Kermit Ruffins – I’m Talkin’ Jazz 17 Nov 8am

Ron Lee | November 11th, 2013 | Leave a Comment »

Kermit RuffinsNew Orleans jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins loves to play for a crowd that like to dance. Kermit was part of the Treme series on HBO. His group the Rebirth Brass Band plays regularly around New Orlean and tours through the US. His other group the Barbeque Swingers has a regular gig at Vaughan’s Bar in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans where be plays and cook barbeque every Thurs night. Check our his video Smokin with Some Barbeque

Sonny Simmons – I’m Talkin’ Jazz 10 Nov 8am

Ron Lee | November 3rd, 2013 | Leave a Comment »

918jAhlFPQL._SL1414_Alto sax player Sonny Simmons got started back in the 60s playing in NYC and on the West Coast. Then in the 70′s and 80′s things were quiet and Sonny made his way to Europe. He reemerged in 2000 with new groups and new music. Now in his 80s Sonny plays regularly throughout Europe. His latest CD came out in 2013 and is titled “Beyond the Planets”. It is a double CD collection of acoustic and electric duets with harpist Delphine Letil and guitarist Thomas Bellier. Sonny will be in studio at KCSM talking about his music and current interests.

Jeff Denson – I’m Talkin’ Jazz 3 Nov 8am

Ron Lee | October 28th, 2013 | Leave a Comment »

jeff_4199_lgJeff Denson is both a acclaimed performer and a professor at the Jazzschool Institute in Berkeley. Jeff earned his PhD in Contemporary Music Performance with emphasis on Composition from UC San Diego. His play’s with his group, Jeff Denson Quartet, and Minsarah, a trio that have been playing together for the past 10 years.  Earlier this year he released a CD Jeff Denson Secret World. You can sample his music from Minsarah at their web site and from his web site Currently he is touring Germany with Minsarah. Listen to him talk about his current projects and music on I’m Talkin’ Jazz.

Terry Disley – I’m Talkin’ Jazz 27 Oct 8am

Ron Lee | October 21st, 2013 | Leave a Comment »

TerryDisleyTerry Disley is the regular piano player at Miramar Beach Restaurant and the Burritt Room in SF. Terry describes plahing at the Miramar Beach Restaurnt as “four days of playing the piano in paradise”. Listen to him chat with Chris Cortez on Sunday 27 Oct at 8am.

Terry also leads his group the Terry Disley Experience. Most recently they were playing at the Sonoma Jazz Festival. Terry’s most recent album of original compositions “West Coast Jazz Impressions” revolve around San Francisco. The album features Terry Disley on piano, with Erik Jekabson trumpet / flugelhorn, Mads Tolling violin, Sheldon Brown saxes / flutes, Melecio Magdaluyo flute, plus the driving rhythm section of Dan Feiszli bass and Jason Lewis drums.

Listen to Terry play Valentine’s day 2010:

Terry Disley Experience at Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Half Moon Bay, Ca

You can keep up with his appearances and what is going on at his web site


KCSM Fall Pledge – Talk Like a Pirate Day 6-10am Thur 19 Sept

Ron Lee | September 18th, 2013 | Leave a Comment »

494How long since you last talked to a pirate ?  How long since you were just hanging around a few of them ?  Well, you can make up ground fast with KCSM and their Thursday morning show, “Talk Like a Pirate Day.”  Look for CD’s “Rogues Gallery” (a 2-CD musical pirate lament) and “Son of Rogues Gallery”  (a [guess-what] 2-CD follow-up to Rogues Gallery).  Hal Willner and Johnny Depp are part of the production of both of them.  The CD’s seem to have something for almost everyone; you can  listen in to KCSM & see for yourself.  Not to be cut short, not only will there be these CD- produced pirate songs & chants, our Alisa Clancy will grace you with her very own “talk like a pirate” for the show.

Don’t miss this chance for an adventure on the airwaves.  Switch on Thursday morning for Alisa & Jim.

KCSM Fall Pledge – Mexican Independence Day: A celebration of Eydie Gorme & Trio Los Panchos 2-6pm Mon 16 Sept

Ron Lee | September 15th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

394In memory of Eydie Gorme, one of our American Pop & latin stars, KCSM brings us Eydie’s life & music.  After a long career, Eydie passed away last month.  A great singer coming from a latin family, Eydie got her start in the pop music business.  Later on she crossed over into Latin and continued with both, recording and giving live & TV performances.  Some of her most famous latin work was done with the group Trio Los Panchos.  Two CD’s that showcase this work are “Eydie Gorme with Los Panchos” and  “Tesoros de Coleccion”.

Tune in Monday afternoon to KCSM with Chuy & Chris for the story on Eydie, her latin music, and her contemporaries.

KCSM Fall Pledge – Cuban Dance Party with Chucho Valdes & the Cuban Salsa All Stars 2-6pm Sun 15 Sept

Ron Lee | September 14th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

504Chucho Valdes, the towering figure in today’s Latin jazz with going toward five Grammy awards is fully qualified to put out the Latin salsa beats for us.  Chucho is a middle person in a family tree of Latin jazz piano, between father Bebo of the Tropicana band and son Chuchito jazz pianist. Chucho is band leader and composer as well as pianist.  He brings great rhythms & melodies in this music.  A CD with good samplings of Chucho is “Chucho Valdes”, (Border Free CD).

Sunday afternoon KCSM will cover the life & music of Chucho by Chuy & Chris.

KCSM Fall Pledge – The Gershwins! 9am – 2pm Sun 15 Sept

Ron Lee | September 14th, 2013 | Leave a Comment »

477The brothers George & Ira Gershwin have composed some of the folk & pop music most fundamental to the American nation.  It’s almost impossible for someone growing up in the 20th century to have not heard some of their music.  The works range from the everyday tunes like ” ‘Swonderful” to the orchestral “An American in Paris” on overseas visiting and the folk opera “Porgy & Bess” at the core of the nation’s beginnings.  As George was also a performer his name was much more widely known.  Two CD packages with great coverage of them are “Michael (Feinstein) & George (Gershwin)”, 15 tracks and “The Complete Gershwin Songbok”, 3 CD’s, 48 tracks.

KCSM will have coverage of the Gershwins & their music Sunday morning with Keith & Mel.

KCSM Fall Pledge – Piano Players Who Sing – Da Girls 7-10am Sat 14 Sept

Ron Lee | September 14th, 2013 | Leave a Comment »

492Who’s your favorite lady jazz piano player that sings ?  Some famous ones, and their music are Carmen McRae (“Sarah, Dedicated to You”), Sara Vaughan (“Sophisticated Lady…”), and Diana Krall (“All For You…”).  There’s no shortage of variety, and great style.  These ladies all have their own touch in voice & piano, and in their lives all are (were) hot on the scene !

Join Keith & Alisa in the Saturday morning slot, 7-10 am for lives and music of lady jazz piano players that sing.

KCSM Fall Pledge – Crazy About the Blues 9-midnight Fri 13 Sept

Ron Lee | September 13th, 2013 | Leave a Comment »

Our American Blues is credited with starting in the 1800′s in African-American life, and has changed greatly from then to now. Blues are discussed in half a dozen different genres across variety in the music.  Two CD sets that survey a part of this scene are the “Essential Texas Blues” and the “Essential Delta Blues”.  They cover a large set of our the classic artists.

Tune in Friday with Kathleen for a snapshot of our American Blues, some artists, and their whereabouts.

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