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First Friday Jazz April 3

Live from the Opus Concert Cafe

The Opus Concert Cafe, located next to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids, continues its jazz series April 3 with permisson Jim Dreier. Dreier is a drum set, Latin percussion and jazz educator, clinician and performer who is also a full-time "Lecturer" in Jazz Studies at the University of Iowa. 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.

Corridor Jazz Project Concert April 6 & 7

Area High School Jazz Bands to be Featured

KCCK and 11 high schools in Cedar Rapids, Marion, Iowa City, Lisbon, and Solon will celebrate the release of The Corridor Jazz Project VIII CD with a special concert so big it takes two nights to hold it. The performances will be held Monday, April 6, and Tuesday, April 7, in Sinclair Auditorium at Coe College. The Corridor Jazz Project showcases the outstanding high school jazz programs in the Cultural Corridor and provides the opportunity for high school musicians to interact with and learn from college jazz directors and other professional players. Click here to see the performance schedule.

Jazz at The Mill April 9

Live Broadcast to Feature UI Student Groups

KCCK will broadcast live from The Mill in Iowa City Thursday, April 9, from 6-9 p.m. The Mill plays host to the University of Iowa's jazz series featuring student ensembles and collaborations with professors from the jazz program. Each installment features one or two particular groups focusing on a style or sub-genre of jazz. The broadcast will feature the U of I Jazz Repertory Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble. Admission is $3 for students, $5 for non-students. All ages are welcome.

Kirkwood Jazz Concert April 18

Harmonica Player Howard Levy to be Featured

Kirkwood Community College will present The Spring Jazz Festival featuring Howard Levy with the Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble and CR Jazz Big Band Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Ballantyne Auditorium. Levy is a past member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and has also worked with Kenny Loggins, Paquito D'Rivera, Donald Fagan, Paul Simon and many others. Levy will also host a master class at 12:30 p.m. the day of the concert in the band room at 375 Cedar Hall at Kirkwood. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door.

Taste of Jazz Under the Stars April 24

Line-Up for August Concerts to be Revealed

KCCK, First Avenue Wine House and the future chefs of Kirkwood's Culinary Arts Department will collaborate for a night of wine, food and music Friday, April 24, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center at 7725 Kirkwood Boulevard SW. This year's theme is Sweet Home Chicago. The Culinary Arts students will cook and serve selections accompanied by a selection of wines hand-picked to complement each dish. The lineup for this year's Jazz Under The Stars will also be revealed. Live music will be provided. Proceeds go to support Jazz Under The Stars. Tickets are $45. To make a reservation, call Kim at 319-398-5446 or Or you can purchase tickets on-line through the purchase tickets on-line through the KCCK Store.

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. An informational meeting will be held Monday, March 23, from 6:30-7 p.m. in the Marland Room in Iowa Hall at Kirkwood Community College. 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.

KCCK Wins IBNA Award

Clean Up Your Act Cited

KCCK's Clean Up Your Act took first place in the Iowa Broadcast News Association's 2013 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 2014 convention in Cedar Rapids May 3. 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 third year in a row that Clean Up Your Act has been honored with this award. 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.

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.

Iowa's Jazz Station - 88.3 KCCK

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The KCCK Featured CD for April is "Afrodeezia" by Marcus Miller.
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