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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.

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!

KIOS will honor Marian McPartland, jazz pianist and longtime host of NPR's Piano Jazz with a one-hour special edition of Piano Jazz Friday at 2:00PM. The program will re-air on Saturday at 7:00PM.

The tribute will be hosted by Marian's longtime friend Murray Horowitz and will feature Marian's compositions and collaborations with Sarah Vaughan, Karrin Allyson, Elvis Costello and many more.

Marian McPartland died on Tuesday at her home in Port Washington, N.Y. She was 95.

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.

Line-Up:

The Jimi You Never Knew

May 3, 2013

2-HOUR Jimi Hendrix Special:
"The Jimi You Never Knew"
Sunday May 5th at 7:00PM

For Jazz Appreciation Month, KIOS presents the SFJazz Center Opening Night Concert on Wednesday April 17th at 8:00PM. San Francisco has been a jazz hot spot for decades and now the city is home to the first stand-alone building built specifically for jazz. It's the new 700 seat SFJazz Center.

Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II, known as Donald Byrd, passed away February 4, 2013 at the age of eighty. Byrd was a superb trumpet player whose music spanned a period of some five deacdes. After playing with Lionel Hampton before finishing high school and service in the United States Air Force, Byrd completed his bachelor's degree in music at Wayne State University in 1954 and moved to New York in 1955 to get his master's at the Manhattan School of Music.

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