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First Friday Jazz February 6

KCCK Will Broadcast Live from the Opus Concert Cafe

The Opus Concert Cafe, located next to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids, continues its jazz series February 6 with the Peter Schlamb Group. Schlamb was born and raised in St. Louis and started taking piano lessons at the age of five. When he turned 11, he discovered Lionel Hampton and started playing jazz vibraphone. Schlamb is currently an active member of the New York City jazz scene. 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.


Jazz in the Stacks February 12

Brass Transit Authority to Perform

BTA: Brass Transit Authority will perform the music of the Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears at the Cedar Rapids Public Library Thursday, February 12, at 7 p.m. in Whipple Auditorium. BTA consists of nine of the area's finest musicians. The event is free. Tickets are not needed but space is limited so registration is required. Register on line or by calling 319-261-READ.


Corrridor Jazz Art Contest Winner Announced

Jefferson Student Wins CD Cover Design Contest

Samuel Barnhart, a senior at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School, has been chosen as the winner of the Corridor Jazz Project CD Cover design. Barnhart will receive a $100 cash prize from KCCK and his design will adorn the cover of the "The Corridor Jazz Project VIII" -- a compilation of recordings from the top jazz bands from Jefferson, Kennedy, Prairie, Xavier and Washington High Schools in Cedar Rapids; Linn Mar and Marion in Marion; City and West High Schools in Iowa City; Solon High School and Lisbon High School. Barnhart's original piece and those receiving Honorable Mention will all be exhibited during the Corridor Jazz Project concert April 6-7 at Sinclair Auditorium at Coe College. Click here to see a larger version of the art. Click here to see the full news release.


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.


Jazz in New York

Join KCCK for a Trip to the Big Apple

Whether you're a seasoned NYC traveler or trying on the Big Apple for the very first time, join KCCK for an unforgettable New York experience. We'll tour Jazz at Lincoln Center, spend our nights at the world's finest jazz clubs and hang out with Iowa natives playing and performing in New York. Plus, tours of Ellis Island, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Times Square and tickets to a Broadway show. Departing June 7. Price includes Includes airfare, six meals, admissions per itinerary, baggage handling, hotel transfer, and a deluxe motorcoach in the city. For more information, call Lisa Baum at 319-398-5421 or email Lisa.


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. 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 kim@kcck.org. Or you can purchase tickets on-line through the purchase tickets on-line through the KCCK Store.


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 Amazon.com 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.


New Shows on KCCK

New Lineup for Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings

Two new national jazz shows have debuted on KCCK's PrimeTime Lineup weeknights at 6 p.m. New Orleans Calling airs Tuesdays and comes to us from the New Orleans heritage music station WWOZ, hosted by George Ingmire. Each week, George explores the Crescent City with exclusive New Orleans stories, interviews and music. Jazz Night in America airs Wednesdays and is produced by Lincoln Center, NPR and WBGO. Hosted by jazz bassist Christian McBride, the show will travel all over the country, bringing you live concerts and other features. Designed as a multi-platform endeavor, there will also be a live videocast of the show as it is taped, and on-demand features as well.




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.




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The KCCK Featured CD for February is "Time Remembered: Compositions of Bill Evans" by the Jim Norton Collective.
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