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Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

    Today's Birthdays
    Born on this day, August 4:
    • Lionel Hampton And His All Stars recorded the classic "Stardust" at Gene Norman's Just Jazz concert at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in 1947.
    • Lester Young recorded "The President Plays with the Oscar Peterson Trio" for Verve Records in 1952.
    • Miles Davis began recording the classics "Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)," "Oh Where's My Bess" and "The Buzzard Song" for Columbia Records in 1958.
    • And, on a sad note, guitarist-raconteur Eddie Condon died on this day in New York City in 1973. He was 68.

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    Station News

    Jazz Live The Carl Saunders Quartet

    Jazz Live The Carl Saunders Quartet • Tuesday, August 4th

    Jazz Live TONIGHT(!) at 8PM! We're bringing the great trumpeter Carl Saunders to the Saville Theater stage right here at San Diego City College.  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! Facebook Event: Carl Saunders at Jazz Live (SHARE IT!) READ ON for Jazz Live Preview Audio, Artist Bios, Links, and more...
    Jazz 88.3 Happy Hour- B-3 Four!

    Jazz 88.3 Happy Hour- B-3 Four! • Thursday, August 6th

    Heads-up Jazz 88.3 Happy Hour goers! Our monthly happy hour at the historic 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 come out and groove to great live music THIS(!) THURSDAY with the ever so soulful, B-3 Four! 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 THIS(!) Thursday, August 6th in the Mississippi Ballroom!
    Jazz In The Courtyard

    Jazz In The Courtyard • Saturday, August 8th

    Jazz 88.3 is proud to support the 5th annual "Jazz In The Courtyard", featuring Holly Hofmann, Nathan James, Whitney Shay with Tony Davis, Bob Boss and Archie Thompson & The ArchTones! This beautifully arranged concert takes place THIS(!) Saturday, August 8th at 4PM at First Presbyterian Church of San Diego(320 Date Street San Diego, CA, 92101). There's still plenty of time to purchase tickets; just click here! Food and refreshments are included in your ticket price. It's going to be one summer concert you simply won't want to miss! READ ON for Jazz Vespers Interview Audio / Video / Links...
    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: (8/5): Deejha Marie & daughter Sharifah; (8/12): Lenny Fuzzy Rankins; (8/19): Chet Cannon; (8/26): Charles Burton. 
    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!
    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

    2015 Summer Jazz Workshop Free Final Concert Saturday July 25 by Jeff Dalrymple

    The 2015 Jazz 88.3 Summer Jazz Workshop, supported by the Francis Parker School and House of Blues San Diego, presents it’s class of high school students in a free concert this Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 10AM in House of Blues San Diego Music Hall.

    Middle School Students of 2015 Jazz 88.3 Summer Jazz Workshop in Final Concert at House of Blues San Diego

    READ THE FULL ARTICLE for more on the workshop and details about this Saturday’s show…

    Mark Dresser Receives 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award by Vince Outlaw

    San Diego Jazz Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Educator, and Innovator Mark Dresser has been named as one of 20 recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards for 2015, receiving $80,000 to be used over 3 years as he wishes. Since April 2014, the foundation has awarded a total of $3.2 million in Impact Awards to 40 artists in the fields of jazz, dance and theatre. The Doris Duke Impact Award, in particular, has a unique nomination process, as explained by Ben Cameron, program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, "The Doris Duke Impact Awards are based on nominations submitted by artists, identifying others (often less widely known) that will have enormous impact on the jazz, dance or theatre fields in the future.

    Congratulations Mark Dresser! 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award Winner

    Dresser’s reaction to the award, as captured by Robert Bush, San Diego Jazz Writer, in an NBC San Diego Blog Post, "I felt gratified being recognized by this organization and it’s especially meaningful to know that I was chosen by a panel made up of distinguished but unknown colleagues in the field. I’m still trying to get a handle on the implications of such a significant financial prize attached and continuing to figure out what that could mean in realizing my music on a more dimensional level."

    READ THE FULL ARTICLE for more coverage of the award, Dresser's music at Jazz 88.3, and more...
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