Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Birthday Sat 20 May 10am-2pm

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

16_01_02_KCSM_EFitzgeraldElla, born in 1917 in Virginia and we are celebrating her  100th birthday at KCSM. Ella got her start at the famous talent shows at the Apollo theatre in Harlem. She went on to work for Chick Webb’s big band and went on to stardom.

From here web site:

Dubbed “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman. (Or rather, some might say all the jazz greats had the pleasure of working with Ella). She performed at top venues all over the world, and packed them to the hilt. Her audiences were as diverse as her vocal range. They were rich and poor, made up of all races, all religions and all nationalities. In fact, many of them had just one binding factor in common – they all loved her

Join KCSM on Sat 20 May from 10am-2pm when Mel and Sonny will celebrate Ella’s 100th birthday!

 

Janis Joplin and the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in SF 19 May 2pm-6pm and 21 May 10am-2pm

Ron Lee | May 14th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

janis_solo_2_smIt has been 50 years since the Summer of Love in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco. KCSM is celebrating with one of the iconic singers of the psychedelic era, Janis Joplin. Her unmistakeable voice and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, provided many of the hits during the Summer of Love.

From her website biography:

She claimed the blues, soul, gospel, country and rock with unquestionable authority and verve, fearlessly inhabiting psychedelic guitar jams, back-porch roots and everything in between. Her volcanic performances left audiences stunned and speechless, while her sexual magnetism, world-wise demeanor and flamboyant style shattered every stereotype about female artists – and essentially invented the “rock mama” paradigm.

John Coltrane – Taking the Coltrane Fri 2pm – 6 pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-2pm

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

71m4eYTbWJL._SX425_Celebrate the legacy of John Coltrane with KCSM. Born Sept. 23rd 1926, KCSM is showcasing his superb virtuosity and spirituality. Coltrane’s jazz career started after he left the Navy. His first band was with Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson. He was part of the NY music scene and joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1958. Their he would develop his “sheets of sound” technique and establish himself as a premier tenor player. He went on to release his albums “My Favorite Things”, “Giant Steps” and “A Love Supreme”.

Starting on Friday 5/12 2pm-6pm with Chuy and Mel KCSM will be celebrating the music of John Coltrane. Things continue on Sat 5/12 from 10am-6pm with Sonny, Mel and Dick and finish on Sun 5/12 with Sonny and Mel from 10am – 2pm.

 

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue 5 May 2pm-6pm, 6 May 10am-6pm, 7 May 10am-2pm

Ron Lee | May 5th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

c9d7697e-0967-37e8-af3c-28baf216fd14Kind of Blue has been the top selling jazz album for many years. In Oct 2008 it was certified as quadruple platinum in sales. What makes it so popular? For a lot of people Kind of Blue was their into to jazz. The opening track So What has a kind of sassy attitude. All Blues swings gently and is very approachable. This is what caught people’s attention. These songs also showcased the “jazz style” of solos and improvisation and interplay between the musicians.

On Fri May 5th from 2pm-6pm Chuy and Mel will be showcasing this classic album.

Sonny, Mel and Dick will be on Sat 6 May from 10-6 and Keith and Mel will be on Sun 10am-2pm.

Listen in.

Miles Davis on Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson – Thur 4 May 9pm-10pm

Ron Lee | May 3rd, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

Jazz Profiles With Nancy Wilson
c9d7697e-0967-37e8-af3c-28baf216fd14Miles Davis
Trumpeter Miles Davis dominated jazz for much of the latter half of the twentieth century. While his trumpet sound is instantly recognizable, he refused to be boxed in any one style, consistently developing fresh musical shapes and structures. Miles’s powerful influence did not end with his death in 1991; his restless spirit continues to intrigue and inspire artists of all kinds.Tune in to KCSM at 9pm!

Spring is Here! Time to celebrate Jazz at KCSM

Ron Lee | May 1st, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

spring pledgeHappy International Jazz Day! This is the season to celebrate Jazz around the world. Last week was the Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Birthday and this last weekend was Duke Ellington’s birthday as well as International Jazz day. KCSM is continuing the celebration over the next 3 weekends with special programming. We will be featuring:

Mile Davis – master trumpeter of the 1940s-90s, Miles and his groups were always at the forefront of what was new
Friday, 5/5, 2-6PM with Chuy & Mel
Saturday, 5/6, 10AM-6PM, with Sonny, Mel & Dick
Sunday, 5/7, 10AM-2PM, with Keith & Mel

John Coltrane – the musician who has defined the tenor saxophone in jazz
Friday, 5/12, 2-6PM with Chuy & Mel
Saturday, 5/13, 10AM-6PM, with Sonny, Mel & Dick
Sunday, 5/14, 10AM-2PM, with Keith & Mel

Ella Fitzgerald’s Centennial Birthday – “The first lady of song” Ella Fitzgerald was the top jazz vocalist for more than a half century. Learn more about Ella and help us celebrate her 100th birthday.
Saturday, 5/20, 10AM-2PM, with Sonny & Mel

Janis Joplin – Janis, a unique blues, soul, gospel, country and rock singer of the 60s. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with Janis and KCSM.
Friday, 5/19, 2-6PM with Chuy & Mel
Sunday, 5/21, 10AM-2PM, with Keith & Mel

So tune in to KCSM on the air or on the web at KCSM Jazz 91

A Message From College Of San Mateo President Mike Claire On The Future Of KCSM FM

staff_blogger | March 24th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

Mike Claire, President

Mike Claire, President
College of San Mateo
San Mateo County Community College District

Dear KCSM Listener,

My name is Mike Claire and I am the President of College of San Mateo. I am also an avid jazz fan and a fellow KCSM-FM supporter. In addition, I was a professional musician at one time, and I have played in many jazz combos over the years.

I share these details with you because I share your passion for jazz. I understand fully what makes KCSM-FM unique, and I appreciate the trust and the support that you have placed with KCSM-FM. That is why I am writing to you directly.

There have been some recent news articles about proposed changes at KCSM-FM. I want to assure you that there are no plans to sell KCSM-FM, change the genre, or remove the remaining on-air personalities.

You may have read that most of KCSM-FM’s DJs will no longer be on-air after July 1, 2017. This is not true. It is true that 3 of the part-time DJs are no longer with KCSM. However, there are no plans to “lay-off” the remaining DJs. There was a miscommunication, which has now been corrected. I know that this has created unnecessary confusion and anxiety for all. On behalf of the management team at KCSM-FM and the College of San Mateo, I apologize.

It has also been reported that KCSM-FM is in financial trouble yet has a sizeable reserve. KCSM-FM operated at a deficit in 2016 and used some of its reserve to cover excess expenses. While the station has a reserve, the reserve is meant to cover major emergencies, not operating deficits. The station’s reserve will be exhausted rather quickly if KCSM-FM does not bring its operating expenses in line with revenues over the next few years.

The good news is that KCSM-FM’s financial situation is not dire. I am confident that the station will be able to bring expenses in balance with projected revenues—with minimal impact to the on-air programming that we all enjoy.

At the same time, I do not want to make false promises. Over the last four years, weekly hours provided by part-time DJs have increased by 28%. Thus, part of the solution to the deficit has been to make some adjustments to programming. This is a tough balancing act, and I know that some of the changes have upset listeners.

I will be working directly with KCSM-FM to look for budget reductions in areas that do not impact on-air programming. While I cannot promise that we will be able to restore all of the live hours, we will do our best. Regardless, I do not anticipate any additional reductions to live programming.

Many of you have shared your concerns and your support of KCSM-FM and its importance to the jazz community. I appreciate that KCSM-FM has such dedicated listeners. I am looking forward to working closely with the KCSM-FM team so that with your continued financial support, we can deliver the programming that you enjoy.

Mike Claire, President
College of San Mateo

Mardi Gras! Zigaboo Modeliste at The Chapel in SF Feb 28 8pm

Ron Lee | February 26th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

It is Mardi Gras time! KCSM is the proud sponsor for Zigaboo Modeliste at the The Chapel bar and The Vestry restaurant in SF on Tue Feb 28 at 8pm. Zigboo is the original drummer from the New Orleans group The Meters. From his web site:

Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste is a master drummer, rhythm innovator, percussionist, and New Orleans legend. The most highly acclaimed drummer ever to hail from the Crescent City, Ziggy’s creativity has been a wellspring of funk influence for three decades and inspired many Hip-Hop tracks. His innovative work as a member of the internationally acclaimed R&B group The Meters, as well as his side work with artists like Keith Richards, Robert Palmer, and Dr. John, has garnered him an unparalleled level of respect among musicians and fans. Ziggy’s style is unique. He is a master of creating funk grooves and new concepts for funk drumming.

KCSM host Harry Duncan will be DJing at this event. Listen on Mon in the afternoon. Chuy has 3 pairs of tickets to give away!

For more info: Zigboo Modeliste at the Chapel bar with Harry Duncan

 

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The Greatest Blues Legends – Winter 2017

Ron Lee | January 27th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

The Greatest Blues LegendsHi! I have the details on the Blues Box set in the Winter 2017 gift list! Here is a way to get an instant blues library from KCSM. If you are new to the blues these are classics to get you started. If you are a blues fan here is a great way to add to your collection.

Pledge Now

Here is the lineup:

Muddy Waters at Newport

Muddy Waters sings Big Bill

Howlin’ Wolf “Moanin in the Moonlight”

Howlin’ Wolf “Howlin’ Wolf(1962)”

Sonny Boy Williamson “Down and Out Blues”

Albert King “The Big Blues”

Freddie King “Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away”

Robert Johnson “King of the Delta Blues Singers”

Elmore James “Blues After Hours”

Charlie Patton “Imortal Charlie Patton No. 1”

T-Bone Walker “T-Bone Blues”

Blind Lemon Jefferson “Blind Lemon Jefferson”

Lightnin’ Hopkins “Mojo Hand”

Lightin’ Hopkins “Lightin’ Strikes”

John Lee Hooker “I’m John Lee Hooker”

John Lee Hooker “Burnin”

Jimmy Reed “I’m Jimmy Reed”

Jimmy Reed “Just Jimmy Reed”

 

Cruisn’ with KCSM – Winter Membership Drive

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

Kathleen and DucatiOur Winter Membership Drive is underway and DRIVE is the operative word! Do you listen to KCSM when you’re heading to or from work? Bobbin’ your head to A Morning Cup or Jazz in the Afternoon? Getting the kids to school, working on the computer, trying to meet a deadline with a smile on your face, listening to Midday or Evening Jazz? Relaxing at home after the day’s journey, enjoying The Jazz Oasis? KCSM is here for you whenever and wherever life takes you. Make your pledge of support right now at KCSM.ORG. And thanks for the lift!