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Five days to keep jazz alive PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dennis Green   
Thursday, 27 December 2012 09:58
In an era of mass-produced media, KCCK remains one of the very few media organizations whose sole mission is to serve our listeners and the Corridor community.

If there was no KCCK, these are just a few of the things the Corridor would lose:
  • 7,000 young people would not receive jazz education programs like Schoolhouse Jazz and The Corridor Jazz Project, all offered free to schools.
  • 8,000 families would not enjoy free jazz in the summer at Jazz Under The Stars.
  • Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Pat Metheny, Dianne Reeves and hundreds more of America's greatest musicians would disappear from the public airwaves.
The truth is, nearly all of our funding comes from listeners and community supporters just like you.

The politicians in Washington are talking about drastic changes to the deductibility in charitable contributions in 2013. Give now to take advantage of full deductibility of your gift.

But we must receive your gift by Monday for it to count toward your 2012 taxes.

Pledge online right now at this link. You can also call (800) 373-KCCK (5225). 

If you have already given to KCCK this year, thank you! Please delete this email with a clear conscience and our thanks.

If not, I hope you can help us keep the jazz playing with a donation in the closing hours of the year.

Dennis Green
KCCK General Manager and Member

New Year's Eve with Josh Duffee & His Orchestra PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Josh Duffee   
Friday, 21 December 2012 09:22
My Orchestra will be playing on New Year's Eve this year at the Rhythm City Casino.  This will be our first time performing at the casino, but definitely not the last!  The Rhythm City has hired my full orchestra to play the first Saturday of every month, starting in February.  We'll be debuting new music at each show, as well as playing our favorites from the 1920's and early 30's.  We'll also be debuting our new band name, so lots of great changes happening in 2013! 

Here are the details incase you're interested in coming out on NYE to hear my group.  Our last song will be Auld Lang Syne, just like the original version that everyone is so familiar with from years ago.

What:  Josh Duffee & His Orchestra's New Year's Eve Performance
When:  Monday, December 31st 2012
Where:  The Rhythm City Casino, Downtown Davenport Riverfront
Time:  8:00pm to Midnight
Age Limit:  21 and over
Cost:  FREE!

The Rhythm City Casino food section will be open so you can have some dinner while we're playing.  Make a date of it and come out and have some dinner while you listen to us play some hot jazz from the 20's and early 30's! 

We hope to see you on New Year's Eve, and we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too!

Sincerely Yours,

Josh Duffee

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play airing on WQPT and WVIK PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 21 December 2012 09:20

Taped in November at Augustana College

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – WQPT, the Quad Cities local public television station and WVIK, the public radio station teamed up to present “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” in November. The stage play by Joe Landry and with music by Kevin Connors is set in a 1946 radio station.  It was performed before a live audience for three performances and taped to air on both stations for the holiday season.

WQPT will air the program December 21 and 25 at 7 pm, and WVIK will air it on December 23 at 7 pm.

Funding for the production was made possible by the Illinois Arts Council and the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. Directed by WQPT producer, Lora Adams and starring Mike Millar, Jenny Winn, Jason Platt, Erin Lounsberry, Michael Carron, Scott Tunnicliff, Tamra  McConoughey, Tom Vaccaro and with Jonathan Turner on piano, the production helped to raise funds for additional episodes of WQPT’s arts program “Artists in Profile.”  The first of the additional episodes airs on New Year’s Eve at 11:30 pm with a music special featuring performances by Ellis Kell, Danika Holmes, Ragamon, Barley House Band and the Milltown Wranglers.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.

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“A Night with Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven" Brings the Best-Selling Author's Book to Life on Thursday, January 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Greg Camphire   
Friday, 21 December 2012 09:15
Fathom Events and Relativity Media are proud to present “A Night with Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven: Filmmakers, Author and Stars Bring the Book to Life” on Thursday, January 17 at 8:00 PM ET/ 7:00 PM CT/ 7:00 PM MT/ 8:00 PM PT in select cinemas nationwide.
Fans should not miss this live one-night theatrical event featuring a discussion and Q&A moderated by Maria Menounos, with No. 1 “New York Times” best-selling author Nicholas Sparks. Also present will be the cast of the film adaptation of Sparks’ best-selling novel Safe Haven, including Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough.  Attendees will be the first to catch a sneak peek at exclusive clips, behind-the-scenes footage and intimate interviews from the crew behind Relativity Media’s eagerly-awaited film, directed by Oscar®-nominated Lasse Hallström.
Tickets for “A Night with Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven” are available now at participating theater box offices and online at
“A Night with Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven” will be showing at the following movie theaters in your area on Thursday, January 17 (theaters and participants are subject to change). A complete list of theater locations can be found at!safe-haven/more-info/theaters.
Davenport 53 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807

3 Ways to Get Your Creative Project off the Ground PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:59
Independent Filmmaker Offers Tips in Realizing Your Personal Ambition

With each passing year Andy Warhol’s quote – that everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame – rings truer.

The caveat: some people get more than 15 minutes, in large part because they actually work at their success, says award-winning indie filmmaker Kerstin Karlhuber. In fact, she calls this the “golden era of self-starters,” because this is an unprecedented time in which creative doers have access to achieving an audience.

“While there are some people who see the rise and fall of their name shortly after a quirky incident on a reality TV show, the more important success stories come from devoted artists who’ve worked their entire adult lives on a dream – and then something clicks,” says Karlhuber, who recently completed her latest project, “Tides of the Heart” (, an avant garde feature-length music video with no dialogue.

With some talent, a vision and that irrepressible itch to do something, amateurs such as “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James, or the co-creators of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” initially shot by three non-professionals before the FX channel contracted the show, are changing what and how audiences are receiving entertainment, says Daniel Jay Paul. His latest album, “Clean Getaway” (, not only makes up much of the score for the film, but also structures the plot.

“We’re living in a golden era of self-starters when it comes to the arts,” he says.

Karlhuber and Paul discuss three ways those just starting out can kick-start their projects:

• New methods of financing: Sites like are making it easier for self-starters to raise money for a variety of independent projects. It’s a 501©(3) non-profit that utilizes a “crowdfunding” platform in which those who seek to raise money can create campaigns to detail their story and get the word out.

• Alternative distribution: A decade ago, it wasn’t easy to get your self-made film out to audiences. If a committee liked your work, then you might get picked up by an indie movie festival, shown at the odd art house theater, Karlhuber says. Now, there are some households that go without cable or satellite, whose inhabitants rely completely on sites like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, where the Karlhuber-Paul project can be found, for their entertainment. An independent filmmaker can reasonably expect their video to be watched tens of thousands of times, if not much more. Despite these handy advances, utilizing traditional methods is a good idea, says Paul, who is continuing to enter “Tides of the Heart” into film festivals after having won awards in past events. He is expecting more theater screenings in the future, and hardcopies of the film are available.

• Marketing: The old way of advertising – billboards, newspaper space – can still be effective, but no longer necessary. If you’re not utilizing a method for online marketing, including the usual suspects such as Facebook and Twitter, then you’re not doing your job as a passionate artist, Paul says. “Unless you have the means or cash for a professional to handle your PR, then you have to ask yourself a simple question: What good is your project if nobody is exposed to it?” he says.

About Kerstin Karlhuber & Daniel Jay Paul

Kerstin Karlhuber is an award-winning filmmaker and director. Her work in the arts has been seen around the world, from off-Broadway to Cannes, the Arclight Theater in Los Angeles to a segment on “Good Morning America.” She is the founder and director of the film production company Silent Giant Productions based in New York City.

Daniel Jay Paul is a songwriter who recently released “Clean Getaway” on the Sunlight Communication Arts label. His songs have been described by Music Express’ Marcus Wright as “music you hear with your heart ….” Paul is the author of the novel “The Last Sunset.”

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