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Summer in The City (and beyond…)

June 30th, 2018

Looking for live music? Perhaps something family friendly and during the day? Or something to truly enjoy that summer vibe? Here in the Bay Area, if you’re a San Franciscan, you can escape the foggy summer by heading south to the Stanford Jazz Festival.  Or if you live out of the “fog belt” you can simply enjoy the lush Stanford campus during one of its less populated times.

The Stanford Jazz Festival  is up and rolling from June 23 until August 4th with a calendar of diverse musical offerings. Think your young one might be the next Maria Schneider or Donny McCaslin? Check out Jim Nadel and the Zookeepers Saturday July 7 at 10 AM. There is something for everyone at this festival: world music, duos, string-led groups to big bands and the hard bop alto sax of Charles McPherson. Plus many of the student groups (who also will be performing) attend these concerts making for a lively environment: Imagine a 52nd Street of the future on the bucolic Stanford campus, mingling with mentors while listening, learning and taking home new sounds. Enjoy! and let us know how you found it!

T: @stanfordjazz

Dick Conte’s Annual Jazz Piano Scholarship Benefit

June 10th, 2018

It’s the gift that keeps giving. KCSM’s “Crazy About the Blues” host Kathleen Lawton gave her longtime partner Dick Conte the ultimate Christmas present in 2003: she set up a jazz piano scholarship fund in his name at the California Jazz Conservatory.

For fourteen years, Dick has celebrated his birthday by awarding a scholarship to further a gifted pianist’s study at the CJC.

Join Dick and his quartet for a great evening of jazz and cake. It’ll be a sweet way to spend your evening, culminating with the  announcement of the scholarship recipient and their performance with the group.

Dick Conte’s Quartet features saxophonist Steve Heckman, bassist Steve Webber, and drummer Akira Tana. The evening’s performance will be dedicated to the memory of Dick’s longtime drummer and friend, Bill Moody.

When? June 16, Saturday at 8 pm. $20.00

Where? California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St.
Berkeley CA 94704

More Info and tickets Here

Lee Thomas Essential Tracks: Oliver Nelson

June 4th, 2018

Born into a musical family in St. Louis on this day in 1932, Oliver Nelson is widely considered to be one of the music’s most inventive composer/arrangers. Piano was his first instrument as a child, later he moved to the saxophone and clarinet and at the end of his life (he died of a heart attack at the age of 43) he focused his playing time on the soprano sax. Prolific as a composer and arranger, he worked with many of the music’s greats: Thelonius Monk, Sonny Rollins, Cannonball Adderley, Nancy Wilson to name just a few. He composed not only for jazz players, while leading his own groups, but also for television and film. Ironsides, Columbo and The Six Million Dollar Man bear his signature sounds.

Lee Thomas, your Mid-Day Jazz host on Tuesdays & Thursdays, has some thoughts and listening recommendations to help us get into what made Oliver Nelson the significant figure he is in jazz.

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Hello, My Name Is…

June 2nd, 2018


Jayn Pettingill (photo by Bob Lake)

Think of this post as an introduction of sorts, much like one of those name tags we’ve all been handed at mixers or conferences of one kind or another. Many of you are already familiar with me as we start our early morning Mondays, and thus the week, together. And to those of you who may not be, please consider these words you are reading as a Hail and Hardy greeting to you, from a fellow jazz lover.

Like you, I love this music we call jazz. As a part of the KCSM announcer staff, my work consists mainly of programming the music I am passionate about. Being in proximity to the great announcers here has been, for me, a dream come true. And as you are well aware, the San Francisco Bay Area has quite a “deep bench” when it comes to talent, radio-wise, music-wise, and all kinds of -wise. More importantly, KCSM  has you, some of the most devoted listeners anywhere, making our slogan “The Bay Area’s Community Supported Jazz Station” ring proud and true.

And like you, I am very curious about what is going on, who’s where and what’s what, and even what is the story behind that? So you’ll be hearing from me, in a different guise: the written word. More to come…and I hope you’ll be joining me in the conversation!

Summer Dare

May 31st, 2018


To me the word jazz means: I dare you. I dare you for a meaning, for the moment: I dare you. Wayne Shorter     

As we enter summer, how will you be spending it?  Have a trip planned? A home improvement project perhaps? Or is there a Jazz festival in your summer plans?  Here, in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are very fortunate to have several top tier festivals that dovetail throughout the summer months. Each series hosts some of the nation’s top and emerging talents.

With something for every jazz lover, these festivals mix offerings of traditional sounds with new interpretations of the genre and some even expanding, or outright challenging, the horizons of the art form. It’s summer, when time takes on a relaxed attitude and the expansiveness of the season invites equally the old with the new.

We dare you to go savor the sounds of surprise, of forms old and new this summer. To help you get started here’s a list of the festivals happening now through September. And let us know where you’re going this summer if it involves hearing live music! Check the links below for more info.

Fillmore Jazz Festival


Filoli Gardens

Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival

SF Jazz Festival

San Jose Summer Jazz Festival

Stanford Jazz

Friday Night Special – Chester CT Thompson CD, 11 Tracks

May 18th, 2018

Limited quantity ! The famous, “Mr. jazz Hammond Organ” himself, & band on a big, 11-track CD.  Available in limited quantity, one-time chance, tonight, as a thank-you gift to *call-in donors only*, for any gift of $75 and up.

This drummer & session musician, playing with Frank Zappa’s, Tower of Power’s, and Santana’s bands  has to be heard to be believed.  This CD includes Clockwise, The Moontrane, and Squibcakes.

Tune in tonight to KCSM to catch really cool blues, and call in to contribute & keep jazz alive if you wish.  Not too many of these CD’s to go around, so don’t wait too long.

A Miles Davis Weekend Celebration 18 May 2pm-6pm and 19 May 10am-6pm

May 13th, 2018

Join us starting Fri May 18th through Sat May 19th for an early celebration of MIles’s May 26th birthday. Miles is considered to be one of the most influential jazz musicians. His career spans the early bebop of the 1940 through the jazz fusion of the 80s-90s. Through all of his transitions Miles was always leading the way for the rest of the jazz world.

One of the features of the weekend will be the story of Miles’s Kind of Blue album. Since its issue in 1959 this album has been the top selling jazz album. It has been the introduction to jazz for many generations of listeners.

Join us starting Fri May 18 2-6pm with Chuy and Mel and all day Sat May 19 10am-6pm with Sonny, Dick and Mel.

Latin Jazz Mother’s Day – with Chuy & Chris

May 8th, 2018

There’s plenty in Latin jazz for the ladies to love.  Are you onto Tito Puente (Dance Mania) ?  How about Cal Tjader (Soul Sauce), Eddie Palmieri (Superimposition), Mongo Santamaría (Sofrito) ?  But wait.  There are lady Latin jazz power houses as well.  Look around a little bit and see if you can sample the music of Jane Bunnett and her band Maqueque, Brazilian pianist and singer Eliane Elias, and salsa, Afro-Caribbean pianist Rebeca Mauleón (shown here) from our own Bay Area.

On this Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13th, Chuy & Chris will take us through a four hour Latin jazz spin, with great music for the ladies.  Catch the show on KCSM between 2 and 6 pm.

Ladies of Song, Saturday, Sunday: May 12th & 13th.

May 8th, 2018

Jazz is replete with names of great lady singers. Some of the famous ones are probably favorites of yours. Love the sounds of Ella, Billie, Carmen and Sarah? How about discovering the late Della Reese as a singer, Jeri Southern, Annie Ross, and Betty Roche ! The jazz field has so much talent the listeners get lost in the field.

A great chance is coming up to sit down and soak up their talent the weekend of May 12th and 13th. This Mother’s Day weekend KCSM pays tribute to the Ladies of Song! Della Reese from Detroit, a singer from the 40’s to 2014 was a star in Touched By an Angel. Jeri Southern from Nebraska was a hit singer in the 50’s. Annie Ross (shown here), from the UK was best known from the trio Lambert, Hendrinks, and Ross. Betty Roche 40’s – 60’s Blues singer was famous for her dramatic song performances.

Join Sonny & Mel on Saturday May 12th from 10am-2pm; and Keithand Mel on Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 13th, from 10am-2pm for more Grande Dames! Fill the weekend with the joyful, playful, heartfelt, soul sound of the human voice—our very best in Jazz. And Happy Mother’s Day

Otis Redding with Chuy and Mel Fri 11 May 2-6pm

May 5th, 2018

We all remember Otis Redding singing his hit “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” back in the late 60s. Otis got his start as part of the southern chitlin’ circuit in the 60s. He was later signed to Stax Records and was a talent scout as well as a performer. A major turning point in his career came as he closed the Sat night performance of the Monterey Pop Festival. This performance introduced him to more main stream white audiences. He composed his hit “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” in Sausalito a short time later and recorded it just before his untimely death in a plane crash.

Chuy and Mel will be telling the story of Otis Redding on Fri 11 May from 2pm – 6pm. Listen in to hear the legacy of this great soul singer.