As part of the celebration at KCSM for the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra we are dedicating our programming all day Fri Dec 11th from 9am-6pm. Listen to our hosts play Sinatra classics and tune in for special programming. Come celebrate with KCSM!
In celebration of the Frank Sinatra Centenary the Cole Porter Society is presenting “Cent Anni” at the Herbst Theatre in SF. Singer Noah Griffin will be a partial recreation of Sinatra’s “Live at the Sands” recording. From the Cole Porter Society web site:
50 years ago, at the height of his powers, he was recorded live at the Sands. In honor of what would have been his 100th birthday, join us at the Herbst Theater as we recreate that night when he shared the stage with the great Count Basie. The Bay Area’s finest vocalists will grace the evening with song: Amanda King, Patrick Leveque, Deborah Winters, Sofia Perozzi, Bobby Vickers and Noah Griffin with the Starduster Orchestra led by Count Basie’s drummer, Harold Jones.
KCSM will be on hand as a media sponsor of the show and KCSM host Greg Bridges will be the master of ceremonies for the performance at the Herbst Theatre in SF. You can get tickets at
The Cole Porter Society Presents: “Cent Anni” Frank Sinatra at 100 Years
Toni W from Marin was one of the travelers in KCSM’s 2nd visit to Cuba, this Fall. She has written in for KCSM readers on the memorable sights and sounds from her trip. Should you make your own visit, keep in mind these parts of life that impressed.
“What I loved most about Cuba was the colors and the rhythms. The faded pinks and greens and blues of the old colonial buildings and the flapping of the laundry on all the once-ornate balconies. Even though now shabby – they are elegant and have class. As do the people – they may be poor but they have such heart and soul and a lot of pride in their history.”
“I loved the revolutionary billboards and posters and even street artwork that I would see (see the photo to the right). And I loved the music! The Latin and African rhythms – whether of a full-on modern jazz band with great horn playing ( [click here to]see video) and you could feel the rhythm of the tropical breezes in their playing – or in the amazing folk dances of the Cuban Ballet Folklorico ( [click here to see the] video …) with their old African rhythms and chanting and incredibly graceful swirling dancers.”
“Cuba delights all the senses.”
We’re talking with Owen Daniels who has just returned from KCSM’s 2nd tour in Cuba, and who caught the show at Havana’s leading jazz club, The Fox & Raven. The show that night was pianist Roberto Fonseco (see the photo, right) & his jazz band. Click here for a sample of Roberto’s work.
[Interview edited for clarity & length.]
KCSM: “Owen, when it comes to playing music, what’s in it for you ?”
Owen: “I came into music at a primary-school age, behind my father & brother musicians. Music has been more than just a diversion from daily life. It is material I can perform. It is a place where I can look into all the parts and see what they are doing, separately and together. I can watch how they can be varied and still be a credible performance.”
KCSM: “What did the show at The Fox and Raven have for you ?”
Owen: “I got to see excellent musicians in Roberto Fonseca’s Temperamento group, with their individual playing, and sensitivity to each other. They did good performance work with the melody on their hands. Their work had a high degree of musicality (which I could more easily show you than explain) and very musical solos.”
KCSM just hosted their second tour of Cuba. The group is back and they are raving ! The blog will provide a another look at the tour view of Cuba, the traveler’s impressions, the music to be found there, and how to ease your way if you chose to visit.
While Cuban economy is in recession and short of a lot of things, they are not short of music. Some of their jazz musicians are right up with us, and then they have their latin specialties. The tour heard a street Santeria drum & dance group who were really hot. A clip here is not the street group in question, but is a sample of the type. If you’re visiting Havana and want to catch the original group, get to (the alley:-) Callejon de Hamel, Sunday afternoons only. By mid-show you will be easily caught up in their fever pitch.
Welcome to KCSM’s first jazz swap! This event will take place on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at College of San Mateo – College Center (Bldg. 10) located in the heart of San Mateo, California. Vendors from near and far will be on hand to sell jazz related items: vinyl and CD’s, vintage jazz memorobilia and rarites.
More details at KCSM Jazz Swap
On Monday, September 14th, join Chuy Varela and Kathleen will broadcast the life and music of Etta Jones. Etta was born in South Carolina, and raised in Harlem. She was on her first nationwide tour with Buddy Johnson’s band in her teens. In a long-running career Etta sang and recorded R & B into her 70’s.
With a clear, melodic voice it’s easy to understand Etta’s popularity, although a mystery why she was not much more widely known during her career. Listen to “Don’t Go To Strangers” here, one of her national hit works.
Now join Kathleen and Chuy on Monday, September 14th from 2- 6pm for an Etta Jones program.
Listen to Kathleen and Chuy play the music of Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon and other great blues artists. Listen from 2-6pm.
Jazz 91 volunteers are on site at the station, ready for your pledge call. Don’t worry if you didn’t see the number on the home page – it’s right here. Join the great group of KCSM supporters !