Pianist, composer and teacher Billy Taylor is known for his jazz TV and radio shows, but he is also a lengendary pianist. As house pianist at Birdland in the 1940s he played with Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.
An Arizona expert is in Washington, D.C., for the international AIDS conference. As KJZZ's Peter O'Dowd reports, it's the first time the event has been held in the U.S. for more than 20 years.PETER O'DOWD: The conference has drawn high-level researchers and politicians from all over the world.
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture is urging Congress to reinstate a relief program for farmers suffering through drought. As KJZZ’s Nick Blumberg reports, that bill could have an impact in Arizona.Secretary Tom Vilsack toured struggling farms in Iowa Monday.
The class action lawsuit trial against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is scheduled to continue at a federal court house in Phoenix on Tuesday. Arpaio is expected to take the stand to answer accusations that include running a law enforcement agency that encourages the racial profiling of Latinos.
Desert Stages Theatre’s production of Rent never stops moving. The relentless, often abrasive energy that fuels Jonathan Larson’s musical also holds it aloft in this umpteenth restaging, which may be the brightest adult entertainment July has to offer.
New University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart says she's looking forward to working with state leaders on improving higher education and making it more accessible. From Phoenix, KJZZ's Steve Goldstein reports.
Maricopa County residents will not be voting this fall on a tax to replace the county’s 40-year-old hospital. The Health Care District Board of Directors decided this afternoon to postpone any decision for at least a year.
Summer monsoon storms are now a concern in northeastern Arizona in the area where last year’s Wallow Fire burned. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports there has already been minor flooding. AL MACIAS: The Wallow Fire was the largest in Arizona history.
Peoria is asking its residents what they think about the possibility of putting up digital billboards. The city has posted an online survey, and will also be hosting public meetings on the issue. KJZZ's Mark Brodie spoke with Maria Laughner, Peoria's Business and Real Estate Development Manager, about the issue.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is joining with the Red Cross to prevent childhood drowning. Nine children under the age of 12 have drowned in metro Phoenix since the first of the year, according to the Children's Safety Zone, which monitors statistics from police and fire officials in the Valley.
Born in Joplin Missouri and raised in Detroit, Charles McPherson was a disciple of Charlie Parker but added his own sound to the bebop language. His sax can be heard on the film "Bird" and on recordings with Charles Mingus.
The Phoenix metro area was ranked in the top ten among metro areas nationwide for the number of people killed in auto crashes in 2009. The numbers come from an analysis done by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The trial phase of the class action discrimination lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio began Thursday. KJZZ's Lynn Kelly spoke with reporter Jude Joffe-Block, who has been at the federal courthouse.
US Airways CEO Doug Parker confirmed to a National Press Club audience Wednesday that if his airline merges with American Airlines, the Valley would lose its only airline headquarters. Parker said the merged company would keep American's name and be headquartered in Texas.
Wednesday morning a C-17 military transport aircraft launched a NASA test capsule over Yuma Proving Ground. Michelle Faust from member station KAWC in Yuma, Arizona was at the drop of the NASA Parachute Test Vehicle.
Every 10 years the Census Bureau conducts a nationwide count of the U.S. population. The last complete count was completed two years ago, but now another annual survey from the Census Bureau is causing controversy.
Horn player and composer Dmitri Matheny stops by K-Jazz tonight to talk about his music and how he fell in love with the sound of the flugelhorn. We'll listen to some of the finest flugerhorn players and get the inside scoop on what makes them so unique.
Bob Mittelstaedt, retiring dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business, assesses Arizona’s economy. Mittelstaedt says that Arizona is on the road to recovery with a fairly balanced budget, but that’s not enough.
Two experts talk about the psychological effects wildfires have on the people who fight them and live through them. Jim Paxon, chief of public information for the Arizona Department of Game and Fish, explains the lifestyle of firefighters.
Two experts explain the importance of defense jobs in Arizona’s economy, and what needs to be done to attract the aerospace industry.Dr. Werner Dahm, director of ASU’s Security and Defense Systems Initiative, and Dr.