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Spring Fund Drive Continues Off Air

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, KCCK coffee mugs and a chance to get tickets to see Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge at CSPS. Call 1-800-373-KCCK (5225) any time or click here to make a pledge.


Kirkwood Jazz Concert April 19

Kirkwood Community College will present The Spring Jazz Festival featuring drummer John Riley in concert with the Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble and CR Jazz Big Band Saturday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Ballantyne Auditorium.

An alum of the prestigious University of North Texas jazz program, Riley has played with stan Getz, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and many more. Riley will also host a master class the afternoon of the concert in the band room at 375 Cedar Hall at Kirkwood.

Tickets for the concert will be available at the door.


Taste of Jazz Under the Stars April 25

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 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 Stompers. Proceeds go to support Jazz Under The Stars.

Tickets are $45. To make a reservation, call Kim at 319-398-5446 or email kim@kcck.org. Or you can purchase tickets on-line through the KCCK Store.


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.

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

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. The Opus Concert Cafe is operated by Orchestra Iowa.


2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

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. Lisa Baum interviews Jazz Festival Committee Chairman Don Thompson.

Watch a YouTube playlist featuring Jazz Fest artists.

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 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 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).


Clean Up Your Act Cited by IBNA

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.


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 kcck.org. 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.