KIOS celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month, a national celebration sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute to help raise awareness of this great American art form. The objective, is to draw greater attention to jazz by encouraging musicians, concert halls, schools, colleges, libraries and public broadcasters to offer special programs on jazz every April. You can learn more about Jazz Appreciation Month at www.smithsonianjazz.org
Experimental percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani performs at the Bemis Center Saturday, April 7th.
Joel Damon, Underground Curator, says Nakatani plays a traditional gong with a bow. He says it creates an atmospheric sound that can be felt and experienced on multiple levels.
Damon says Nakatani also plays singing bowls, and uses cymbals in new ways. He says the Bemis is always interested in performers and artists who may not fit comfortably within traditional concert venues.
Once again this year KIOS will air highlights from the UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival. The one-hour 2012 edition will air Thursday March 29 at 8:00PM. The festival took place on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and featured a wide array of high school jazz bands ranging from small combos to big bands. On this years' broadcast you'll hear performances by Omaha Central, Omaha Burke, Westside, Papillion-LaVista, Millard North,Thomas Jefferson, Kearney, Lewis Central and Bloomington North High School, all the way from Bloomington, Indiana.
The proof, as they say, is in the pudding; and trombonist Steve Turre's new release “Woody's Delight” is a rich and highly palatable blend of straight ahead, relaxed and Latin sounds enhanced by an array of talented musicians augmenting the leader's consistently engaging compositional skills and playing. It's a marvelously diverse session and our CD of the month.
The Liverpool Legends will perform at Morton Magnet Middle School tonight at 7:00.
The group is comprised of musicians specially picked by Beatle George Harrison’s sister, Louise.
Dan Mattran, Instrumental Music Director at Morton Magnet, says the concert will offer a complete Beatles experience with music that spans the Fab Four’s entire career. He says the performance will feature Morton’s chorus and band on selected songs.
Ornette Coleman's emergence in 1958 on Contemporary Records album Something Else!!! was the dawn of a career which would present a revolutionary new approach to playing jazz music and influence countless forward- looking jazz artists. Recorded February 10, 22 and March 24, 1958, in Los Angeles, this recording was the first of two albums made for Les Koenig's influential West Coast label. It is without doubt an essential recording to have in a jazz library. Last Call will feature music from this recording this month.
Sure to warm up even the coldest of winter nights, the latest disc by Frank Macchia is a pleasure. Swamp Thang presents a band of the same name lead by Grammy Nominated Compser Macchia. Wild groove music with crazy chromatic melodies come together with a dose of Cajun and a dash of humor. The Swamp Thang band, led by Frank Macchia on saxophone, features John Rosenberg on piano, organ and keyboards, Ken Rosser and Eric Jensen on electric guitars, Tom Lockett on electric bass and Frank Briggs on drums and percussion.
Another one of those live recordings that lets you feel that you are there. Further Explorations is a 2 CD celebration of the music of Bill Evans with two of the former band mates of Evans on stage. There's Eddie Gomez, the legendary bassist who was with the Bill Evans trio for eleven years, 1966-1977. Paul Motian is also on the stage, one of the most influential jazz drummers of the last 50 years who was with Evans from 1959 through 1964 . Chick Corea, one of the most dynamic and creative pianists in all of jazz since Evans, joins Gomez and Motian.
Artist / CD Title / Record Label Giacomo Gates / The Revolution Will Be Jazz / Savant Jessica Williams / Freedom Trane / Origin Records Kurt Elling / The Gate / Concord Jazz Bobby Sanabria / Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!! / Jazzheads Orrin Evans / Captain Black Big Band / Posi-Tone Westchester Jazz Orch. / Maiden Voyage Suite / WJO Tom Harrell / The Time Of The Sun / HighNote Arturo O'Farrill / 40 Acres And A Burro / Zoho Judy Wexler / Under A Painted Sky / Jazzed Media One For All / Invades Vancouver / Cellar Live
Artist / CD Title / Record Label Kurt Elling / The Gate / Concord Jazz Bobby Sanabria & Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra / Tito Puente Masterworks Live !!! / Jazzheads Ambrose Akinmusire / When The Heart Emerges Glistening / Blue Note Giacomo Gates / The Revolution Will Be Jazz / Savant Jessica Williams / Freedom Trane / Origin Records One For All / Invades Vancouver / Cellar Live Johnny Mandel / The Man and His Music / Arbors Music Pat Martino / Undeniable / High Note