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KETR begins holiday weekend with Friday music specials

David Basse, host of "Jazz With David Basse," introduces the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra in December 2017.
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David Basse, host of "Jazz With David Basse," introduces the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra in December 2017.

David Basse's Christmas special highlights an almost-Christmas-weekend lineup for a cold Dec. 23 in Northeast Texas.

A Cowboy Christmas

Friday, 11 a.m.-Noon

A Cowboy Christmas celebrates the holiday with memories, music, and poetry of people who live and work in the isolation of America's outback. Some of the stories and songs are family traditions passed down through the generations while others are new works inspired by Christmas on the lonely range. This program features poets Baxter Black, Waddie Mitchell, and Native American singer and comedian Vincent Craig.

The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special

Friday, Noon-1 p.m.

Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

A Mountain Stage Holiday

Friday, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

This hour-long special features seasonal songs, old and new, all recorded live over the years on the Mountain Stage. We'll hear performances from Joan Baez, Bruce Cockburn, Odetta, Loudon Wainwright III, Holly Cole, The Roches, Kathy Mattea, Michael Martin Murphey and more.

Sounds of the Season: Holiday Jazz from KSDS

Friday, 8 p.m.-9 p.m.

KSDS presents 'Sounds of the Season.' a program of holiday (real) jazz, from swing-era recordings by Count Basie and Duke Ellington to recent releases by Bill Cunliffe and Straight No Chaser.

Jazz with David Basse: Holiday 2022

Friday, 9 p.m.-Midnight

Our holiday programming has something for everyone, with beloved, classic songs alongside new voices in jazz. From vocalese to vibraphone, it’s perfect for your public radio celebration.