The Metropolitan Museum of Art Gift of AXA Equitable 2012

There was a party on Wednesday night at The Roof in downtown Columbia and at the center of it was jazz musician Orrin Evans. Evans is the leader of the New York-based Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band which was commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a piece based on the mural America Today by Neosho, Missouri native Thomas Hart Benton.


To get (or keep) you in the holiday spirit, KBIA 91.3 and Classical 90.5 have programs for all musical and cultural tastes. Here's our list of remaining holiday programs planned for both stations.

Chucho Valdes: The KBIA Interview

Nov 2, 2015
Dr. Mamadou Badiane

Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes pays a return visit to Columbia this Wednesday. KBIA's Trevor Harris interviewed Valdes last week. They discussed what the end of the embargo (or 'blockade' if you're Cuban) means for cultural exchanges and the influence of Valdes' legendary Cuban supergroup Irakere more than 40 years after the ensemble hit the stage.

Thinking Out Loud: Missouri's Folk Arts History

Apr 22, 2015
Trevor Harris / KBIA

This week on Thinking Out Loud, we bring you an intimate look into some of Missouri's oldest folk-art traditions: from blacksmithing, to jazz, to traditional song and dance.

Jenn Cooper / KBIA

This week KBIA’s arts and culture segment producer Jenn Cooper hung out with the Columbia Jazz Jam group to explore Columbia’s Jazz scene during April’s Jazz Appreciation Month.

Jon Poses

Over thirty-five years ago, Jon Poses came to Columbia for a journalism degree. He's long since got that degree. Today, for consistent advocacy of live jazz in Columbia, Jon Poses was recently named a 2014 Jazz Journalists Association 'Jazz Hero.'

Courtesy: www.EldarMusic.com

From experience I can confirm that it’s hard work to become decent on a musical instrument. No matter the musical genre or instrument, it takes consistent practice to become listenable. I’m not saying I’ve gotten listenable yet with my bass and guitar playing.

Legendary Jazz Musician Dave Brubeck Dies

Dec 5, 2012

Dave Brubeck, the legendary jazz pianist and composer, known for defying jazz conventions and for recordings like "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," has died.