KCSM Winter 2015 Pledge! – Special Programs starting Jan 21

Ron Lee | January 17th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

71097_193349651122_1526328_nWelcome to the Winter 2015 Pledge Drive. During the Pledge drive we bring to you special programming highlighting significant jazz events and artists. This year we are leading off on Jan 21st with the 50th Anniversary Tribute to John Coltrane’s masterpiece “A Love Supreme”. For the two and a half week period from Jan 21 – Feb 3 tune in to the KCSM Pledge Drive.

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50th Anniversary Tribute to a Love Supreme

WEDNESDAY, 1/21, 2-6PM with Chuy & Mel
SUNDAY, 2/1, 10AM-2PM with Keith & Mel
Mos Def anchors a 50th Anniversary Tribute to John Coltane’s “A Love Supreme” on Wednesday, January 21st from 2-6PM with Chuy and Mel and on Sunday, February 1st from 10AM to 2PM with Keith and Mel

Carmen McRae and Abbey Lincoln

THURSDAY, 1/22, 2-6PM With Chuy & Mel


3Divas and a Tony!
Bette Midler, Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

FRIDAY, 1/23, 2-6PM with Chuy & Mel
Looking for a great way to spend a Friday afternoon? Join Chuy and Mel for “3 Divas & A Tony”, our musical tip of the hat to Bette Midler, Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, on Friday, January 23rdfrom 2-6PM. “3 Divas & a Tony”, sure to put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step!


Billie Holliday Centenary

SATURDAY, 1/24, 10AM-2PM with Sonny & Mel
THURSDAY, 1/29, 2-6PM with Chuy & Mel


Feeling Good: The Nina Simone Story

SUNDAY, 1/25, 10AM-2PM with Keith & Mel
FRIDAY, 1/30 2-6pm with Chuy & Mel
Join Nina’s daughter, Simone and others who knew her well, for “Feeling Good…The NinaSimone Story”, like you’ve never heard it before, on Sunday, January 25thfrom 10AM to 2PM, and on Friday, January 30th from 2-6PM.


Milt Jackson, John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet

SATURDAY, 1/31, 10AM-2PM, with Sonny & Mel
For over 40 years, The Modern Jazz Quartet mesmerized audiences and musicians alike, with their unique blend of Jazz and Classical music. Join Sonny and Mel as we pay tribute to the great Milt Jackson, John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet, on Saturday, January 31st, from 10AM to 2PM.


Fareed Haque – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – Sun 18 Jan

Fred Witt | January 12th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

15_01_10_KCSM_FHaqueFareed Haque, a senior performer of Pakistani & Brazilian parents grew up in Chicago, and later studied in Texas. He proved to be a jamband player of many sources and forms.  Fareed has released recordings on and off over 25+ years.

Fareed brings a lot of new age jazz music to us with plenty of fast and easy listening; music sometimes fast, sometimes easy, and sometimes both.  He has been touring the Chicago area clubs and music venues the end of this past year.  Try some of Fareed’s tracks and shows here for your own listening.

On Sunday 18 January Chris Cortez interviews Fareed Haque at 8 am on the I’m Talkin’ Jazz program talking about his guitar music career.

Bill Evans – I’m Talkiin’ Jazz – 11 Jan

Ron Lee | January 7th, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

Bill-Evans4Just before he died Bill Evans spoke with KCSM’s Dick Conte when he was working at KJAZ radio. Bill Evans is known as the pianist on Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue LP. This was only a small fraction of his work. Bill’s career in jazz spanned from the mid 50 through the late 70s. Later on he joined the Miles Davis septet and was a major player in Mile’s modal period in the late 1950s. His most well know group was his trio with Paul Motion and Scott LeFaro founded in 1959. From that group came several great recordings like Bill’s first LP Portraits in Jazz. Bill continued to play and produce significant recordings through his passing in the late 1970s.

Listen to Bill play his standard “Waltz for Debby”.  You can find out much more about Bill Evans at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Evans and on You Tube.

Harvey Wainapel – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – 4 Jan 2015 8 am

Ron Lee | January 2nd, 2015 | Leave a Comment »

Harvey_Wainapel5Bay Area saxaphonist Harvey Wainapel has covered a lot of musical ground. He received his formal education at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He then went on to play with the German Radio Big Band in the 70s. He came back to the US and toured with Ray Charles before coming back to the Bay Area. Harvey played with many notable jazz musicians but in 2004 released his first CD of Brazilian music, New Choros of Brazil. He followed with his Amigos Basileros and recently released Amigos Brasileros v 2. Harvey continues to go back and forth between jazz and Brazilian music. This last fall he played at Monterey Jazz Festival with Rio-born vocalist Claudia Villela. Listen to him and Alica Clancy chat on Sunday. You can see him in person on Jan 18th at the Jazz School in Berkeley. Find out more about Harvey and his music on his website http://www.harvjazz.com/index.htm


Bill Henderson – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – 28 Dec 2014

Ron Lee | December 22nd, 2014 | Leave a Comment »

51QrIRmMjFL._SS280LA vocalist Bill Henderson was the singer on Horace Silver’s Senor Blues track from 1957. Bill started in Chicago in 1952 singing with Ramsey Lewis.  In parallel he has had an active film career. He has appeared in over 40 films and TV shows. He currently resides in LA and still actively performs at the age of 88. This last summer he was singing with the Charlie Hayden Quartet West.

Listed to Bill chat with Lee Thomas on I’m Talkin’ Jazz.


Senor Blues from Horace Silver’s Six Pieces of Silver album(1957) featuring Bill Henderson on vocals.

Singing with Charlie Hayden this last summer.

John Pizarrelli – I’m Talkin’ Jazz 21 Dec 2014

Ron Lee | December 20th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »

bioPhotoAlisa will be chatting with guitarist John Pizzarelli. John is the son of noted jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. He makes his home in NY where he has regular engagements with his wife Jessica Molansky at the Cafe Carlyle and at Birdland. From his web site bio:

“Pizzarelli started playing guitar at age six, following in the tradition of his father. After playing in pickup groups and garage bands through high school he began exploring jazz with his father as a teenager, and was able to perform with a number of great jazz musicians who would be a major influence on his work, including Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry and Slam Stewart. John went out on his own after recording My Blue Heaven for Chesky Records in 1990, then toured extensively, playing clubs and concert halls, opening for such greats as Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis and Rosemary Clooney. In 1993, he was honored to open for Frank Sinatra’s international tour and then joined in the celebration for his 80th birthday at Carnegie Hall bringing down the house singing “I Don’t Know Why I Love You Like I Do” with his father accompanying him.

For Pizzarelli though, his hero and foundation was Nat “King” Cole and the comparison to his iconic trio is the highest of compliments. “I’ve always said in my concerts that Nat ‘King’ Cole is why I do what I do.” But Pizzarelli adds, “We aren’t trying to copy him. His sound was singular and inspired. I’ve always said we’re an extension, a 21st century version of what that group was.” In fact, Pizzarelli devoted his RCA albums Dear Mr. Cole and P.S. Mr. Cole to music made famous by the beloved song stylist.”

This leads in to his current project which is a Nat King Cole tribute titled “Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Nat King Cole Tribute featuring Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli”. You can catch him on 21 March in the Venetian room at the Fairmont Hotel.

Here is a video that talks about his 2012 album Double Exposure. He takes pop songs of the 70s and 80s and sets them to jazz arrangements.

Airto Moreira – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – Sun 14 Dec

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

14_12_13_KCSM_AMoreiraAirto Moreira, a veteran, and senior performer grew up with his early years in the cities in Brazil. At less than 20 he appeared in New York city drumming in the jazz circles.  Airto has since ascended from performer to performance leader.  He is quite a singer as well as drummer.

In contrast to the American percussion and the African 6-10 note polyrhythmic percussion, Airto and his Brazilian style go through great musical scales with their myrid of instruments. In keeping with the then modern jazz styles, Airto’s music also differed from American & African drumming in being stream of consciousness as opposed to presenting a theme or message. The performances really takes you to a different focus in listening.  Try some of his tracks here to get a flavor of the music.

Airto has toured the California and the Bay Area as recently as this past Fall.

On Sunday 14 December Chris Cortez interviews Airto Moreira at 8 am on the I’m Talkin’ Jazz program talking on his drumming and music career.

Laurie Antonioli – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – Sun 07 Dec

Fred Witt | December 2nd, 2014 | Leave a Comment »

14_12_02_LAntonioliLaurie, a veteran performer was “raised in the 60’s in our Bay Area Marin County,” taking in the vibe of that age.  Present day, she is prominent in the Berkeley Jazzschool, and is playing with her 6-person band. Laurie has recently released an in-depth passage of Joni Mithcell’s music.  Check out her CD on her site.

Laurie is a warm smooth singer in an American folk style.  Try some of her tracks here; just the thing for a relaxing afternoon.

Come join Alisa Clancy Sunday 7 December at 8 am on the I’m Talkin’ Jazz program talking to Laurie about the current stage in her music journey.

Natalie Cressman – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – 30 Nov

Ron Lee | November 24th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »

Screen Shot 2014-11-07 at 9.28.53 PMNYC jazz trombonist and vocalist Natalie Cressman is an up and coming star that recently played at the San Jose Jazz Fest. Natalie grew up in San Francisco and is an alumnus of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s and many other high school jazz bands. She is currently studying at the Manhattan School of Music. She has two releases out Unfolding and Turn the Sea.  Here is the title cut from her original composition Turn the Sea.

Pete Douglas, In Memoriam – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – Sun 23 Nov

Fred Witt | November 17th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »

14_11_10_KCSM_PDouglasPete Douglas ran 50 years + of house concerts at his Douglas Beach House in the small coastal town of Half Moon Bay on the outboard side of the San Francisco peninsula.  Pete early on founded a social get together called the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, famously popular around the area. Douglas was hard bitten with his own music vision, and was his own local jazz music movement.  The story is told of Pete, working as a parole officer, seeing a young man on a minor charge.  The young man brought his tenor sax into the house with him because the car wouldn’t lock.  After inquiring, Pete said, “You’re not a criminal.  Come and play at my house concert,” and the man went on to a music career !

A long list of performers will testify that Pete was a strong-minded, straightforward man, dedicated to the quality of music.  He was a unique personality that drove the scene and the events.  Many people are now paying tribute to Pete’s contribution to life during his time.

Come join Chris Cortez hosting the Pete Douglas memorial review Sunday 23 November at 8 am on the I’m Talkin’ Jazz program.