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125th Birthday of Cole Porter – SF Cole Porter Society ! – Fri 03 June 2016

May 13th, 2016

16_05_14_KCSM_CPSocietyNo one in the world of American popular music elevated the level of musical discourse to the extent Cole Albert Porter did. The first choice of recording artists from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett, The Cole Porter Society presents “Cole Porter in Paris, The Lost Songs.” You will experience 18 songs never before heard in San Francisco from “Les Ambassadeurs,” performed only three times in the past 86 years.

According to musical theater historian Ken Bloom, who unearthed the treasures, the Lost Songs provide a glimpse of the composer on the precipice of success. “It’s typical Porter on the way to becoming great Porter. You can see everything that’s going to come in just a year or two.”

Join the ensemble of the Bay Area’s stellar artists including Grammy nominated Desiree Goyette, cabaret favorites Amanda King and Deborah Winters, opera and light opera stars Michael Dailey and Martin Bell, along with 16 year old singing prodigy Sofia Perozzi. Accompanying the vocalists will be society pianist Peter Mintun and Grammy Award winner Laurence Hobgood.

Try here a fun, off-the-track Porter song, “Miss Otis Regrets.”

Musical Theater expert Charles Troy will present a pre-program multimedia presentation on Cole Porter in Paris.  New York based musical theater historian, playwright and producer, Ken Bloom, will direct.

All proceeds benefit The Cole Porter Society’s mission to bring The Great American Songbook to our schools, elevating the musical literacy of our young people.

Ernestine, Sarah, Thad – Saturday 14 May 2016

May 13th, 2016

Some of our 20th century jazz heroes – singer Ernestine Anderson & Sarah Vaughan, and trumpeter Thad Jones, here for you to hear !!

16_05_10_KCSM_EAndersonSinger Ernestine Anderson

Ernestine, from Texas was a long-term blues & jazz singer.  She grew up in a musical family and was showing up in family sing-alongs as a toddler.  Her voice started at good & just kept getting better, and she was off on her ~70-year career.  Her singing was much admired and before she was 30 she was hearlded as a great and compared to Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holliday.  Try a couple of her songs here, “Never Make Your Move Too Soon” and “All Blues.”  Popular albums of hers are “Swings The Penthouse”  and “I Love Being Here With You.”

16_05_10_KCSM_SVaughanSinger Sarah Vaughan

Sassy Sarah Vaughan with Sonny & Mel.  Come check in Saturday with Sonny & Mel for 4 hours on the 20th century jazz singing great, Sarah Vaughan.  For many of her works, the listener is treated to a voice coming from the rarefied atmosphere of time’s greatest singing jazz talent.  While Sarah’s piano & vocal talents are great, the best part is heart & soul she projects through the song into the performance.   Despite Sarah’s wide performance the key for many isn’t necessarily the variety, but rather picking their favorite style & theme, and listening to her voice through that slice of her music.  Try a classic here by her, “Misty.”  A nice album by Sarah is “Live At Rosy’s.”

16_05_10_KCSM_TJonesTrumpeter Thad Jones

Thad Jones, from Michigan was a 20th century trumpeter.  He performed for many years with the Count Basie Orchestra.  His music material and playing were similar to Thelonious Monk, Tim Hagans, and Richard Boone.  Calling back from the past, Jones’ work is smooth stuff.  Here are two of his most popular numbers for you to try: “Middelheim 1973” and “April In Paris.”  A great album with Jones is “All My Yesterdays” giving mintage music from 1966 in NYC.

Join Sonny, Mel, Dick, and Kathleen between 10 am and 6 pm Saturday May 14 for an afternoon of song and trumpet stories about jazz & blues stars.

New Orleans Jazz Party with Alica Clancy and Clint Baker

May 13th, 2016

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 !!

May 13th, 2016

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

May 11th, 2016

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

May 9th, 2016

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

May 8th, 2016

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

May 7th, 2016

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

May 6th, 2016

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

May 3rd, 2016

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.