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KCCK Adds New Sunday Evening Show

"Tropical Heat" is a new program on KCCK highlighting the unique diversity and influences of soul and jazz music along the Intertropical Zone. It airs Sunday evenings from 6-8 p.m.

The show is hosted by Kpoti Senam Accoh, a native of Togo who was raised in Cote d'Ivoire. His music experience includes managing a music club before emigrating to the U.S. Tropical Heat offers jazz music from the Tropics, The Caribbean and from around the world -- introducing you to the world and the world to you.

Kpoti can be reached by email at kpoti@kcck.org or on Twitter @TropicJazz.


First Friday Jazz April 3

The Opus Concert Cafe, located next to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids, continues its jazz series April 3 with Jim Dreier.

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.


Corridor Jazz Project Concert April 6 & 7

KCCK and 11 high schools in Cedar Rapids, Marion, Iowa City, Lisbon, and Solon will celebrate the release of The Corridor Jazz Project VIII CD with a special concert so big it takes two nights to hold it.

The performances will be held Monday, April 6, and Tuesday, April 7, in Sinclair Auditorium at Coe College. The Corridor Jazz Project showcases the outstanding high school jazz programs in the Cultural Corridor and provides the opportunity for high school musicians to interact with and learn from college jazz directors and other professional players.

Click here to see the performance schedule.


Corrridor Jazz Art Contest Winner Announced

Samuel Barnhart, a senior at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School, has been chosen as the winner of the Corridor Jazz Project CD Cover design.

Barnhart will receive a $100 cash prize from KCCK and his design will adorn the cover of the "The Corridor Jazz Project VIII" -- 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.

Barnhart's original piece and those receiving Honorable Mention will all be exhibited during the Corridor Jazz Project concert April 6-7 at Sinclair Auditorium at Coe College.

Click here to see a larger version of the art. Click here to see the full news release.


Discover Cuba with KCCK

KCCK offers your final chance to see historic Cuba this October! This may be your last opportunity to experience the island and culture before modernization changes Cuban life forever.

We depart October 20 for a seven-day trip where you'll not only experience urban Havana but also the Cuban countryside, including the Vinales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the town of Pinar Del Rio.

This trip includes special evenings at jazz clubs and music venues few tour operators even know about, let alone offer in their itinerary. You'll also see a vintage car show, art museums and galleries, the Plaza de la Revolution, Ernest Hemingway's farm, and the hot, sexy dance show at the legendary Tropicana Club.

For more details, call Lisa Baum at 319-398-5421. Click here to see a brochure.


Taste of Jazz April 24 Presented by The Luxe Zone and Cookie's Food Products

KCCK, The Luxe Zone, Cookie's Food Products and First Avenue Wine House along with the future chefs of Kirkwood's Culinary Arts Department will collaborate for a night of wine, food and music Friday, April 24, 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 this year's Jazz Under The Stars will also be revealed. Live music will be provided. Proceeds go to support Jazz Under The Stars.

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


Iowa City Jazz Festival Line-Up Announced

The Iowa City Jazz Festival will celebrate its 25th year July 2-4. Jazz giant Charles Lloyd will headline the event.

The festival kicks off at 5 p.m. July 2 with the United Jazz Ensemble featuring some of the most talented musicians from City High and West High. Friday’s lineup includes the North Corridor All-Star Jazz Band with talented young musicians from the Corridor.

The Iowa City Jazz Festival is a free, three-day event on the University of Iowa campus with the main stage in front of the historic Old Capitol. Click here for more information and the entire schedule.


Top 88 of 2014

Nathan East's self-titled CD was the most-played on KCCK during 2014. George Cables' “Icons and Influences” was the second most-popular on our airwaves. “Pucker” by Scott Amendola and Charlie Hunter came in third. “Into the Zone” by Ryan Keberle & Catharsis 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 2014

KCCK's music producers have each chosen their 10 favorite jazz, smooth jazz and blues releases from 2014. Their top choices range from Ryan Keberle & Catharsis to Craig Handy to Ariel Pocock. Click here to see their choices.


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.


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.


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