Ron Lee | September 12th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
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 named his guitar Lucille, to remind him 1) not to fight over women, and 2) not to run into burning buildings !
Fred Witt | September 11th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
No matter where you are, KCSM is your connection to the jazz you love, 24/7. Pledges have always helped keep that connection strong, but this Fall your gift can do even more. If you pledge before September 25th, you’ll help reduce fundraising that interrupts programs. It’s time to give! Please pledge now by visiting us online at KCSM.org.
Watch this space for the details on the great Blues Raffle, which will be drawn on Friday Sep 16.
Fred Witt | September 8th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
Our goal this fall this fall is to drastically change the way we do our traditional on-air fundraisers. We, like you, want more music and less program interruptions. With your help, we can do it! If KCSM is important to you, it’s time to give.
Help us reach our goal of $275,000, by September 25th. You can pledge right now at KCSM.org and be entered into all of our Fall prize drawings. Our first one is September 12th for a pair of 3-Day Arena Passes to the Monterey Jazz Festival, 2 KCSM Hoodies, plus 91 CDs of past and present Festival artists!
Visit us now at KCSM.org or dial in Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to any of the phone volunteers.
Fred Witt | September 5th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
The weekend of September 16, 17, & 18 is the MJF this year, and KCSM will be warming up to it a week ahead. The Monterey Jazz Festival, in Monterey, California, is one of the longest consecutively running jazz festivals. It debuted on October 3, 1958 and was founded by San Francisco jazz radio broadcaster Jimmy Lyons. By now, this festival is the big name for jazz here in northern California.
With 500 artists, the arena, and 7 more stages the show for you is sure to be there. Names include the veterans Wayne Shorter (artist and music) and Quincy Jones (artist and music) , as well as rising stars like Cecile McLorin Salvant (artist and music) and Bria Skonberg (artist and music) . Tune in to KCSM and get 6 days of music & info Sept 7 – 12, preparing for the big show.
Fred Witt | September 2nd, 2016 | 2 Comments »
The first raffle for the In a Silent Way Fall Pledge drive will be awarded on Mon Sept 12th. Enter to win today! In the basket of prizes are:
– a PAIR of tickets to the MJF Arena – the biggest venue that they have – for all 3 days of the festival !!
– a “heap” of 91 CD’s of past and present MJF artists. (How can you miss here ? Your favorite(s) have got to be in here somewhere, right ?).
– a KCSM hoodie, to keep you warm on your moves down the street, or at home listening to your favorite music.
Keep in mind that you will be automatically entered for a chance at these prizes any time you pledge in this drive, whether it be on line, on the phones on weekends, or on a paper form you can print off the station site & mail in !
Remember that the drawing for this raffle is Monday Sept 12, enter today!
Fred Witt | September 1st, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
The KCSM “new form” Silent Drive fundraising is bringing in lots of features, including several raffles. Starting off in fromt of this will be pairs of tickets for our first 1000 pledgers in this drive. Several raffles will follow !
The Hiller Museum, in San Carlos on the peninsula has hangers-full of fascinating milestone and landmark aircraft. See their website for examples and museum details.
Watch this KCSM blogspot for info on the raffles wihch will run during this new, KCSM Silent Drive.
Ron Lee | September 1st, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
KCSM’s Fall fundraiser is NOW! We need your help in raising $275,000 and we want to do it with drastically reduced interruptions to our programming. That’s what our “Silent Drive” is all about. There’s no need to wait—no special thank you gifts you can’t get right now. And the sooner you make your pledge “In a Silent Way” the more chances you have to win the great raffle prizes we’re giving away. Our first drawing is September 12th for a pair of 3-Day Arena Passes to the Monterey Jazz Festival, a KCSM Hoodie, plus 91 CDs of past and present Festival artists. Pledge now at KCSM.org.
You can find out more and track our progress at http://kcsm.org/silentdrive/.
Fred Witt | August 26th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
by DownBeat contributor Yoshi Kato :
“On the evening of Aug. 13, tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana gave a rare solo saxophone recital for V.I.P. ticketholders that was co-hosted by the mighty local jazz station KCSM. Presented in the rectangular Pagoda Lounge on the ground floor of the Fairmont San Jose, she performed unamplified for a half hour. Having led her trio at the exponentially larger California Theatre earlier in the day, she explained that she was using this unique format to explore standards.”
KCSM sponsored this venue at the recent San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, the KCSM Music Lounge, at The Pagoda, where Melissa appeared. Click here to listen to a stage full of fast notes by Melissa, her base player Pable Menares, and rhythm at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Fest.
Click here to see further information on this review item on the San Jose Jazz Facebook page. Scroll down to August 23 posts to see this item. Try also the Summer Fest page of artist details here on Aldana.
Fred Witt | August 18th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
On Friday, August 19th, the city of San Francisco will celebrate Tony’s 90th birthday by unveiling and dedicating the Tony Bennett Commemorative Statue on the lawn of the Fairmont Hotel. And that night, the Giants will pay tribute to Tony at AT&T Park. We here at KCSM want to express our appreciation too, so we designed a special Tony Bennett Tee Shirt to honor the vocalist who has done so much for Jazz and the Bay Area.
If you enjoy hearing the voice of Tony Bennett on these airwaves, tune in to our tribute on Friday, August 19th, and check out our exclusive Jazz 91 Tony Bennett Tee Shirt at KCSM.ORG and get yourself entered into our raffle to win a stack of Tony Bennett CDs and Boxsets. Long live Tony Bennett! Click here for the full details.
Fred Witt | August 17th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
Cecile McLorin Salvant’s show Sunday had a lot of American songbook numbers in it like Wives & Lovers and I Get A Kick Out Of You, along with modern numbers like Fog. There was other Americana like Somehow I Never Could Believe (opera Street Scene, K. Weill).
Despite the aspects of producing music from the Main Stage, McLorin Salvant was a happy event for the festival-goers. She had a warm and open stage presence. Comments from critics in the audience included: “….good singer, good voice, a crowd pleaser.” Even after the show audience comments kept coming: “Hubby and I were strolling to check out a few of the smaller stages, and ran into her on the street, what a sweetheart !” KCSM marks Cecile as one to follow.
See below for the set list from Sunday’s show. Also, click here to see KCSM’s introductory article with further background on McLorin Salvant, and here for another sample of her music.
We will all have another chance when Cecile is back in the area for the Monterey Jazz Festival in September (Friday the 16th at 7:30 pm). Click here to see all her tour dates and places.
Set List from Sunday Aug 14, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest:
(Song from Funny girl – unknown title)
Wives and Lovers
Sam Jones Blues
Cole Porter set:
– I get a kick out of you and
– So in Love
Devil May Care
What A Little Moonlight Can Do (extended arrangement with trio doing solos)
Somehow I Never Could Believe (from opera Street Scene, Kurt Weil/Longston Hughes)
Nothing Like You Has Been Seen Before
Something Coming (from West Side Story)