Programs on KCCK



Jazz Programming on KCCK:

All of the producers at KCCK have a special touch mixing jazz. You'll hear contemporary jazz artists such as David Sanborn, Andy Narell and Lee Ritenour, as well as traditional jazz masters like Dexter Gordon, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

Back Stage Blues:

An hour of the best in live blues music hosted by John Heim aka Big Moe. Your favorite blues acts recorded on stage from all over the world. Friday at 10 p.m.

Beale Street Caravan:

Hosted by Pat Mitchell of the Blues Foundation, this weekly show takes listeners to exciting live blues events, such as the W.C. Handy Blues Awards, the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, and the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. Audiences are also taken inside some of the country's famous and not-so-famous blues clubs, including B.B. King's Blues Club. Saturday at 1 a.m. Visit the Beale Street Caravan web site.

Big Band Memories:

Two hosts with familiar names and voices, Cary J. Hahn and Murray Kent, provide soft jazz and big band sounds every weekend. Hahn is best-known to area television viewers as the "Iowa Traveler" on KGAN CBS-2, where he presented human-interest stories and features for about two decades. Kent is a radio veteran and a former classic and vintage jazz program host on KCCK in the 1980s. Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Brazilian Hour:

Hosted by Sergio Mielniczenko, Brazilian Hour is made possible by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, and promotes the best Brazilian music and culture all around the world. Tuesday and Sunday at 2 a.m. Visit the Brazilian Hour web site.

Café Jazz:

Featuring the smooth groove of today's jazz hosted by Ted Hasiuk. Ted first became exposed to smooth jazz while traveling in the U.S. back in the late 80's. It was love at first listen. After several years of compiling a smooth jazz library, which has evolved into the largest in Canada, Ted took to the airwaves to spread the word. Sunday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 5 a.m. Visit the Café Jazz web site.

The Crawfish Circuit:

Bob De Forest plays the best of Texas and Louisiana music -- the blues and jazz of the New Orleans to Austin circuits. Saturday at 10 p.m.

Da Blues:

Your host Bob De Forest examines different styles of blues, from boogie woogie to the rock blues of today. Saturday at 6 p.m.

Da Friday Night Blues:

A night of the best in blues music hosted by John Heim aka Big Moe. Fridays 6-10 p.m.


This weekly, hour-long music program highlights and examines contemporary music being produced by contemporary Native American artists such as Robbie Robertson, Indigenous, Joanne Shenandoah, Lunar Drive, Walela and Robert Mirabal. Each show is built around a main theme -- or showcases a particular artist -- complete with interviews. Monday at 1 a.m. Visit the Earthsongs web site.


John Diliberto is your host for two hours of exotic instrumental sounds. You'll hear music and features from some of the most creative contemporary composers of today. Artists range in style from Philip Glass and Brian Eno to John Tesh and Yanni. Sunday at 9 p.m. Visit the Echoes web site.

Funk at Five:

Gordon Paulsen puts some funk into the drive home every day. Funk at Five featuresthe great R & B, funk and horn bands that bridge the gap between blues and jazz. Weekdays at 5 p.m.

Gentle Jazz:

Bob Naujoks and Ron Adkins serve up a balance of light jazz perfect for your Sunday morning activities. Program originator Naujoks hosts from 9-11 a.m., Adkins anchors 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Rebroadcast Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Jazz Corner of The World:

Craig Kessler showcases a wide variety of artists and styles and shows how they connect to each other and the larger jazz world such as the Art Blakey album that inspired the show's name. Saturday at Noon. Rebroadcast Monday at 7 p.m.

  • September 20 and 22 - The 75th Anniversary Celebration of Blue Note Records - Part 18
  • September 27 and 29 - The Birth Date Anniversary of Piano Jazz Giant, Earl 'Bud' Powell

Jazz at Lincoln Center:

This weekly series explodes with captivating sounds of real swing, real blues and real jazz recorded as part of the Lincoln Center jazz performance series. The concerts put together by Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis are hosted by Wendell Pierce. The series is acclaimed for its informative scripts, high-level production and superb music quality. Tuesday at 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 a.m. Visit the Jazz at Lincoln Center web site.

  • September 16 - Maceo Parker: Funky Stuff
  • September 23 - New Orleans Piano Kings
  • September 30 - Great American Songwriters: Vernon Duke

Jazz Masters:

Bob Stewart plays an hour of classic jazz recordings in the mainstream tradition. You'll hear landmark recordings and historic concerts. Jazz Masters features artists such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, and Stan Getz. Monday through Friday at noon.

Jazz Profiles:

This continuing documentary series profiles the people, places and events in jazz. Topics range from in-depth portraits of the legendary personalities who have made jazz what it is today to comprehensive looks at jazz instruments, jazz cities and jazz families. By using archival recordings, interviews and narration, Jazz Profiles tells informative and engaging stories that celebrate the music and the people who make it. Hosted by Emmy and Grammy Award winner Nancy Wilson. Monday at 6 p.m. Visit the Jazz Profiles web site.

  • September 22 - Benny Waters
  • September 29 - Gerry Mulligan
  • October 6 - Bud Powell

Jazz Rhythm:

Music and story-telling brought together in a one-hour series blending commentary, interview clips and jazz recordings old and new. Host Dave Radlauer explores the lore, culture and personalities of early jazz. Winner of the 2004 Gabriel Award and Golden Reel Awards in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Sunday at 3 a.m., Friday at 4 a.m. Visit the Jazz Rhythm web site.


JazzSet spotlights the hottest live performances from festivals, clubs, and theaters around the world. Jazzset takes you to a different location each week to hear from some of the great Jazz talents of today. Wednesday at 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Thursday at 1 a.m. Visit the Jazzset web site. <

  • September 24 - 55 Years of the Monterey Jazz Festival
  • October 1 - Steve Wilson at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • KCCK Jams:

    John Heim spends an hour with the best concert and studio recordings by music's hottest jam bands. Friday at 11 p.m.

    Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz:

    Each week, NPR's award-winning program showcases both acclaimed artists and up-and-coming performers as they share music and memories with their legendary host, Marian McPartland. Piano Jazz hits a perfect balance between historical perspective and sheer entertainment, a formula that has made the series the longest-running national performance program on public radio. Thursday at 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Friday at 1 a.m. Visit the Piano Jazz web site.

    • September 25 - Freddy Cole

    The Melting Pot:

    The best in blues, funk, world beat, jazz fusion, and interesting rock 'n' roll. Bob De Forest is the host. Saturday at 11 p.m.

    The Midnight CD:

    Each night at midnight, a recently released jazz CD is played in its entirety, uninterrupted, for your listening pleasure. Tune in throughout the day for information about each day's choices. Nightly at midnight. Monday through Thursday: jazz, Friday: blues, Saturday: world mix, Sunday: new age.

    This week:

    Music from the Hearts of Space:

    Stephen Hill takes you on a musical journey, crafted to create a psychologically stimulating, physically relaxing ambience. Space-creating instrumental music from many eras and cultures merges with the latest electronic and acoustic ambient music. Sunday at 11 pm. Visit the Music from the Hearts of Space web site.

    Night Lights:

    Hosted by David Brent Johnson, focusing on classic jazz from 1945-1990, covering artists such as John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Nina Simone. Monday at 5 a.m. Visit the Night Lights web site.

    Putumayo World Music Hour:

    The Putumayo World Music Hour takes listeners on a weekly journey through the music of many different cultures, including well-known names like Bob Marley, Sting, Loreena McKennitt, and Santana, along with exceptional, under-exposed international artists. The program features interviews with world-class music makers such as Los Lobos, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne, and Taj Mahal. Sunday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 a.m. Visit the Putumayo World Music Hour web site.

    Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli:

    Every weekend John and his wife and co-host, singer Jessica Molaskey, play music and entertain guests in their "deluxe living room." John and Jessie know everybody in the business and most of them eventually drop by for a visit. Saturday at 4 p.m. Visit the Radio Deluxe web site.

    Rhythm Sweet and Hot:

    This 60-minute musical variety show is a revelation to young listeners and a joyful rediscovery for older ones. Original jazz and swing recordings set the tone. Musical treats and surprises include vocal and "sweet" band recordings from the 78 rpm era; rare, original-issue 78s; long out-of-print LPs; original transcriptions; and new recordings that revive older styles. Sunday at 5 a.m. and Tuesday at 4 a.m. Visit the Rhythm Sweet and Hot web site.

    Riverwalk Jazz:

    Hosts Jim Cullum and David Holt, along with the Jim Cullum Band, explore the history of American jazz each week. The weekly series is recorded live at The Landing Jazz Club on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Sunday at 5 p.m. and Tuesday at 1 a.m. Visit the Riverwalk Jazz web site.

    • September 21 - Sweet Ballads & Red Hot Pianos
    • September 28 - Let's Talk Jazz: A Conversation with Gary Giddins

    The Short List:

    Daily features as well as weekly Saturday morning half-hour programs. Our encore Short List summer series is inspired by the book The New Face of Jazz by Cicily Janus. The series covers a wide variety of jazz players --- some are on the fringes of success, some are older but overlooked, some are active but have limited exposure, and some have devoted their lives to educating the succeeding generations of jazz musicians. The companion Saturday morning show is Gabriel's Horns-3, highlighting some of Bob's favorite trumpeters. Weekdays at 8:35 a.m. and Saturday at 7 a.m.

    Week of New Face of Jazz Gabriel's Horns-3
    September 15 Michael League, EJ & Marcus Strickland Jabbo Smith
    September 22 J.B. Scott, Matthew Shipp, Terrell Stafford, Brandee Younger Jonah Jones

    Sunday Morning Swing:

    Mark Yother brings you the sounds of the dance bands of the 40s and 50s. Big band swing with your favorite vocalists. Sunday at 6 a.m.

    Featured Artists:

    • September 21 - Teddy Wilson
    • September 28 - Stephane Grappelli

    Swingin' Down the Lane:

    Host David Miller is dedicated to keeping the big band sound alive and well. New generations are thrilling to Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and of course the illustrious Duke Ellington. Thursday and Sunday at 4 a.m. Visit the Swingin' Down the Lane web site.

    Wednesday Night Special:

    Listen each Wednesday evening as KCCK presents highlights of live events, such as KCCK's Jazz Under the Stars, the Iowa City Jazz Festival and jazz concerts at Kirkwood Community College. Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

    KCCK Concert Recordings:

    • September 24 - Mirage: Jean Luc-Ponty Project feat. Natalie Brown at Campbell Steele Gallery

    Women in Music:

    Women in Music with Laney Goodman is a weekly series with an eclectic mix of the best music of female artists from around the world. Monday at 3 a.m. Visit the Women in Music web site.


    Clean Up Your Act:

    This award-winning feature highlights the need for energy conservation, helping to make this a better world. Weekdays at 6:35 a.m. and 3:35 p.m. Saturday at 9:20 a.m. and Sunday at 8:20 a.m. Listen to recent shows, or subscribe to Clean Up Your Act podcasts.

    KCCK's Culture Crawl:

    Every week on Thursday and Friday mornings, Dennis Green and Bob Stewart take a look at what's happening in Iowa's Cultural Corridor on KCCK's Culture Crawl. Each episode provides an in-depth look at one upcoming arts event, usually including a personal interview with an organizer or performer, and concludes with highlights of KCCK's Concert Calendar for the coming weekend. It's one of the best ways to plan your weekend in Eastern Iowa, and it's only on KCCK.

    Health in a Heartbeat:

    Daily, two-minute reports on health issues. Timely consumer information from respected sources on medical research, patient care breakthroughs and health care industry trends. Weekdays at 4:35 p.m. Visit the Health in a Heartbeat home page.

    Marketplace Morning Report:

    This timely report delivers a global business perspective...examining in depth our interaction with the marketplace. A thoughtful, probing, sometimes funny look at the day's financial events. Weekdays at 6:55 a.m. Visit the Marketplace Morning Report home page.

    Pulse of the Planet:

    From the music of the spheres to the vibrations of life on earth, Pulse of the Planet blends extraordinary sounds with compelling information in a relaxed, easy-to-understand format. This award-winning series hosted by Jim Metzner tracks the rhythms of nature, culture and science. Weekdays at 9:35 a.m. Visit the Pulse of the Planet home page.

    StarDate Radio:

    StarDate offers a balance of astronomy, and space-science topics, topics are related to important anniversaries such as the birthdays of important astronomers or anniversaries of key scientific discoveries or space-exploration accomplishments and a variety of topics related to astronomy. Sandy Wood is the voice of StarDate. Weekdays and Saturdays 5:58 a.m. Visit the StarDate Home Page.

    Talking Pictures:

    Enhance your movie-going experience by listening to Mark Yother and Denny Lynch. You'll be enlightened and entertained about the world of movies. Discover a good movie you might otherwise miss or be steered away from a "turkey" you intended to see. Thursday at 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. Listen to recent reviews, or subscribe to the show's podcast.

    Writer's Almanac:

    A daily five-minute program of poetry and history hosted by Garrison Keillor. Listeners across the country tune in each day as Keillor recounts the highlights of that day in history and reads a short poem or two. Monday through Saturday at 1:35 p.m. Visit the Writer's Almanac Home Page.


    Got A Minute?:

    Monday through Friday, our affable local curmudgeon, Mark Yother, offers his sometimes skewed perspective on what everybody else is up to. Occasionally serious; always more or less reality-based. A voice muttering in the wilderness. Weekdays at 7:20 a.m. and 5:35 p.m. Listen to recent ramblings, or subscribe to the show's podcast.


    Wednesday Night Special:

    Listen each Wednesday evening as KCCK presents highlights of live events, such as KCCK's Jazz Under the Stars, the Iowa City Jazz Festival and jazz concerts at Kirkwood Community College. Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

    KCCK Concert Recordings:

    • September 24 - Mirage: Jean Luc-Ponty Project feat. Natalie Brown at Campbell Steele Gallery

    First Friday Jazz Series:

    The First Friday Jazz Series features an eclectic mix of jazz, Latin and contemporary music the first Friday of every month in the Opus Concert Cafe next to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids. Live music starts at 5 p.m. Broadcast live on KCCK.
    • October 3 - Max Willman