Cuban Divas Celia Cruz & Omara Portuondo

Ron Lee | January 18th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

In the 1950s Cuban music exploded in popularity with the Mambo and Cha Cha Cha. It gave prominence to many artists but it was the female singers like Celia Cruz, Graciela, Olga Guillot, La Lupe, Celeste Mendoza, and Omara Portuondo, who captured the hearts of the world with their voices.

Celia Cruz ranks as one of the most popular Latin Music singers with twenty-three gold albums. Her career started in 1950 in pre-Castro Cuba and lasted through her passing in 2003.

Another Cuban singer Omara Portuondo was a contemporary of Celia Cruz. She was popular through the 60s-80s. Her career picked up in 1996 with the album Buena Vista Social club. She was a founding singer and is still part of the group.

 

On Sunday, January 21st, from 2-6pm, we honor the Cuban Divas on the Latin Jazz Show, right here at KCSM Jazz 91.

Feelin’ Soulful! The Staple Singers, Ramsey Lewis, James Brown, The Jazz Crusaders & More!

Ron Lee | January 18th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

The 1960’s defined an era of awakening as transistor radios, eight track stereos and Hi-Fi’s began to pop-up in every home. Nearly half of the population was underage and the brightest stars were linked to the British Invasion and the Motown and San Francisco Sounds. KCSM takes you back with “Feelin’ Soulful!”…A stroll through the soulful side of jazz with revolutionary artists such as the Staple Singers, Ramsey Lewis, James Brown, the Jazz Crusaders and more.

While Keith and Melanie are spinning the tunes on Sunday you need to check out out pledge gifts. You can find these CDs and more at our Winter Pledge Gifts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Keith and Melanie for “Feelin’ Soulful!” on Sunday Jan 21st from 10AM-2PM here on KCSM the Bay Area’s Jazz Station.

A Bounty of Blue Note: The Blue Note Sound/The Legends of Blue Note Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and More!

Ron Lee | January 18th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

Since 1939 Blue Note Records has defined what Modern Jazz is all about. Founded by Alfred Lion, he named the label after the notes he said “he heard jazz musicians playing.” On Friday January 19th & Saturday, January 20th, KCSM Jazz 91 will celebrate the legacy of Blue Note Records with the artists and musicians who made the label great and changed the course of jazz by playing the “blue notes” Alfred Lion loved so much.

For all jazz fans Blue Note Records has been the label to go to and still is the premier jazz record label. Blue Note is best know for its recording of bebop and hard bop artists like Thelonius Monk, Jame Moody and Bud Powell. They would progress with the music to hard bop with artists like Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins and Donald Byrd. They were also the label that published the debut records for Miles Davis and John Coltrane. This was also the era of famed recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder.

A Blue Note discography can be found on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Note_Records_discography

It is well worth your effort to find Blue Note vinyl recordings.

Listen in on Fri 19 Jan from 2-6 with Mel and Chuy and Sat 20 Jan from 10-6 with Mel, Sonny and Dick.

Winter Pledge Gifts!

Ron Lee | January 17th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

The gift list for Winter Pledge is up at http://kcsm.org/pledge/categories/browseallgifts/. Lots of good music and cool stuff. Take a look and listen in on the weekends!

Winter specials are coming!

Ron Lee | January 10th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

KCSM listeners! Get ready for our Winter 2018 specials programs. For three consecutive weekends the hosts at KCSM will be focusing on some of the top artists. Here is our current line up! Watch for more details on our blog and website!

 

A Bounty of Blue Note:

The Blue Note Sound/The Legends of Blue Note

Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and More!

Friday, 1/19, 2-6PM with Chuy & Mel

Saturday, 1/20, 10AM-6PM with Sonny, Dick & Mel

 

Feelin’ Soulful!

The Staple Singers, Ramsey Lewis, James Brown,

The Jazz Crusaders & More!

Sunday, 1/21, 10AM-2PM with Keith & Mel

 

Cuban Divas

Celia Cruz & Omara Portuondo

Sunday, 1/21, 2-6PM with Chuy & Chris Cortez

 

Fun with Fats(Domino) @ 90!

Friday, 1/26, 2-6PM with Chuy & Mel

Sunday, 1/28, 10AM-2PM with Keith & Mel

 

The Boys in the Band

Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra & More!

Saturday, 1/27, 10AM-6PM with Sonny, Dick, Kathleen & Mel

 

Eddie Palmieri

Sunday, 1/28, 2-6PM with Chuy & Chris Cortez

 

A Marian McPartland Centennial Celebration

Friday, 2/2, 2-6PM with Chuy & Mel

Saturday, 2/3, 10AM-6PM with Sonny, Dick, Kathleen & Mel

 

Happy Birthday Ray Charles Sat 23 Sept 7am – 6pm

Ron Lee | September 20th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

KCSM is celebrating the birthday of Ray Charles all day Saturday. The genius and master of soul is celebrating his 87th birthday. Listen to KCSM for some great music and programs on Ray Charles.

 

Women of Soul – Etta Jame, Ann Peebles and Aretha Franklin

Ron Lee | September 20th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

Fri night Kathleen and Harry will be exploring the music of Etta James, Ann Peebles and Aretha Franklin. Tune in for a soulful and bluesy evening. Listen to a few samples below.

Listen to Etta James’s intro to this song. Not many singers can do that…

Sisters of Soul and Jazz Fri 22 Sept 2pm-6pm

Ron Lee | September 20th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

Enjoy an afternoon with Mel and Chuy exploring the sisters of Soul and Jazz. Melanie has been digging through the library and archives looking music from the great soul and jazz artists. Tune in on Fri to see what she found.

 

Bud Powell, Bebop Royalty Sat 16 Sept 2-6pm

Ron Lee | September 15th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

Bud Powell was the pianist for Cootie Williams band in 1944. He is considered to be one of the finest jazz pianists. Bud along with Thelonius Monk, Charlies Parker and Dizzy Gillespie were the founding musicians of the bebop sound in New York. Bud was a prominent pianist in the jazz world through the 1960s.

“He was the foundation out of which stemmed the whole edifice of modern jazz piano. Every jazz pianist since Bud either came through him or is deliberately attempting to get away from playing like him.”
– HERBIE HANCOCK

Listen to him play some of his greatest hits.

 

Thelonius Monk, Bebop Royalty Sat 2pm-6pm

Ron Lee | September 8th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

Pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk is one of the major figures of bebop and revered, alongside such luminaries as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, as a father of modern jazz. But, in so many respects, his stylistic approach to the music differed from his illustrious contemporaries. While Parker, Gillespie and his fellow pianist Bud Powell often displayed their considerable technique at ridiculously fast tempos, Monk’s approach was entirely different with a keyboard technique that used a considerable amount of space and relied greatly on its percussive qualities for impact.