Jazz Junction

Saturdays, 8pm - 11pm
  • Hosted by with Rick Erben

Welcome to the Jazz Junction on KIOS-FM.

This is your Saturday nighttime host who has been broadcasting the inspired sounds of  jazz music for twenty three years now at KIOS-FM. And so it is between eight and eleven pm when we turn up the burners in the jazz kitchen and begin cooking a batch of sounds aimed at your musical sensitivities. The general idea is to embrace a wide expanse of recorded music from classic sessions in jazz through the wealth of recent releases. Thus you will hear music from the great names in this music as well as from the exciting aritsts comprising today's virile jazz scene. We try to provide a diverse mix of music with straight-ahead and Afro-Latin beats; cookers and ballads; and groups from small combos to big bands in a variety of instrumental and vocal settings. From time to time you'll hear music that has never been issued since the original LP as we spin some vinyl. And that's Our Thing at the Jazz Junction. I invite you to tune-in and savor the sounds as well roll down the jazz tracks every Saturday night beginning at 8pm.


 

This new release from vocalist and pianist Eliane Elias marks the first time she has recorded in her native Brazil since 1981. Incorporating music from three generations of Brazilian composers, Elias has rendered a beautiful album that epitomizes that exquisite quality of Brazilian music to blend the melancholy and the uplifting with beats that soothe the soul.

Jazz Junction Review: DOUG WEBB - TRIPLE PLAY - Positone Records

One can depend upon Mary Stallings to deliver a good album and yet with “Feelin' Good” she has recorded a quintessential jazz vocal outing. This release embodies all of the qualities that comprise a superior session. It's an album so steeped in jazz tradition and delivered with such consummate ease and style as to be irresistible.

Guitarist Dave Stryker has been reliably delivering solid recordings for over two decades. With a wonderful tone, impressive chops and a knack for combining stimulating improvisation with accessible compositions, Stryker's music lures the listener with impeccable good vibes. In his latest release among some 30 as leader or co-leader, Stryker pays his respects to a former employer and, no surprise, an individual whose own style embraced the very qualities displayed on this album, Stanley Turrentine.

Bob Parlocha, host of the WFMT Radio Network’s Jazz Network, passed away unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, March 15th.  Parlocha died of a heart attack and had been rehabilitating from an illness over the past year. He was 76. Bob Parlocha was based in the Bay Area and was the first and only host of the Jazz Network, a program heard daily on stations throughout the United States. He was also a tenor and soprano saxophone player.

Spiritman, the latest release ​from trombonist and Omaha native Steve Turre, is the latest in along line of recordings that puts Turre's masterful skills as a player, bandleader and composer on full display. It covers the gamut from hard bop to ballads, to blues and funk.

Trombonist David Gibson delivers a solid post-bop session that adds further affirmation to the vibrancy of the current jazz scene on his sixth release as a leader. This is no-nonsense, straight ahead music in a program of mostly original compositions. The instrumental setting is a quintet with the fine trumpet player Josh Evans and rhythm section comprised of Theo Hill playing piano, Alex Claffy at the bass and Kush Abadey at the drums.

Pianist Tim Olsen's “Creature of Habit” is a beautifully rendered collection of highly attractive compositions from Olsen, performed in either quintet or sextet settings. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from Yale University and is currently Associate Professor of Music at Union College in Schenectady, NY as well as Director of Music and Organist at St. George's Episcopal Church in Clifton Park, NY. He performs in concerts and clubs with a band that varies in size from a quartet to an 18-piece big band. This is his very convincing debut recording.

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