Jazz Under the Stars

The Future of Jazz Under the Stars

Where Should We Hold the Concerts?

After 28 years at Noelridge Park, the final 2014 concert of KCCK's Jazz Under The Stars was held at the McGrath Amphitheatre. It was the first jazz concert at the McGrath Ampitheatre. We'd like your feedback.

  • August 7 - Commons Collective (Interview)
  • August 14 - Craig Erickson and Planet Pluto (and KCCK's CD Sale) (Interview)
  • August 21 - COLOSSUS (Interview)
  • August 28 - Uniphonics at McGrath Amphitheatre (Interview)

2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival Redux

Special Labor Day Broadcast September 1

KCCK will bring you all of the 2014 Iowa Ccity Jazz Festival Main Stage performances plus our exclusive behind-the-scenes backstage interviews with the major artists during our special Labor Day broadcast from 9 a.m. to Midnight Monday, Sept. 1. Enjoy 11 different bands during 15 hours of non-stop coverage from all three days of this year's festival recorded over the July 4th 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.

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.

Gospel Brunch Sept. 21

Benefit for KCCK, Summer of the Arts

Join us for a Gospel Brunch Sunday, September 21, at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton at 210 South Dubuque Street in Iowa City.

Featured acts include Gloria Hardiman, Mama Teague and Bruce Teague, Dick Watson, Charism, Ernie Found & Russell Johnson.

Tickets are $30 to benefit Summer of the Arts and KCCK. Seating is limited. Click here to make a reservation or you may call 319-398-5446 or 319-337-7944.

Night with the Rat Pack Sept. 27

KCCK's Hot Autumn Nights Event

KCCK's 2014 Hot Autumn Nights includes "A Night with the Rat Pack" Saturday, Sept. 27, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at The University Club, 1360 Melrose Avenue in Iowa City. We'll swill a martini or two, laugh at some not-so-PC humor and dance to Mad Men-era music featuring special performances by the Rod Pierson Not-So-Big Band. Amission includes hors d'oeuvres and drink tickets for signature martinis and non-alcoholic beverages. A professional photographer will be on hand to capture the memories. Tickets are $75 per person or eight tickets for $500. Click here to make your reservation or call Kim at 319-398-5446 to make a reservation.

First Friday Jazz September 5

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 September 5 with Steve Grismore. 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.

KCCK Seeks Music Producer

Saturday Morning Slot Open Following Death of Doug Jackson

Iowa's Jazz Station, KCCK, an outreach of Kirkwood Community College, has an opening for a part-time Producer/Air Personality to host a weekly on-air music program. The successful candidate will have a wide knowledge of jazz music. Knowledge of smooth jazz, gospel and soul, where those genres intersect with jazz, is a plus. Previous radio or similar experience required. Email cover letter, resume and audition recording (if available) to, or mail to KCCK-FM, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. If you do not have an audition tape and are chosen for an interview, you can make arrangements to record a demo at KCCK. For more information, go to the the Kirkwood Community College employment listings.

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.

Jazz Capitol Herky

KCCK's contribution to "Herky on Parade."

Jazz Capitol Herky" is one of 83 Herky statues that will dot Johnson County all summer long. Our statue was creat ed by artist Kit Umscheid. Herky's front depicts the Iowa City Jazz Festival with musicians performing in front of the Old Capitol. Herky's head is ringed with stars (which actually glow in the dark!), bringing to mind our own Jazz Under The Stars series. Herky's back? Kit's conception of the site which we anticipate will be the site of hundreds of jazz performances for decades to come, the new Hancher Auditorium. Jazz Capitol Herky guards the west entrance to the Ped Mall, just across from the Old Capitol Center. Click here for more photos of Herky. Click here for a behind-the-scenes making of Herky video by Kit.

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.

Etienne Charles
Iowa Jazz Festival

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The KCCK Featured CD for September is "Viper's Drag" by Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein.
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