Friday Night Special – Chester CT Thompson CD, 11 Tracks

Fred Witt | May 18th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

Limited quantity ! The famous, “Mr. jazz Hammond Organ” himself, & band on a big, 11-track CD.  Available in limited quantity, one-time chance, tonight, as a thank-you gift to *call-in donors only*, for any gift of $75 and up.

This drummer & session musician, playing with Frank Zappa’s, Tower of Power’s, and Santana’s bands  has to be heard to be believed.  This CD includes Clockwise, The Moontrane, and Squibcakes.

Tune in tonight to KCSM to catch really cool blues, and call in to contribute & keep jazz alive if you wish.  Not too many of these CD’s to go around, so don’t wait too long.

A Miles Davis Weekend Celebration 18 May 2pm-6pm and 19 May 10am-6pm

Ron Lee | May 13th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

Join us starting Fri May 18th through Sat May 19th for an early celebration of MIles’s May 26th birthday. Miles is considered to be one of the most influential jazz musicians. His career spans the early bebop of the 1940 through the jazz fusion of the 80s-90s. Through all of his transitions Miles was always leading the way for the rest of the jazz world.

One of the features of the weekend will be the story of Miles’s Kind of Blue album. Since its issue in 1959 this album has been the top selling jazz album. It has been the introduction to jazz for many generations of listeners.

Join us starting Fri May 18 2-6pm with Chuy and Mel and all day Sat May 19 10am-6pm with Sonny, Dick and Mel.

Latin Jazz Mother’s Day – with Chuy & Chris

Fred Witt | May 8th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

There’s plenty in Latin jazz for the ladies to love.  Are you onto Tito Puente (Dance Mania) ?  How about Cal Tjader (Soul Sauce), Eddie Palmieri (Superimposition), Mongo Santamaría (Sofrito) ?  But wait.  There are lady Latin jazz power houses as well.  Look around a little bit and see if you can sample the music of Jane Bunnett and her band Maqueque, Brazilian pianist and singer Eliane Elias, and salsa, Afro-Caribbean pianist Rebeca Mauleón (shown here) from our own Bay Area.

On this Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13th, Chuy & Chris will take us through a four hour Latin jazz spin, with great music for the ladies.  Catch the show on KCSM between 2 and 6 pm.

Ladies of Song, Saturday, Sunday: May 12th & 13th.

Fred Witt | May 8th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

Jazz is replete with names of great lady singers. Some of the famous ones are probably favorites of yours. Love the sounds of Ella, Billie, Carmen and Sarah? How about discovering the late Della Reese as a singer, Jeri Southern, Annie Ross, and Betty Roche ! The jazz field has so much talent the listeners get lost in the field.

A great chance is coming up to sit down and soak up their talent the weekend of May 12th and 13th. This Mother’s Day weekend KCSM pays tribute to the Ladies of Song! Della Reese from Detroit, a singer from the 40’s to 2014 was a star in Touched By an Angel. Jeri Southern from Nebraska was a hit singer in the 50’s. Annie Ross (shown here), from the UK was best known from the trio Lambert, Hendrinks, and Ross. Betty Roche 40’s – 60’s Blues singer was famous for her dramatic song performances.

Join Sonny & Mel on Saturday May 12th from 10am-2pm; and Keithand Mel on Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 13th, from 10am-2pm for more Grande Dames! Fill the weekend with the joyful, playful, heartfelt, soul sound of the human voice—our very best in Jazz. And Happy Mother’s Day

Otis Redding with Chuy and Mel Fri 11 May 2-6pm

Ron Lee | May 5th, 2018 | 2 Comments »

We all remember Otis Redding singing his hit “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” back in the late 60s. Otis got his start as part of the southern chitlin’ circuit in the 60s. He was later signed to Stax Records and was a talent scout as well as a performer. A major turning point in his career came as he closed the Sat night performance of the Monterey Pop Festival. This performance introduced him to more main stream white audiences. He composed his hit “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” in Sausalito a short time later and recorded it just before his untimely death in a plane crash.

Chuy and Mel will be telling the story of Otis Redding on Fri 11 May from 2pm – 6pm. Listen in to hear the legacy of this great soul singer.

Vibes R’ Us – Sonny and Mel 5 May 10am-2pm

Ron Lee | May 3rd, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

The Vibraphone or Vibes were invented in the 1920s and was mostly a novelty percussion instrument. In 1930 Lionel Hampton started playing the vibes in the LA area. He later joined Benny Goodman’s Big Band and toured with them. In the 1940s Lionel became a popular band leader in the New York area.The next master to come along was Milt Jackson. Best known as the founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet he played from the 1940s through the 1980s. Milt played in the be-bop style with artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Thelonius Monk. Bobby Hutcherson was originally from LA. Like Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson he started as a drummer. His epiphany came when he heard Beshaw swing performed by Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Percy Heath, Thelonius Monk and Kenny Clark on the Miles Davis All Stars album. Bobby followed a more free jazz style. He moved to New York and later returned to the SF Bay Area. He was a founding member of the SF Jazz Collective.

Please join Sonny and Mel as they explore the music of these gentlemen and see how they changed the sound of jazz.

Vibes R’Us: Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson & More with Sonny & Mel Sat. May 5th  10am-2pm 

 

The Heart of Soul – Al Green and Otis Reading

Ron Lee | May 1st, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

Al Green and Otis Redding represent two of the outstanding artist of 60’s and 70’s soul. Otis Redding is best know for his hit “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay”. Otis got his start as part of the southern chitlin’ circuit in the 60s. He was later signed to Stax Records and was a talent scout as well as a performer. A major turning point in his career came as he closed the Sat night performance of the Monterey Pop Festival. This performance introduced him to more main stream white audiences. Al Green came from a religious family from Arkansa and his early years were spent listening to gospel. However his early influences were Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. Al found his own style with his album Let’s Stay Together released in Jan 1972. Through the 70s Al produced a series of hits. In the 80s he turned to gospel music. Today he is a practicing minister in the Memphis Tn area.

Fri night Kathleen and Harry will be exploring the music of these two great soul singers. You’ll hear Otis and Al’s hits, seldom-heard rarities and dynamic live tracks

The Heart of Soul: Otis Redding & Al Green with Kathleen & Harry Fri. May 4th  9pm-Midnight

 

Nina Simone, the HIgh Priestess of Soul

Ron Lee | April 30th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

Her title the “High Priestess of Soul” describes the music and performances of Nina SImone. Her 40 year career started in Tyron, North Carolina. Her parents were Methodist ministers and Nina learned to play piano at the age of 3. She was intent on becoming a classical pianist. She graduated as the valedictorian of her high school class. Unfortunately she was unable to get accepted to top musical schools. To make a living she taught music and started playing in bars in New Jersey. She quickly attracted crowds who appreciated her broad mix of classical, jazz, and broadway tunes. This led to a recording contract with Bethlehem Records. Over the next 30 years she would perform and record for audiences all over the world. Her later life was spent in southern France but she frequently toured.

On April 14th Nina Simone was one of 5 nominees inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame for her performances. Join us at KCSM to celebrate the music of Nina Simone.

 

Celebrate Nina Simone’s induction into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame

   Chuy & Mel Fri. May 4th  2-6pm 

   Keith & Mel Sun. May 6th  10am-2pm 

 

 

 

It’s Spring! at KCSM

Ron Lee | April 29th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

The weather has warmed up and the flowers are blooming. Spring has come. For the next three weekends KCSM is bringing you a series of jazz specials.

For our first weekend Mey 4-6 we have

Celebrate Nina Simone’s induction into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame with Chuy & Mel Fri. May 4th  2-6pm 

The Heart of Soul: Otis Redding & Al Green with Kathleen & Harry Fri. May 4th  9pm-Midnight 

Vibes R’Us: Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson & More with Sonny & Mel Sat. May 5th  10am-2pm 

Celebrate Nina Simone’s induction into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame with Keith & Mel Sun. May 6th  10am-2pm 

 

Then we follow for Mother’s Day weekend

Otis Redding with Chuy & Mel Fri. May 11th 2-6pm 

Mother’s Day Weekend with the Ladies of Song with Sonny & Mel Sat. May 12th 10am-2pm 

Mother’s Day Weekend with the Ladies of Song with Keith & Mel Sun. May 13th 10am-2pm 

Latin Jazz Mother’s Day – with Chuy & Chris Sun. May 13th 2-6pm 

 

We wind things up a weekend of Miles Davis

MILES DAVIS – with Chuy & Mel Fri. May 18th 2-6pm

MILES DAVIS – with Sonny, Dick & Mel Sat. May 19th 10am-6pm

We will be posting more details about this programs in the coming weeks. Please join us!

 

A Marian McPartland Centennial Celebration

Ron Lee | January 27th, 2018 | 1 Comment »

Join Chuy Varela, Sonny Buxton, Dick Conte, Kathleen Lawton and Melanie, as we lift a glass and celebrate the Centennial of the birth of Marian McPartland, the Grand Dame of Jazz Radio, and the host of Piano Jazz for over 30 years, making it the longest running cultural program on NPR.

Marian’s career began during WW II where she played for the English and American troops in Europe. She would meet Jimmy McPartland her future husband during a USO tour. After WW II she move to NY to become part of the jazz scene there. In 1956 she began to write for Downbeat magazine and was a regular contributor through the 1960s. In 1964 she started her radio show at WBAI in New York. This was syndicated and eventually became Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR in 1979. Marian would go on to feature interviews and performances with all the great jazz artists. She was also a champion of women in jazz and new artists.

We toast Marian on Friday, February 2nd from 2 to 6PM and Saturday, February 3rd, from 10AM to 6PM, right here, on KCSM, the Bay Area’s Jazz Station.