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.
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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.)
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!
Jazz legend George Duke, a visionary keyboardist, producer, composer and arranger, died in Los Angeles on Monday. He was 67.
In a career spanning nearly 50 years, the Grammy-winning artist collaborated with Don Ellis, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Anita Baker, and many others.
As a child, George Duke watched a performance by Duke Ellington that inspired a his own trajectory as world-renowned keyboard artist. He released more than 40 albums and was a successful producer and bandleader, hitting gold with a megahit 1977 record, Reach For It .
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.