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Transmitting Our Thanks to You!

September 28th, 2018

Wonder where your membership dollars go? On Wednesday September 26, the Board of Trustees authorized KCSM to purchase a new state of the art transmitter to replace the old and tired one we currently have.

How old is old? Well, as you may have guessed, almost any piece of technology over five years old can be deemed “over the hill.” And as we each have experienced in the digitally driven world we live in, each year presents new and improved versions of just about any kind of technology. With FM transmitters, there have been significant changes in operation and in efficiency over the last decade. As a result, our current transmitter, having served the station for fourteen years, has outlived its role as a reliable, and primary, transmitter.

The new FM transmitter cost is approximately $120,000. Funds garnered from our recent Pledge drive will go toward this purchase, allowing KCSM to now have a back up transmitter in the form of the old one and to now have a brand new transmitter, keeping the station a truly thriving one! We thank you for your support, we could not have done this without it.




KCSM’s Killer Black Knit Jacket

September 14th, 2018

Fall in with KCSM’s new knit zip-up tech shell. Comes in both men’s and women’s sizes. Check out the jackets here modeled by Kathleen Lawton and her Mystery Man. Yours as a thank you gift for your $150 pledge to support KCSM’s jazz radio. Get on-air recognition points if you guess who Kathleen’s Mystery Man is!


September 7th, 2018

Unknown until 2004, and unheard until now, the tracks on “Both Directions at Once – The Lost Album,” by the John Coltrane Quartet are, as Sonny Rollins says in the liner notes, like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid.

Featuring the Classic Quartet: John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones, the music on this album represents one of the most influential groups in music history. They were both performing in a musical style they had perfected and reaching in new, exploratory directions that were to affect the trajectory of jazz from that point forward.

Join Jesse Chuy Varela and Melanie Berzon on Friday September 14th from 2-6PM on Jazz in the Afternoon as we explore JohnColtrane’s “Both Directions at Once – The Lost Album” right here on KCSM, The Bay Area’s Jazz Station.


September 7th, 2018

The Count (with Count Basie Orchestra) meets the Duke (with Duke Ellington Band) meets the Royal Vocalists here on KCSM. We all love the singers and everyone has their favorites; Jimmy Rushing, wonderful Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr. Sarah, Ella, Billy Eckstine…they all sang with these two great bands at the intersection of Swing and Party Streets!

Tune in on Saturday September 15th from 10AM to 6PM with Sonny Buxton, Melanie Berzon, Kathleen Lawton and Dick Conte.  They will host The Count Meets the Duke Meets the Royal Vocalists right on KCSM Jazz 91.1FM and streaming live at


September 4th, 2018

Tony Bennett is 92 and can still sing circles around anyone a quarter of his age. If the Great American Songbook ever needed a champion, Bennett is it!  Tony Bennett has been thrilling audiences in San Francisco and beyond since the 1950’s. At the age of 92, he’s still performing, recording and going strong.

Join Sonny Buxton, Dick Conte and Melanie Berzon on Saturday, September 8th, from 10AM to 6PM, as we celebrate Tony Bennett’s legacy and his latest endeavor with Diana Krall, right here on KCSM, The Bay Area’s Jazz Station.  KCSM is celebrating Tony’s latest release with Diana Krall on this Saturday with a Bennett Blowout, right here, at 91.1FM and, The Bay Area’s Jazz Station

Buddy Guy: The Blues is Alive and Well! 7 Sept 9-midnight

September 4th, 2018

Buddy Guy is also alive and well. After playing for 65 year this Chicago Blues guitar player is still on the road touring. Buddy got his start working for Chess records in Chicago. He hit the big time during the blues revival in the 80s. He is best know for his playing with harmonica player Junior Wells. Buddy is a recognized influence of artists like Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, and many other. These artists are on his latests recordings.

In July Buddy celebrated his 82nd birthday and has a new CD out. On Fri Sept 7 Kathleen and Harry will be celebrating the music of Buddy Guy!

Sam Cooke: The King of Soul

September 3rd, 2018

Sam Cooke 51PA3DVxDdL._AA160_ Sam Cooke has been described as the father of soul music. Sam started his career in Chicago as a gospel singer. In the late 1950s he crossed over into the pop category and had hits like “Chain Gang”, “You Send Me” and “A Change is Gonna Come”. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s he produced hit after hit. Sam Cooke was also an accomprished songwriter and music entrepeneur. He owned his own label as well as a music publishing business.

Chuy and Melanie will be exploring the musical legacy of Sam Cooke on Fri 7 Sept 2-6pm and Sun  9 Sept 2-6pm with Keith and Melanie.


August 29th, 2018

Hey Jazz Fans! For our Fall Fund Drive Jazz 91 is putting its own spin on the iconic symbol of American feminism, Rosie the Riveter. Indispensable during WWII, The Rosie’s worked tirelessly supporting the war effort in factories and shipyards and led to strong advancements for women toward equal rights.

Our theme is “Rosie, Riveted by Jazz!” and it’s a gorgeous dark navy blue t-shirt designed by KCSM’s own Juanita Celaya! It’s a 100% Comfort Soft cotton with double needle sleeves, hem and cover seamed crew neck, lay flat collar with shoulder – to – shoulder taping and comes in sizes from Small to Triple Extra Large.

Where can you get your Rosie the Riveter, Riveted by Jazz Tee Shirt? Where else! At of course! That’s!

Jazz Piano Players!

August 29th, 2018

On Saturday, September 1st Dick and Kathleen will bring out the music of famous jazz piano players for us. Your favorites are surely among top jazz piano names: Herbie Hancock, George Shearing, Dave Brubeck, Horace Silver, Count Basie, Bud Powell, Duke Elington, John Coltrane, on & on !

Our good luck is that we have no shortage of material. There are plenty of great tunes to listen to and history to hear about.

So, join Dick Conte and Kathleen Lawton on Saturday, September 1st, from 2 – 6 PM while they feature our famous jazz piano players on the Jazz In The Afternoon.

Clifford Brown & Max Roach

August 29th, 2018

Keith Hines and Clifford Brown Jr. will commemorate the Clifford Brown – Max Roach Quintet for us on the American Jazz Countdown, Sunday September 2nd. Horn player Clifford Brown, Delaware-born in 1930 and Max Roach, drummer from North Carolina, 1924 changed the face of jazz with their famous 1954 album, “Clifford Brown & Max Roach”.

While Clifford passed away early, Max went on for a long and influential career. Their music widely influenced the mid-century jazz, and you deserve to hear some of the samples..

So, join Keith and Richard on Sunday, September 2nd, from 10AM to 2PM while they feature Clifford Brown and Max Roach on the American Jazz Countdown.