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Kevin O'Connor
“Bonnie Raitt meets Alabama Shakes?” Though these may not be binding distinctions, one thing is certain:  Hannah von der Hoff  is a unique talent. She will be playing Friday 7/13 at Aster Cafe Hannah was gracious enough to give us an exclusive performance of two songs, one of which debuts as a video this week. You...
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. To honor that and to do what can be done to “Smash the Stigma,” two board members of Dissonance,  Katy Vernon and Carl Atiya Swanson, stopped by to explain the function of their wellness organization. Pianist and vocalist Sophia Shorai was kind enough to share a bit of her story and...
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Still charming audiences in his eighth decade, singer/pianist Freddy Cole talked about his new cd, growing up Cole and his shows at Crooners May 19th and 20th. Here’s a bit of his conversation with Kevin O’Connor:     More Posts for Show: The Afternoon Cruise
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Singer/songwriter Annie Fitzgerald is getting set to unleash a work of pure beauty: “You And Me And The Sun” on June 1 at The Hook And Ladder. Here’s most of our chat: Originally aired May 10, 2018 on The Afternoon Cruise with Kevin O’Connor. More Posts for Show: The Afternoon Cruise
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The holidays have long since come and gone. Eagerly anticipated tropical getaways have been actualized.  After a brief dearth typical of a year’s end, the music resumes. Here are a few things that arrived in the mail, as my Hawaiian tan fades to a pekid hue:     Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: “The New Classics” ...
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Mississippi Hot Club is a part of a swing celebration Saturday, 1/27 at Hook and Ladder: “Prohibition Swing Night.” They stopped into the studios last week. Here are highlights, including and in-studio performance.    
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Palmer’s on the West Bank just ramped up its music with a jazz night. Tuesdays in January find Silverback Trio taking the stage. Members David Hirsch, Brent Wallace and Byron Johnson-Blanchard discuss their innovative approach to music, democracy and what to do with instruments lying around. Oh, and a little pre-interview arm wrassle between friends!...
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Today’s broadcast is pre-recorded. Performances took place at KBEM on 12/13/17 as well as some from last year. Photo Credits, (except Vicky Emerson): Aidan O’Connor “Jazz 88 Holiday Cruise” performers:  Harpist/singer/entertainer Katie McMahon, Irish born, helped take the world by storm in the phenomenal “Riverdance.” As a lead singer, she stunned audiences worldwide with her...
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Below is the complete interview and performance from Monday. The band talks about a brand new recording, traditional vs. contemporary Gypsy music and plays two songs. https://www.icehousempls.com/events/ https://mississippihotclub.bandcamp.com/
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    It isn’t every day that our most cherished heroes in jazz are featured in media. Except, of course what we do on a daily basis at KBEM. So when news broke of the John Scheinfeld documentary, “Chasing the Trane,” jazz and music fans were absolutely agog!   http://www.coltranefilm.com/trailer/ The live airing was this...
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