Sunday at Monterey Jazz Festival

Ron Lee | September 20th, 2016 | 1 Comment »


Barbara Lamb Hall  was at Montery Jazz Festival this last Sunday. Here are her impressions:

We looved it…Harry and I went Sunday…stellar line up all day. We were just blown away by Tommy Igoe’s band…a bang up big band…then added Tony Lindsay to a couple tunes, and then…(wait for it!)…Randy Brecker!  Oh, my goodness. It was toasty all day…got to see old and new friends, talk with musicians, hang out with Greg Bridges (he had an impromptu hour-long conversation with Quincy Jones and sat in on Wayne Shorter’s rehearsal), such a warm vibe with folks of every stripe.  Will gladly go back next year, for Monterey Jazz Festival’s Big 60.  You can see my posts on the KCSM Twitter and Facebook.  See link below for more photos…sweet one of Josh Redman with his boy in background. Monterey Weekly – Monterey Jazz Festival


KCSM Fall Pledge – The music of John Coltrane

Ron Lee | September 18th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

71m4eYTbWJL._SX425_ John Coltrans is considered to be the per-eminent jazz saxophone player of the 20th century.  Coltrane’s jazz career started after he left the Navy. His first band was with Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson. He was part of the NY music scene and joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1958. Their he would develop his “sheets of sound” technique and establish himself as a premier tenor player. He went on to release his albums “My Favorite Things”, “Giant Steps” and “A Love Supreme”. His “A Love Supreme” album celebrated its 50th birthday last year and it is considered one of the classic jazz recordings. For more info on John Coltrane and his music you can read the Wikipedia article at Click on play below to listen to his Blue Train recording on Blue Note records.


Celebration of Pete Yellin’s Life and Jam Session

Fred Witt | September 14th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

16_09_14_kcsm_pyellinSunday, September 25, from 2 to 5 pm

Geoffrey’s Inner Circle
410 14th St. – Oakland
No admission charge
Complimentary buffet

Jam session led by Vince Lateano.  Bob Mintzer, Keith Saunders, Peter Barshay, Mike Zilber, Dave Rocha, Jim Grantham, Tom Elliott, Mark Foglia, and others will be there.  Friends and fans of Pete are invited, especially musicians who would like to join in the jam session in his honor.

Veteran American jazz saxophonist had lived in our SF Bay Area for the last 10 years.   His style included bebop and latin music.  Pete died in April of this year.

KCSM Fall Pledge – The music of BB King

Ron Lee | September 12th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

 Riley B. “BB” King from Mississippi was our man who voiced the blues of the nation.  BB would croon, would morn, would praise, would howl our pain, and would “put it all out there for us.”  Our man regrettably passed away this past Thursday, May 14, and now we return his gifts on our stage with honoring his passing.

BB started on the guitar as a child, and was recording by the age of 25, migrating into the blues themes.  BB believed that good recorded music and the live experience for the audience were both important, and he honed being excellent at both.  He soldiered on, working his way up through recording companies and American countryside (and then international) performances.

BB the artist was still a sensible man with his feet on the ground.  One humorous story has him doing a show in Arkansas when a fight broke out, starting a fire.  BB hit the doorways with the rest of the folks, but then went back in to rescue his beloved guitar.  In the aftermath it came out that the two onlookers were fighting over a lady named Lucille.  BB promptly named his guitar Lucille, to remind him 1) not to fight over women, and 2) not to run into burning buildings !


Celebrating Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF), Sep 16 – Sep 18

Fred Witt | September 5th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

16_08_26_KCSM_MJFThe weekend of September 16, 17, & 18 is the MJF this year, and KCSM will be warming up to it a week ahead.  The Monterey Jazz Festival, in Monterey, California, is one of the longest consecutively running jazz festivals. It debuted on October 3, 1958 and was founded by San Francisco jazz radio broadcaster Jimmy Lyons.  By now, this festival is the big name for jazz here in northern California.

With 500 artists, the arena, and 7 more stages the show for you is sure to be there.  Names include the veterans Wayne Shorter (artist and music) and Quincy Jones (artist and music) , as well as rising stars like Cecile McLorin Salvant (artist and music) and Bria Skonberg (artist and music) .  Tune in to KCSM and get 6 days of music & info Sept 7 – 12, preparing for the big show.

KCSM Fall Pledge “Silent Drive” is on now!

Ron Lee | September 1st, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

Miles cover for FBKCSM’s Fall fundraiser is NOW! We need your help in raising $275,000 and we want to do it with drastically reduced interruptions to our programming. That’s what our “Silent Drive” is all about. There’s no need to wait—no special thank you gifts you can’t get right now. And the sooner you make your pledge “In a Silent Way” the more chances you have to win the great raffle prizes we’re giving away. Our first drawing is September 12th for a pair of 3-Day Arena Passes to the Monterey Jazz Festival, a KCSM Hoodie, plus 91 CDs of past and present Festival artists. Pledge now at

You can find out more and track our progress at


KCSM Music Lounge & SJZ Summer Fest In DownBeat Review of Saxophonist Aldana

Fred Witt | August 26th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

16_08_25_KCSM_MAldanaby DownBeat contributor Yoshi Kato :

“On the evening of Aug. 13, tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana gave a rare solo saxophone recital for V.I.P. ticketholders that was co-hosted by the mighty local jazz station KCSM. Presented in the rectangular Pagoda Lounge on the ground floor of the Fairmont San Jose, she performed unamplified for a half hour. Having led her trio at the exponentially larger California Theatre earlier in the day, she explained that she was using this unique format to explore standards.”

KCSM sponsored this venue at the recent San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, the KCSM Music Lounge, at The Pagoda, where Melissa appeared.  Click here to listen to a stage full of fast notes by Melissa, her base player Pable Menares, and rhythm at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Fest.

Click here to see further information on this review item on the San Jose Jazz Facebook page.  Scroll down to August 23 posts to see this item.  Try also the Summer Fest page of artist details here on Aldana.

Tony Bennett Birthday Tribute, KCSM, Fri Aug 19

Fred Witt | August 18th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

16_08_18_KCSM_TBennettOn Friday, August 19th, the city of San Francisco will celebrate Tony’s 90th birthday by unveiling and dedicating the Tony Bennett Commemorative Statue on the lawn of the Fairmont Hotel. And that night, the Giants will pay tribute to Tony at AT&T Park. We here at KCSM want to express our appreciation too, so we designed a special Tony Bennett Tee Shirt to honor the vocalist who has done so much for Jazz and the Bay Area.

If you enjoy hearing the voice of Tony Bennett on these airwaves, tune in to our tribute on Friday, August 19th, and check out our exclusive Jazz 91 Tony Bennett Tee Shirt at KCSM.ORG and get yourself entered into our raffle to win a stack of Tony Bennett CDs and Boxsets. Long live Tony Bennett! Click here for the full details.

KCSM Reviews: Cecile McLorin Salvant on stage, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, Sun Aug 14.

Fred Witt | August 17th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

16_08_15_KCSM_CecileSCecile McLorin Salvant’s show Sunday had a lot of American songbook numbers in it like Wives & Lovers and I Get A Kick Out Of You, along with modern numbers like Fog.  There was other Americana like Somehow I Never Could Believe (opera Street Scene, K. Weill).

Despite the aspects of producing music from the Main Stage, McLorin Salvant was a happy event for the festival-goers. She had a warm and open stage presence.  Comments from critics in the audience included: “….good singer, good voice, a crowd pleaser.”   Even after the show audience comments kept coming: “Hubby and I were strolling to check out a few of the smaller stages, and ran into her on the street, what a sweetheart !”  KCSM marks Cecile as one to follow.

See below for the set list from Sunday’s show. Also, click here to see KCSM’s introductory article with further background on McLorin Salvant, and here for another sample of her music.

We will all have another chance when Cecile is back in the area for the Monterey Jazz Festival in September (Friday the 16th at 7:30 pm). Click here to see all her tour dates and places.

Set List from Sunday Aug 14, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest:

(Song from Funny girl – unknown title)
Wives and Lovers
Sam Jones Blues
Cole Porter set:
– I get a kick out of you and
– So in Love
Devil May Care
What A Little Moonlight Can Do (extended arrangement with trio doing solos)
Somehow I Never Could Believe (from opera Street Scene, Kurt Weil/Longston Hughes)
Nothing Like You Has Been Seen Before
Trolley Song
Something Coming (from West Side Story)

KCSM Interviews: Terrance Kelly of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Chorus, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2016, Sun Aug 14

Fred Witt | August 16th, 2016 | Leave a Comment »

16_08_14_KCSM_OIGCMusician and community leader Terrance Kelly has been leading this Oakland chorus (abbreviated OIGC) for about 30 years.  Terrance is no newcomer to music, as the son of the famous Bay Area Ed Kelly, jazz pianist; community and chorus leader.  If you follow Terrance for a little while, you’ll find out he has an excellent voice himself.  Not a bad thing for a great chorus leader.    Kelly has done most of his day-to-day work with the chorus at the Oakland Paramount Theater.

Terrance kindly took time out after his chorus’ show this past Sunday to talk with KCSM and briefly tell his side of music.  Kelly had about 80 singers on stage for the show (plus four instrument back-ups).  He named a few of his favorite songs from Saturday: Wade In De Water, Everybody Dancin’, and Worth.  (See another sample here of OIGC’s stage work.)  Terrance had the crowd tapping their feet, singing along, on their feet applauding, and even singing along as they were walking from one part of the festival to another.

Follow OIGC on their Facebook page, or web site.  See also the San Jose Jazz web for more history and details on this group.