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Friday, September 4th, 2015

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    Summertime Jazz Night!

    Summertime Jazz Night! • Friday, September 4th

    We've put a whole new spin on our annual Summertime Jazz Night rooftop concert series -- a Latin-spin! So mark your calendars and plan to join us from 6-9PM on the rooftop of the stunning Westgate Hotel, TONIGHT(!) as we bid summer a proper farewell with live Latin music by "Tjaderized" - Salsa/Mambo/Cha-Cha. The event will be paired beautifully with Latin-inspired fare and cocktails! There's a $20 cover charge (cash only!) and you must be 21+ to attend. There's also $5 valet parking for your convenience. Also, Jazz 88.3's host of Latin Grooves, Chris Springer will be your ever so lively host! What better way to bid the season a proper goodbye?! We’ll see you TONIGHT!
    International Academy of Jazz!

    International Academy of Jazz! • Saturday, September 5th

    Jazz 88.3 is proud to support “The International Academy of Jazz: San Diego.” Directed by brilliant trumpeter, Gilbert Castellanos, The International Academy of Jazz: San Diego” is a 501c 3 non-profit and San Diego’s ONLY full-academic year program for our young, aspiring musicians (ages 10-18). The IAJSD is currently accepting new students for the 2015-2016 program year. Opening day is THIS(!) Saturday, September 5th at 10AM at the Music Department at Grossmont College (Opening day is FREE to the public)! For more information or to register your child for the program, simply click here!

    Jazz Live: Doug Webb Quartet

    Jazz Live: Doug Webb Quartet • Tuesday, September 8th

    Jazz Live Tuesday, September 8 at 8PM! We're bringing the great saxophonist Doug Webb to the Saville Theater stage right here at San Diego City College. The terrific band includes Mitchel Forman- piano, Kevin Axt- bass and Dan Schnell- drums. If you're a valid Jazz 88 member you can still reserve your 2 free tickets! Don't forget about that pesky parking pass, too. See you there! 
      John Hiatt & Taj Mahal!

      John Hiatt & Taj Mahal! • Wednesday, September 9th

      John Hiatt and The Combo and The Taj Mahal Trio will grace the Balboa Theatre with their incredible and legendary talent, Wednesday, September 9th at 7:30PM! Known for captivating crowds with his exceptional guitar performances and enthusiasm, John Hiatt continues to write brilliant character studies, with entertaining storylines, cunning lyrics and wry humor. Composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and nine time Grammy nominee Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. So if you're in the mood to experience a truly magical evening, this is the show for you! To purchase tickets, simply click here

      Robert Bush Benefit

      Robert Bush Benefit • Sunday, September 13th

      Robert Bush translates music into words as well as anyone in the business ever has. A recent health crisis fortunately broke in our favor. The local Jazz community is coming together to help with expenses and show support for one amongst us. The event is scheduled for Sunday, September 13th at Panama 66 in Balboa Park. A generous donation in lieu of admission fee seems to be the plan. Gilbert Castellanos has summoned Our Finest so tighten your wig and get with it. Start: 4pm.
      Jazz-Inspired Pool Party- Stephen Rey!

      Jazz-Inspired Pool Party- Stephen Rey! • Sunday, September 27th

      Jazz 88.3 will be bidding the summer season a proper farewell on Sunday, September 27th from 12-3PM with a jazz-inspired pool party at the historic and newly renovated Lafayette Hotel. The Stephen Rey Sextet will provide the eclectic poolside jams and vibes! So grab your bathing suit, sunblock and pick up a day pass ($15) at the front desk when you arrive and come out and join us for a relaxing Sunday by the pool. We'll see you there!
      Blues Jam

      Blues Jam

      The Blues Jam is in full-swing and happens every Wednesday night at Proud Mary's (located at the Ramada Inn: 5500 Kearny Mesa Road, 92111) from 6:30-9:30pm. So dust off your instruments and plan to attend! Blues Jam Special Guest
      9/2): Len Rainey, (9/9):  Michelle Lundeen, (9/16): Jocko Marcillino, (9/23): Ty McKnight, (
      9/30): Janice Edwards.
      Holly Hoffman Happy Hour!

      Holly Hoffman Happy Hour!

      Mark your calendars for every Friday and plan to join Holly Hoffman at the Handlery Hotel in the 950 Lounge for the happiest of hours! Flutist, Holly Hofmann brings in world class musicians every Friday from 5:30-7:30PM. There's NO COVER CHARGE and parking is not only FREE, but it's bountiful! You can also enjoy a full bar and happy hour menu prices while you're there! What better way to kick off your weekend?! This month's schedule includes- (9/4): Jaime Valle Tribute to Grant Green, Featuring Rob Thorsen and Jim Plank, (9/11): Jose Molina Serrano Trio, (9/18): Besos de Coco featuring Lorraine Castellanos, (9/25): Trumpeter Curtis Taylor with Ed Kornhauser and Mackenzie Leighton.
      Donate Used Vehicles

      Donate Used Vehicles

      Donate your used vehicle to Jazz 88.3 because it's the best result from a kind act. Also, you get a TAX  DEDUCTION for 2014! Seriously, you can donate a vehicle almost anywhere but if you donate your car to Jazz 88.3 we will be truly and unquestionably grateful and appreciative. Isn't that reason enough? 1-888-JAZZ-CAR (1-888-529-9227). It's easy, quick, and you support Jazz 88.3. Thanks!

      Latest Blogs

      The Full Spectrum of New Jazz Music In The Adds at Jazz 88.3 Monday August 31 2015 by Vince Outlaw

      A great new mix of NEW JAZZ MUSIC from solo piano (Fred Hersch "Solo") to Jazz Orchestra (Lincoln Center "Live in Cuba") and originals to standards being added to the Jazz 88.3 Music Library the week starting Monday, August 31, 2015. These new releases will be featured by all your favorite Jazz 88.3 hosts in the weeks to come!
      New This Week in the Jazz 88.3 Music Library - August 31 2015
      • FRED HERSCH – “SOLO”
      Your Jazz 88.3 hosts will be introducing you to these new releases all week, so Listen Long, Often, and LIVE at 88.3 FM San Diego and Worldwide at!  

      READ THE FULL ARTICLE for links to artists websites, release reviews, and additional listening notes from the Jazz 88 Music staff....

      Gilbert Castellanos Orchestrating San Diego Symphony Jazz - Young Lions - Herbie Freddie Tribute by Vince Outlaw

      Just when you thought San Diego Jazz Hero Gilbert Castellanos had enough going on, what with his long-time Wednesday Jam sessions, curating the Summer Thursday evening Sunset Poolside Jazz at The Westgate Hotel, working magic at his Friday evening series at The Westgate's Plaza Bar, alongside touring and playing with just about everyone on the planet, he comes up with the What's Next...last week's announcement of his appointment as the Series Curator for the Inaugural Season of the San Diego Symphony's Jazz @ The Jacob's, the recent move of his Young Lion's series to Panama 66 in Balboa Park, the new school year as Artistic Director with Jazz 88.3 Education Partner International Academy of Jazz San Diego (IAJSD), and a Saturday, August 29 collaboration with Joshua White in Tribute to Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard. Whew!

      Gilbert stopped by the KSDS-FM Jazz 88.3 studios on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 for a live, on-air chat with Afternoon Jazz host Ron Dhanifu about all of those next steps plus the mentorship that Dizzy Gillespie gave him that inspires him to do the same to the next generation, and more. READ THE FULL ARTICLE for Jazz 88 Speakeasy Audio of the interview along with a full transcript...

      Ken Poston Named General Manager of KSDS-FM San Diegos Jazz88 by Vince Outlaw

      Ken Poston - General Manager, San Diego's Jazz 88.3
      KSDS-FM, Jazz88– Jazz Week’s Station of the Year (2015) - is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Poston, as General Manager of the station effective July 1, 2015.
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