by News Bureau on Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2012
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 3, 2012 — KRCU at Southeast Missouri State University announces plans to air “Piano Jazz Rising Stars,” a series focused on the young “legends” of today who are adventurously taking jazz into the 21st century. “Piano Jazz Rising Stars” will air Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., beginning Jan. 10. Following in the finest tradition of “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz,” host Jon Weber combines thoughtful conversation and great performances with the leading young musicians on the scene. Guests include pianist Taylor Eigsti, guitarist Julian Lage, alto saxophonist/vocalist Grace Kelly, vocalist Sachal Vasandani, and this year’s Thelonious Monk Competition winner, pianist Kris Bowers. Weber, who has filled in as a guest host for Marian McPartland on numerous occasions, brings a vast knowledge of jazz history, flawless musicianship, and the ability to coax the very best performances from the amazing artists who visit the show each week. McPartland has invited Weber to succeed her as host for this all-new series. Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune arts critic, wrote the following in his Nov. 8, 2011, column: “It’s hard to imagine a better choice for this plum assignment than Weber, considering his rare combination of gifts: brilliant technique, photographic memory, enormous repertory of songs and the ability to read perfectly at sight virtually any score placed before him.” KRCU General Manager Dan Woods said, “We are excited to offer this new jazz series to our listeners and we believe it will be a great addition to our schedule.”
As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, KRCU strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University on 90.9 FM in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM in Farmington and Ste. Genevieve.