Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Etta Jones – KCSM Special – Mon 14 Sep, 2-6 pm

September 14th, 2015

15_09_13_KCSM_EJonesOn Monday, September 14th, join Chuy Varela and Kathleen will broadcast the life and music of Etta Jones.  Etta was born in South Carolina, and raised in Harlem.  She was on her first nationwide tour with Buddy Johnson’s band in her teens. In a long-running career Etta sang and recorded R & B into her 70’s.

With a clear, melodic voice it’s easy to understand Etta’s popularity, although a mystery why she was not much more widely known during her career.  Listen to “Don’t Go To Strangers” here, one of her national hit works.

Now join Kathleen and Chuy on Monday, September 14th from 2- 6pm for an Etta Jones program.

A Blue Monday: Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon and more! 21 Sept 2-6pm

September 13th, 2015

Listen to Kathleen and Chuy play the music of Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon and other great blues artists. Listen from 2-6pm.

Volunteers Ready For Your Pledge Call @ 1-800-527-6911 !

September 11th, 2015

Jazz 91 volunteers are on site at the station, ready for your pledge call. Don’t worry if you didn’t see the number on the home page – it’s right here. Join the great group of KCSM supporters !

Feelin’ the Vibe on Thursday, September 10 from 2-6pm

September 10th, 2015

pledge_9_10_feelinthevibe From 2-6pm on Thursday, September 10th, Chuy and Mel will be your guides on a “trip into Jazz Vibe Heaven” you don’t want to miss this ride!

Some of these featured artists will be vibraphonists Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson.

KCSM Interview with Bria – @ SJ Jazz Summer Fest

September 9th, 2015

15_08_16_BSkonbergWhen you get to your first performance by the rising star Bria Skonberg; trumpeter, singer, and band leader, the next thing through your mind is “When do I get to see this AGAIN !”  Bria is a very good trumpeter, has a terrific voice, and brings the world’s warmest welcoming smile to the stage.

Bria was one of the surprise acts of the festival; very talented and enjoyable with not a lot of  local awareness of what was coming.  The truth is, Bria’s open, on-stage candor and warmth had the audience in her hand through the whole show.  Further, after the scheduled festival dates there was a surprise Tuesday night add-on show downtown at the Cafe Stritch.  This was  funded by an anonymous donor who saw Bria’s festival show !  If you catch one of her shows you’ll appreciate it for yourself.

Bria is also a composer of note.  If you take a close look at one of her CD’s like “So Is The Day” you’ll find that she composed most of the music.  She has a few CD’s out and is working on the next one.

Read the rest of this entry »

Billy Strayhorn Centennial – KCSM Special – Sat 19 Sep, 10 am to 6 pm

September 9th, 2015

15_09_07_KCSM_BStrayhornShort, sweet and prolific!

Such was the life of composer, arranger, pianist Billy Strayhorn.

A child prodigy, whose genius was recognized by Duke Ellington when Strayhorn was only 23 years old, Billy would go on to become Duke’s collaborator and alter ego.

Billy worked so thoroughly with Duke that should you pick any of the Duke Ellington numbers you like, performed by him before ~ 1967  it is likely Billy was the arranger.   Just as an example, here is “The A Train.”  Billy had been raised by a musical grandmother and took off early, even composing and doing shows  in high school.  Billy was Duke’s composer and arranger for a quarter of a century.

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Billy Strayhorn with Sonny Buxton, Chuy Varela and Melanie Berzon on Friday, September 11th, from 2 to 6PM, and Saturday, September 19th, from 10AM to 6PM, right here on KCSM, The Bay Area’s Jazz Station.

John Coltrane – KCSM Special – 16 Sept 2-6pm

September 9th, 2015

71m4eYTbWJL._SX425_Celebrate the legacy of John Coltrane on Wednesday, September 16th from 2 to 6pm with Chuy Varela and Melanie Berzon. Born Sept. 23rd 1926, it’s an early birthday Trane-Fest showcasing his superb virtuosity and spirituality. Earlier we celebrated the 50th anniversary of his album “A Love Supreme”. Coltranes 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”.

Don’t miss it on Wednesday, September 16th from 2-6pm. Trane Lives at Jazz 91!

Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway – KCSM Special – Sunday 13 Sept 10-2

September 9th, 2015

Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway had a lot in common. They helped redefine Soul, used music as agents for social change and influenced countless others. Both men were part of the rich R&B soul scene in the 60s and 70s. Marvin Gaye recorded for the Motown label and Donny Hathaway was on the Atco label.  They recorded social commentary hits like What’s Going On and The Ghetto which spoke of the black experience fo their times.

On Sunday, September 13th, from 10AM to 2PM, join Keith Hines and Melanie Berzon for an in depth look at the musical lives and early deaths of Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway, right here, on KCSM, the Bay Area’s Jazz Station.


Marvin Gaye – KCSM Special – Tues 15 Sept 2-6pm

September 8th, 2015

Marvin Gaye helped redefine Soul, used music as agents for social change and influenced countless others. He started as a session player for Motown and went on to become a celebrated artist. His “What’s Going On” album was the first Motown album to be independently produced.

On Tuesday, September 15th, from 2-6PM, join Chuy Varela and Harry Duncan for an in depth look at the musical life and early death of Marvin Gaye, right here, on KCSM, the Bay Area’s Jazz Station.


Sonny Rollins Saxophone – KCSM Special – Wed Sep 9 from 2p – 6pm

September 7th, 2015

BARCELONA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03:  Sonny Rollins performs on stage during Barcelona Jazz Festival at L'Auditori on November 3, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jordi Vidal/Redferns) *** Local Caption *** Sonny Rollins

BARCELONA, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 03: Sonny Rollins performs on stage during Barcelona Jazz Festival at L’Auditori on November 3, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jordi Vidal/Redferns) *** Local Caption *** Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins has been called the Saxophone Colossus because of the gladiator tone he gets on his instrument.  Sonny is a senior veteran of our jazz world, and called by some people one of the most influential, due to his innovations.

Sonny grew up in a musical family from Harlem, NY, NY and was playing from age 7 or 8.  When he moved into professional performing his early style was bebop, and later were other styles.

Sonny is named as “brought a new sound to his craft.”    Notably, several times in his career he emerged with some new musical style or method.  An example is his introduction of using the sax as a rhythm piece rather than melody.  Try this sample here (I’m Old Fashion).  You should keep your eyes open when listening because a piece from one time can sound really different from one of another time.

Sonny has been recording for over half a century, although he did more than half of his releases in the ’50’s and ’60’s.  One problem of comparing his work over time is that so much of it in circulation is in these two decades.  Here are a handful of pieces, mostly from the 50’s and 60’s: (unnamed, at St. Thomas), The Bridge (’62), Tenor Madness (’56), and Bird (’56).

On Wednesday, September 9th, from 2 to 6 PM, Chuy and Mel will honor Tenor Titan Sonny Rollins with an afternoon chronicling his career and contributions to Jazz, right here on KCSM, The Bay Area’s Jazz Station.