These days the calendar tells us many things to celebrate and one of them is underway right now. April is Jazz Appreciation Month. The National Endowment for the Humanities declared it so 12 years ago.
You may not have realized it, but Mike Shanin probably did. Though you know him best as the host of Ruckus and a long-time radio talker, Mike’s also a real fan of the music that Kansas City once hung its hat on. Among his favorites here in town is a man whose impeccable sense of timing and texture has made him a staple of the jazz scene. Tommy Ruskin brought his drums to the studio and set them up for us, as he and his wife, Julie Turner, joined Mike to talk and play some music here on The Local Show.