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Geoff Gallante Trio – KCSM Listening Lounge – Sat Aug 9 530pm

August 6th, 2014

geoffgallante2webGeoff found his older brother’s trumpet at age four, and by the age of six he had already garnered guest soloist engagements with the likes of the Louisville Orchestra and Duke Ellington Orchestra and Philadelphia Brass Quintet. He has since performed on prominent stages alongside numerous distinguished artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Cyrus Chestnut, Chris Botti, Christian McBride, and Etienne Charles, among others. So far he’s performed in 34 states nationwide–including five different ensembles of the U.S. Military, and even a feature at the White House. Tonight he’s joined by Ed Mendenhall on keys and Kanoa Mendenhall on bass.

Akira Tana Otonowa Project – KCSM Listening Lounge Sat Aug 9 330pm

August 3rd, 2014

Japanese for “sound circle,” Otonowa’s extensive jazz chops allow the ensemble to take Japanese tunes in fascinating new directions. The group first formed to perform a benefit concert for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Northern Japan in 2011. Starting with traditional Japanese folk melodies, some which date back as far as the 1700s, the group worked to re-imagine songs of their heritage from a jazz perspective.

After this initial concert, the ensemble re-grouped in the studio to record an album. In its review, Jazz Inside noted the group is “truly doing something very special here and it is a fine example of how music can break down cultural barriers and expose the commonality within us all.” They later took the project to Northern Japan to aid in relief efforts, and just conducted a successful crowd funding campaign to make possible their second journey there in July 2014.

Akira Tana is a native of San Jose and after a 20 yr career in NY has returned to San Jose. Come here the group in the KCSM Listening Lounge.

Akira Tana, drums, japanese percussion
Art Hirahara, piano
Masaru Koga, alto, soprano saxes, flute, shakuhachi, percussion
Noriyuki Ken Okada, bass

KCSM Listening Lounge at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 9-10 Aug

July 31st, 2014

kcsmllThis morning Alisa Clancy and Brandon Roos from San Jose Jazz Summer Fest announced the KCSM listening lounge. This is an extra free event if you are attending San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.  KCSM and San Jose Jazz has created an intimate seating area for 80 guests. Tickets are available for each set at KCSM Listening Lounge. The KCSM blog will be featuring cameos on each of the artists.

KCSM Listening Lounge Lineup

Sat Aug 9 hosted by KCSM’s Ron Pelletier

130pm    Kris Bowers

330pm   Akira Tana’s Otonowa Project

530pm   Jeff Galante Trio

 

Sun Aug 10 hosted by KCSM’s Richard Hall

130pm   Chritian Tamburr and Dominick Farinacci

330pm  Tango Jazz Quartet

530pm  Charnett Moffett

 

Gypsy All Stars – San Jose Summer Fest 9 Aug 8pm

July 29th, 2014

Gypsy-All-Stars_credit-Chyna-Photography_626x350Last year at the San Jose Summer Fest 2013 the Gypsy All Stars made their initial appearance was a surprise hit. They are back again this year. Three of the members, George Reyes, Mario Rayes, and Cedric Leonardi, were members of the Gypsy Kings group who focused on the music of the Romani people. The Gypsy all Stars have added tabla virtuoso Salar Nadar and have now carried their music back to the roots of the Romani people in India. They recently returned from a tour of India. Stop by the California Theater on Fri at 8pm to see them perform.

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Brandon Roos from San Jose Jazz with Alisa Clancy – Thurs 9 am 31 July

July 28th, 2014

71097_193349651122_1526328_nThis Thurs 31 July at 9am Brandon Roos from San Jose Jazz will be coming to visit Alisa at KCSM. Brandon and Alisa will be reviewing the artists coming to San Jose Jazz. They will  be talking about the KCSM live broadcast from the California Theater.

Be sure to listen for a special surprise from San Jose Jazz and KCSM. Tune in to KCSM on 31 July 9am!

The lineup will be:

Sat August 9th

  • Hot Club of Detroit 2pm
  • Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache band 4pm
  • Nicole Henry with the Top Shelf Big Band and Orchestra 6pm
  • Gypsy All Stars 8pm

Sun August 10th

  • Denise Perrier with Houston Pearson 2pm
  • Donald Harrison featuring special guest Kevin Harris 4pm
  • San Jose Taiko with the Bangerz 6pm
  • 6th Annual Jazz Organ Fellowship Tribute 8pm

Be sure to listen for a special surprise from San Jose Jazz and KCSM. Tune in to KCSM on 31 July 9am!

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Jerry Gonzalez, Ft. Apache Band – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest – 9 August

July 27th, 2014

fort-apache1Jerry Gonzalez is a senior and truly accomplished latin jazz hand drummer, and trumpeter. Over a 30+ year career his Fort Apache Band has put out a great variety of music. Jerry has recently been living in Spain.

In the Fort Apache case, the music’s message isn’t in just the drum or trumpet; it’s in the whole band’s playing. Their work can range widely, from powerful classics to truly avant guard. To find out what’s in store for you, try some of their tracks for something that would set your day off.

Their recent shows go through a lot of points in Spain, and soon will be in California. After 8/9 at the SJ Jazz Summerfest, their calendar includes 8/16 – SF Yerba Buena Festival, and then off to South America.

For some of today’s Fort Apache music live get in on the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, later Saturday afternoon August 9, for the show in the San Jose California Theater venue.

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Donald Harrison – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest – 10 August

July 25th, 2014

5c-300x199New Orleans’ Donald Harrison & band is the place to go for the summertime mix of jazz with fluttery horn, smooth playing, and rapping music. Most of his music puts you down in a really comfortable place, especially good for your summertime listening. Click here for a handful of tracks and samples to show where in music this man and his band are playing !

Don’s 30+ year career has brought a lot of music and ability for us to enjoy. This has been helped in no small measure by his start in New Orleans, and by his family heritage, including his father (also Donald Harrison !) with an even longer career.

Get on the flow of this lively but relaxing music at the San Jose Jazz  Summer Fest, Sunday evening August 10, appearing in the San Jose California Theater venue.

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Nicole Henry at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 9 Aug 6pm

July 24th, 2014

niclode_henrySinger Nicole Henry will be performing at the California Theater Stage on Sat 9 Aug at 6pm. KCSM will be doing a live broadcast of her performance. From her web site bio:

Since her debut in 2004, Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists.  Ms. Henry possesses a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance.  Her repertoire includes the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz titles,  contemporary’ standards, blues, and originals; while her accompaniment ranges from a simple jazz trio to a full big band.

Ms. Henry demonstrates her diversity and skills as a performer and a peerless interpreter of songs on her 2013 release, SO GOOD, SO RIGHT: Nicole Henry Live. The 13-track live album, which was recorded at sold-out performances at Feinstein’s in NYC in May 2012, showcases her soulful, inspired renditions of some of her favorite classic hits of the ‘70s from iconic artists including Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, The Commodores and Gladys Knight.

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Hot Club of Detroit – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest – 9 August

July 23rd, 2014

14_07_18_KCSM_HCDetroitThe “Hot Club of Detroit”, from their 10+ year career brings in a lot of fast string work in a modern line taken from gypsy music history.  This also includes plenty of work reminiscent of the city’s renowned supper clubs of 20 – 40 years ago. There are quite a few track samples you can listen to for the flavor of their music.

Their recent shows go through a lot of midwest state capitols, and soon will be in California. The calendar includes 8/7- Yoshi’s/ Oakland, 8/8 – Winter, CA, 8/9 – SJ Jazz Summer Fest, and 8/10 – Pasadena.

If the Hot Club of Detroit music is your style get in on the San Jose Jazz  Summer Fest, Saturday afternoon August 9, for the show in the San Jose California Theater venue.

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Denise Perrier at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

July 20th, 2014

Expertly in control of a rich contralto voice that allows her the ability to sing ballads and blues with equal artistry, vocalist Denise Perrier has a very welcoming straight-ahead style that concentrates on jazz standards yet can adds blues and Latin for variety.

For this performance, Perrier will be joined by tenor saxophonist Houston Person, with whom she made the gorgeous recording The Second Time Around. Person has recorded more than 75 albums as bandleader, and has recorded with Lena Horne, Lou Rawls and Horace Silver. He is perhaps best known as the longtime musical collaborator with the late Etta Jones.

Listen to her sing I Love You Porgy with the Novoslbirsk Philharmonic Orchestera. Here latest CD is a live performance with this group.

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