Chet Baker Memorial – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – Sun 26 Apr

Fred Witt | April 20th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

15_04_16_KCSM_CBakerChet Baker, who passed away in 1988 was a senior American trumpet player, and is high on the list of best jazz trumpeters. Born into a musical family in Oklahoma, he did a lot of his career work out of southern California.

Chet’s style has been declared as cool jazz, and later straight ahead jazz, and he played in several famous groups of the last century. In the mix of his daily life heroin showed up. While Chet was was a fine performer and prolific artist, the addiction depressed his state of living for many years.

Chet puts out a cool, clear melody bringing lots of easy listening. Try these links to Autumn Leaves, and then to an incredible 1 1/2 hr group performance for a feel of his work, and for your own entertainment.

Tune in Sunday 26 April at 8 am for the experience of Chet Baker’s life & music. This show will be on the I’m Talkin’ Jazz program with KCSM’s Dick Conte.

Billie Holiday Centenary – Jazz Night in America – 14 April 9pm

Ron Lee | April 13th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

tumblr_n3m82brzCG1t12p91o1_250On April 7, 2015 was the 100th birthday of Billie Holliday. Across the world many jazz stations had special programming that day and through the week. At KCSM we will be playing Christian McBride’s Jazz Night in America show commemorating the Billie Holiday Centenary. The show stars Cassandra Wilson in concert at Kennedy Center. Recently Cassandra released a recording Come Forth by Day featuring her versuions of great Billie Holiday songs. You don’t want to miss this show.

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Chris Strachwitz, Arhoolie Records – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – 19 Apr 8am

Ron Lee | April 12th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

No_Mouse_Music_DVD_smallIn February 2011 Arhoolie Records and its founder Chris Strachwitz celebrated the 50th anniversary of the record label. Arhoolie has published the blues, Zydeco, hill billy and more music  out of El Cerrito, Ca. His first big commercial success was the recording and music of Country Joe and the Fish. However his mission has been to record and preserve the roots of American music. Along with Arhoolie Records Chris has a retail store, Down Home Records also in El Cerrito.

In March a documentary about Chis and Arhoolie Records was released. It is titled “This Ain’t No Mouse Music”. You can get the DVD at Arhoolie Records web site.

Chris will be chatting with host Kathleen Lawton about Arhoolie, the blues and his 50+ years with the blues.


Kenny Burrell – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – Sun 12 Apr

Fred Witt | April 10th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

15_04_10_KCSM_KBurrellKenny Burrell is a senior American jazz guitarist.  Kenny is from Detroit, and is high on the list of the top 100 players.  He cut into commercial territory at the age of 20 in a Dizzy Gillespie group.  He went on to playing and touring internationally since, and received awards as recently as 2004 and 2005.

Parts of Kenny’s music has been described as bop, soul, cool, and blues.  He has manner of a serious dignified musician and a clear, distinct playing style, articulating, not blurring the melody line. He was quite a Miles Davis proponent.

If you need cool music to calm you down or lively score to get your feet dancing Kenny can be the man.  See his tracks here on “All Blues” and “Jeannine.”

Tune in Sunday 12 April at 8 am for the times and music of Kenny Burrell.  This show will be on the I’m Talkin’ Jazz program with KCSM’s Chris Cortez.

Jacqui Naylor & Art Khu – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – Sun 29 Mar

Fred Witt | March 23rd, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

15_03_23_KCSM_JNaylorJacqui Naylor, an SF Bay Area native and now a San Francisco-based singer gives a modern mix to our jazz vocals.  She can readily sing one set of lyrics over another song score !  Jacqui has a really good voice and a folk-style, some times a little gritty. A lot of her songs cover the human spirit and daily living of us all.  When she’s easy going she can be really easy on your ears (see the release Live East/West !).

She and her group have a number of recordings out.  Other recent ones are Lucky Girl and Dead Divas Society.

Our Connecticut piano, guitar & 15_03_23_KCSM_AKhubass player in her group, Art Khu is now based in SF, playing and touring with Jacqui.  Beyond the group Art has some arrangement and recording work on his own.  Art shows us swing and new age music, and is masterful at the cool and calm mood.

See their style for your self in tracks by Jacqui and Art here, and especially here.

Tune in Sunday 29 March at 8 am for the story from Jacqui and Art on their journey.  They will be on the I’m Talkin’ Jazz program with KCSM’s Alisa Clancy.

Billy Taylor Memorial – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – Sun 22 Mar

Fred Witt | March 19th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

15_03_13_KCSM_BTaylorBilly Taylor, a veteran performer was born into a musical family in North Carolina early in the 20th century. He studied several instruments and started playing piano for money in his teens. For the first 15 years of his career he was taken with performing and with dozens of his many recordings. In the 60’s his education and broadcasting began to take off, even while his recordings continued. Billy became as famous for his education and jazz promotion as his playing. He passed away in 2010.

Billy played as bebop, dixieland, boogie-woogie, and mambo but some of his easy listening work was swing. Not very much of Billy’s work is available but you can listen to some of his tracks here, here, and here.

Come join Dick Conte Sunday 22 March at 8 am on the I’m Talkin’ Jazz program for the Billy Taylor memorial program.

In Memory of Bob Parlocha, the Dinner Jazz host 1938-2015

Ron Lee | March 18th, 2015 | 7 Comments »

Bob Parlocha photoOn Monday of this week we were sad to learn of the passing of Bob Parlocha a long time jazz radio host in the Bay Area. I remember listening to Bob on his Dinner Jazz show on KJAZ in Alameda. Bob started doing Dinner Jazz in 1978. He eventually became the music director at KJAZ. In 1994 KJAZ was sold. Bob them moved on to produce and record a syndicated show “Jazz with Bob Parlocha”. Bob’s show airs seven nights a week on KCSM in the late night early morning hours. Bob was also carried on many public radio stations across the US and in Canada.You can read more about the life and career of Bob at

We all miss Bob as the voice of jazz radio. Please add your thoughts and memories in the comments below.

Richard Bona – I’m Talkin’ Jazz 15 Mar

Ron Lee | March 8th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

1366612699_richard_bona-500Jazz bassist Richard Bona was born in Cameroon. At an early age he played jazz in his home town of Minta, Cameroon at a local jazz club. He later moved to Paris where he played and met many American artists who encouraged him to move to New York. Richard has played with everyone from Paul Simon and Harry Connick Jr. to Queen Latifah and Chaka Khan, not to mention Tito Puente, George Benson, Herbie Hancock and Bobby Mc Ferrin.

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KCSM Live Stream from San Jose Jazz Winter Fest – Marc Cary Focus Trio – Sat 8pm

Ron Lee | March 4th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

cid_33D12C12-F9DB-47F6-ABA6-C4A4771A9596@mhcable-682x1024KCSM and San Jose Jazz Winter Fest are proud to present a live stream broadcast of the Marc Cary Focus Trio. Join Chris Cortez and Greg Bridges as they host the live stream performance. Ron Pelitier will be doing emcee duties up on stage. Tune in to KCSM Sat night at 8pm!


Andrew Speight – I’m Talkin’ Jazz 1 Mar

Ron Lee | February 22nd, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

Bay Area alto saxaphonist Andrew Speight came to the US from Sydney Australia. He currently teaches at San Francisco State. He has played a lot with Branford and Wynton Marsalis along with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Locally you can hear him at Jazz at Pearl’s in North Beach.