Fred Witt | September 7th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

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.


Fred Witt | September 7th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

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 kcsm.org


Fred Witt | September 4th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

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 kcsm.org, The Bay Area’s Jazz Station

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

Ron Lee | September 4th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

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

Ron Lee | September 3rd, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

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.


Fred Witt | August 29th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

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 KCSM.org of course! That’s KCSM.org!

Jazz Piano Players!

Fred Witt | August 29th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

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

Fred Witt | August 29th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

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.

Hail Puerto Rico!

Fred Witt | August 29th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

Join Jesse ‘Chuy’ Varela and Chris Cortez on Sunday September 2nd on the Latin Jazz Show as they honor the people and music of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico, America’s very own Latin region had music & jazz heritage reaching back through multiple source nations and diaspora.  Puerto Rico, a cultural melting pot in it’s own right has powerful musical strains running to us all in the present day. Jose Feliciano, shown here on the right is one of their many artists famous to us.

Known as the Isla Del Encanto – The Island of Enchantment – its picturesque beaches and landscapes were devastated by Hurricane Maria a year ago. But nothing can stop the resilience of the Puerto Rican people from restoring their island back to its glory.

So, join Chuy and Chris on Sunday, September 2nd, from 2-6PM as they honor Puerto Rico – its music and its people – on the Latin Jazz Show

Cannonball Adderly, Stan Getz, Clifford Brown, and Max Roach – 1 Sept 10am-2pm

Ron Lee | August 28th, 2018 | Leave a Comment »

In the best of jazz tradition stand Cannonball Adderly, Stan Getz, Clifford Brown and Max Roach. Labor Day weekend gives Sonny Buxton and Melanie Berzon a chance to showcase these players.

Alto sax player Julian “Cannonball” Adderly took on the NY jazz scene when he sat in on a session with Oscar Pettiford. Soon after Miles Davis picked him for his sextet that recorded Milestones and Kind of Blue. Cannonball went on to create several groups and is know for playing with his brother Nat Adderly.

Stan Getz, a tenor sax player, started his professional career at the age of 16 by joining Jack Teegarden’s big band in 1943. He played a lot of cool jazz with Horace Silver, Johnny Smith and Oscar Peterson in the 50s while living in Scandanavia. He returned in 1961 and helped kick off the Bossa Nova craze. The most well known track from this period is his recording of The Girl from Ipanema. Stan was an artist in residence at the local Stanford Jazz Workshop in his later years.

Trumpet player Clifford Brown had a short but critically acclaimed career. He teamed up with drummer Max Roach to form the Clifford Brown and Max Roach quintet which played hard bop jazz. His son, Clifford Brown Jr, is a noted KCSM host and his grandson Clifford Brown III is a Bay Area trumpet player.

Drummer Max Roach was part of the original bebop musicians in New York in the 1940s. Max was the drummer for all the bebop greats like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Coleman Hawkins and Miles Davis. He later went on to form several percussion based groups and is know for his solo concerts on the drums and percussion. He was active politically and his Freedom Now Suite was written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

With a group like this Sonny and Mel will have a great time showcasing these artists. Please tune in.