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Sunday, April 19th, 2015

    Today's Birthdays
    Born on this day, April 19:
    • Tommy Benford (Drums and Percussion) was born in Charleston, WV, 1895–1994.
    • Joe Rushton (Bass Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone) was born in Evanston, IL, 1907–1964.
    • Alexis Korner (Guitar, Vocals) was born in Paris, France, 1928–1984.
    • Dudley Moore (Piano, Vocals) was born in Dagenham, Essex, England, 1935–2002.
    • Mary Louise Knutson (Piano) was born in Madison, WI in 1966.
    • Sarah Vaughan records with Basie band in 1960.
    • John Coltrane recorded "Mal-2" in 1957 for Prestige Records.
    • The great jazz clarinetist Jimmie Noone died in Los Angeles at the age of 49.

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    Station News

    Jazz Live Missy Andersen

    Jazz Live Missy Andersen • Tuesday, April 21st

    Missy Andersen has been going strong since her teens and each day adds more momentum. Currently living in San Diego, she is nominated for Female Artist of the Year (Soul/Blues) for this year's Blues Music Awards. That makes our April 21 Jazz Live a homecoming showcase and a chance to see someone truly on the rise. Hear what the world knows, this deal is for real. Jazz 88.3 Members can reserve tickets online or by calling 619-388-3037. Finally worked a hip layout for the parking permit so please print and bring.
    Jazz 88.3 Happy Hour- Ian Tordella!

    Jazz 88.3 Happy Hour- Ian Tordella! • Thursday, May 7th

    Heads-up Jazz 88.3 Happy Hour goers! Our monthly happy hour at the historic and newly renovated Lafayette Hotel takes place on the FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH from 5-7:30PM! So be sure to mark your calendars, grab your dancing shoes and plan to groove to great live music THURSDAY, May 7th with the Ian Tordella Organ Trio! Also, please note: There's a $10 cover charge (cash only!) and you MUST be 21+ to attend! Oh, and if you're worried about parking, don't fret--there's an overflow parking lot (FREE!) on the corner of Howard and Texas Streets. We'll see you Thursday, May 7th in the Mississippi Ballroom!
    This is Jazz! series in Carlsbad

    This is Jazz! series in Carlsbad • Saturday, May 9th

    Jazz88.3 Program Director Claudia Russell is curating "This is Jazz!" with the Cultural Arts Office in Carlsbad. The final event on Saturday May 9th combines discussion with live jazz music spotlighting the different styles, directions and textures of America's true art form. Join Latin Grooves DJ Chris Springer and saxophonist Justo Almario for the next session, "Celebrating the Latin Connection in Jazz." The event starts at 4pm in the Ruby G. Schulman auditorium, and it's free! Here is the information.    


    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! April Blues Jam Special Guests: (4/29) - Catherine Denise. And, heads-up(!), Blues lovers! Starting THIS SUNDAY, April 19th, Jazz 88.3 will host a Blues Brunch at Proud Mary's from 1130-3pm. It's your chance to come out, jam out, and spoil your palate while you're at it! *Lastly, please note: Our Sunday Night Jazz Jam is taking a little break for a tune-up! Not to worry, tho! It’ll be back soon enough and we will be ready to JAM when it is! Oh, and ALL JAMS are FREE to attend and family-friendly, too! ... Just thought we should throw that in there!
    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!
    Connect to San Diego's Jazz 88.3

    Connect to San Diego's Jazz 88.3

    Another way to join San Diego's Jazz 88.3 is with the listening stream.  Recent improvements include upping the bitrate and offering more ways to listen via the web. You can bookmark the actual stream or use our Jazz 88 player. Going social you can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and +1 us on Google Plus  and there we are on YouTube! In response to listener calls, yes, we're still on cable; Cox 963 and Time Warner 965.'ll never miss a Jazz Live.
    Show Us YOUR Jazz 88.3

    Show Us YOUR Jazz 88.3

    Are you proud of your favorite Jazz and Blues Station? Of course you are! We're proud of you for having such good taste in music. So, we want to show you off a little (or a lot).  Please send us a picture(s) of your Jazz 88.3 swag in action and we'll display it for all the world to see. The more the merrier and the further from San Diego the better.  The e-mail address is

    Latest Blogs

    Proud Mary's and San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Kick Off The Best Sunday Blues Brunch by Vince Outlaw

    Proud Mary’s Southern Bar and Grill at the Ramada Inn on Kearny Mesa and San Diego’s Jazz and Blues 88.3 are bringing San Diego’s Finest authentic southern breakfast eats and Live Blues Music together for Sunday’s Best Blues Brunch, with the inaugural hit on Sunday, April 21, 2015 from 11am to 3pm. Proud Mary’s owner and chef Michael Jacobs will be creating all new menu items for the Brunch including such items as Grandma's Picnic Basket with Fried Chicken, Hangover Helper with Chicken Fried Steak, unique “Benedicts” with Grandma’s recipe scratch Potato Pancakes, Graceland Fosters Waffles, and the Proud Mary’s Bloody Brunch. The Blues music will be LIVE with Blues music by harmonica, guitar, bass, drum, singer (whew!) Jon Atkinson with his Allstar Jammers kicking it off, continuing the new sensation that is the Jazz 88.3 Blues Jam each Wednesday evening at Proud Mary’s, with Jazz 88.3 On-Air Host J Otis Williams presiding over the Sunday Brunch festivities too! 

    READ THE FULL ARTICLE for more brunch menu items and information on this great partnership between San Diego’s #1 place for Southern cuisine with Live Blues Music and San Diego’s #1 Jazz and Blues 24/7 Music Station!

    8 Things You Need To Know About Jazz Live San Diego Blues Singer Missy Andersen by Vince Outlaw

    The Missy Andersen Blues Band is coming to Jazz Live San Diego, live from the Saville Theater at San Diego City College and BROADCAST WORLDWIDE via the LISTEN LIVE page at on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 8 to 10 pm PT! You may know that Missy is currently a nominee for a 2015 Blues Music Award from The Blues Foundation in the Soul Blues Female Artist category, to be announced in Memphis, Tennessee on May 7, 2015. But there's a lot more to know about this dynamic, up and coming Blues artist that calls San Diego home!

    RESERVE TICKET ONLINE, Share the event on social media, and add it to your calendar NOW! The READ THE FULL ARTICLE to find out more about San Diego's own, soon-to-be-crowned Soul Blues queen (hopefully)...

    Charles Lloyd and Cassandra Wilson Top The New Jazz Music Releases for August 13 2015 by Vince Outlaw

    The Jazz stars shine the week of August 13, 2015 with new releases by 2015 NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd ("Wild Man Dance") and Cassandra Wilson ("Coming Forth By Day") among the 12 great new albums being added to the Jazz 88.3 Music Library for your listening pleasure. You can check out the debut of all the new releases each week on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday evenings 6-8pm PT and then your favorite Jazz 88.3 Hosts will be adding them to their playlists for YOU to enjoy and learn! 

    New This Week 2015.4.13 In The San Diego Jazz 88.3 Music Library
    READ THE FULL ARTICLE for additional listening notes by Jazz 88.3 Music Director Joe Kocherhans....

    You Will Never Believe All The Ways You Can Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month April 2015 by Vince Outlaw

    Jazz April is here and Jazz 88.3 is EXCITED! With the Smithsonian's Jazz Appreciation Month celebrated here in the United States throughout April and ending with UNESCO's International Jazz Day on Thursday, April 30, 2015, There are LOTS YOU CAN DO TO CELEBRATE! It's the perfect month to discover a new group or genre of Jazz. Check out one of the local Jazz clubs. Try your hand at writing a review of one of the new albums at Jazz 88.3 (we'll publish it!). Add the Jazz Appreciation Month logo or a Jazz April Twibon to your social media profile. 

    READ THE FULL ARTICLE for our handy list of ideas and links and then tell us how you plan to celebrate with a COMMENT BELOW or on our social media pages at Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn!

    Celebrate Jazz April With FREE Jazz 88 Speakeasy Concert Tickets by Vince Outlaw

    Jazz 88.3 and our Jazz and Arts Partners are launching Jazz Appreciation Month in Jazz April with FREE TICKETS through the Jazz 88 Speakeasy. SIGN-UP for / LOGIN with your FREE Jazz 88 Speakeasy account at, then click the Enter Giveaway
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