Jazz Under the Stars

Special Memorial Day Broadcast

Experience the 2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival

KCCK will bring you all of the 2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival Main Stage performances plus our exclusive, behind-the-scenes backstage interviews with the major artists during our special Memorial Day encore broadcast Monday, May 25, from 9 a.m. - Midnight. Enjoy 11 different bands during 15 hours of non-stop coverage from all three days of last year's festival recorded over the July 4 weekend. Hear several of today's top international jazz artists, some outstanding local players, plus many of the area's best high school jazz musicians. Our line-up features United Jazz Ensemble, the Jared Gold Trio, The Pedrito Martinez Group, North Corridor All-Star Jazz Band, Nordic Connect with Ingrid Jensen, Etienne Charles Creole Soul, Joe Lovano Us Five, The Commons Collective, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, Anat Cohen Quartet, and Tom Harrell Colors of a Dream with Esperanza Spalding. Wherever you happen to be on Memorial Day, you can listen with our IOS and Android apps.

Jazz Under the Stars 2015 Lineup Announced

Concerts to be held at Noelridge Park, McGrath Amphitheatre.

KCCK will present Jazz Under The Stars for the 28th year this August. The first three concerts will be held at the traditional Noelridge Park location. Like last year, the final performance will take place at the McGrath Amphitheatre in downtown Cedar Rapids.

  • August 6 - Dan Moore
  • August 13 - Local on the 8s (and KCCK's CD Sale)
  • August 20 - The Beaker Brothers
  • August 27 - Shade of Blue at McGrath Amphitheatre

Concerts start at 7 p.m.

First Friday Jazz June 5

Live from the Opus Concert Cafe

The Opus Concert Cafe, located next to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids, continues its jazz series June 5 with the Steve Charlson Group. The First Friday Jazz Series features an eclectic mix of jazz, Latin and contemporary music the first Friday of every month. Doors at Opus open at 4:30 p.m. with live music from 5-7 p.m. Admission is $12. If you can't be there in person, the first set of each performance of the series is broadcast live on KCCK. The Opus Concert Cafe is operated by Orchestra Iowa.

An Evening with Miguel Cuni, Jr. July 18

Cuban Music to be Performed at Opus Concert Cafe

KCCK and the Friends of KCCK's Cuba Travel Adventures present an evening of music, Cuban food and a short documentary film Saturday, July 18, at 7 p.m. at the Opus Concert Cafe, 119 3rd Avene SE, Cedar Rapids. Enjoy Cuban cuisine and mojitos by the Lost Cuban and sweets by Jill Jones. Music by Latin duo Calle Sur. Cuni will preview his short documentary film about the 65th anniverasary of his multigenration band, Conjunto Chappotin. To round out the evening, the salsa band Latin Fiesta will join Miguel in a performance sampler of traditional Cuban son music. Reserve tickets.

KCCK Wins IBNA Award

Clean Up Your Act Cited

KCCK's Clean Up Your Act took third place in the Iowa Broadcast News Association's 2014 News Awards Contest in the In-Depth/Series category for expanded reports or series that provide background and understanding of a specific news event or issue. The award was announced at IBNA's 2015 convention in Johnston April 18. Produced by George Dorman since 1991, Clean Up Your Act highlights the need for energy conservation and other environmental issues. It airs weekdays at 6:35 a.m. and 3:35 p.m., Saturday at 9:20 a.m. and Sunday at 8:20 a.m. It's the fourth year in a row that Clean Up Your Act has been honored by IBNA...winning first place the previous three years. Listen to Clean Up Your Act podcasts. IBNA is a non-profit corporation of radio-TV news directors, reporters, producers, public relations professionals and others from Iowa and its adjacent states.

Discover Cuba with KCCK

Seven-Day Excursion Departs Oct. 20

KCCK offers another chance to see historic Cuba this fall. We depart October 20 for a seven-day trip where you'll not only experience urban Havana but also the Cuban countryside, including the Vinales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the town of Pinar Del Rio. The trip includes special evenings at jazz clubs and music venues few tour operators even know about. For more details, call Lisa Baum at 319-398-5421. Click here to see a brochure.

Iowa City Jazz Festival Line-Up Announced

2015 Marks 25 Years for the Event

The Iowa City Jazz Festival will celebrate its 25th year July 2-4. Jazz giant Charles Lloyd will headline the event. The festival kicks off at 5 p.m. July 2 with the United Jazz Ensemble featuring some of the most talented musicians from City High and West High. Friday’s lineup includes the North Corridor All-Star Jazz Band with talented young musicians from the Corridor. The Iowa City Jazz Festival is a free, three-day event on the University of Iowa campus with the main stage in front of the historic Old Capitol. Click here for more information and the entire schedule.

Top 88 of 2014

Nathan East's self-titled CD was the most-played on KCCK during 2014. George Cables' “Icons and Influences” was the second most-popular on our airwaves. “Pucker” by Scott Amendola and Charlie Hunter came in third. “Into the Zone” by Ryan Keberle & Catharsis was Number-88. You can purchase all 88 CDs through and a portion of your purchase will go to support KCCK. Just click on (Purchase) next to the title of each CD.
Click here to see the entire list.

KCCK Producers Choose Top 10s of 2014

KCCK's music producers have each chosen their 10 favorite jazz, smooth jazz and blues releases from 2014. Their top choices range from Ryan Keberle & Catharsis to Craig Handy to Ariel Pocock. Click here to see their choices.

JazzWeek Honors KCCK, Bob Stewart

2014 Station of the Year, Programmer of the Year

KCCK has been named Station of the Year for Markets 88-plus for the fourth time by JazzWeek and Bob Stewart has been tabbed as Program Director of the Year for an unprecedented sixth time (he also won in 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Stewart was on hand to receive the awards at the annual JazzWeek Summit in San Jose. JazzWeek is the national airplay chart for jazz radio, based on measured airplay data provided by Mediaguide. Nominees for the awards are selected by JazzWeek subscribers, including jazz radio programmers, jazz record company executives and independent jazz radio record promoters.

Shop in the KCCK On-Line Store

Proceeds Help Support Programming

Support KCCK by purchasing great jazz music or merchandise in our online store. Purchase CDs -- including the latest Corridor Jazz Project CD -- Got Jazz? T-shirts (modeled at left by jazz saxaphonist Anat Cohen) in both men's and women's styles, coffee mugs and much more. You can also purchase tickets for various KCCK events. There's something for every jazz lover. All proceeds from on-line store sales go to support KCCK. Click here to browse through the KCCK Store's inventory.

Donate Your Used Car to KCCK

Receive a deduction on your tax return

Thinking about selling your car, boat, motorcycle, truck, or other vehicle? Donate it to KCCK instead! Take part in our Vehicle Donation Program and support the radio programs you love on KCCK and receive a tax deduction when you itemize your return. Click here for more information.

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The KCCK Featured CD for Mayl is "70 Strong" by the Steve Gadd Band.
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