First Friday Jazz August 1

The Opus Concert Cafe, located next to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids, continues its jazz series August 1 with Summit -- Peter Hart, John Reasoner, John Hall and Scooter Vineburgh..

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.

Discover Cuba with KCCK

KCCK is going to Cuba Oct. 30-Nov. 5 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. FINAL PAYMENT DUE AUGUST 15.

Jazz Under the Stars Lineup Announced

KCCK will present Jazz Under The Stars this August as usual, but for the first time in 27 years, Noelridge Park will be silent on one concert night. The final performance will take place at the new McGrath Ampitheatre in downtown Cedar Rapids.

At the conclusion of the concert series, the public will have the opportunity to vote on whether Jazz Under the Stars should stay at Noelridge or move permanently to the Ampitheatre. Concerts start at 7 p.m. Food by Carribean Kitchen.

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

Gospel Brunch Sept. 21

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.

KCCK Seeks Music Producer

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.

Clean Up Your Act Cited by IBNA

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.

Jazz Capitol Herky on Display

KCCK's "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

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

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.

KCCK Lists 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

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 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

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. All you need is a clear title and we'll take care of the rest, including pick-up, at no cost to you.

Click here for more details about this exciting new program or call 877-883-KCCK (5225).

DeForest Marks 20 Years of Da Blues

Bob DeForest has been hosting KCCK's Saturday night Da Blues show since 1993. He marked his 20th anniversary with the station Jan. 5, 2013.

His weekly shift includes Da Blues at 6 p.m., Crawfish Circuit at 10 p.m. and Melting Pot at 11 p.m. He utilizes his own extensive library of recordings as well as KCCK's vast collection.

Bobby D. is also a founding member of the Linn County Blues Society and was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2008. Station Manager Dennis Green says, "It's a Blues party every week for the last 20 years and I hope he goes another 20 and more."

Click here for an article from City Revealed Magazine.

JazzWeek Honors KCCK, Bob Stewart

KCCK has been named Station of the Year for Markets 88-plus for the third time by JazzWeek and Bob Stewart has been tabbed as Program Director of the Year for an unprecedented fifth time (he also won in 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

Stewart was on hand to receive the awards at the annual JazzWeek Summit in Detroit.

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 on Android

You have a great jazz station in your pocket! You can listen to KCCK on your smartphone as well as your radio. Download and listen to KCCK with our apps for iPhone or for Android.

Just search for KCCK in your iPhone App Store or the Android Market.

Our webcast also works with many other phones and portable media players, as well as desktops and laptops. Instructions are available on our home page at Just click on "Listen Now" for links to KCCK's live internet audio stream.

Weekend Shows Rebroadcast During the Week

KCCK gives you a chance to catch your favorite weekend programs a second time. We're offering a rebroadcast of Jazz Corner of the World, Gentle Jazz and Smooth Brunch Weekday evenings.

Hear the previous weekend's Jazz Corner of the World Monday evenings at 7, Gentle Jazz Tuesdays at 7 and the Smooth Brunch right after the Wednesday Special. Perfect if your schedule doesn't allow you to listen on the weekend or you just want to enjoy a show again.

Join Craig Kessler, Bob Naujoks, Ron Adkins and Doug Jackson live on the weekends or weekday evenings.