Q&A with Jayne Sanchez
KCSM 91.1 FM's Jazz Oasis Co-host
Jayne has hosted the Jazz Oasis on KCSM FM 91 since 1994. Hosting the Jazz Oasis requires selecting the content, programming the music, board operations and live on-air announcing. Jayne’s program explores music in the ballad form and in the mid-tempo range. She searches for pieces that have polytonality, melodic improvisations, inventive rhythmic lines and creative arrangements. She can be found every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6-9pm PST.
In 1996, she received the Bonnie Chastain Scholarship award at the College of San Mateo for her academic accomplishments. While earning her degree there, Jayne was invited to be on the KCSM FM planning committee as a student representative to address the College District’s Board of Directors. In 1997, she was featured in a newspaper ad campaign to promote the Broadcasting programs at the College of San Mateo.
Her interest in jazz education led her to help fund The Prominence Project, a non-profit organization that promotes the arts in education for schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked for several years with the Jazzschool in Berkeley as it’s publicist and also worked with neighboring restaurant and music venue, downtown Restaurant.
When I program, I try to imagine what someone would be doing at that time of day. Perhaps they are drinking a latte, chatting with a friend, fixing dinner, perhaps they are in the hospital, maybe working late and of course... stuck in Bay Area traffic.
Jayne became a Board Member and 2 year President of the Golden Gate Chapter of the American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT). She produced programs such as “Whose Stories Do Journalists Tell?” with Professor Ted Glasser of Stanford University’s Journalism and Communications Departments, Meet the Pro’s Career Fair, and Behind the Scenes: Bay Area Women Producers, and the Annual Awards luncheon celebrating talent from all areas of Broadcasting in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 2005, Jayne spearheaded a program in conjunction with the Jazzschool in Berkeley and the Portland Jazz Festival to put instruments back in the hands of displaced New Orleans musicians after Hurricane Katrina. She wrote, promoted, collected, and hand delivered over $20,000 worth of donated instruments to Portland Jazz Festival personnel where it was distributed amongst a group of musicians that were had been relocated, and sponsored by the Portland Jazz Festival for well over 3 months in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Jayne enjoys making public appearances that include hosting stages at Yoshi’s, San Jose Jazz Festival, Villa Montalvo, and the Monterey Jazz Festival. The past two years she was asked to be the stage host of NPR’s Toast of the Nation. You will often find Jayne making casual conversation with jazz fans and taking photographs of the musicians as well as the audience and all the festivities.
Hear Jayne Sanchez on The Jazz Oasis, Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m.