Pianist Eric Reed on I’m Talkin’ Jazz 13 July

Ron Lee | July 5th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »

eric_reed_07Listen this Sunday to pianst and composer Eric Reed chats about his music and current projects. Eric is currently serving as the church minister of music at the Agape Christian Fellowship in Los Angeles. In between he is touring with vocalist Mary Stallings and will be at the Jazz at Lincoln Center tribute to Dr Billy Taylor. His latest CD is Dancing Monk and is a tribute to the pianist Thelonius Monk. Later this summer his CD Something Beautiful will be released.

From his web site:

Award-winning pianist and composer Eric Scott Reed began playing the piano at age two and was performing in his father’s Baptist church in Philadelphia by age five. After study at Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School and Los Angeles’ Colburn School of Arts, Reed embarked upon a professional career that has taken him all over the world. His credits include Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Quincy Jones, Patti Labelle and others. Reed has taught at The Juilliard School of Music and gives master classes and lecture demonstrations on the history of music. His other musical ventures include over 20 recordings as a leader, including his latest recording, The Dancing Monk; scoring for Eddie Murphy’s comedy, Life; and musical direction for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Currently Reed is in residence with the Ebony Repertory Theatre of Los Angeles, as musical director of Regina Taylor’s Crowns.


Listen and watch him play at Smoke in NYC
Eric Reed playing “why”

Larry Vuckovich/Crosswinds – Jazz On The Hill – 7 June

Fred Witt | June 3rd, 2014 | Leave a Comment »

14_06_03_KCSM_LarryVLarry has given us a wide swath of original jazz music and arrangements. He comes from the unusual origins of growing up, into teens in WW 2 and Tito’s Yugoslavia, with early classical piano training. From there he was off to the SF area and a 50 – 60 year career.

There are no shortage of sample tracks to get a taste of his (widely varied) music. There is a little handicap in steering you to previews for his KCSM appearance, as the last release by this particular player set is a little dated, in 2002. Nevertheless you can key in on “Blue Balkan…” for the mix of avant guard, bop/swing, 50′s slo-mo boogie, electric mood-grabbing, new-age club, samba, and more. You can go up to the head of that site for several other CD samplings !!

Larry & his Crosswinds will be in the high noon slot Saturday at KCSM/ College of San Mateo Jazz On The Hill day with their live music for us.

Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble – Jazz On The Hill – 7 June

Fred Witt | June 1st, 2014 | Leave a Comment »

2014_06_01_KCSM_LJYEDirector John Calloway’s Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, or LJYE, is a youth group of under-19 year-olds, and is a set of players fit to surpass a fair number of bands on our streets. Check their tracks for really smooth melodies and precision, on-the-beat playing all the way through. Pick your favorites: whether you choose their soft dance numbers, their jumping club music, or the minor key blues-like mood music this work is great listening.

In the Saturday afternoon slot at KCSM/College of San Mateo you can hear the LJY Ensemble live.

Jazz on the Hill 2014 – 7 June 2014 11-6

Ron Lee | May 31st, 2014 | Leave a Comment »

header2_joth2014KCSM 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.

This year we will have two music stages! The main stage will be located on the lower mezzanine in front of the library steps, with seating along side the fountain and plenty of lawn seating…bring your picnic blanket, umbrella and come early to claim your spot! This year we have added a “youth” stage in the 400-seat Little Theater that will showcase the next generation of jazz musicians.

We have a great lineup of performers. We have Kenny Washington, Larry Vukovich, Kellye Smith, Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Barbara Dane and Wayne Wallace. Details are on the artist page on the Jazz on the HIll web site. Check the web site at KCSM Jazz on the Hill for more information and details. See you there!


Wayne Wallace Latin Quintet – Jazz On The Hill – 7 June

Fred Witt | May 30th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »

14_05_30_KCSM_WallaceThe great thing about Wayne Wallace’s latin jazz is it’s smooth flow. You’ve got to hear it to believe it; this guy has it over lots of our latin players ! Wayne, composer and trombone player is one of our SF natives. With over 20 years of work and multiple Grammy nominations Wayne has a great slate of CD releases with his quintet out on his own company, Patios Records. His quintet’s calendar is packed and they are playing all over the Bay Area, with national spots thrown in. They were recently seen in Bloomington, IL and an Oakland house concert. They will be at Kuumbwa/ Santa Cruz and SF Jazz Center shortly after their KCSM performance.

Come to the late afternoon slot Saturday at KCSM/College of San Mateo the quintet’s great numbers.

Kellye Gray – Jazz On The Hill – 7 June

Fred Witt | May 29th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »

DVZ Coffee With 2Kellye Gray, our veteran jazz singer hailing from Austin Texas will be on the KCSM stage Saturday afternoon. Kellye’s name doesn’t show on national lists of top jazz singers, but maybe it should. Depending on which tracks you pick her music can be in the mix of blues, swing, C & W, and bop, and comes out smooth & lively. She is relly great listening. Key in here for sample music !

Kellye moved out to San Francisco and along with her national & global tours has been performing all over the Bay area. This last month she has been on North Beach (Tupelo & Fior d’Itania) and Martinez (Original Joe’s).

Come to Kellye’s slot Saturday afternoon at KCSM/College of San Mateo to get the real thing for yourself.

Denny Zeitlin – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – 25 May

Ron Lee | May 19th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »

DZ_HomepagePhotoDenny Zeitlin is a jazz pianist, composer, practicing psychiatrist, and professor at University of California at San Francisco. Denny has recorded over thirty critically acclaimed albums; twice won first place in the Down Beat International Jazz Critics Poll; written original music for Sesame Street; and appeared on network TV, including repeats on the Tonight Show, and CBS Sunday Morning. Zeitlin’s lecture-demonstration “Unlocking the Creative Impulse: The Psychology of Improvisation” has been presented across the U.S. and in Europe. He has concertized throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe, at colleges, jazz clubs, and major festivals; appearing with jazz greats such as Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Tony Williams, Bobby Hutcherson, John Patitucci, John Abercrombie, Marian McPartland, Charlie Haden, David Grisman, Kronos Quartet, Paul Winter, David Friesen, Matt Wilson, Buster Williams and many others.

Check out his latest CD of solo piano work at


To learn more about his music, CDs and other interests take a look at his home page:

Denny Zeitlin Music

Miles Davis – KCSM Spring 2014 pledge – 10am – 6pm

Ron Lee | May 16th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »

Nobody plays like Miles Davis. You hear a track and you know it is him. No matter what style he is playing. On Sat we are doing miles of Miles for six hours. We have several special pledge gifts:


This 5 CD set is a compilation of a series of 5 albums Miles recorded for Prestige records to fulfill his contract to them. They were recorded over a two day session in 1956 and features many top artists of the day like Percy Heath, Horace Silver, Paul Chambers and John Coltrane.

7138g34yisL._SL1200_The Anthology ’51-’55

This is a 5 CD compilation of early Miles albums from Prestige. This covers the albums Blue Period, Dig, Blue Haze, Musing of Miles and Blue Moods. The track on these CDS cover standards like Night in Tunisia, That Old Devil Moon, and When Lights are Low. This is Miles playing his original standards at Prestige.

The Anthology ’55-’58

The CD set continues with Miles later works on Prestige. The most well known is Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants. Several of these were engineered by Rudy Van Gelder and are considered classics.

Five Miles

At this point Miles has moved on to Columbia Records. This is where is most well know classic jazz albums were produced. In this collection is Round About Midnight, Miles Ahead, Milestones, Porgy and Bess, 1958 Miles.

51UVX5HKIiL._SY300_Kind of Blue (mono and stereo)

Kind of Blue has been the best selling jazz album for over 40 years. It has been the first jazz album for both jazz and non-jazz fans. This version is cool because it contain both the mono and stereo versions. This is a great way to get started with jazz and Miles.



KCSM Spring Pledge Special – Jazz Triple Threat 9:30am – 2pm Sun 18 May

Fred Witt | May 15th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »

14_05_15_KCSM_HoraceSilverSunday’s KCSM Special will be about three jazz greats: the 20-year career guitarist Wes Montgomery, the 50-year pianist Horace Silver (pictured here), and the 60-year composer/arranger/trumpeter Quincy Jones.

These folks cover a lot of musical territory. Wes is at the top of the jazz guitarists lists and even with his relatively short career was considered a formative agent for national soft-, soul-, and bop-jazz guitar. Horace is on the top 25 pianists list and provided original work in hard-bop jazz. Quincy has an “endless” list of show, movie and song hits that he has arranged. The greater magic of Quincy the trumpeter (click on the album for tracks) was his arranging and composing, bringing pages of song and show credits, nominations and awards. There are CD’s for all these folks among KCSM’s pledge thank you gifts !

Join Keith & Mel Sunday morning on KCSM to hear all about these three great performers.

KCSM Spring Pledge – Puerto Rico Jazz – Sun 18 May

Fred Witt | May 14th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »

14_05_14_MiguelZenonTo Puerto Rico With Love! A musical tribute to la isla del encanto (the island of enchantment).  The tribute includes 3 leading salsa bands; Cortijo, La Sonora Poncena and The Fania All Stars; the El Gran Combo with quite cool music for dance or listening, Tito Puente the towering PR drummer, on the “top 10 Latin drummers” lists; singer-performer Marc Anthony; Miguel Zenon with really interesting original releases of Latin folk & jazz fusion, among other performers.

Tune in for a musical feast of the Puerto Rico’s rich tropical culture and traditions on Sunday May 18 from 2 to 6pm on the Latin Jazz Show with Chuy Varela and Chris Cortez.