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A Bounty of Blue Note: The Blue Note Sound/The Legends of Blue Note Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and More!

January 18th, 2018

Since 1939 Blue Note Records has defined what Modern Jazz is all about. Founded by Alfred Lion, he named the label after the notes he said “he heard jazz musicians playing.” On Friday January 19th & Saturday, January 20th, KCSM Jazz 91 will celebrate the legacy of Blue Note Records with the artists and musicians who made the label great and changed the course of jazz by playing the “blue notes” Alfred Lion loved so much.

For all jazz fans Blue Note Records has been the label to go to and still is the premier jazz record label. Blue Note is best know for its recording of bebop and hard bop artists like Thelonius Monk, Jame Moody and Bud Powell. They would progress with the music to hard bop with artists like Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins and Donald Byrd. They were also the label that published the debut records for Miles Davis and John Coltrane. This was also the era of famed recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder.

A Blue Note discography can be found on Wikipedia at

It is well worth your effort to find Blue Note vinyl recordings.

Listen in on Fri 19 Jan from 2-6 with Mel and Chuy and Sat 20 Jan from 10-6 with Mel, Sonny and Dick.

Winter Pledge Gifts!

January 17th, 2018

The gift list for Winter Pledge is up at Lots of good music and cool stuff. Take a look and listen in on the weekends!

Winter specials are coming!

January 10th, 2018

KCSM listeners! Get ready for our Winter 2018 specials programs. For three consecutive weekends the hosts at KCSM will be focusing on some of the top artists. Here is our current line up! Watch for more details on our blog and website!


A Bounty of Blue Note:

The Blue Note Sound/The Legends of Blue Note

Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and More!

Friday, 1/19, 2-6PM with Chuy & Mel

Saturday, 1/20, 10AM-6PM with Sonny, Dick & Mel


Feelin’ Soulful!

The Staple Singers, Ramsey Lewis, James Brown,

The Jazz Crusaders & More!

Sunday, 1/21, 10AM-2PM with Keith & Mel


Cuban Divas

Celia Cruz & Omara Portuondo

Sunday, 1/21, 2-6PM with Chuy & Chris Cortez


Fun with Fats(Domino) @ 90!

Friday, 1/26, 2-6PM with Chuy & Mel

Sunday, 1/28, 10AM-2PM with Keith & Mel


The Boys in the Band

Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra & More!

Saturday, 1/27, 10AM-6PM with Sonny, Dick, Kathleen & Mel


Eddie Palmieri

Sunday, 1/28, 2-6PM with Chuy & Chris Cortez


A Marian McPartland Centennial Celebration

Friday, 2/2, 2-6PM with Chuy & Mel

Saturday, 2/3, 10AM-6PM with Sonny, Dick, Kathleen & Mel


Happy Birthday Ray Charles Sat 23 Sept 7am – 6pm

September 20th, 2017

KCSM is celebrating the birthday of Ray Charles all day Saturday. The genius and master of soul is celebrating his 87th birthday. Listen to KCSM for some great music and programs on Ray Charles.


Women of Soul – Etta Jame, Ann Peebles and Aretha Franklin

September 20th, 2017

Fri night Kathleen and Harry will be exploring the music of Etta James, Ann Peebles and Aretha Franklin. Tune in for a soulful and bluesy evening. Listen to a few samples below.

Listen to Etta James’s intro to this song. Not many singers can do that…

Sisters of Soul and Jazz Fri 22 Sept 2pm-6pm

September 20th, 2017

Enjoy an afternoon with Mel and Chuy exploring the sisters of Soul and Jazz. Melanie has been digging through the library and archives looking music from the great soul and jazz artists. Tune in on Fri to see what she found.


Bud Powell, Bebop Royalty Sat 16 Sept 2-6pm

September 15th, 2017

Bud Powell was the pianist for Cootie Williams band in 1944. He is considered to be one of the finest jazz pianists. Bud along with Thelonius Monk, Charlies Parker and Dizzy Gillespie were the founding musicians of the bebop sound in New York. Bud was a prominent pianist in the jazz world through the 1960s.

“He was the foundation out of which stemmed the whole edifice of modern jazz piano. Every jazz pianist since Bud either came through him or is deliberately attempting to get away from playing like him.”

Listen to him play some of his greatest hits.


Thelonius Monk, Bebop Royalty Sat 2pm-6pm

September 8th, 2017

Pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk is one of the major figures of bebop and revered, alongside such luminaries as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, as a father of modern jazz. But, in so many respects, his stylistic approach to the music differed from his illustrious contemporaries. While Parker, Gillespie and his fellow pianist Bud Powell often displayed their considerable technique at ridiculously fast tempos, Monk’s approach was entirely different with a keyboard technique that used a considerable amount of space and relied greatly on its percussive qualities for impact.

Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, Bebop Royalty 9 Sept 10am-2pm

September 8th, 2017

charlie_parkerCharlie “Yardbird” Parker was one of the leading musicians that formed the bebop sound in NYC. Along with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis and more they played in the clubs and concert halls. Eventually each of these artists would graduate and lead their own bands. Bird was captured on Verve, Prestige, Savoy and Dial record labels. Listen to his Orinthology album below.


Patti LaBelle, Godmother of Soul – Fri 8 Sept 2pm-6pm, Sun 10 Sept 10am-2pm

September 7th, 2017

Patti LaBelle has been singing since the 70s and is known for her hit “Lady Marmalade” with the group LaBelle. In the 80s she launched a solo career which included film and TV roles. Rolling Stone counts here as one of the 100 greatest singers. Recently she has branched out with products like desserts and a cookbook.

Most importably this last spring she released a jazz album, Bel Hommage. The album is series of great jazz songs. Variety published an update and a review of the album at
Patti LaBelle on Her First-Ever Jazz Album: ‘It Sounds More Beautiful Than I Ever Imagined’

She has promised there is more to come.