Ron Lee | December 2nd, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
NYC trumpeter Bria Skonberg just finished up a West Coast tour. Her local stop was the Piedmont Piano Company. Bria has won numerous awards and in 2013 was recognized as the “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalist Association. Originally from Chilliwack, BC she play jazz and all kinds of music. She actively teaches clinics all over the US as she tours. Right now she is playing in the NY/NJ area and in Dec she is playing with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks at the Louis Armstrong House. Drop to her web site and listen to her play at
Be sure to look in news and take a look at her 11/19 newsletter for the list of where she is playing. There are some cool concerts in there.
Ron Lee | November 29th, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The 1938 Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall concert is reaching it’s 75th anniversary next year. This concert on 16 Jan 1928 was the first time a jazz musician played at Carnegie Hall. Throughout the years this album has been reissued and remastered many times. Author Jon Hancock has put together a book that collects all of the details and much new material on this concert. Listen as he chats with Alisa Clancy this past August about Benny Goodman and his book.
Listen to the video and see the details Jon has collected at the website for his book: bg1938.com Also take a look at the Facebook page for the book. Lots of photos and comments. Facebook:Benny Goodman – The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert
Ron Lee | November 11th, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
New Orleans jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins loves to play for a crowd that like to dance. Kermit was part of the Treme series on HBO. His group the Rebirth Brass Band plays regularly around New Orlean and tours through the US. His other group the Barbeque Swingers has a regular gig at Vaughan’s Bar in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans where be plays and cook barbeque every Thurs night. Check our his video Smokin with Some Barbeque http://youtu.be/DdW2G3hZorY.
Ron Lee | November 3rd, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Alto sax player Sonny Simmons got started back in the 60s playing in NYC and on the West Coast. Then in the 70′s and 80′s things were quiet and Sonny made his way to Europe. He reemerged in 2000 with new groups and new music. Now in his 80s Sonny plays regularly throughout Europe. His latest CD came out in 2013 and is titled “Beyond the Planets”. It is a double CD collection of acoustic and electric duets with harpist Delphine Letil and guitarist Thomas Bellier. Sonny will be in studio at KCSM talking about his music and current interests.
Ron Lee | October 28th, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Jeff Denson is both a acclaimed performer and a professor at the Jazzschool Institute in Berkeley. Jeff earned his PhD in Contemporary Music Performance with emphasis on Composition from UC San Diego. His play’s with his group, Jeff Denson Quartet, and Minsarah, a trio that have been playing together for the past 10 years. Earlier this year he released a CD Jeff Denson Secret World. You can sample his music from Minsarah at their web site www.minsarah.net and from his web site www.jeffdenson.com. Currently he is touring Germany with Minsarah. Listen to him talk about his current projects and music on I’m Talkin’ Jazz.
Ron Lee | October 21st, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Terry Disley is the regular piano player at Miramar Beach Restaurant and the Burritt Room in SF. Terry describes plahing at the Miramar Beach Restaurnt as “four days of playing the piano in paradise”. Listen to him chat with Chris Cortez on Sunday 27 Oct at 8am.
Terry also leads his group the Terry Disley Experience. Most recently they were playing at the Sonoma Jazz Festival. Terry’s most recent album of original compositions “West Coast Jazz Impressions” revolve around San Francisco. The album features Terry Disley on piano, with Erik Jekabson trumpet / flugelhorn, Mads Tolling violin, Sheldon Brown saxes / flutes, Melecio Magdaluyo flute, plus the driving rhythm section of Dan Feiszli bass and Jason Lewis drums.
Listen to Terry play Valentine’s day 2010:
Terry Disley Experience at Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Half Moon Bay, Ca
You can keep up with his appearances and what is going on at his web site terrydisley.com.
Ron Lee | September 18th, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
How long since you last talked to a pirate ? How long since you were just hanging around a few of them ? Well, you can make up ground fast with KCSM and their Thursday morning show, “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” Look for CD’s “Rogues Gallery” (a 2-CD musical pirate lament) and “Son of Rogues Gallery” (a [guess-what] 2-CD follow-up to Rogues Gallery). Hal Willner and Johnny Depp are part of the production of both of them. The CD’s seem to have something for almost everyone; you can listen in to KCSM & see for yourself. Not to be cut short, not only will there be these CD- produced pirate songs & chants, our Alisa Clancy will grace you with her very own “talk like a pirate” for the show.
Don’t miss this chance for an adventure on the airwaves. Switch on Thursday morning for Alisa & Jim.
Ron Lee | September 15th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
In memory of Eydie Gorme, one of our American Pop & latin stars, KCSM brings us Eydie’s life & music. After a long career, Eydie passed away last month. A great singer coming from a latin family, Eydie got her start in the pop music business. Later on she crossed over into Latin and continued with both, recording and giving live & TV performances. Some of her most famous latin work was done with the group Trio Los Panchos. Two CD’s that showcase this work are “Eydie Gorme with Los Panchos” and “Tesoros de Coleccion”.
Tune in Monday afternoon to KCSM with Chuy & Chris for the story on Eydie, her latin music, and her contemporaries.
Ron Lee | September 14th, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Chucho Valdes, the towering figure in today’s Latin jazz with going toward five Grammy awards is fully qualified to put out the Latin salsa beats for us. Chucho is a middle person in a family tree of Latin jazz piano, between father Bebo of the Tropicana band and son Chuchito jazz pianist. Chucho is band leader and composer as well as pianist. He brings great rhythms & melodies in this music. A CD with good samplings of Chucho is “Chucho Valdes”, (Border Free CD).
Sunday afternoon KCSM will cover the life & music of Chucho by Chuy & Chris.
Ron Lee | September 14th, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The brothers George & Ira Gershwin have composed some of the folk & pop music most fundamental to the American nation. It’s almost impossible for someone growing up in the 20th century to have not heard some of their music. The works range from the everyday tunes like ” ‘Swonderful” to the orchestral “An American in Paris” on overseas visiting and the folk opera “Porgy & Bess” at the core of the nation’s beginnings. As George was also a performer his name was much more widely known. Two CD packages with great coverage of them are “Michael (Feinstein) & George (Gershwin)”, 15 tracks and “The Complete Gershwin Songbok”, 3 CD’s, 48 tracks.
KCSM will have coverage of the Gershwins & their music Sunday morning with Keith & Mel.