The KCCK Featured CD for August is “Twenty” by Metalwood. This Juno Award-winning Canadian-based quartet formed in 1997 to pay homage to the pioneers of jazz fusion, releasing a half-dozen well-received recordings of original material. All leaders in their own right, the members decided to go their separate ways in 2003. After thirteen years apart, Ian Froman, Mike Murley, Chris Tarry and Brad Turner reformed in January of this year for a gig at Toronto’s historic jazz club, The Rex, and went into the studio to record eleven brand new tracks. The resulting disc — “Twenty” — is from Cellar Live Records. Click here to purchase the CD.
It’s the rare musical series that puts an artist who is eligible for Medicare and one who is in Middle School on the same bill, but KCCK’s Jazz Under The Stars will do that very thing on Aug. 25.
Legendary Eastern Iowa pianist Eddie Piccard will headline at Jazz Under The Stars, where his warmup act will be thirteen year-old Grant Lapointe.
“Grant just finished his third year at KCCK’s Middle School Jazz Band Camp,” says general manager Dennis Green, “and his mom told me that he’d been playing out a bit, and would love to play for a KCCK event.”
Since West Music was bringing a grand piano to Eddie’s concert, Green thought there would be a natural fit, but he did not realize the extent of the connection.
“Eddie Piccard introduced Grant to jazz standards when he was nine,” says Grant’s mom Allie. “We went to see Eddie at the Longbranch where Grant wrote him a letter asking to be mentored in jazz.”
Piccard no longer takes students, but referred Grant to Coe jazz band director Steve Shanley, who began working with him. This led Grant (who is home-schooled and dual-enrolled) to join the Franklin jazz band, co-directed by Shanley’s wife Val, and to come to KCCK’s jazz band camp.
“Jazz has traditionally been taught one-on-one,” Green continues. “An aspiring musician takes on an apprentice role with an experienced player, and learns the music from him or her. It is very exciting to see that traditional mentor-student experience continue to play out today. What an amazing full-circle experience!”
Eddie Piccard and his quintet will play August 25th at McGrath Amphitheatre. The other three Jazz Under The Stars concerts will take place in the traditional Noelridge Park location, and will feature the Jazz Under The Stars debut of the new City Bandshell.
Here is the full lineup:
August 4 – Ten of Soul at Noelridge Park
August 11 – Mirage at Noelridge Park
August 18 – Summit at Noelridge Park
August 25 – Eddie Piccard Quintet at McGrath Amphitheatre.
All concerts begin at 7pm.
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at the concerts. Attendees are also invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and their own picnic if they wish.
Major support for KCCK’s Jazz Under the Stars series comes from Collins Community Credit Union, the McGrath Family of Dealerships, Concept By Iowa Hearing Aid Centers, Rockwell Collins, Latta, Harris LLC, Great Harvest Bread Company, Martin Gardner Architecture, Shive Hattery Architecture Engineering, That Cellular Place, West Music, New Pioneer Food Co-op and Kirkwood Community College.
August means Jazz Under the Stars. The first concerts are held at Noelridge Park, the final one at the McGrath Amphitheatre. Performances start at 7 p.m. In case of rain, concerts will be held at Parlor City, 1125 3rd Street SE. Presented by Collins Community Credit Union, Kirkwood Community College, McGrath Family of Dealerships, West Music.
August 4 – Ten of Soul (Rained out)
August 11 – Mirage
August 18 – Summit (KCCK CD Sale 5-7 p.m.)
August 25 – Eddie Piccard Quintet
Eric Thompson’s Funtime Music Hour will perform at First Friday Jazz, 5 p.m. September 2 at the Opus Concert Cafe in Cedar Rapids. The band blends the spirit and swing of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers with the groove and soul of James Brown. KCCK will broadcast the first set live. . First Friday Jazz features an eclectic mix of jazz, Latin, contemporary music on the first Friday of every month. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online.