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Kyle Eastwood – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – 31 May

May 25th, 2015

15_05_10_KCSM_KEastwoodKyle is a mid-career electric jazz bass player from southern California. Kyle’s playing is in some 15 – 20 CD’s and movies. His released music shows quite a variety with plenty in the modern or “straight-ahead” versions.  Try some tracks here for something to suit your taste.  (If the name Eastwood is familiar in the back of your mind, Kyle is the son of our Clint Eastwood.)

Kyle is currently on his summer European tour, and will be in northern Califirnia in September for the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Join Alisa Clancy on Sunday, May 31th, at the 8 am I’m Talkin’ Jazz show for Kyle Eastwood’s life and times as a bass player.

Jazz on the Hill – 6 June Sat 12noon – 6pm

May 24th, 2015

JazzOnTheHill2015Come Share A Day Filled with Great Jazz Music

KCSM Jazz 91 invites you to spend the with us at Jazz On The Hill! This day-long celebration is our gift to you, our jazz community, to thank you for the support you’ve given to your favorite jazz station: KCSM 91.1 FM. Join us at College of San Mateo campus for live jazz with a great line-up of musicians who cover many genres of jazz from straight-ahead, blues, to Latin and more!

Artist Line up

More details at the Jazz on the Hill web site at

Main Stage

12 noon Jamie Davis

1:15pm Dirty Cello

2:15pm Maria Muldar

3:15pm Anton Schwartz Quintet

430pm Poncho Sanchez

Youth Stage(CSM Little Theatre):

1230pm Giant Steps Big Band

130pm SF Jazz High School All Stars Combo

230pm Carlmont High School Jazz Emsemble

330pm The Jazzschool Studio Band

Arts & Crafts and Food Trucks, Too!

It’s a long day, so come hungry! The fine food trucks will make their appearance: Sam’s Chowdermobile, Speedy Panini, Whisk on Wheels, HiYaa and Taqueria Angelica’s. Matagrano, Inc. will provide beer, and a variety of great wine from Domenico Winery will also be served.

More info at the Jazz on the Hill 2015 web site.

Special Tribute to BB King Today 10am – 2pm

May 17th, 2015

15_05_17_KCSMBBKingDue to the Overwhelming and Unprecedented outpouring of Love, Props and Respect in response to the passing of B.B. KING, worldwide and from You, our Listeners…
Keith & Mel will pay tribute to THE KING OF THE BLUES today from 10AM to 2PM.

Riley B. “BB” King from Mississippi was our man who voiced the blues of the nation.  BB would croon, would morn, would praise, would howl our pain, and would “put it all out there for us.”  Our man regrettably passed away this past Thursday, May 14, and now we return his gifts on our stage with honoring his passing.

BB started on the guitar as a child, and was recording by the age of 25, migrating into the blues themes.  BB believed that good recorded music and the live experience for the audience were both important, and he honed being excellent at both.  He soldiered on, working his way up through recording companies and American countryside (and then international) performances.

BB the artist was still a sensible man with his feet on the ground.  One humorous story has him doing a show in Arkansas when a fight broke out, starting a fire.  BB hit the doorways with the rest of the folks, but then went back in to rescue his beloved guitar.  In the aftermath it came out that the two onlookers were fighting over a lady named Lucille.  BB promptly maned his guitar Lucille, to remind him 1) not to fight over women, and 2) not to run into burning buildings !

BB passed away in Las Vegas this month at the age of 89.  He has left us a great musical heritage in the body of his many recorded releases.

Charlie “Yardbird” Parker 16 May KCSM Pledge Special

May 13th, 2015

charlie_parkerCharlie “Yardbird” Parker was one of the leading musicians that formed the bebop sound. In NYC along with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis and more they played in the clubs and concert halls. Eventually each of these artists would graduate and lead their own bands. Bird was captured on Verve, Prestige, Savoy and Dial records. The pledge gift Charlie Parker Bird’s Nest contains a solid collection of 45 tracks from these labels. Listen as Sonny and Melanie tell the story of Bird.

Gil & Miles ! Wed 13 May – KCSM Pledge Special

May 10th, 2015

15_05_10_KCSM_GilMilesMiles Davis’ turbulent career of trumpeting & band-leading from post-WW II on lead many mid-century jazz innovations and style advances.  Around 1950 composer-arranger Gil Evans teamed with the then 30-year old Miles.  From there they went on to power iconic popular jazz music of the times.  Gil Evans and Miles Davis!  Creative collaborators!  Musical Mentors!  They played off of each other and created masterpieces.

Miles’ music is described over the years in turn as “bop, cool, blue, and electric.”  The outcome is that you have many places to choose to find music special to you in Miles’ & Gil’s work.  Try these different samples for contrast in their music over time: Spain & Kinda Blue, 1960; Brew, 1969; and Doo Bop, 1992.

On Wednesday, May 13th from 10AM to 6PM, join Chris Cortez, Lee Thomas, Chuy Varela and Melanie Berzon for a Tribute to Gil Evans and Miles Davis, right here on KCSM, The Bay Area’s Jazz Station

Hammond B3 organ summit 12 May KCSM Pledge Special

May 10th, 2015

B3mk2_aWhat is so cool about the Hammond B3 organ? For jazz the Hammond B3 was first played by Jimmy Smith in the 1950s. This led to a whole series of organists like Jack McDuff, Booker T Jones, Richard Groove Holmes and others. The Hammond B3 continues to be popular today. Pete is at the center of a thriving Bay Area Hammond B3 scene. Take a look at Pete’s web site at Also the San Jose Mercury News published a great article at

Pete and Chuy will explore the top Hammond B3 players on KCSM.


Muddy Waters 11 May KCSM Pledge Special

May 10th, 2015

Muddy WatersWe are celebrating the 100th Birthday Bash! for Muddy Water. Muddy grew up in the Mississippi delta region. He was first recorded in 1941 by Alan Lomax who was collecting recordings for the Library of Congress. He moved to Chicago in 1943 where he helped create the Chicago Blues style. Through the post war years the Chicago Blues scene was hot. This gave way to the 50s and 60s when next generation of fans discovered blues after first hearing them played by the British rock musicians. Most notable were the Rolling Stones who were names after one of Muddy’s songs.


Buena Vista Social Club – Sun 10 May – KCSM Pledge Special

May 7th, 2015

15_05_03_KCSM_BVSocialClubTo the American jazz scene the Buena Vista Social Club of Cuba is both a past, 1940’s dance spot of Caribbean jazz talent, and a modern 1990’s movie and music track cum movement resurrecting that jazz diaspora.

The genesis of the movie was, in 1997, Ry Cooder and Nick Gold went to Cuba to record a session with African and Cuban musicians. The Africans never made it.  So as not to to not waste valuable time at the notable Egrem Stidios in Havana they got  their friend, Juan De Marcos Gonzalez to round up a legendary cast of old-timers like Compay Segundo and Omara Portuondo, for a jam. The result was the Buena Vista Social Club movie, a worldwide phenomenon.

If you listen to this audio sample there is a delightful array of Cuban jazz.  The start has a pair of typical caribbean dance numbers, and then you find some surprising jazz improvisation.  In addition there are alternating fast & slow numbers from the same Cuban style.

On Sunday, May 10th, from 2-6pm, Chuy Varela and Chris Cortez pay a visit to the Buena Vista Social Club for an afternoon of musical magic, on the Latin Jazz Show.

Orin Keepnews, Jazz Producer 7 May, 9 May and 14 May KCSM Pledge Special

May 6th, 2015

Orin KeepnewsNEA Jazzmaster and Grammy award winner Orin Keepnews was a major record producer for over 60 years. He started in 1953 with the founding of Rivermark Records in New York. He produced many of the recording for Thelonius Monk, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderly, Wes Montgomery and many more. After the bankruptcy of Rivermark he started Milestone Records. After Milestone was acquired by Fantasy Records  he moved to the Bay Area to oversee Fantasy’s jazz catalog. After he left Fantasy Records he started the Landmark Records label. Orin continues to work with Riverside artists like Thelonius Monk and Bill Evans as well as picking up new artists like Bobby Hutcherson and the Kronos Quartet.

You can take a look at a list of his works and teh artists he has worked with  at:

A longtime Bay Area resident, tune in to hear Orrin Keepnews talk about his life and legacy, in an in depth interview with KCSM Music Director, Chuy Varela on Thurs May 7th and Thursday May 14th from 2pm-6pm.

On Saturday May 9th Dick, Kathleen and Melanie will have their own special tribute to Orin and his work with Bill Evans.

Seattle Jazz Artists – Sat 09 May – KCSM Pledge Special

May 6th, 2015

Seattle is one of the hidden sources of American jazz.  Of their dozens of players some have emerged to form the art and have national following.  How serious is Seattle about Jazz?  Well how about Quincy Jones, Ray Charles and Ernestine Anderson just to name a few.

15_05_03_KCSM_QJonesQuincey Jones, a prominent trumpeter and later a towering producer (read, America’s biggest selling albums) was born in Chicago, then arrived in Seattle when his family moved there after WW II.  His career spanned from trumpeting with Ray Charles to producing with Michael Jackson.  Quincey’s style “covered the whole countryside” for jazz listeners.



15_05_03_KCSM_EAndersonSeattle’s blues & jazz singer Ernestine Anderson, born in Oklahoma, also moved to Seattle during WW II as a child, and was already singing choir solos.  Her blues & jazz career has had performing, touring, and dozens of releases.  Try her lively style here.

The blind Ray Charles came into the jazz industry through many small steps, making Seattle his home along the way.  His industry career was in one sense slender, in the size of groups and tours, but in another sense 15_05_03_KCSM_RCharlesoverreaching across society in his powerful, emotional and commanding singing.  In addition to his appeal, his voice was called “the industries’ most recognizable.”

Celebrate the Seattle Jazz Scene with one of its natives, Mr. Sonny Buxton, and his side kick, Melanie Berzon, on Midday Jazz, Saturday, May 9th, from 10AM to 2PM, right here on KCSM, The Bay Area’s Jazz Station.