San Diego's Jazz 88.3
|Generally speaking I'm slow to assemble a program. I'm open to suggestion from anywhere beforehand. But when it all comes into focus and the thoughts, pictures, and memories build a structures that is ready. I leave a window open, just in case.|
- Rambler is a fun tune by tuba master Bob Stewart. I'm so glad Arthur Blythe has included the lower register in so much of his work. Grandpa had a Rambler and it was something else entirely.
- Ken Thomson is Who To Watch For. Out of the blue is this tune called Welding For Freedom and it justifies my strategy of leaving a window open. Win/win.
- Nathan Hubbard collect SDMA for Best Jazz Album. There was a lot of texture in the eleven o'clock hour. Tons of great names contributing, and Nathan making it bubble. xlnt
Thanks for listening
|Celebrate your Jazz life by contributing to the station that brings you jazz and blues. Make a contribution in any amount during our Fall Drive and you could win two tickets to Maceo Parker’s New Year’s Eve Party at the San Francisco Jazz Center- with airfare and accommodations (no purchase necessary: click here for official rules). |
in partnership with Suzie’s Farm
invite you to Dia De Los Muertos
(at Suzie's Farm), Saturday, November 1st
. It's a celebration of those who have passed with an opportunity to leave remembrances for our loved ones at our main altar. It's also a fiesta(!) - formal and funny and full of life! Guests will enjoy an array of food stations of Suzie’s Farm-inspired Mexican dishes prepared by the Wild Thyme Catering Co.,
handmade helado from Calexico Creamery
and beer/wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be also be available for purchase. You will also enjoy live Latin Jazz by the Gene Perry Latin Jazz Orchestra
-- hosted by our very own, Chris Springer
! Proceeds from the event will benefit Corazon de Vida -
a US-based nonprofit organization supporting Baja orphanages. To purchase tickets, click here
|The next Jazz Live is going to be killer. Guitarist Joshua Breakstone travels west and will be performing at the Saville Theater, Tuesday, October 14 at 8pm. He brings with him Marshall Hawkins on bass and special guest, Roy McCurdy on drums. 90 minutes never had it so good! Barry Farrar just spoke to Roy (hear the interview). Make sure to make reservations by calling 619-388-3037 and as always print that parking pass. See you there!|
Friends- As I retire from Jazz 88.3, I want to thank our thousands of Members and many more thousands of listeners, both locally and around the globe. Your support and your input have contributed immeasurably to making this radio station a landmark bastion of great music and a leader for meaningful music education. The last 13 years have flown by and clearly mark the highlight of a nearly 50-year radio career and I am truly indebted to you, our staff, volunteers and our underwriters. Here’s to many more years of great Jazz and Blues on Jazz 88.3.
The San Diego Music Awards
are right around the corner! They're taking place TONIGHT
. Jazz 88.3's
very own Claudia Russell
, Ron Dhanifu
, J. Otis Williams
and Janine Harty
will be there to present the Blues and Jazz awards, appropriately. Performers include Joshua White
, Robin Henkel
& Whitney Shay
, Euphoria Brass Band
, and Tomcat Courtney
, just to name a few! For more info, click here
Heads Up Jazz & Blues lovers! BOTH of our Jams now take place at Proud Mary’s
: 5500 Kearny Mesa Road (Ramada Inn, on the west side of 163). The Blues Jam
takes place every Wednesday
night from 6:30-9:30PM
and the Jazz Jam
takes place every Sunday
night from 6-9PM
! J. Otis Williams
is your Blues Jam host and Jeff Dalrymple
is your Jazz Jam host. They're both FREE
and family-friendly! So mark your calendars, dust off your instruments and plan for a smashing time! We'll see you there!
|Jazz 88.3 is proud to support the International Academy of Jazz-San Diego - a 501c3, non-profit, and the first, and only, September-May after-school instrumental and vocal Jazz program for kids! The IAJ-SD will kick-off the 2014 season THIS Saturday, September 27th at Grossmont College at 10AM. This event is open to the public and will be both an initiation event for currently registered students, as well as an informational event for kids and their parents who are interested in the program and are not yet registered. Light refreshments will also be served. So come out and show your support and help keep San Diego kids musically-inspired! |
|The flugelhorn can sound really nice and one of the most notable practitioners of the instrument has passed away. Kenny Wheeler would open his tunes to interpretation by some of the top Jazz musicians of the time. He was widely admired and it only takes a quick listen to appreciate his accessibility. Read this article for more. |
|The last few week's have provided major blows for Jazz. We lost one of our very own here in San Diego (Daniel Jackson) but also Gerald Wilson and Joe Sample. These men were integral to the art form as composers and arrangers. Their trumpet and piano, respectively, lent to the honest voice of jazz music. For Gerald, it began in the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra in 1939 when he replaced the star trumpeter in the group at the time (Sy Oliver). Joe's contribution started in hard bop and grew into many different styles of playing. Both men led bands and forged new roads. Their music and jazz history will preserve forever. |
San Diego Blues Festival founder and music writer Michael Kinsman
has begun hosting “Every Shade of Blue
” Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to midnight. You can hear his first show by clicking this link
and in the future all shows will be in the Speakeasy
. Kinsman succeeds on-air personality “T,” who retired June 30 after more than 30 years with the station. “We’re thrilled to have Kinsman join us,” said Program Director Claudia Russell. “His love for the blues, the San Diego community and music education is unwavering – a perfect fit for KSDS."
|Daniel Jackson was a first rate composer, saxophonist, pianist, educator and mentor. His passion for the music and the energy it creates was unmatched. Born in La Jolla and graduated from San Diego High School, he was the epitome of San Diego Jazz. A staple. Daniel's collaborations and relationships with legends like Lenny McBrowne, Art Farmer, The Adderley brothers, Jimmy Smith, to San Diego's own- Marshall Hawkins, Charles McPherson and Gilbert Castellanos is a testament to his gift of expression. He will be cherished always. More Resources and Remembrances on the Jazz 88 Blog... |
|Jazz 88.3 will be hanging out at the San Diego Blues Festival, a benefit for the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Today (Sunday) at the Embarcadero Marina Park North. This year, come out and groove to 18-acts, including Eric Burdon & the Animals, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro & the Painkilllers, Blues Hall of Famer, Lazy Lester and more. In San Diego County, 462,000 people live in poverty and face “food insecurity” which means that little or no food is available at home and they often will not know where they will get their next meal. With that being said, the mission of the San Diego Blues Festival is to provide great blues music at an affordable price and raise money to support the battle against hunger in our community. So come out and hang out for a good cause! We'll see you there! |
|Vocalist Janet Klein radiates a vintage vibe in the Jazz Style and Her Parlor Boys are right there with her. For our next Jazz Live they will play tribute to the San Diego treasure Lou Curtiss, famous for Folk Arts Rare Records and Jazz Roots on Jazz 88.3. The show is TONIGHT, it starts at 8pm, and it's all-ages welcome. Saville Theater, City College, 14th & C downtown. Valid Jazz 88.3 Members can reserve free tickets by calling 619-388-3037. If you are not a member tickets are only $10 and can be purchased at 7:30pm the night of the show. Print the Parking Permit and enjoy the fresh air. |
|Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a special benefit concert TONIGHT at 7:30PM. This concert, brought to you by Vaya Entertainment and Emerson Bran Management will bring three-time Grammy winner Oscar Hernandez to the Saville Theater along with saxophonist Justo Almario and San Diego's own, Gilbert Castellanos. Listen to Chris Springer's Oscar Hernandez interview about the event. It will be a night to remember, and proceeds from the concert will benefit your favorite Jazz and Blues public radio station, Jazz 88.3. Here is the ticket information. |
in partnership with Edible San Diego
invites you to the Fall Issue Release Party happening TONIGHT
at "Solare Ristorante
” in Liberty Station. Come out and experience Solare Ristorante and enjoy great Jazz by the Patrick Berrogain Duo
, and of course, pick up the latest issue of Edible San Diego while you're at it! It's your chance to hang out with Jazz 88.3 and mingle with the community...all while we raise our glasses and forks to a locally-inspired good time! We'll see you there!
|Jazz Live TONIGHT will be a swinging good time with The Hot Club of Detroit, a four-piece jazz ensemble with the tight tricky gypsy style that makes sitting almost impossible. Listen to the Jazz Live preview to get the groove going. As always, Jazz Live is at City College's Saville Theater at 14th and C street. Valid Jazz 88.3 Members can reserve free tickets by calling 619-388-3037. If you are not a member tickets are only $10 and can be purchased at 7:30pm the night of the show. As a courtesy, your parking permit is also free of charge, but you must print it. |
|A Jazz Great of the Modern Era has passed away. Bassist Charlie Haden was musical before he could walk and his influence is like a major branch of the Jazz Tree. He always created on the highest level, and he is remembered as a warm and giving individual. There will be much written about him in the coming days. Take a minute and read or hear something by/about/for Charlie Haden and just kind of dig that quietly. |
|A pure light will shine brightly when vocalist Barbara Morrison reflects on the legend of Dinah Washington at Jazz Live, TONIGHT. With an 18-piece orchestra supporting her, Barbara Morrison will present "I Wanna Be Loved: The Stories of the Queen of the Blues." As a Jazz Live will, the program starts at 8pm in the Saville Theatre on the City College campus. Jazz 88.3 Members are reserving their free tickets as you read this, 619-388-3037. Be sure to Print The Parking Permit. |
|Our next Jazz Live happening TONIGHT, features the straightahead creativity of bassist Henry "Skipper" Franklin. He leads a quartet with Theo Saunders piano, Ramon Banda drums, and Chuck Manning sax. There's still time for Jazz 88.3 members to reserve their free tickets--just give us a call at (619) 388-3037. Comfy seating, good acoustics in the Saville Theatre at City College. 8pm. Please Print the Parking Permit. We'll see you tonight!|
|Horace Silver was a Jazz Musician of the highest calibre. Two of the most famous Jazz Tunes ever are his. "Song For My Father" and "Senor Blues." If you're familiar with Horace Silver then you're already in your personal ritual. If, somehow, you are unfamiliar with Horace Silver we urge you to research this very creative musician. Rest in peace, Horace Silver. |
|After 36 years at KSDS (30 years of "Blues") our beloved T has retired. T wanted you all to hear from him personally so we have made his message available on T's Bio Page. |
|Hometown favorite Peter Sprague will shine some of his musical genius on Jazz Live, TONIGHT. Bassist Gunnar Biggs and drummer Duncan Moore will be there, as well as vocalists Leonard Patton, Kevyn Lettau, Lisa Hightower, and Matt Falker. Sprague will galvanize this talented group into a wonderous recreation of his latest recording "Ocean In Your Eyes." Jazz 88.3 Members can reserve tickets at 619-388-3037. Please print the parking permit. City College Saville Theatre, 8pm. |
|Jazz Guitar Innovator, Stanley Jordan will be our next Jazz Live guest! It's all happening TONIGHT at 8PM at the Saville Theater on the City College campus. The show is officially SOLD OUT, so please plan accordingly. Also, please print the parking pass! We'll see you tonight! |
annual Music Matters Instrument Drive
is officially over! Thanks to everyone who donated, and thanks to Coles Fine Flooring.
You can be rest assured that the used saxophone, flute, trumpet and the like, will be refurbished and distributed among San Diego City School music programs. And, this year, the Julian Union School District
will also be a benefactor! With your help, we hope this year will be our most successful Music Matters Instrument Drive yet! Stay tuned!
Summer is officially coming to an end! And, what better way to usher it out than with our annual Summertime Jazz Night Rooftop Concert Series
! Join us TONIGHT
on the rooftop of the stunning Westgate Hotel
, along with Chris James and Patrick Rynn!
While you're there you can also enjoy an array of adult beverages, hosted appetizers, raffle prizes and more! There's a $10
cover charge (CASH ONLY!
), and you MUST
be 21+ to enter. So mark your calendars and plan to join your favorite Jazz and Blues radio station, Jazz 88.3
! Valet parking is also available for only $5! We'll see you there!
THANK YOU! Jazz Night San Diego,
a county-wide, multiple venue celebration of Jazz was an incredible success. A huge thank you to all the hosts, musicians and all the guests who turned our inaugural Jazz Night San Diego into a reality. Thanks as well to Casa Artelexia
in Little Italy, Wild Thyme Catering
and Carruth Cellars.
House of Blues
, in partnership with Francis Parker School
, presents the 4th Annual 2014 Jazz 88.3 Summer Jazz Workshop
! The workshop is open to middle school and high school students and will offer (two
) 1-week sessions
) at Francis Parker School. The program includes lessons in performance, improvisation, theory and music history. Students will also perform at the House of Blues at the end of the workshop, too! The Jazz 88.3 Jazz Workshop is open to beginning, intermediate and advanced Jazz students.
You can now SIGN UP
. Good luck from all of us here at Jazz 88.3!
|The “Keep the Beat” Spring Membership Campaign has come to a close. WE HIT THE GOAL! You stepped up and joined our rhythm section to keep this great music flowing for years to come. Thank you so very much! We are so grateful to have the very best listeners and members in the world. If you missed your chance to DONATE you still can! Please call 619-388-3000. And a 1-2-3-4...GO! |
|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 email@example.com. |
Are you a fan of soulful Jazz
? Well, if so, you'll want to mark your calendars and plan to join us, TONIGHT
in the Mississippi Ballroom
at the historic and newly renovated Lafayette Hotel
for our monthly Happy Hour, because this month we're bringing in the B-3 Four
! All you have to do is provide $5
at the door and bring your dancing shoes! 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 there!
|It's almost 2014 and we need your help. Jazz 88.3 needs to raise $40k in December, and we're only $15k away. Can you assist? The line is open- 619-388-3000. Many thanks to those who have already lent a hand. |
|Our Top Ten of 2013: 10 Kevin Eubanks "The Messenger" 9 Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine "It's About Time" 8 Joey DeFrancesco "One for Rudy" 7 Rob Thorsen "Live!" 6 Mike Wofford "It's Personal" 5 Tierney Sutton "After Blue" 4 Gilbert Castellanos "Federal Jazz Project" 3 Gregory Porter "Liquid Spirit" 2 Kyle Eastwood "The View From Here" 1 Ahmad Jamal "Saturday Morning" |
Thank you for your contribution to The Jazz 88.3 "Play It Forward" Membership Campaign.
The campaign has ended and we achieved our goal! Every dollar counts though so if you didn't get a chance to make your contribution we are hoping you can do it now and become a "Jazz Hero!" There are great benefits
when you sign up, plus you will be supporting the music you love. Join now
or call 619-388-3000
|There's a bit of a bug that we are working on for the Internet Explorer Browser for the Jazz 88 site. You may notice that the drop down menus are not working properly. We need a little more time to work it all out but in the meantime you can help things move along a bit better by adjusting your settings. If you are on IE 10 please look at this diagram. Please find that item on your browser and click it. The browser should refresh and then the menu items should work as they are supposed to. |
Jazz 88.3 has a heavy heart for losing another icon in jazz this past week - pianist Marion McPartland. NPR noted her for her individualistic voice in her compositions and the New York Times highlighted her formidable success as a jazz musician in late 1940s and 1950s as a woman, additionally also as a spokeswoman for the music. NPR honors her with some of her compositions, as featured in her longtime radio show on public radio, Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz.
|As you may have noticed our stream and apps are not working. We are experiencing technical difficulties. We are working on the solution and will hopefully be up and running soon. Thanks for your patience. Wednesday, 4:53 pm |
Heads Up Blues Lovers!
Mark your calendar for the Jazz 88.3 Blues Jam
every Wednesday night. The Blues Jam takes place at Proud Mary’s
, 5500 Kearny Mesa Road (Ramada Inn, on the west side of 163) from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
! J. Otis Williams
is your Blues Jam host, Mark Augustin is the Blues Jam guitar slinger. It's FREE
and family-friendly. We'll see you there!
The Sunday Night Jazz Jam
is officially back on track! Join us at Proud Mary’s
, 5500 Kearny Mesa Road (Ramada Inn, west side of 163) from 6-9pm.
It's an all-ages good time with host and drummer, Jeff Dalrymple.
The Jazz Jam Core are Mark Augustin, Kirk Hoffman and Tommy Gannon. They can play anything you throw their way...it's a Jazz Jam! Also FYI it's free. We'll see you there!
|Here's what we have planned for Jazz Live in 2013.|
Joe Marillo has been a force in the San Diego jazz scene since the mid-1970s when he began bringing top-name jazz musicians to Mission Beach's Catamaran Hotel. He's a fine tenor sax player in his own right and, as a teacher, Joe has helped many an aspiring jazz player learn the rudiments of the music. Now 80, Joe's brings a lot of things to the table, but his most important asset is the size of his heart. It's huge. Joe Marillo recently sat down with Offramp's host T. Michael Crowell to talk about his life in music.
|Special thanks to Thomas Westerlin for taking these photos at Jazz Live this past Tuesday night! Plenty more to look at after the jump...!|
Here's a recent article written by Robert Bush
about Jazz 88.3 host Ron Dhanifu's life in radio that was originally published in the San Diego Troubador
It’s always been about the radio for me.
“I feel like I was born to do this,” says Ron Dhanifu. Dhanifu mans the afternoon slot, from 1-4pm, on KSDS, the local jazz station. When he says he was born to be a disk jockey, he speaks from experience. He’s spent 40 years in radio, 30 of them (in two installments) at KSDS.
|Here's some photos of the past Jazz Live performances for 2012. Lots more after the jump!|
|There are so many ways to attach oneself to San Diego's Jazz 88.3 beginning with the listening stream. It has been improved! We have bumped up the bitrate and now offer more choices to listen via the web. You can bookmark the actual stream or use our Jazz 88 player. Get our new upgraded app(s) for Android or iPhone and stay with us. Also, you can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and +1 us on Google Plus. Wait, what? There we are on YouTube! In response to listener calls, yes we're still on cable, just over a little bit; Cox 963 and Time Warner 965. Upshot...you'll never miss a Jazz Live. |
|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 2013! 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! ||
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