KIOS will once again air Toast of The Nation to ring in the New Year. The annual broadcast will begin New Year's Eve, December 31st at 8:00PM. An NPR tradition every New Year's 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. WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton anchors the show.
NPR Music brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Jazz Piano Christmas presents NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Geri Allen, and Taylor Eigsti and other artists who will perform their favorite holiday songs. Tune in for JAZZ PIANO CHRISTMAS XXIIIon Monday, December 24th at 8:00pm on KIOS,
Levon Helm Rambles Home: An Appreciation will air Sunday June 17th at 7:00PM. This one-hour special features music and commentary about the late musician Levon Helm, drummer for the seminal Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Band, and a revered solo artist. Helm died on April 19th at the age of 71 from a recurrence of throat cancer. The program features Helms vocals and drumming with The Band, as well as some of his post-Band performances with special attention given to his Midnight Ramble concerts held in recent years at his home in Woodstock, NY.
KIOS will air a special to usher in Jazz Appreciation Month in April. The Art of the Jazz Solo can be heard Friday April 6th at 2:00PM. The one-hour program is part of a series from Interlochen Public Radio in Michigan called The New Jazz Archive hosted by Jeff Haas.
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.
Tune in January 2nd at 2:00PM for a one-hour special, "Ray Charles: Singular Genius". You'll hear music from the new box set "Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles" including such hits as "I Can't Stop Loving You", "Hit The Road Jack" and "Georgia". The program also includes interviews with Charles and with music historian Billy Vera, guitarist George Benson , Concord Records President Richard Burke and Chicago radio personality Herb Kent. They reflect on the music and career of the music icon as well as his approach to life.