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Sunday, November 29th, 2015

    Today's Birthdays
    Born on this day, November 29:
    • Billy Strayhorn (Piano, Arranger) was born in Dayton, OH, 1915–1931.
    • Billy Hart (Drums and Percussion) was born in Washington D.C. in 1940.
    • Chuck Mangione (Trumpet) was born in Rochester, NY in 1940.
    • Adam Nussbaum (Drums and Percussion) was born in New York City, NY in 1955.
    • Ed Bickert (Guitar) was born in Manitoba, Canada in 1932.
    • Danny Alvin (Drums and Percussion) was born in New York, NY, 1902–1958.
    • Tony Coe (Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet) was born in Canterbury, England in 1934.
    • Bobby Donaldson (Drums and Percussion) was born in Boston, MA, 1922–1971.
    • Coleridge Goode (Bass) was born in Andrew, Jamaica in 1914.
    • Lucille Hegamin (Vocals-Lead) was born in Macon, GA, 1894–1970.
    • Hal McIntyre (Alto Saxophone, Saxophone, Clarinet) was born in Cromwell, CT, 1914–1959.
    • Duke Ellington's Kentucky Club Orchestra cuts "East St.Louis Toodle-OO" for Vocalion Records in 1926.
    • Miles Davis and Gil Evans began recording the classic "Sketches of Spain" for Columbia Records in 1959.
    • Lee Morgan records "The Rajah" in 1966 for Blue Note in New York City.
    • Frank Sinatra receives the “Best Album” award for “Come Fly With Me” at the second annual Grammy Awards in 1959.

    KSDS Jazz88.3 FM San Diego

    Station News

    Jazz 88.3 2015 Fall Membership Drive!

    Jazz 88.3 2015 Fall Membership Drive!

    Our membership campaign has concluded. We are so grateful for your support and so thankful to have you join or re-join our jazzy family. As of now, our un-official total is just north of $193,000, our largest ever membership campaign total. So, congratulations to you, our members! Also, congratulations to all of our sweepstakes winners! If you didn't win your trip to Cuba you can still go (see details), or call 206-842-9775. If you didn't get a chance to make a pledge you can still do so and get in on some of the pledge premiums like Cuba, Sinatra's house and so much more! CHECK OUT YOUR OPTIONS! Or, you can still give us a ring- CALL 619-388-3000 or here's a link to take care of that now.
    Jazz 88.3 Holiday-Inspired Happy Hour!

    Jazz 88.3 Holiday-Inspired Happy Hour! • Thursday, December 3rd

    Heads-up Happy Hour goers! It's time to pencil in one more holiday party and plan to join your favorite Jazz and Blues radio station, Thursday, December 3rd from 5-7:30PM at the Lafayette Hotel (in the Mississippi Ballroom) for a very special happy hour! Sue Palmer and her entire Motel Swing band will provide the holiday-inspired tunes, and as a very special treat, the entire Jazz 88.3 staff will also be in attendance! There will also be an array of hosted, heavy appetizers for your pleasure! There's a $10 cover charge (cash only!) and you MUST be 21+ to attend this very special shindig! We'll see you there!

    Jazz Live: Holiday Celebration- Jazz Nutcracker Suite

    Jazz Live: Holiday Celebration- Jazz Nutcracker Suite • Tuesday, December 15th

    It's a very special December Jazz Live as we celebrate the holidays with a rare live performance of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's Jazz version of the Nutcracker Suite. Join us at the Saville Theatre to watch and listen to an All-Star Big Band led by musician and educator Bill Yeager. The December 15th performance is not to be missed. But, to attend you must make your reservation at 619-388-3037 or click this link. Plus, the parking pass needs to be presented on your dash. We look forward to ending our year with this special concert.
    Handlery Hotel Friday Jazz Happy Hour

    Handlery Hotel Friday Jazz Happy Hour

    Mark your calendars for every Friday Jazz Happy Hour at the Handlery Hotel in the 950 Lounge! San Diego's world-renowned Jazz Flutist and Presenter 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- (11/27) Mundell Lowe, Bob Boss and Rob Thorsen. (12/4) Allan Phillips, Antar Martin, Richard Sellers (12/11) Bruce Forman Trio (12/18) Holly Hoffmann Jazz Trio MORE...
    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
    Lundeen (11/18), Victor Marquez (11/25), Lady Star (12/2) Dave Talbott (12/9) Tony Davis (12/16) Aubrey Fay (12/23) Ty McKnight (12/30) Janice Edwards. 
    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 2015! 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

    Thanksgiving Day 2015 Portrait In Jazz Marathon by Vince Outlaw

    This is Joe Kocherhans, inviting you to join me Thanksgiving Day at Noon PT for a Portrait In Jazz marathon.  We'll kick it off at noon with our artist of the week Nat Adderley…followed by an hour of songs by the great Johnny Mercer…then we'll hear from 2 greats we lost this past year, Howard Rumsey and Phil Woods, followed by the one of the greatest of all jazz singers, the great Joe Williams, then we'll hear from 2 newly named NEA Jazz Masters, Gary Burton and Pharaoh Sanders, and we'll top it off with a jazz tribute to The Great American Songbook.  It all starts at noon on Thanksgiving Day.

    Thanksgiving Day 2015 Portrait In Jazz Marathon

    Fourplay Celebrates 25 Years With Silver Leading New Release at Jazz 88.3 November 23 2015 by Vince Outlaw

    A full spectrum mix of New Jazz Music being added to the Jazz 88.3 Music Library the week of November 16, 2015, including music from vocal Lee Hartley ("Whole Lotta Something'" who recently performed at the historic Jazz 88.3 Happy Hour with Legend Les McCann (who just so happen's to guest on Lee's new disc!). These new releases will be featured by all your favorite Jazz 88.3 hosts in the weeks to come!
    Fourplay Celebrates 25 Years With Silver Leading New Release at Jazz 88.3 November 23 2015
    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....

    THANK YOU - 2015 Fall Membership Drive Final Moments and Top 10 Jazz Artists by Vince Outlaw

    Congratulations to everyone for a very successful 2015 Fall Membership Drive. The drive concluded during an electric final few minutes of The Guitar Hour with Jazz 88.3 Guests, Staff, and Volunteers gathered for the announcement of the final Daily and Grand Sweepstakes Winners, along with the unofficial total amount raised. We have an unofficial total of 193,000 which will go a little higher when all the pledges are totaled.  That is a very impressive number and you should all be very proud of the effort made to support Jazz here in San Diego and around the world!

    If you missed the last minutes, please relive it with us by playing our Jazz 88 Speakeasy Audio of the final minutes...

    The Favorite Artist Poll Winner is Miles Davis. Thank you all for making your voice heard...this is an all star lineup for sure! Your hosts will be playing this music through the day Monday and during the week as we celebrate this great pledge drive with you!
    This is the top ten in order:
    1. Miles Davis
    2. Frank Sinatra
    3. Dave Brubeck
    4. Thelonious Monk
    5. John Coltrane
    6. Duke Ellington
    7. Ella Fitzgerald
    8. Oscar Peterson
    9. Billie Holiday
    10. Pat Metheny

    Previous Jazz and Blues Music Winners and Honorees of the San Diego Music Awards by Vince Outlaw

    We've scoured the lists of San Diego Music Awards Winners and Lifetime Achievement Honorees to bring you the Jazz and Blues artists that have won and been honored at all previous shows, starting in 1991. You curious folks will be able to wow your friends with answer to such questions as "How Many Jazz and Blues Artists have Lifetime Achievement Awards?" or "Who Was The First (and Only) Jazz Artist to Win Artist of the Year?" or "What two Jazz 88 Hosts have received a Lifetime Achievement Award?" or you can make up your own "San Diego Music Awards Jazz and Blues Trivial Pursuit" game and play it with your friends!  READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE for the complete list by year...

    Previous Jazz and Blues Music Winners and Honorees of the San Diego Music Awards
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