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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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Pianist Willie Pickens
Jazz88’s Development Officer, Janis Lane-Ewart, talks about the musicianship of and her friendship with pianist Willie Pickens III, a Chicago-area pianist who recorded and played with the likes of Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Elvin Jones and Buddy DeFranco. Pickens died in New York City on Dec. 13, 2017. Originally aired on the Morning Show...
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Kirk Whalum
Grammy Award winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum’s 6th Annual A Gospel According To Jazz Christmas concert tour, featuring South African singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler along with special guests John Stoddart, Sheléa, and Kevin Whalum is coming up this  Sunday, December 17th , 6 p.m. at Bethel University’s Benson Great Hall.  Info Tune in Kirk’s visit with Patty Peterson during The Playroom  this Sunday at 4 p.m.
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Pianist Joe Chouinard
Minnesota pianist/composer Joe Chouinard has a new CD out of Christmas music called Joey to the World. He’s done arrangements of some of his favorite Christmas songs, with one original called “Yellowstone.” You can celebrate the release of the CD along with Joe at Crooners Lounge and Supper Club Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Joining...
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Omar Khayyam
String Theory host Kevin Barnes welcomes world-music composer Dan Rein to the show. Dan will be celebrating the release of his fascinating new CD “Just One Breath: The poetry of Omar Khayyam” Sunday, December 10th at the Hook & Ladder Theater. Joining Dan on stage for this performance will be; Mikkel Beckmen on washboard (Brass Kings,...
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