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Jazz With the Stars - Interviews

When great jazz performers come to the Eastern Iowa area, they often spend some time with the staff of KCCK. In our studio, backstage or over the phone, we talk with many jazz veterans, as well as the rising stars of the genre. Here you can find out what's behind the music that is performed in our area, and played on KCCK.

Ray Blue
Jeff Lorber
Don Thompson
Darmon Meader
Laurel Masse'
Kenny Barron
Gerald Veasley
Jon Batiste
Paul Brown
Joshua Redman
John Scofield
Rob Parton
Eric Marienthal
Kyle Eastwood
Jim Hall
Chris Botti
Miguel Zenon
Phil Raney
Paula Atherton
Scotty Morris
Nicholas Payton
Dianne Reeves
Lew Soloff
Branford Marsallis
Taj Mahal
Gabriel Espinoza and Hendrik Meurkens
Jimmie Vaughan
Pat Smith and Richard Wagor
Emilio Castillo
Karrin Allyson
Wayne Wallace
Sachal Vasandani
Keith Lockhart
Trombone Shorty
Bob Baldwin
Joey Sommerville
Peter White
Charlie Hunter
Joey DeFrancesco
Ambrose Akinmusire
Bob Dorr of the Blue Band
Ariel Pocock
Chris Vadala
Claude McKnight (Take 6)
Virginia Mayhew
Alexander Zonjic
Jessy J
Marc Antoine
Esperanza Spalding
Chase Garrett
Kenny Barron
Rob DeBoer/Tony Grace (Four80East)
Paul Taylor

Max Weinberg
John Gros
Chick Corea
Keb' Mo
Fred Wesley
John Pizzarelli
Winard Harper
Alex Bugnon
Jeff Coffin
Bob Sheppard
Jorge Gomez
Herb Alpert
Bennie "Big Peter" Pete
Stefon Harris
Gabriel Espinosa
Dave Holland
Chris Potter
Lionel Loueke
Trombone Shorty
Wyclifffe Gordon
Richard Stoltzman
Juan de Marcos
Ben Allison
Charles Neville
Kurt Elling
Ernie Watts
Rusty Jones
Karrin Allyson
Sonny Fortune
Russ Freeman
Frankie Manning
Stanton Moore
Christian McBride-1
Christian McBride-2
Paquito D'Rivera
Joyce Cooling
Catherine Russell
Irvin Mayfield
Geoffery Keezer
Eddie Daniels
Jim Cullum
Tierney Sutton
Peter Cincotti
Marian McPartland
Steve Turre
Joe Lovano
Mike Vax
David Sanborn


Ray Blue with Bob Stewart - October 2014

Saxophonist/composer Ray Blue returns to the Cultural Corridor after performing in New York, Europe and Africa. He'll perform with his quartet featuring local pianist Dick Watson at Campbell Steele Gallery in Marion Friday at 7 p.m. KCCK will broadcast the first set live at 88.3 and 106-9 FM. Ray and Dick spoke with Bob Stewart in the KCCK studios.


Jeff Lorber with Dennis Green - October 2014

Keyboardist Jeff Lorber will perform at the Fall Smooth Jazz Festival in the Redstone Room in Davenport Saturday, October 11. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Dennis Green.


Iowa City Jazz Festival - Don Thompson

Don Thompson, chairman of the Iowa Jazz Festival Committee, talks with KCCK's Lisa Baum about the 2014 lineup and a change in the schedule this year.


Darmon Meader with Bob Stewart- February 2014

Darmon Meader and the rest of the New York Voices performed in Ballantyne Auditorium at Kirkwood Community College in February 2014. Meader spoke in studio with KCCK's Bob Stewart.


Laurel Masse' and Lynne Rothrock with Bob Stewart - February 2014

Founding member of The Manhattan Transfer, jazz vocalist Laurel Masse' performed with area singer Lynne Rothrock and a jazz trio at the Opus Concert Cafe in downtown Cedar Rapids in February 2014. Laurel and Lynne joined Bob Stewart in the KCCK studios.


Kenny Barron with Bob Stewart - February 2014

Pianist-composer and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron performed with Grammy-Award bassist Dave Holland as the Kenny Barron & Dave Holland Duo in February 2014 in Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University in Des Moines. Kenny spoke by phone with KCCK's Bob Stewart.


Gerald Veasley with Gordon Paulsen - February 2014

Bassist/composer, recording artist and music educator Gerald Veasley performed with saxophonist Art Sherrord, Jr. at the Smooth Jazz Valentines Concert at the Redstone Room in Davenport in February 2014. Gerald spoke by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Jon Batiste with Gordon Paulsen - January 2014

Keyboardist/composer Jon Batiste brought his band Stay Human to The Englert Theatre in Iowa City in January 2014. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Paul Brown with Gordon Paulsen - October 2013

Paul Brown, two-time Grammy award winning producer/engineer, composer/arranger and jazz guitarist performed at the 2013 Smooth Jazz Fall Festival at The Redstone Room in Davenport in October 2013. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Joshua Redman with Gordon Paulsen - September 2013

Grammy nominated saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman brought his quartet to Des Moines in September 2013 for a Civic Music Association concert at Sheslow Auditorium on the Drake University campus. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


John Scofield with Bob Stewart - August 2013

Grammy Award winning guitarist John Scofield brought his Überjam Band to The Englert in Iowa City in September 2013. He spoke by phone with KCCK Program Director Bob Stewart.


Rob Parton with Bob Stewart - April 2013

Trumpeter/composer and bandleader Rob Parton brought the Rob Parton Big Band with guest singer Kristy Smith Parton to the Central Performing Arts Center in Dewitt, Iowa, in April 2013. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Bob Stewart.


Eric Marienthal with Bob Stewart - April 2013

Saxophonist Eric Marienthal performed in concert with the Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble and CR Jazz Big Band as part of Kirkwood Community College's Spring Jazz Festival in April in 2013. He spoke in studio with KCCK's Bob Stewart.


Kyle Eastwood with Gordon Paulsen - April 2013

Bassist and composer Kyle Eastwood, the son of actor and director Clint Eastwood, performed with his band for a Legion Arts concert at CSPS in Cedar Rapids in April 2013. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Jim Hall with Bob Stewart - February 2013

Jazz guitar legend Jim Hall performed with his trio in a Civic Music Association concert in March 2013 at Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University in Des Moines. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Bob Stewart.


Chris Botti with Bob Stewart - February 2013

Trumpeter Chris Botti, 2013 Grammy Award winner, performed in concert at The Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids in February 2013. He spoke by phone with KCCK Program Director Bob Stewart.


Miguel Zenon with Gordon Paulsen - February 2013

Saxophonist/composer and McArthur Fellow Miguel Zenon performs with his quartet Thursday and Friday, February 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. for a Club Hancher event at The Mill in Iowa City. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Phil Raney with Gordon Paulsen - February 2013

Bassist and composer Phil Raney brings his band Urban Jazz Coalition to the Smooth Jazz Valentines Concert Saturday, February 16 at 8 p.m. at The Redstone Room in Davenport, Iowa. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Paula Atherton with Doug Jackson - February 2013

Saxophonist/singer-songwriter Paula Atherton performs with the band Urban Jazz Coalition at the Smooth Jazz Valentines Concert Saturday, February 16 at 8 p.m. at The Redstone Room in Davenport, Iowa. She spoke by phone with Doug Jackson, host of KCCK's Smooth Bruch.


Scotty Morris with Gordon Paulsen - January 2013

Retro-swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brought their 20th Anniversary Tour to Cedar Rapids for a concert at the Paramount Theatre Friday in January 2013. KCCK's Gordon Paulsen spoke by phone with the band's singer/leader and co-founder Scotty Morris.


Nicholas Payton with Bob Stewart - December 2012

Trumpeter Nicholas Payton performED with the group Ninety Miles at Grinnell College and at Drake University in December 2012. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Bob Stewart.


Dianne Reeves with Gordon Paulsen - December 2012

Grammy Award winning singer Dianne Reeves performed at Riverside Casino and Golf Resort Event Center in Decmeber 2012. She spoke by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Lew Soloff with Bob Stewart - November 2012

Trumpeter Lew Soloff performed in concert with the Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble and CR Jazz Big Band in November 2012. He spoke in studio with KCCK's Bob Stewart.


Branford Marsallis with Bob Stewart - November 2012

Branford Marsalis, NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award winning saxophonist, performs at Iowa State Center in Ames Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Bob Stewart.


Taj Mahal with Gordon Paulsen - August 2012

Legendary Bluesman Taj Mahal performed with his trio in August 2012 at The Englert in Iowa City. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Gabriel Espinoza and Hendrik Meurkens with Bob Stewart - March 2012

Gabriel Espinoza, bassist and Director of Jazz Studies at Central College in Pella, and Hendrik Meurkens, harmonica and vibraphone player, performed at the Pella Opera House in March 2012. They were guests in KCCK's studios and spoke with Bob Stewart.


Jimmie Vaughan with Gordon Paulsen - March 2012

Bluesman Jimmie Vaughan performed at The Event Center, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in Riverside in March 2012. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Pat Smith and Richard Wagor with Bob Stewart - March 2012

The Pat Smith Quartet performed at Kirkwood's Spring Jazz Combos Concert in March 2012. Pat and bassist Rich Wagor and spoke with Bob Stewart.


Emilio Castillo with Gordon Paulsen - March 2012

Tower of Power performed in a "Hancher Presents" concert Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in Riverside in March 2012. KCCK' s Gordon Paulsen spoke by phone with the band's leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo.


Karrin Allyson with Gordon Paulsen - January 2012

Jazz singer/songwriter, pianist and four-time Grammy Award nominee Karrin Allyson performed in a Civic Music Association concert at Drake University's Sheslow Auditorium in Des Moines in January 2012. She spoke by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.<


Wayne Wallace with Gordon Paulsen - December 2011

Trombonist/composer-arranger and Grammy Award nominee Wayne Wallace performed with his Latin Jazz Quintet at The Afro Cuban-Jazz Summit Concert in December 2011 at The Englert in Iowa City. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Sachal Vasandani with Gordon Paulsen - November 2011

Jazz vocalist and song writer Sachal Vasandani performed with his quartet at Campbell-Steel Gallery in Marion in November 2011. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Keith Lockhart with Mark Yother - November 2011

The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra performed in a "Hancher Presents" Holiday Pops Concert at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City in November 2011. KCCK's Mark Yother spoke by phone with the orchestra's music director and conductor, Keith Lockhart.


Trombone Shorty with Dennis Green - October 2011

Trombone Shorty (Troy Andrews) & Orleans Avenue returned to Iowa City for a performance at The Englert Theatre in October 2011. He spoke by phone with KCCK station manager Dennis Green.


Keyboardist and composer Bob Baldwin performed with trumpeter Joey Sommerville at the Smooth Jazz Fall Festival in October 2011 at the Redstone Room in Davenport. He spoke with KCCK's Doug Jackson.


Joey Sommerville with Gordon Paulsen - October 2011

Trumpeter & composer Joey Sommerville performed with keyboardist Bob Baldwin at the Smooth Jazz Fall Festival in October 2011 at the Redstone Room in Davenport. He spoke with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Peter White with Dennis Green - October 2011

Guitarist Peter White will performed as part of the Great Sounds Promotions' Smooth Jazz Festival in October 2011 in Davenport. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Dennis Green.


Charlie Hunter with Gordon Paulsen - September 2011

Jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter performed in a Legion Arts concert at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids in October 2011. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Joey DeFrancesco with Gordon Paulsen - September 2011

The Joey DeFrancesco Trio performed for "Club Hancher" at The Mill in Iowa City in September 2011. Joey spoke by phone with Gordon Paulsen.


Ambrose Akinmusire with Bob Stewart - September 2011

Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and his quintet performed "The Miles Davis Experience" -- a multi-media concert at The Englert Theatre in Iowa City in September 2011. He spoke with KCCK's Bob Stewart.


Bob Dorr with Dennis Green - August 2011

Bob Dorr and The Blue Band performed at KCCK's Jazz Under the Stars 2011. Bob spoke with KCCK's Dennis Green.


Ariel Pocock with Bob Stewart - August 2011

Pianist/vocalist Ariel Pocock performed at KCCK's Jazz Under the Stars 2011. She spoke with KCCK's Bob Stewart and also played and sang in the KCCK's Studio D.


Chris Vadala with Dennis Green - April 2011

Saxophonist Chris Vadala performed at Kirkwood Community College's Jazz Fest '11 along with the Cedar Rapids Jazz Big Band and the Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble in April 2011 in Ballantyne Auditorium. Vadala spoke in studio with KCCK's Dennis Green.


Claude McKnight with Gordon Paulsen - March 2011

The multi-Grammy Award winning a cappella jazz group Take 6 performed in a Hancher concert in March 2011 at the UI Iowa Memorial Union, Main Lounge. Gordon Paulsen spoke by phone with the group's founding member, Claude McKnight III, from his home in Nashville.


Virginia Mayhew with Gordon Paulsen - February 2011

Saxophonist and composer/arranger Virginia Mayhew was one of the special guest artists who performed with the Coe College Gold Jazz Ensemble at Coe's Jazz Summit Grand Finale concert in February 2011. She spoke by phone with Gordon Paulsen from her home in East Orange, New Jersey.


Alexander Zonjic with Gordon Paulsen - February 2011

Flautist and composer Alexander Zonjic performed at the Smooth Jazz Valentines Concert in February 2011. He spoke with Gordon Paulsen by phone from his home in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.


Jessy J with Doug Jackson - February 2011

Saxophonist and singer Jessy J performed at the Smooth Jazz Valentines Concert in February 2011. She spoke with Doug Jackson by phone from her home in California.


Marc Antoine with Gordon Paulsen - February 2011

Guitarist and composer Marc Antoine was scheduled to perform at the Smooth Jazz Valentines Concert in February 2011 but had to cancel because of illness. Before that, he spoke with Gordon Paulsen by phone from his home in Madrid, Spain.


Esperanza Spalding with Bob Stewart - December 2010

Bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding performed at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City in December 2010 as part of Hancher's 2010-2011 season. She spoke by phone with bob Stewart.


Chase Garrett with Gordon Paulsen - November 2010

Kirkwood College student Chase Garrett of Coralville performed with three other pianists at the "Blues & Boogie-woogie Piano Stomp" in November 2010 at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City. He spoke with Gordon Paulsen and performed at the piano from KCCK Studio D.


Kenny Barron with Bob Stewart - November 2010

The Kenny Barron Trio with guest saxophonist David Sanchez performs at a "Hancher Presents" concert at the Englert Theater Nov. 13th. Kenny spoke by phone recently with Bob Stewart.


Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace with Gordon Paulsen - October 2010

Toronto-based band Four80East performed at the 2010 Smooth Jazz Fall Festival in Davenport in October 2010. Gordon Paulsen spoke by phone with band members Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace.


Paul Taylor with Doug Jackson - October 2010

Saxophonist Paul Taylor performs at the 2010 Smooth Jazz Fall Festival in Davenport Saturday, October 23, at 8 p.m. He spoke by phone with Doug Jackson, host of "The Smooth Brunch."


Max Weinberg with Bob Stewart - October 2010

Drummer Max Weinberg, former Bruce Springstein E Street Band member and leader of the Max Weinberg 7 on Conan O'Brien, performs with his Big Band at the Englert Theater Oct. 22 at 8 pm. He spoke recently by phone with Bob Stewart.


John Gros of Papa Grows Funk with Gordon Paulsen - September 2010

Papa Grows Funk played at the IMU Main Lounge, U of I, in September 2010 for a New Orleans Dance Party. PGF keyboardist and singer John Gros spoke with Gordon Paulsen.


Chick Corea with Gordon Paulsen - April 2010

Keyboardist Chick Corea performed at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City in April 2010. He spoke beforehand by phone with Gordon Paulsen.


Keb' Mo with John Heim - April 2010

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Keb' Mo performed at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in April 2010. He spoke by phone with John Heim.


Fred Wesley with Gordon Paulsen - March 2010

Trombonist/composer and former James Brown sideman Fred Wesley performed with the band Abraham Inc. in a Hancher Presents concert in March 2010. He spoke by phone from New York with Gordon Paulsen.


John Pizzarelli with Gordon Paulsen - February 2010

Acclaimed jazz guitarist, singer-songwriter, and bandleader John Pizzarelli performed with his quartet at the Dubuque Winter Jazz & Blues Festival in February 2010. He spoke by phone from his home in New York with Gordon Paulsen.


Winard Harper with Bob Stewart - February 2010

Drummer Winard Harper performed at City High School in Iowa City in February 2010. Harper sat down in the KCCK studios ahead of time and had a chat with Bob Stewart.


Alex Bugnon with Gordon Paulsen - February 2010

Keyboardist Alex Bugnon will perform at the Smooth Jazz Valentine's Concert in Bettendorf Saturday, January 13, at 7 p.m. He spoke by phone with Gordon Paulsen.


Jeff Coffin with Bob Stewart - January 2010

Three-time Grammy award winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin performed with the Cedar Rapids Washington High School and Coe College Jazz bands in January 2010. He dropped by the KCCK studios and spoke with Bob Stewart.


Bob Sheppard with Gordon Paulsen - December 2009

Los Angeles based saxophonist/composer and jazz educator Bob Sheppard was the special guest solosist at Kirkwood's Fall Instrumental Jazz Concert in December 2009. He dropped by the KCCK studios and spoke with Gordon Paulsen.


Jorge Gomez with Gordon Paulsen - November 2009

The Miami based and two time Grammy Award-nominated band Tiempo Libre performed their unique brand of Afro Cuban "timba" music in November 2009 at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon. Gordon Paulsen spoke by phone with Tiempo Libre keyboardist and music director Jorge Gomez.


Herb Alpert with Bob Stewart - October 2009

Trumpeter Herb Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall, will appear together Friday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center. He spoke by phone with Bob Stewart.


Bennie "Big Peter" Pete with Gordon Paulsen - October 2009

Tuba player Bennie "Big Peter" Pete brought the Hot 8 Brass Band from New Orleans to the University of Iowa for a free concert in October 2009. He spoke before the concert by phone with Gordon Paulsen.


Stefon Harris with Dennis Green - September 2009

Vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris performed along with Imani Winds in Opstad Auditorium at City High School in Iowa City in September 2009. He spoke by phone with KCCK's Dennis Green.


Gabriel Espinosa with Bob Stewart - July 2009

Gabriel Espinosa released "From Yucatan to Rio" in July 2009. Espinosa spoke in studio with KCCK's Bob Stewart.


Dave Holland with Gordon Paulsen - June 2009

The Dave Holland Quintet performed at at the 2009 Iowa City Jazz Festival. Before coming to Iowa, Holland talked by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Chris Potter with Gordon Paulsen - June 2009

Chris Potter's Underground performed at the 2009 Iowa City Jazz Festival. Ahead of that appearance, Potter talked by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Lionel Loueke with Gordon Paulsen - June 2009

The Lionel Loueke Trio performed at the 2009 Iowa City Jazz Festival. Loueke talked by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen in a pre-festival interview.


Trombone Shorty with Gordon Paulsen - June 2009

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue performed at the 2009 Iowa City Jazz Festival. Ahead of that appearance, Trombone Shorty talked by phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Wycliffe Gordon with Bob Stewart - April 2009

Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon appeared in concert at Kirkwood's Ballantyne Auditorium with the Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble and C.R. Jazz Big Band in April 2009. Gordon talked in studio prior to the performance with KCCK's Bob Stewart.


Richard Stoltzman with Mark Yother - April 2009

Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman presented a "Salute to Benny Goodman" at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City in April 2009. Stoltzman talked by phone prior to the performance with KCCK's Mark Yother.


Juan de Marcos Gonzalez with Gordon Paulsen - March 2009

Guiarist and singer, composer/arranger and bandleader Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, who has been called "the Quincy Jones of Cuba," has a mission to show the world the wealth, diversity and vitality of Cuban music. His work with the Afro-Cuban All Stars, the Buena Vista Social Club with Ry Cooder, Ruben González, Ibrahim Ferrer, Sierra Maestra and other artists has raised the profile of Cuban music throughout the world. He brought the Afro-Cuban All Stars to West High in Iowa City for a "Hancher Presents" concert in March 2009.


Ben Allison with Bob Stewart - February 2009

Bassist Ben Allison and Man Size Safe performed at The Hub in Cedar Falls and at The Sanctuary in Iowa City in February 2009. Allison talked by phone with Bob Stewart.


Charles Neville with Gordon Paulsen - February 2009

Saxophonist Charles Neville of the iconic Neville Brothers has been playing professionally since he was 15 years old. The Brothers and New Orleans legend Dr. John performed at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City in February 2009. Before the concert, Charles spoke by phone with Gordon Paulsen about his influences, the New Orleans traditions and a life that seems perpetually on the road.


Kurt Elling with Bob Stewart - January 2009

Singer Kurt Elling performed at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City in January 2009. He spoke with Bob Stewart by phone prior to his performance.


Ernie Watts with Gordon Paulsen - January 2009

Saxophonist and composer Ernie Watts joined singer Kurt Elling in a concert at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City in January 2009. He spoke with Gordon Paulsen by phone from his home in California about his career, influences, latest CD and the concert with Kurt Elling.


Rusty Jones with Gordon Paulsen - January 2009

Cedar Rapids native Rusty Jones was the former drummer for jazz giants George Shearing and Marian McPartland. Rusty was also was a member of the band that backed-up the legendary trumpeter Chet Baker on a previously unreleased 1986 recording session that is now available as "Chet in Chicago" and featured as KCCK's "CD of the Month" for January 2009. Rusty spoke by phone from his home in Chicago with Gordon Paulsen about his early years as an up and coming musician in Cedar Rapids and his experiences and recollections from performing with many jazz greats including Chet Baker.


Karrin Allyson with Bob Stewart - May 2008

Singer Karrin Allyson performed at CSPS in Cedar Rapids May 11, 2008. She talked with Bob Stewart by phone from St. Louis, where she was appearing before coming to Cedar Rapids, about her early career and what she's been up to lately.


Sonny Fortune with Bob Stewart - November 2007

Saxophonist Sonny Fortune performed with the Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble and C.R. Jazz Big Band Nov. 10, 2007. He talked in studio about starting his own record label and his experiences with Miles Davis.


Russ Freeman with Gordon Paulsen - October 2007

Guitarist Russ Freeman appeared with the Rippingtons at the Capitol Theater in Davenport. He talked by phone about the concert and the Rippingtons' 20th anniversary tour with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen.


Frankie Manning with Murray Kent - September 2007

Legendary Swing era dancer Frankie Manning was in Fairfield, Iowa over the Labor Day weekend to talk about his recent book and to conduct several Lindy Hop workshops. The 93-year-old spoke by phone from his home in New York with KCCK's Murray Kent.


Stanton Moore with Gordon Paulsen - July 2007

Drummer Stanton Moore brought his trio to the 2007 Toyota Scion of Iowa City Jazz Festival. Gordon Paulsen spoke with him by telephone in his native New Orleans a few days before this performance about his varied musical influences and pursuits.


Christian McBride with Bob Stewart - October 2007

Bassist Christian McBride performed at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City in October 2007 as part of the Pat Metheny Trio. Before the concert, McBride visited by phone with Bob Stewart. He talked about recording with Bruce Hornsby and performing with Metheny


Christian McBride with Bob Stewart - April 2007

Bassist Christian McBride performed at Kirkwood Community College in April 2007. Before the concert, McBride visited with Bob Stewart in the KCCK studios. He talked about his early years in Philadelphia and his relationship with the legendary Ray Brown.


Paquito D'Rivera with Bob Stewart - January 2007

Saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera performed at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City in February 2007. Before the concert, he visited by phone with KCCK's Bob Stewart and talked about playing as a youngster in his native Cuba and about his experiences later on with Dizzy Gillespie.


Joyce Cooling with Gordon Paulsen - October 2006

Guitarist Joyce Cooling performed at the Quad Cities Smooth Jazz Fall Festival in October 2006. Before the concert, she visited over the phone with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen and talked about growing up near the jazz scene in New York City and about the influence Wes Montgomery had on her playing.


Catherine Russell with Gordon Paulsen - October 2006

Vocalist Catherine Russell performed at CSPS in Cedar Rapids in October 2006. Before the concert, she visited KCCK and spoke with Gordon Paulsen about her CD "Cat" and about her parents -- pioneering pianist Luis Russell, once musical director for Louis Armstrong, and bassist Carline Ray, who has performed with Mary Lou Williams and Wynton Marsalis.


Irvin Mayfield with Bob Stewart - September 2006

Los Hombres Calientes performed at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City in September 2006. Before the concert, Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, co-leader of the group, spoke by phone with KCCK's Bob Stewart.


Geoffery Keezer with Bob Stewart - July 2006

Keyboardist Geoffery Keezer performed at the 2006 Iowa City Jazz Festival on the Pentacrest at the University of Iowa. Before his July 2 concert, Keezer talked backstage with KCCK's Bob Stewart.


Eddie Daniels with Gordon Paulsen - April 2006

Renowned clarinetist and multiple reed player Eddie Daniels headlined an April 2006 concert at Kirkwood Community College. Daniels performed with the Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble and CR Jazz Big Band. Before the concert, Daniels sat down with Gordon Paulsen in the KCCK studios.


Jim Cullum with Mark Yother - April 2006

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band performed at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids in April 2006 as part of the Cedar Rapids Community Concert series. Before the concert, Cullum sat down with KCCK's Mark Yother. He talked about traditional jazz, Louis Armstrong, and the influences of the earliest recorded jazz.


Tierney Sutton with Bob Naujoks - February 2006

Tierney Sutton is described by the New York Times as "a serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level." She won JazzWeek's 2005 Vocalist of the Year Award and her CD "I'm with the Band" was nominated for a Grammy. She performed at the Dubuque Winter Jazz &: Blues Festival in February 2005. She talked by telephone with KCCK's Bob Naujoks before the concert.


Peter Cincotti with Bob Stewart - October 2005

Tierney Sutton is described by the New York Times as "a serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level." She won JazzWeek's 2005 Vocalist of the Year Award and her CD "I'm with the Band" was nominated for a Grammy. She performed at the Dubuque Winter Jazz &: Blues Festival in February 2005. She talked by telephone with KCCK's Bob Naujoks before the concert.


Marian McPartland with Bob Stewart - September 2005

Marian McPartland has been a giant of jazz for more than six decades. From her legendary 1950s trio at the Hickory House on New York's famed 52nd Street to her 25 years as host of NPR's longest-running cultural program, "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz", she has thrilled jazz fans with her prodigious gifts as an improviser, interpreter and composer. She performed at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City in September 2005 and talked with KCCK's Bob Stewart ahead of time.


Steve Turre with Gordon Paulsen - April 2005

Steve Turre has performed with some of the hottest and most respected people in jazz and pop music and has a passion for sharing the joys of music with others. Turre performed at Kirkwood Community College in April 2005 and also conducted a master class. The trombonist also performs on seashells. He talked with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen about his career.


Joe Lovano with Bob Stewart - March 2005

Steve Turre has performed with some of the hottest and most respected people in jazz and pop music and has a passion for sharing the joys of music with others. Turre performed at Kirkwood Community College in April 2005 and also conducted a master class. The trombonist also performs on seashells. He talked with KCCK's Gordon Paulsen about his career.


Mike Vax with Bob Stewart - February 2004

Trumpeter Mike Vax performed at Coe College's 2004 Jazz Summit in February. Vax is a Yamaha International performing artist and clinician in both classical and jazz music. He has served as the lead trumpet for the Stan Kenton Orchestra and has performed on more than 50 albums with many acclaimed musicians including Kenton, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, and Anita O'Day. He talked with Bob Stewart about his career and about the future of jazz education.


David Sanborn with Bob Stewart - January 2004

David Sanborn has been the most influential saxophonist on pop, R&B, and crossover players of the past 20 years. He was in Iowa in January 2004 for concerts in Des Moines and Davenport. Before those appearances he talked with KCCK's Bob Stewart. They talked about David's music, his old television show and his experiences at Woodstock, among other things.