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.


KIOS will once again air the Jazz Heritage Series of concerts produced by the United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note featuring special guests. The shows will air on consecutive Fridays at 2:00PM.

The three week series begins July 3rd with special guest trumpeter Bobby Shew.

Saxophonist Vincent Herring's new release “Night and Day” is a refreshing, upbeat album showcasing a tight and lively band that approaches each selection with an eagerness to swing. Herring is primarily (and exclusively on this date) an alto saxophone player who also picks up the soprano and tenor saxophones on occasion. He first gained prominence while playing in Nat Adderley's group where his Cannonball Adderley influenced sound fit right into the mold.

When the pure, unadulterated real thing comes along it makes one's ears perk up. “Rigamaroll”, tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi's latest release, is a stimulating, straight-ahead session comprised of his original compositions that are framework for boundary-pushing improvisation from a stellar group. The leader's clean, confident tenor sound is embellished by Phil Grenadier's burnished trumpet playing, Bruce Barth's edgy piano work and solid support from bassist Dave Santoro and drummer Andrea Michelutti.

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.