earlier this week at age 71. His work as a member of the Velvet Underground and his years as a solo artist inspired generations of fans and musicians alike. To honor Reed, KIOS will air the two-hour special  Lou's Legacy: A Lou Reed Appreciation Sunday night at 7:00 .

NOVEMBER 7:  JAZZ FROM 1963
Miles Davis , Thelonious Monk and Donald Byrd are among the artists presented in this hour of jazz highlights from fifty years ago.
                       

NOVEMBER 21: CLASSIC BLUE NOTE SESSIONS
Music from John Coltrane, Hank Mobley and Horace Silver will be heard in this program featuring classic sessions at Blue Note Records.
                         

On Sunday September 29th at 7:00PM KIOS will present The Band Radio Special. An in-depth look at one of rock music's most influential groups.

From their roots in rockabilly as the backing band for legend Ronnie Hawkins, to their years playing with Bob Dylan and their own rise to fame, The Band is one of the most celebrated and iconic groups of their time.

KIOS airs a two-hour highlights show of the 2013  Newport Jazz Festival at 8:00PM Thursday September 5th. The program is produced by WBGO and hosted by Josh Jackson. The show includes a performance by Wayne Shorter with Herbie Hancock celebrating Shorter's 80th birthday. Also in the lineup are the Rez Abbasi Trio, Gregory Porter, Terence Blanchard, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Joshua Redman and the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra.(Photo Credit: Adam Kissick for NPR.)

 

For the 11th consecutive year KIOS will air highlights of the Detroit Jazz Festival prior to Labor Day Weekend.  Highlights of  the 2012 gathering will air on the afternoons of Thursday August 29th and Friday August 30th at 2:00PM. The programs are hosted by Ed Love of WDET and Linda Yohn of WEMU.

The artist lineup includes Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Poncho Sanchez, Fred Hersch, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many more!

KIOS will honor Marian McPartland, jazz pianist and longtime host of NPR's Piano Jazz with a one-hour special edition of Piano Jazz Friday at 2:00PM. The program will re-air on Saturday at 7:00PM.

The tribute will be hosted by Marian's longtime friend Murray Horowitz and will feature Marian's compositions and collaborations with Sarah Vaughan, Karrin Allyson, Elvis Costello and many more.

Marian McPartland died on Tuesday at her home in Port Washington, N.Y. She was 95.

A new release by a Chicago-based outfit headed by tenor saxophonist
Shelly Yoelin is an intoxicating mix of straight ahead bop, ballads and Latin
sounds. Five of the seven members provide material.The highlights include
Diddley Dance, the Bo Diddley beat would be right at home in New Orleans.
Beautiful Sweetheart, composed by pianist Bobby Schiff is a lovely ballad
dedicated to his wife Natasha. Eastern Fun incorporates Klezmer music into
the mix. One of the highlights of the year so far.

The hottest ticket this summer will be the Playing with Fire Concert Series in celebration of it's 10th anniversary of providing free music to area residents and visitors of all ages.

The concerts take place at Lewis & Clark Landing on Omaha's Riverfront with gates opening at 5pm Friday and 4pm Saturday.

Admission is free but free will donations will be accepted at the gate,with portions of the proceeds donated to the Food Bank of the Heartland and American Parkinson Disease Foundation/ Nebraska Chapter.

Line-Up:

The new release from bassist and bandleader McBride is a straight-ahead affair with an acoustic group consisting of Steve Wilson on alto sax, Warren Wolf on vibes , Peter Martin on six of the eight tracks on piano with Christian Sands on the others. Carl Allen handles the drum duties on most of the session and Ulysses Owens Jr. filling in on two tracks.

For Jazz Appreciation Month, KIOS presents the SFJazz Center Opening Night Concert on Wednesday April 17th at 8:00PM. San Francisco has been a jazz hot spot for decades and now the city is home to the first stand-alone building built specifically for jazz. It's the new 700 seat SFJazz Center.

KIOS will once again air Toast of The Nation to ring in the New Year. The annual broadcast will begin New Year's Eve, December 31st at  8:00PM. An NPR tradition every New Year's since 1979, Toast of the Nation is perfect for the occasion. It's jazz you can party to, all night from coast to coast, with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones.Spirited, improvised, grooving, and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations and contributing something new to the musical feast. WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton anchors the show.

Artist / CD Title / Record Label

Bob Mintzer Big Band / For The Moment / MCG
Bobby Broom / Upper West Side Story / Origin
Stacey Kent / Dreamer In Concert / Blue Note
Jimmy Owens / The Monk Project / IPO
Frank Basile / Modern Inventions / Independent
Bruce Barth / Three Things Of Beauty / Savant
Cassandra Wilson / Another Country / EOne
Corey Weeds / Up A Step / Cellar Live
Lewis Nash Quintet / The Higher Mountain / Cellar Live
Laverne Butler / Love Lost And Found Again / Highnote

KIOS will air the final show in the 2012 Jazz Heritage Series on Friday December 7th at 2:00PM.

Once again this year The Blues Society of Omaha is sponsoring a
show that will benefit the annual toy drive for the children of the Pine
Ridge Reservation. The concert is Sunday December 2nd at the 21st Saloon
located at 4727 South 96th Plaza just south of L Street. Music starts at 3:00PM
and will feature Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, The Loose
Brothers and Christy Rossiter & 122 North Duck. Local musician Lash LaRue
is in his tenth year of hosting events to raise funds and awareness of conditions in

Tommy Castro joins the previously announced lineup for the October 12th Playing with Fire Fundraiser Concert at Slowdown. The October show is the first in a series of fundraiser concerts supporting the FREE Playing with Fire Summer Concert held each year on the Lewis & Clark Landing along Omaha’s Riverfront. The series kicks off on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 7:30PM featuring Curtis Salgado, Joe Louis Walker,Tommy Castro and the Painkillers.

Our CD of the Month for September is by baritone saxophonist Frank Basile. It's called Modern Inventions, released independently by Frank. He is a native of Omaha who has been active in the New York jazz scene for several years now. His talent shined earlier this year on a recording by the Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Ensemble recorded live at Dizzy's Club Coca- Cola in New York. He is joined on this project by Fabien Mary on  trumpet; Alex Hoffman on tenor saxophone; Ehud Asherie on piano; David Wong on bass and Pete Van Nostrand on drums.

KIOS will air the two-hour special The Best of the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival on Friday August 31st at 8:00PM. Join us for another spectacular showcase of some of the world's finest jazz musicians as they perform at one of the largest jazz festivals in the U.S.  Among the highlights are performances by Paquito D' Rivera, Joe Lovano, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and Helen Sung. The program is hosted by Ed Love of WDET and Linda Yohn of WEMU.

NPR Music will hit the road again this year and head north to Newport, R.I. with a live broadcast and webcast from the Newport Folk Festival, July 27-29. The coverage begins with a live webcast of Wilco on Friday July 27th. It'll also include opening sets from Megafaun and Blitzen.

KIOS presents The Emergence of Bonnie Raitt: In The Slipstream on Sunday July 15th at 5:00PM. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and multiple Grammy-Award winner Bonnie Raitt is emerging from a 7 year studio layoff with a new record and tour. It's an opportune time to hear about her new music (Slipstream, released on April 10) and revisit her remarkable career and personal story. This two-hour special includes interviews with Bonnie as well as friends and colleagues like Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Bill Payne, Maia Sharp, Freebo plus NPR music critic Ann Powers.

Levon Helm Rambles Home: An Appreciation will air Sunday June 17th at 7:00PM. This one-hour special features music and commentary about the late musician Levon Helm, drummer for the seminal Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Band, and a revered solo artist. Helm died on April 19th at the age of 71 from a recurrence of throat cancer. The program features Helms vocals and drumming with The Band, as well as some of his post-Band performances with special attention given to his Midnight Ramble concerts held in recent years at his home in Woodstock, NY.

The latest offering from Michael Benedict and Bopitude, Five and One, is a hard bop delight filled with classic tunes and some forgotten gems by some of the greats of the post war bop scene. Drummer Benedict is joined by special guest baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan, Chis Pasin on trumpet and flugelhorn, Brian Patneaude on tenor, pianist  Bruce Barth and bassist Mike Lawrence. The band offers fresh interpretations of such classics as Nat Adderley's Work Song and Miles Davis' Compulsion. There are a few non-bop tunes in the set as well.

Once again this year KIOS will air highlights from the UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival.
The one-hour 2012 edition will air Thursday March 29 at 8:00PM. The festival took place on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and featured a wide array of high school jazz bands ranging from small combos to big bands. On this years' broadcast you'll hear performances by Omaha Central, Omaha Burke, Westside, Papillion-LaVista, Millard North,Thomas Jefferson, Kearney, Lewis Central and Bloomington North High School, all the way from Bloomington, Indiana.

Mike Jacobs interviews jazz pianist and composer Paul Serrato about his career and his new release, "Alternations: Solo and Collective Expressions".  

(apologies for the sound quality of the second half of  the interview  -MH)

Artist / CD Title / Record Label
Giacomo Gates / The Revolution Will Be Jazz / Savant
Jessica Williams / Freedom Trane / Origin Records
Kurt Elling / The Gate / Concord Jazz
Bobby Sanabria / Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!! / Jazzheads
Orrin Evans / Captain Black Big Band / Posi-Tone
Westchester Jazz Orch. / Maiden Voyage Suite / WJO
Tom Harrell / The Time Of The Sun / HighNote
Arturo O'Farrill / 40 Acres And A Burro / Zoho
Judy Wexler / Under A Painted Sky / Jazzed Media
One For All / Invades Vancouver / Cellar Live

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