Jazz Under the Stars

Taste of Jazz Under the Stars April 25

A Night in New Orleans

KCCK, First Avenue Wine House and the future chefs of Kirkwood's Culinary Arts Department will collaborate for "A Night in New Orleans" -- an evening of wine, food and music Friday, April 25, 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 that year's Jazz Under The Stars will also be revealed. Live music will be provided by the Cedar City Dixieland Stompers. Proceeds go to support Jazz Under The Stars. Tickets are $45. To make a reservation, call Kim at 319-398-5446 or email Or you can purchase tickets on-line through the KCCK Store.

Spring Fund Drive

Time to Pledge Your Support to Keep the Jazz Playing

KCCK's Spring On-Air Pledge Drive has concluded but it's not too late to make a contribution. We're grateful for the generous response from hundreds of KCCK listeners this spring as we raise money to keep the jazz playing. Jack and Nancy Hobbs and Tim Murphy were the winners of our drawings for tickets to see Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge at CSPS and dinner at Zins. You can still make a one-time pledge, an annual pledge in 12 installments or become a sustaining member. We have some cool thank-you gifts -- the new "jazzed" t-shirt and KCCK coffee mugs. Call 1-800-373-KCCK (5225) any time or click here to make a pledge.

Discover Cuba with KCCK

We'll be Jazzing in Cuba October 30-November 5

KCCK is going to Cuba in the fall and you can go along. We'll spend one night in Miami, then fly from Miami to Havana, where we'll spend six nights. Highlights of the trip will include the world famous Tropicana Show, the Plaza of the Revolution, the Old Havana Walking Tour and Hemingway's Farm. You'll also tour the studio where the Buena Vista Social Club was recorded, go to Havana's jazz clubs and enjoy meeting artists. Information meetings with Mike Campbell and Lisa Baum will be held at a time and place to be announced. Click here to see a brochure.

First Friday Jazz May 2

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 May 2 with Chris Merz. 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. Click here to watch a live stream of the concert. The Opus Concert Cafe is operated by Orchestra Iowa.

2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

This Year's Event to Run Thursday through Saturday

The 2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival will present a variety of well-known jazz musicians and an infusion of up-and-coming talent. Headining this year's event are The Pedrito Martinez Group, Joe Lovano's Us Five and Tom Harrell's COLORS OF A DREAM. The Festival will take place Thursday, July 3, through Saturday, July 5, in downtown Iowa City. The main stage will be set up as usual on the University of Iowa Pentacrest in front of the Old Capitol. See the entire schedule.

Listen to Lisa Baum's interview with Festival Committee Chairman Don Thompson.

Watch a YouTube playlist featuring Jazz Fest artists.

KCCK Updates IOS App

New Look and Improved Functionality

KCCK's app for IOS devices has been updated with a very cool new look. When you load the app, you'll see some rotating screens featuring KCCK's signature events like Jazz Under The Stars and the Iowa City Jazz Festival. The screen is now optimized for the iPhone 5/5s, but looks good with previous phones as well. You can choose between both our program streams, KCCK and The Iowa Channel, from within the app -- no need any longer to download a separate Iowa Channel App. Title, artist, and album art of what's currently playing display on the lower portion of the screen. KCCK's IOS app is primarily for mobile listening on your phone, but can also be used on the iPad. Android users: We haven't forgotten you! A refresh of the Android app is in process. Click here for more information. Download the new version in the iTunes App Store.

Kennedy Student Wins CD Cover Contest

Corridor Jazz Project CD Release Concert Set for March 31

Kelsey Bills, a junior at Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, has been chosen as the winner of the Corridor Jazz Project CD Cover design. Bills will receive a $100 cash prize from KCCK and her design will adorn the cover of the "The Corridor Jazz Project VII" -- 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. The Corridor Jazz Project CDs, along with tickets for the CD Release Concert March 31 at Iowa City West High School, will go on sale February 15. Tickets are $10 and will also be available at the door. Bills' original piece and those receiving Honorable Mention will all be exhibited during the March 31 concert.

Top 88 of 2013

The Dave Douglas Quintet's"Time Travel" CD was the most-played on KCCK during 2013. Kyle Eastwood's "The View From Here" was the second most-popular on our airwaves. Ken Peplowski's "Maybe September" came in third. Tierney Sutton's "After Blue" 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 2013

KCCK's music producers have each chosen their 10 favorite jazz, smooth jazz and blues releases from 2013. Their top choices range from Enrico Rava to Dave Bennett, Anat Cohen to George Duke and Dave Koz as well as Tommy Flanagan and Jaki Byard. Click here to see their choices.

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.

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 2012 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 2013 convention in Johnston April 13. 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 second 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.

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Kirkwood Big Band/2013/Al Naylor, director/Gabe Medd, trumpet

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