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Thanksgiving Day Special Broadcast

Join us Thanksgiving Day when we bring you the entire Jazz Under the Stars 2014 beginning at 9 a.m.

You'll hear more than seven hours of live music. The line-up includes the original, sophisticated jazz of Commons Collective; Planet Pluto, featuring Craig Erickson and Natalie Brown with their unique blend of jazz, blues, rock and jam-band music; the progressive arrangements and big band sounds of Colossus; and, from KCCK's first-ever Jazz Under the Stars concert at the new McGrath Ampitheatre in downtown Cedar Rapids, it's the contemporary soul-funk hip hop of Iowa City's Uniphonics.

If you miss any of the performers, we'll repeat all four concerts starting at 4:30 p.m.


KCCK Christmas Channel Coming

If you like holiday jazz, KCCK will bring it to you fulll-time!

KCCK's Christmas Channel debuts Black Friday, Nov. 28. It's a dedicated program stream of the coolest holiday jazz ever recorded -- commercial free. The Christmas Channel is the perfect background for office parties, family gatherings, or just a quiet night around the Yule Log.

Find the Christmas Channel as a stream choice on KCCK's mobile app, online at iowachannel.org, or 88.3-2 on your HD Radio.


First Friday Jazz December 5

The Opus Concert Cafe, located next to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids, continues its jazz series December 5 with the Bill Bergren Quartet.

The Des Moines trumpeter and educator has played on cruise lines, with traveling orchestras, and numerous other freelance gigs. Bergren is also the lead trumpeter with the DM Big Band and playis with Orquestra Alto Maiz and has performed with classical symphonies, often as a soloist.

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.


New Shows on KCCK

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

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.


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.