MARCH 6th: WOMEN IN JAZZ FOR WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH We celebrate Women's History Month with an hour of music from some of the top women in jazz today. Cheryl Bentyne, Rene Marie and Gretchen Parlato are a few of the great artists on tonight's program.
MARCH 20th: ALTO SAXOPHONISTS Charlie Parker, Jackie McLean and Cannonball Adderley will be featured in this hour of music from some of the great alto saxophonists from yesteryear and some of the fine players on today's scene such as Gilad Edelman and Kenny Garrett.
When The Beatles arrived in the United States in February 1964, no one could have anticipated the tremendous impact the band would have on the development of American popular music and pop culture. The Beatles in America - 1964 takes listeners back to when The Beatles and America first got to know one another. This lively two-hour documentary features rarely heard archival audio, concert recordings, and new interviews with fans and reporters who were swept into The Beatles frenzy.
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.
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.
Last Call remembers legendary avant-garde drummer and composer Ronald Shannon Jackson. He died in October at the age of 73.
One of the finest drummers to emerge in the last 50 years, Jackson was a native of Fort Worth, Texas. Jackson played drums in his high school marching band and sang a soloist in the school choir. While at Lincoln University, Jackson gained invaluable experience working with Lester Bowie, Oliver Nelson and John Hicks.
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
Veteran radio personality Gordon Spencer will present Friday's Jazz in the Afternoon on KIOS starting October 18. Spencer has been hosting jazz radio broadcasts continuously since 1976.
From childhood on Gordon Spencer’s life has been full of music. He was in the audience during Philadelphia Orchestra Children’s Concerts, his father up there on stage playing viola. At home little Gordon delighted in recordings of Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Ravel, Debussy. And was baby-sat while his father played Mozart and Haydn string quartets with friends.
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.)