KJZZ News

  There is no one more unique than pianist Thelonious Monk.  He was an original who created bebop harmonies and  wrote melodies that are angular and still melodic.  He played in a style that was minimalist, yet Coltrane said that playing with Monk was like going to a jazz university.
October 08, 2012
The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s office says it’s identified the remains of a man buried in a Tempe cemetery 25 years ago.Officials say he’s 16-year-old John Bryan Moore, from Riverside, Calif.
October 08, 2012
This week, the U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service proposed adding two cacti to the endangered species list. The Acuna cactus (L) and Fickeisen plains cactus (R) could both get federal protection. The photo on the right is actually of 13 Fickeisen cacti specimens.
October 06, 2012
Jazz drummer Billy Higgins played on over 700 recordings.  He worked with Ornette Coleman, Pat Metheny, Dexter Gordon and even some rock artists!  His top quality performance matched by his joyful energy and showmanship has inspired many of todays great drummers.
October 05, 2012
Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever was legally drunk when he flipped his vehicle and died on a gravel road in Northern Arizona. The toxicology report came out several weeks after the September 18th crash.
October 05, 2012
An Arizona lawmaker and former Tempe city councilman has pleaded guilty to fraud and accepting bribes.State Representative Ben Arredondo admitted in court Friday that he took a bribe when he was a Tempe city councilman.
October 05, 2012
St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix says it’s desperate to refill its warehouses after a recent peanut butter recall. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the group was already facing a food shortage.  PETER O’DOWD: Food donations were down 20 to 30 percent compared to a year ago.
October 05, 2012
The City of Phoenix is acting to help its hospitals serve the uninsured. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Dennis Lambert has more.DENNIS LAMBERT: Mayor Greg Stanton says the action is needed to help Valley hospitals weather the storm of unreimbursed costs, which at many hospitals have more than doubled over hte last few years.
October 05, 2012
Morning Edition looks into Arizona Highways' feature on a unique bike rental shop and cafe at the Grand Canyon.KJZZ's Dennis Lambert spoke with Arizona Highways managing editor Kelly Kramer and the story photographer Dawn Kish about the feature on the Bright Angel bicycle rental store.
October 05, 2012
Harlem pianist Bud Powell was a genius, along with Charlie Parker he created bebop.  He also had mental problems that kept him in hospitals for much of his career.  Learn more about Bud Powell and hear his amazing chops whether he is ripping through some bebop changes or cruising a blues.
October 04, 2012
From the KJZZ newsroom, I’m Steve Goldstein. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will be in Arizona today to express her condolences to the family of Nicholas Ivie, the U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed this week just north of the Arizona-Mexico border.
October 04, 2012
The City of Phoenix will be providing nearly 500 new locations next year to use your credit or debit cards -- in the city’s parking meters. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.AL MACIAS: The city’s transportation department is asking the city council to approve a plan for hundreds of meters to be installed in the downtown area.
October 04, 2012
It may be another two weeks before the break in the Central Arizona Project canal is repaired. Authorities discovered the leak early Sunday morning. The canal delivers water from the Colorado River to Phoenix and Tucson.
October 04, 2012
According to an analysis released Thursday, Phoenix ranks third in the country in number of construction jobs added over the last year. The Associated General Contractors of America analyzes job reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
October 04, 2012
While the Valley just left summer behind a couple weeks ago, weather forecasters are already looking ahead, to what the winter will feel like. KJZZ's Steve Goldstein reports about what is predicted for this winter.
October 04, 2012
The Maricopa Unified School District is struggling and this election it hopes its fifth attempt to pass an education override will be the charm. The district, about 40 miles south of Phoenix, is asking voters for money to climb out of its budget slump.
October 04, 2012
There’s new hope for a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home that was facing demolition in the Phoenix neighborhood of Arcadia. As KJZZ’s Peter O’Dowd reports, the developer and the city of Phoenix have reached a deal to put work on hold while a search continues for a buyer.
October 04, 2012
Authorities have destroyed more than 4,500 marijuana plants found along the Centennial Wash near Wenden, about 100 miles northwest of Phoenix. Federal and state investigators say the plants were 3- to 6-feet high and located in four separate plots throughout the one-acre site.
October 03, 2012
As the U.S. continues its formal pullout from Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of soldiers are returning home. But for many, home isn't the warm and comfortable place it should be. Instead, it's a place where they're often misunderstood and where nightmares of war zones are inescapable.
October 03, 2012
Valley home prices rose in August, but not by much, according to new numbers from ASU. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie reports. MARK BRODIE: The median home price was up about one percent, to $150,000.
October 03, 2012

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