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Frank Sinatra and Johnny Hartman were definitely different stars of the American Music constellations. Sinatra, with a 50-year career of popular singing and is one of the best-selling aritsts of all time. In the 20th century he was a singer for the “folks at home” for wide swaths of the nation. Much of Hartman’s work zeroed in on the jazz music. By example his album with Coltrane “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman”is considered a classic.
On the KCSM afternoon jazz Thursday 9/5 & Saturday 9/14 the Frankie & Johnnie stories will come out.
Frankie & Johnny (Sinatra & Hartman)
Thursday, 9/5, 2-6PM w/Chuy & Mel
Saturday, 9/14, 2-6PM w/Dick, Kathleen & Mel
Hot Fun In The Summertime w/ The Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Sly & The Family Stone! w/Chuy & Mel
Friday, 9/6, 2-6PM
New Orleans Piano Wizards w/Kathleen & Greg
Friday, 9/6, 9pm-Midnight
Piano Players Who Sing…Da Guys w/Keith & Alisa
Saturday, 9/7, 7-10AM
Sassy Sarah Vaughan w/Sonny & Mel
Saturday, 9/7, 10AM-2PM
Salsa De La Bahia: A celebration of the Bay Area Salsa Scene w/Chuy & Chris
Sunday, 9/8, 2-6PM
Marian McPartland Memorial w/Dick, Kathleen & Mel
Saturday, 9/7, 2-6PM
Joni Mitchell Turns 70! w/Keith & Mel
Sunday, 9/8, 9AM-2PM
The Days Of Awe, The Jewish New Year of 5774 w/Chuy & Mel
Friday, 9/13, 2-6PM
Piano Players Who Sing…Da Girls w/Keith & Alisa
Saturday, 9/14, 7-10AM
Ella! w/Sonny & Mel
Saturday, 9/14, 10AM-2PM
The Gershwins! w/Keith & Mel
Sunday, 9/15, 9AM-2PM
Cuban Dance Party with Chucho Valdes & the Cuban Salsa All Stars w/Chuy & Chris
Sunday, 9/15, 2-6PM
Mexican Independence Day: A celebration of Eydie Gorme & Trio Los Panchos w/Chuy & Chris
Monday. 9/16, 2-6PM
Talk Like A Pirate Day w/Alisa & Jim Bennett
Thursday, 9/19, 6-10AM
KCSM is proud to be on stage at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. Come by this weekend and meet our hosts. Our lineup is:
Clifford Brown, Jr
Blackford Tavern Stage 9pm
THE CLIFFORD BROWN & MAX ROACH PROJECT
Verizon Swing Stage 9pm
ARTURO O’FARRILL & THE AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Harry Richard Hall
Main Stage 4pm
JAVON JACKSON WITH LES MCCANN AND DR. LONNIE SMITH
Adobe Blackbird Tavern Stage 4pm
RBC Jazz Beyond Stage 8pm
This is the stage to be at Fri night at 8pm. Cameo was the dance band in the 70s and 80s. Their funk R&B sound is not to be missed.
Javon Jackson, Les McCann and Dr. Lonnie Smith will be bringing their updated version of soul jazz on Sunday. Come see if they do Les McCann’s hit “Compared to what”. Remember that?
Composer and electric bassist Derrick Hodge will be introducing his new Blue Note album “Live Today” which releases on Aug 6. Derrick has been to San Jose Winter Fest twice as part of the Robert Glasper Experiment. Listed to some sample of his music at derrichodge.com listen.
The 18 piece Arturo O’Farrel Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will be playing Sat night at the Verizon Swing stage. Originally created for Jazz at Lincoln Center the group has earned three Grammy Award nominations.
Jazz tromonist Natalie Cressman grew up in SF and has been a featured artist in Monterey Jazz with Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics ensemble. Now residing in New York she has her own group Secret Garden and plays with many other artists.
Coming Fri night Aug 9th at 9pm is a special concert honoring trumpeter Clifford Brown and drummer Max Roach. Clifford Brown and Max Roach are best know for their well know bop album on Emarcy records(and recently reissued by Verve) produced in 1955. Emceed by KCSM’s Clifford Brown, Jr the Friday night concert features trumpeter Scotty Barnhart, tenor Grant Stewart and drummer Clayton Cameron. Scotty is a long time member of the Count Basie Orchestra and leads his own quintet. Most of his time is spent teaching jazz trumpet at Florida State University and he has written a book “The World of Jazz Trumpet”. Drummer Clayton Cameron plays mostly in the LA area and is noted for playing with Sammy Davis, Jr in Vegas and later touring with Tony Bennett. Clayton is a master at drumming and specializes in brushwork. Tenor saxaphonist Grant Stewart plays mostly in NYC clubs and has recently been touring through Switzerland. Come by Fri night to the Adobe Blackbird Tavern stage and listen in.
Listen to Scotty’s and Grant’s recent works on their web sites.
Scotty Barnhart Say it Plain
Grant Stewart Around the Corner
Get ready for San Jose Jazz Summer Fest! San Jose Jazz will be presenting their Summer Fest in downtown San Jose Fri night and all day Sat and Sun. They have a great line up and many of the artists have been featured here on the KCSM blog. San Jose Jazz asked me to pick my five favorite artists and here they are:
I have been follow Grace since she first appeared on Marion McPartland’s Piano Jazz show. She was last out this way in Mar of 2012 for San Jose Jazz Winter Fest. I caught that concert and it was great. Grace plays a mix of original pieces and standards. She can do straight ahead jazz and then get funky. I remember her finale at Winter Fest was a real funky version of Summertime. It was fantastic. Listen to her do her original composition Filosophical Flying Fish .
Pink Martini is just a lot of fun to listen to. They play music from all over the world. I think I first heard them on PBS. I remember listening to their 2010 Christmas album with songs from all over the world. I see they have a new album coming out in September. Do check them out doing Hang On Little Tomato.
Javon Jackson w/ Les McCann and Dr. Lonnie Smith
Javon Jackson is cool. He has been touring with Les McCann and Dr Lonnie Smith. I heard him a couple of years back at Monterey Jazz Festival. Les McCann is getting on in years but once he got warmed up he cooked. Les is best know for his recording of Compared to What with Eddie Harris in 1969. Yeah these guys cook so listen to them do Compared to What.
Stacey Kent is a new artist who I have not heard live before. I usually hear her on the French jazz stations TSF(www.tsf.com). I also hear her on KCSM. Stacy’s music is the kind you imagine playing in Paris at some cafe. Very beautiful and romantic.
Les Eaux du Mars
Cameo is not quite jazz but they are the Fri night party band at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. They should be lots of fun and good for dancing. They have had lots of club hits like Word Up, Sparkle and Candy. I love that funk!
Cameo doing Candy. Time to party!
Looking forward to San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. Details are at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.
Steve Heckman was most recently at KCSM as part of the KCSM Family Band at Jazz on the Hill in June. Located in the Bay Area Steve can be found playing with Dick Conte or Gini Wilson. Earlier this year he release his new CD Born to Be Blue which is a set of standards. Steve will be celebrating the release of Born to Be Blue at Yoshi’s in Oakland in August.
You can find Don Russo playing with the Russo Alberts Trio most Friday nights at the Hotel De Anza in San Jose. Don Russo, Don Alberts and Art Lewis met back in the 50s when they made up the band for Art Gonsalves. An injury in the 70s put Don on the sidelines for awhile but he came back and pulled the trio together here in the Bay Area. The group plays mainly original tunes written by Don Albert. Check in on Sunday morning with KCSM’s Mal Sharpe to hear what Don is up to.
SF flugelhornist Dimitri Metheny has been playing here since moving here in 1989 from New York. Dimitri maintains a active touring schedule that has him playing up and down the west coast. Later this month he will be in town and playing at Jazz at the Chimes, SJ Fairmont Hotel and Kuumbwa Jazz Center. His music varies from the simple and intimate duets on his album Grant and Metheny to cool pieces like his Dimitry Metheny Group’s Crime Scenes composition. Listen to him talk about the city. Crime Scenes by the Dimitri Metheny Group