Miles Davis on Jazz Profiles with Nancy Wilson – Thur 4 May 9pm-10pm

Ron Lee | May 3rd, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

Jazz Profiles With Nancy Wilson
c9d7697e-0967-37e8-af3c-28baf216fd14Miles Davis
Trumpeter Miles Davis dominated jazz for much of the latter half of the twentieth century. While his trumpet sound is instantly recognizable, he refused to be boxed in any one style, consistently developing fresh musical shapes and structures. Miles’s powerful influence did not end with his death in 1991; his restless spirit continues to intrigue and inspire artists of all kinds.Tune in to KCSM at 9pm!

Spring is Here! Time to celebrate Jazz at KCSM

Ron Lee | May 1st, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

spring pledgeHappy International Jazz Day! This is the season to celebrate Jazz around the world. Last week was the Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Birthday and this last weekend was Duke Ellington’s birthday as well as International Jazz day. KCSM is continuing the celebration over the next 3 weekends with special programming. We will be featuring:

Mile Davis – master trumpeter of the 1940s-90s, Miles and his groups were always at the forefront of what was new
Friday, 5/5, 2-6PM with Chuy & Mel
Saturday, 5/6, 10AM-6PM, with Sonny, Mel & Dick
Sunday, 5/7, 10AM-2PM, with Keith & Mel

John Coltrane – the musician who has defined the tenor saxophone in jazz
Friday, 5/12, 2-6PM with Chuy & Mel
Saturday, 5/13, 10AM-6PM, with Sonny, Mel & Dick
Sunday, 5/14, 10AM-2PM, with Keith & Mel

Ella Fitzgerald’s Centennial Birthday – “The first lady of song” Ella Fitzgerald was the top jazz vocalist for more than a half century. Learn more about Ella and help us celebrate her 100th birthday.
Saturday, 5/20, 10AM-2PM, with Sonny & Mel

Janis Joplin – Janis, a unique blues, soul, gospel, country and rock singer of the 60s. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with Janis and KCSM.
Friday, 5/19, 2-6PM with Chuy & Mel
Sunday, 5/21, 10AM-2PM, with Keith & Mel

So tune in to KCSM on the air or on the web at KCSM Jazz 91

A Message From College Of San Mateo President Mike Claire On The Future Of KCSM FM

staff | March 24th, 2017 | 2 Comments »

Mike Claire, President

Mike Claire, President
College of San Mateo
San Mateo County Community College District

Dear KCSM Listener,

My name is Mike Claire and I am the President of College of San Mateo. I am also an avid jazz fan and a fellow KCSM-FM supporter. In addition, I was a professional musician at one time, and I have played in many jazz combos over the years.

I share these details with you because I share your passion for jazz. I understand fully what makes KCSM-FM unique, and I appreciate the trust and the support that you have placed with KCSM-FM. That is why I am writing to you directly.

There have been some recent news articles about proposed changes at KCSM-FM. I want to assure you that there are no plans to sell KCSM-FM, change the genre, or remove the remaining on-air personalities.

You may have read that most of KCSM-FM’s DJs will no longer be on-air after July 1, 2017. This is not true. It is true that 3 of the part-time DJs are no longer with KCSM. However, there are no plans to “lay-off” the remaining DJs. There was a miscommunication, which has now been corrected. I know that this has created unnecessary confusion and anxiety for all. On behalf of the management team at KCSM-FM and the College of San Mateo, I apologize.

It has also been reported that KCSM-FM is in financial trouble yet has a sizeable reserve. KCSM-FM operated at a deficit in 2016 and used some of its reserve to cover excess expenses. While the station has a reserve, the reserve is meant to cover major emergencies, not operating deficits. The station’s reserve will be exhausted rather quickly if KCSM-FM does not bring its operating expenses in line with revenues over the next few years.

The good news is that KCSM-FM’s financial situation is not dire. I am confident that the station will be able to bring expenses in balance with projected revenues—with minimal impact to the on-air programming that we all enjoy.

At the same time, I do not want to make false promises. Over the last four years, weekly hours provided by part-time DJs have increased by 28%. Thus, part of the solution to the deficit has been to make some adjustments to programming. This is a tough balancing act, and I know that some of the changes have upset listeners.

I will be working directly with KCSM-FM to look for budget reductions in areas that do not impact on-air programming. While I cannot promise that we will be able to restore all of the live hours, we will do our best. Regardless, I do not anticipate any additional reductions to live programming.

Many of you have shared your concerns and your support of KCSM-FM and its importance to the jazz community. I appreciate that KCSM-FM has such dedicated listeners. I am looking forward to working closely with the KCSM-FM team so that with your continued financial support, we can deliver the programming that you enjoy.

Mike Claire, President
College of San Mateo

Mardi Gras! Zigaboo Modeliste at The Chapel in SF Feb 28 8pm

Ron Lee | February 26th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

It is Mardi Gras time! KCSM is the proud sponsor for Zigaboo Modeliste at the The Chapel bar and The Vestry restaurant in SF on Tue Feb 28 at 8pm. Zigboo is the original drummer from the New Orleans group The Meters. From his web site:

Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste is a master drummer, rhythm innovator, percussionist, and New Orleans legend. The most highly acclaimed drummer ever to hail from the Crescent City, Ziggy’s creativity has been a wellspring of funk influence for three decades and inspired many Hip-Hop tracks. His innovative work as a member of the internationally acclaimed R&B group The Meters, as well as his side work with artists like Keith Richards, Robert Palmer, and Dr. John, has garnered him an unparalleled level of respect among musicians and fans. Ziggy’s style is unique. He is a master of creating funk grooves and new concepts for funk drumming.

KCSM host Harry Duncan will be DJing at this event. Listen on Mon in the afternoon. Chuy has 3 pairs of tickets to give away!

For more info: Zigboo Modeliste at the Chapel bar with Harry Duncan



The Greatest Blues Legends – Winter 2017

Ron Lee | January 27th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

The Greatest Blues LegendsHi! I have the details on the Blues Box set in the Winter 2017 gift list! Here is a way to get an instant blues library from KCSM. If you are new to the blues these are classics to get you started. If you are a blues fan here is a great way to add to your collection.

Pledge Now

Here is the lineup:

Muddy Waters at Newport

Muddy Waters sings Big Bill

Howlin’ Wolf “Moanin in the Moonlight”

Howlin’ Wolf “Howlin’ Wolf(1962)”

Sonny Boy Williamson “Down and Out Blues”

Albert King “The Big Blues”

Freddie King “Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away”

Robert Johnson “King of the Delta Blues Singers”

Elmore James “Blues After Hours”

Charlie Patton “Imortal Charlie Patton No. 1”

T-Bone Walker “T-Bone Blues”

Blind Lemon Jefferson “Blind Lemon Jefferson”

Lightnin’ Hopkins “Mojo Hand”

Lightin’ Hopkins “Lightin’ Strikes”

John Lee Hooker “I’m John Lee Hooker”

John Lee Hooker “Burnin”

Jimmy Reed “I’m Jimmy Reed”

Jimmy Reed “Just Jimmy Reed”


Cruisn’ with KCSM – Winter Membership Drive

Ron Lee | January 20th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

Kathleen and DucatiOur Winter Membership Drive is underway and DRIVE is the operative word! Do you listen to KCSM when you’re heading to or from work? Bobbin’ your head to A Morning Cup or Jazz in the Afternoon? Getting the kids to school, working on the computer, trying to meet a deadline with a smile on your face, listening to Midday or Evening Jazz? Relaxing at home after the day’s journey, enjoying The Jazz Oasis? KCSM is here for you whenever and wherever life takes you. Make your pledge of support right now at KCSM.ORG. And thanks for the lift!

The Count, The Duke and The King: Three Tales of Bands and Leaders Sat 1/21 10am-2pm Sat 1/28 10am-2pm

Ron Lee | January 19th, 2017 | 1 Comment »


A celebration of the lives of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman

These three gentlemen represented the top dance bands of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. The recorded many of the great dance songs like King Porters Stomp, Black and Tan, Take the A train, and One O’Clock Jump.

Benny_Goodman_1942Benny Goodman first became famous in 1935 during a concert in Oakland, Ca. It was the start of his career as a successfull band leader. Earlier his band played live on NBC radio’s Let’s Dance broadcast. Benny Goodman and his band are credited with touching off the swing era of jazz.



330px-Count_Basie_in_Rhythm_and_Blues_RevueCount Basie was one of the most important and influential bandleaders of the swing era.  His amalgam of piano, bass, guitar and drums were known as the “Cadillac of Rhythm Sections”. William “Count” Basie was one of the top swing band leaders of the 1920s. His best known performance are One O’clock Jump and April in Paris.



330px-Duke_Ellington_-_publicityReview the list of Duke’s compostions you get a perspective of why Duke Ellington is considered one of America’s premier composers.  All through the 1920s and on Duke along with his collaborator Billy Strayhorn produced some of the greatest jazz compositions in America.

Listen to Sonny and Mel tell the stories of these three great band leaders and their accomplishments

Saturday, 1/21, 10AM-2PM

Saturday, 1/28, 10AM-2PM

 You can enter the first Winter Sweepstakes drawing for a seat at Sunny Buxton’s Seminar: “The Count, The Duke & The King” at the Fromm Institute in San Francisco, CA.

Nina Lives! The Story of Nina Simone Fri 1/20 2pm-6pm, Sat 1/21 2pm-6pm, Sun 1/22 10am-2pm

Ron Lee | January 18th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1950: Photo of Nina Simone Photo by Tom Copi/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesJazz & blues singer Nina Simone of North Carolina started at the classical piano, singing to keep her education going. If you sift through her songs over the early years look for influences like Johann Sebastian Bach in her piano work! With a great voice she became one of our heartfelt blues & jazz singers. The civil protests of the 60’s loomed and entered her work (but did not completely take it over – the ballads of everyman’s heart are still there).

Tune in for the Nina Simone story

Fri 20 Jan 2pm-6pm with Chuy and Mel

Sat 21 Jan 2pm-6pm with Dick and Mel

Sun 22 Jan 10am-2pm with Jayn Pettingill and Mel

Winter 2017 Cruisin’ with KCSM

Ron Lee | January 17th, 2017 | Leave a Comment »

kcsm license plateKCSM’s Winter Pledge Drive is happening now! But, wait! Where is the constant on-air yammering and clamoring?

Well, we heard you loud and clear and devised a Third Way. It’s our Hybrid drive now; pretty quiet during the week, then traditional Old School combustion engine on the weekends.

We have a lot of new gifts for 2017—take a look at KCSM.ORG

And Thanks for Cruisin’ with KCSM!

Something new tonight – Plugged In with host Greg Bridges Fridays, midnight – 2am

Ron Lee | November 11th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

img_39161Join Greg Bridges every Friday Night/Saturday Morning from Midnight to 2am for “Plugged In”, an eclectic soundscape of electric vibrations, an intoxicating array of sonic stimulation, a canvas of colors transmitted through sounds, an audio flight without ever leaving the ground…featuring the electric side of Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman, and those they inspired including Weather Report, The M Base Collective, Jean-Luc Ponty, James Blood Ulmer and more.

Listen tonight after Crazy About the Blues!