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NPR's Toast of the Nation 2014/2015 airs 8:00PM Dec 31 - 4:00AM Jan 1 on KIOS-FM

A Jazz Piano Christmas

Dec 22, 2014

A Jazz Piano Christmas airs Tuesday, December 23 at 8:00pm on KIOS.

An Afro Blue Christmas

Dec 22, 2014

An Afro Blue Christmas  will air Monday, December 22 at 8:00pm on KIOS.

NPR Music's Alt.Latino presents it's 3rd edition of Festivo Alt.Latino -- a special holiday concert featuring the 20 piece choral ensemble Choral Cantigas.

December 4: Best Jazz of 2014 Part 1
                         The first of two shows looking back at some of the
                         finest jazz releases from 2014. Joshua Breakstone,
                         Matt Wilson, and Catherine Russell are a few of the
                         artists on tonight's show.

Once again KIOS will air the United Stats Air Force Band's Jazz Heritage Series which will feature special guests. This year we will air the series on three consecutive days over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The first show on Wednesday November 26th will feature jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini. On Thanksgiving day, renowned trombonist Andy Martin will be featured. And on Friday, it's vibraphonist Joe Locke. All will be backed by the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force, The Airmen of Note.

Hosted by advanced radio broadcasting students at the OPS Career Center, the program focuses on a theme each week and presents jazz recordings from the vast library of KIOS-FM.

This months shows:

November 6: The Sound of Jazz 1964: A program of jazz from 50 years ago including tracks from George Benson, Sarah Vaughan and Miles Davis

November 20: Jazz Vocalists:  An hour of vocalists from legendary performers like
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong to today's outstanding talent such as Kurt Elling and Angela Hagenbach

 

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KIOS will air a one-hour documentary Sunday night, November 2  at 7:00PM which
chronicles the recordings made by Bob Dylan and The Band in 1967 that
became known as "The Basement Tapes". The program will feature the
music and stories behind one of the most significant moments in pop
culture in the last 50 years.

Herbie Hancock is looking back at a legendary career in jazz.

For decades, he has been one of the most influential figures in jazz music. As a pianist and later keyboardist, he has made important contributions to the genre.

The new memoir, "Possibilities", explores the jazz pianist's work as a sideman with the Miles Davis Quintet in the 1960s. Also covered is the legendary Mwandishi Sextet and Hancock's chart-topping mid 70s jazz-funk recordings, in addition to his Buddhist spiritual practice.

Jazz Night In America

Oct 20, 2014

Jazz Night In America, a new program from NPR Music, is now airing on Friday nights on KIOS at 8pm.

Hosted by veteran jazz bassist Christian McBride, this new program utilizes a number of media platforms to present live jazz concerts in a new and innovative way. There will be streaming video of the concerts available online and chat rooms available for fans to interact with musicians. The concerts will take place at a number of venues including Lincoln Center in New York, and at jazz festivals. 

Remembering Joe Sample

Oct 7, 2014

Joe Sample, legendary pianist and member of the jazz super group the Crusaders, passed away in September. He was 75. Sample died in his hometown of Houston, Texas on September 12 due to complications from lung cancer.

ARTIST / CD TITLE / RECORD LABEL
1.JOHNNY WINTER / STEP BACK / MEGAFORCE
2.MARCIA BALL / THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN / ALLIGATOR
3.MISSISSIPPI HEAT / WARNING SHOT / DELMARK
4.ROB STONE / GOTTA KEEP ROLLIN' / MARQUEE
5.GRADY CHAMPION / BOOTLEG WHISKEY / MALACO
6.ELVIN BISHOP / CAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT / ALLIGATOR
7.BIG HARP GEORGE / CHROMATICISM / BLUES MOUNTAIN
8.MISSY ANDERSEN / IN THE MOMENT / MAIN SQUEEZE
9.ETTA BRITT / ETTA DOES DELBERT / BRITTUNES
10.JP SOARS / FULL MOON NIGHT IN MEMPHIS / SOARS HIGH

We begin with the KIOS Jazz CD of the month:

ORRIN EVANS – LIBERATION BLUES – Smoke Sessions Records SSR-1409
 

As a listener I appreciate an album that catches my attention through stimulating composition, improvisation and that spark that transpires between musicians during a good session. It is also pleasing when a CD's capacity is utilized to offer over seventy minutes of solid music that takes one unexpected places, both inside and outside the pocket. Pianist Orrin Evans' new release “Liberation Blues”embraces these qualities in stimulating fashion.

KIOS BLUES CHART AUGUST 2014

Sep 1, 2014

KIOS BLUES CHART
AUGUST  2014

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One of the most influential and popular of jazz artists, Horace Silver, passed away on June 18 at the age of 85. Born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silver in Norwalk, CT in 1928, his father was an immigrant from the Cape Verde Islands. The creole rhythms from these islands were to have profound impact upon Silver's music and his successful career. 

Playing With Fire, Omaha’s sizzling, free summer concert tradition, will take place this year at an  expansive, new venue: seven-acre Turner Park with its iconic Pavilion and permanent stage. A free concert experience, open to the public, Playing with Fire’s 2014 schedule will play out over the course of two Thursday nights: June 26 and July 3, starting at 5:30 p.m.

June 26:
Opening act: Hector Anchondo
Supporting act: Ben Poole
Headliner: Jonas & the Massive Attraction

Roy Orbison cared about two things in life more than anything else-music and family. Often, those two combined, but Roy's sons never got the chance to share the stage with their dad. They did find a tape of a song that Roy never finished, and as a family Roy's boys completed it as his backup band.

Legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter will visit Omaha in April. He will perform at 7:30pm on April 2 at the Holland Performing Arts Center. 

The celebrated saxophonist, composer, bandleader and sideman in the Miles Davis 1960s quintet will bring his own quartet of pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade to Omaha.

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.

The Beatles In America - 1964

Jan 28, 2014

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.

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.

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

Introducing Gordon Spencer

Oct 1, 2013

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.

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