New Orleans Jazz Party with Alica Clancy and Clint Baker

Ron Lee | May 13th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

jazzannouncer_clancyWould you love to host a New Orleans Jazz Party with KCSM A Morning Cup of Jazz host Alicia Clancy? So Alisa and her husband Clint will come to your house with a pot of homemade gumbo. Clint will bring his band to the party for live music. Would that be cool?

On top of all this you will get all of the CDs, DVDs and KCSM apparel from the KCSM Spring 2016 pledge drive. This will give you an astounding collection of music to enjoy after the party.

So Alisa said she would do three of these parties. One is already spoken for. Do you want to be next? Alisa and Clint did limit this to the Bay Area(Novato to Morgan Hill and Tracy to the Pacific Coast). This would be a great way to kick off summer! Call 1-800-527-6911 to find out more.

New Spring Drive Get-It-All Offers !!

Fred Witt | May 13th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

16_05_13_KCSM_CDsAnswering donor requests, KCSM has pulled together some top of the line “get-it-all” Thank You gifts.  The first one pulls in all 63 gift CD’s, and the second one brings all the CD’s, and all the station logo-wear.  Just call in to the volunteers, or try keying up the “Donate” page on the station web site.


– thank you item 16S48, CD Bundle, at a pledge of $3,200.

Get all the CD’s and the DVD that are being offered during this pledge drive to fill your personal music library.  That’s a whopping 63 amazing CD’s (953 tracks).


– thank you item 16S49, Whole Kit & Caboodle, at a pledge of $4,400

You’ll get the whole kit & caboodle which means every CD, DVD & logo-wear item being offered during the pledge drive !  You’ll fill your music library AND your closet (or your friends, if this is your early Christmas shopping for a good cause [song]).

“Country” Willie Nelson – Friday 013 May 2016

Fred Witt | May 11th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

16_05_10_KCSM_WNelsonWillie Nelson, iconic country performer of America’s last 60 years, was born in Texas during the Great Depression.  Willie became  a pathfinder for the nation by breaking away from the stern standards of Nashville, into a widely new style of country.  He has gone through the years not only as the singer-way finder, but also actor and producer.

Interestingly much of Nelson’s  work has been timeless for the audiences.  These may already be in your favorites, but try here an early “Always On My Mind” (1982) and a later “Lay Me Down” (2016).

Join Chuy and Mel between 2 an 6 pm Friday May 13 for an afternoon of Willie’s
life & music.

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue 16 May 2pm – 6pm

Ron Lee | May 9th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

c9d7697e-0967-37e8-af3c-28baf216fd14Kind of Blue has been the top selling jazz album for many years. In Oct 2008 it was certified as quadruple platinum in sales. What makes it so popular? For a lot of people Kind of Blue was their into to jazz. The opening track So What has a kind of sassy attitude. All Blues swings gently and is very approachable. This is what caught people’s attention. These songs also showcased the “jazz style” of solos and improvisation and interplay between the musicians.

On Monday May 16th from 2pm-6pm Chuy and Mel will be showcasing this classic album. Listen in.

2016 Spring Sweepstakes – 91 Happening Now CDs

Ron Lee | May 8th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

2016 Spring Sweepstakes – 91 Happening Now CDs

Everyone who pledges during the Spring Drive by Sunday, May 15th at 6 P.M. will be automatically entered in the Grand Finale Raffle, which features 91 Happening Now CDs. These are New Jazz Releases currently being played on KCSM and are getting National and International airplay. Much love and thanks to High Note, Positone and Concord Records; Groove Marketing and Lisa Reedy Radio Promotions; and the Artists themselves; for their contributions.  

But there’s more!

Not only will the Grand Raffle Winner get these 91 Happening CDs, they will also receive the Miles Davis: Kind of Blue 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (Columbia Legacy) 3CDs + Blue Vinyl LP + 60 Page Bound Book.

The Grand Finale Drawing will take place on Monday, May 16th on Jazz in the Afternoon with Chuy Varela and Kathleen Lawton.

  1. Greg Abate & Phil Woods: Kindred Spirits Live at Chan’s (Whaling City Sounds) 2CDs
  2. Cyrille Aimee: Let’s Get Lost (Mack Avenue) Autographed
  3. Melissa Aldana: Back Home (Wommusic)
  4. Kenny Barron: Book of Intuition (Impulse)
  5. Will Bernard: Out & About (Positone)
  6. Andrea Brachfeld: Lotus Blossom (Jazzheads)
  7. Ian Carey Quintet + 1: Interview Music (Kabocha Records)
  8. Joe Chambers: Landscapes (High Note)
  9. Bill Charlap: Notes From New York (Impulse)
  10. Ed Cherry: Soul Tree (Positone)
  11. Jimmy Cobb: The Original Mob (Smoke Sessions)
  12. Freddy Cole: He Was The King (High Note)
  13. Roxy Coss: Restless Idealism (Origin)
  14. Daria: Strawberry Fields Forever (OA2)
  15. Jon Davis: Changes Over Time (Positone)
  16. Michael Dease: Father Figure (Positone)
  17. Dena DeRose: United (High Note)
  18. Aaron Diehl: Spacetime Continuum (Mack Avenue) Autographed
  19. Dave Douglas Quintet: Brazen Heart (Greenleaf Music)
  20. Kurt Elling: Passion World (Concord)
  21. Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band: More Than Meets The Ear (Artist Share)
  22. Orrin Evans: The Evolution of Onesself (Smoke Sessions)
  23. John Fedchock New York Big Band: Like It Is (MaMa Records)
  24. Alan Ferber Nonet: Roots & Transitions (Sunnyside)(20)
  25. Ken Fowser: Standing Tall (Positone)
  26. Champian Fulton: After Dark (Gut String)
  27. Stan Getz: Moments In Time (Resonance)
  28. Joao Gilberto / Stan Getz: Getz / Gilberto ’76 (Resonance)
  29. GoGo Penguin:Man Made Object (Blue Note)
  30. Nancy Harms: Ellington at Night (Gazelle)
  31. Eddie Henderson: Collective Portrait (Smoke Sessions)
  32. Freddie Hendrix: Jersey Cat (Sunnyside)
  33. Vincent Herring: Night and Day (Smoke Sessions)
  34. Jay Hoggard: Harlem Hieroglyphs (JHVM)
  35. Richard Howell and Sudden Changes: Burkina (AudioEmissary Records)
  36. The Interplay Jazz Orchestra: Detour (IJO)
  37. Willie Jones III: Groundwork (WJ3)
  38. Grace Kelly: Trying To Figure It Out (Pazz)
  39. Calvin Keys: Close Enough For Love (Life Force Jazz)
  40. Steve Kuhn: At This Time (Sunnyside)
  41. Julian Lage: Arclight (Mack Avenue)
  42. Tom Lellis: The Flow (Beam Tide)
  43. Mack Avenue Super Band: Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival 2015 (Mack Avenue)
  44. Lyle Mays Quartet: The Ludwigsburg Concert (SWR/Jazz Haus) 2CDs
  45. Christian McBride Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard (Mack Avenue)
  46. Sountrack: Miles Ahead (Sony)
  47. Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom: Otis Was A Polar Bear (Royal Potato Family)
  48. Wes Montgomery: One Night in Indy (Resonance)
  49. David Murray/Geri Allen/Terri Lyne Carrington: Perfection (Motema)
  50. Randy Napoleon: Soon (Detroit Music Factory)
  51. Willie Nelson: Summertime – Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (Sony Legacy)(45)
  52. Adam O’Farrill: Stranger Days (Sunnyside)
  53. Ken Peplowski: Enrapture (Capri)
  54. Herlin Riley: New Directions (Mack Avenue)
  55. Henry Robinett: I Have Known Mountains (Nefertiti Records)
  56. Renee Rosnes: Written in the Rocks (Smoke Sessions Records)
  57. Jamison Ross: Jamison (Concord)
  58. Arturo Sandoval: Live at Yoshi’s (Alfi)
  59. Snarky Puppy: Family Dinner Volume Two (Universal) CD/DVD
  60. Avery Sharpe: Sharpe Meets Tharpe (JKNM)
  61. Marcus Strickland’s Twi Life: Nihil Novi (Blue Note / Revive)
  62. Lew Tabackin Trio: Soundscapes (
  63. Tom Tallitsch: Gratitude (Positone)
  64. Various: Oscar, with Love (Two Lions) 3CDs
  65. Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott: Return Of The East West Trumpet Summit (Origin)
  66. Hristo Vitchev Quartet: In Search of Wonders (First Orbit Sounds Music)(60)
  67. Walt Weiskopf: The Way You Say It (Positone)
  68. Yellowjackets: Cohearence (Mack Avenue)
  69. Larry Young: In Paris – The ORTF Recordings (Resonance) 2CDs

Plus 22 more Happening Now CDS!!!!

Pledge now to enter and win. For details, go to

Elmore James – 13 May 9pm – Midnight

Ron Lee | May 7th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

Elmore James was the known as the “King of the Slide Guitar”. He played and recorded in the 1950s and 1960s. He had a very distinctive and loud sound. He played a hollow body acoustic guitar outfitted with electric pickups. He was a major influence of many of the rock guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan that came after him. He is mentioned in the Beatles song “For You Blue”.

Listen to his signature tune “Dust My Broom”.

Earth, Wind, & Fire – Wednesday 11 May 2016

Fred Witt | May 6th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

16_04_25_KCSM_EWFireEarth, Wind, & Fire (EWF), a black pop band in business for 45 years has lots of records to go with their 45-year run.  They’ve been called the band that “changed the sound of black pop,” played across many styles (R & B, soul, jazz, rock…), had a long list of hits, and received numerous awards.

Many people remark that “This is a band that I grew up to.  The band had great dance music, and was just the thing for parties.”  EWF was the first popular band to incorporate native African instruments like the kalimba (small plucked-tine instrument).  In their arrangements, they did things like continue the Sly & Stones call & response arrangement with multiple reed instruments.

Here are two of their songs most famous, or most popular (or both): “That’s the Way of the World” and “Shining Star.”  Try clicking on these and see if there’s something for you there.  Neat albums by EWF include “That’s the Way of the World” (same as the song title), “Gratitude”, “Spirit”, “All in All”, and “I Am.”

Tune in Wednesday May 11 between 2 and 6 pm and join Gary, Chuy, and Mel for a program about the famous Earth, Wind, & Fire.

R & B, Pop Singer Patti LaBelle – Sunday 08 May 2016

Fred Witt | May 3rd, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

16_04_24_KCSM_PLaBellePatti LaBelle, originally from Philadelphia is a veteran jazz Blues singer.  Patti’s career has covered a fair amount of territory, and includes soul, pop, disco, dance, TV and movies besides blues.

Patti’s early work contained a fair amount of soft & light music, and her later numbers can be strong show business.  Patti has a colorful voice, and in her later performances, powerful deliveries.  She has had many awards and gets referred to as “Godmother of Soul.”  She has even entertained the house at the White House.  Click here to try some of her singing numbers.  You can try comparing work over the years with If You Only Knew (early) and If You Only Knew (recent).  Other samples are Somebody Loves You Baby and a popular Lady Marmalade (Live at the White House).

Tune in Sunday May 8 between 10 am and 2 pm and join Keith and Mel for a program about Patti’s music and life.

Jaco Pastorius – 10 May 2pm-6pm

Ron Lee | May 2nd, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

jaco-pastorius-1024x427Jaco Pastorius is considered to be the Jimi Hendrix of the electric bass guitar. He developed many of the advanced techiques and use of a fretless bass. His music gained fame when he was a member of the group Weather Report. He joined Weather Report after encountering member Joe Zaiwinul and impressing him with his talent and compositions. Jaco joined the group as they recorded Black Market. Jaco spent several years with Weather Report and then broke out on his own. He would do several solo projects with artists like Joni Mitchell, Dave Sanborn, Al Di Meola, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira.

Below is one of Jaco’s concert staples that he played through out his career.

Betty Carter – 12 May 2pm-6pm

Ron Lee | May 1st, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

430px-CarterBetty19861025A long time ago the first time I heard Round Midnight was when a radio host on the old KRE radio station played it every night as his opening themse song. As with all newer jazz listeners it took awhile to understand Thelonius Monk and Betty Carter’s interpretation. But eventually I got it.

Betty Carter was born in Detroit and started singing at the age of 16. She would sit in on gigs for the likes of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billy Eckstine when they played Detroit. In 1948 she joined Lionel Hampton’s band in NY. She sung with Miles Davis in the late 50s and Mile referred her to Ray Charles. It was with Ray Charles she got her first hit with “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. She struggled though the 60’s and in the late 60’s she founded her own label Bet-Car records. You can find some of her best work on these records. Betty continued to perform and record headlining her own group. One of the things she is noted for is her students. She hired musicians like Cyris Chesnut, Mulgrew Miller, Dave Holland and Benny Green. She was responsible for a whole generation of top musicians. Her legacy continues with the JFK Center for the Performing Arts Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency, performances and componsition work.

On Thurs 12 May from 2pm – 6pm Chuy and Mel will be playing the music of Betty Carter.