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|Happy New Year to all our Jazz and Blues lovers. It was a great year of music. Due to our move and other factors it was necessary to keep it 'in-house' this year for the selection of our top ten CDs of 2014. Jazz 88.3's Program Director and Music Director (Claudia Russell and Joe Kocherhans, respectively) chose the selections:|
- 1- Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden- "Last Dance"
- 2- Holly Hofmann- "Low Life"
- 3- Sean Jones- "Im-Pro-Vise"
- 4- Eric Alexander- "Chicago Fire"
- 5- Gregory Porter and Various- "Great Voices of Harlem"
- 6- Frank Wess- "Magic 201"
- 7- Conrad Herwig- "The Latin Side of Joe Henderson"
- 8- Houston Person- "The Melody Lingers On"
- 9- Billy Childs- "Map to the Treasure"
- 10- David Hazeltine- "For All We Know"
|The January 13th appearance of percussionist Joe Chambers will be a great start to a new year of Jazz Live concerts. For this event Chambers will be joined by Josh Nelson piano, Rob Thorsen bass, and Duncan Moore drums. Jazz Live starts at 8pm in the Saville Theatre on the City College Campus. Jazz 88.3 Members can now reserve tickets online or call 619-388-3037. All ages welcome. Print Parking Permit. thanks to @mosaicimages |
|Jazz Live gets the Blues. Tuesday, December 9th a 8pm. The Saville Theater will get that blues feeling courtesy of Earl Thomas and Rhumboogie. Listen to a preview of the concert. If you are a valid Jazz 88.3 member you and guest get to go for free, just make your reservation by calling 619-388-3037. Tickets will be available at the door after 7:30pm the night of the show. Please remember that parking pass. |
Spread the love. Spread the Jazz! You can give a membership to Jazz 88.3 to a friend or loved one this year, and they'll get a year's worth of great Jazz concerts! Not to mention the warm and fuzzy feeling that great Jazz is being broadcast in their name. Give a gift membership!
|As you can imagine there are innumerable details and surprises at every turn with our current move. Rest assured that we are taking all precautions to keep the music flowing through the device of your choosing; radio, computer, mobile, etc., but we are having intermittent outages in both the on-air signal and the stream. If you're in a bind for some KSDS content remember, The Speakeasy has a lot of cool stuff that you may not have heard recently. Thanks for your patience during this time...and now back to the business at hand.|
|As you may have noticed our stream is down. We are experiencing technical difficulties. We are working on the solution and will hopefully be up and running soon. Thanks for your patience. Tuesday, 9am |
|Our next Jazz Live brings one of the finest Jazz pianists around today, Hal Galper. He's played with them all- Cannonball Adderley, Joe Williams, Phil Woods, George Duke, Anita O'Day, Chet Baker and Stan Getz, to name a few. Hal will be here in a trio setting on Tuesday, November 18 at 8pm. Please make your reservation by calling 619-388-3037 and please be a valid Jazz 88.3 member. Also, don't forget about that parking pass. MORE...|
Read full article at: Hal Galper Jazz Live
|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!|
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
The Wednesday Night Blues Jam
is back in full-swing! It happens every
Wednesday night at Proud Mary's
! It's also FREE
, family-friendly and begins at 6:30pm.
So be sure to dust off your instruments and plan to attend! Proud Mary's is located at the Ramada Inn, 5500 Kearny Mesa Road, 92111. *Also, 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!
|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!
|Message from Jazz 88.3 Program Director, Claudia Russell- "We are thrilled to receive this award. The JazzWeek awards are voted on by people directly connected to the industry. Our listeners vote for us every time they tune in and we will continue to strive to give you our best."|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org. |
Heads-up Jazz 88.3 Happy Hour goers
! Our monthly happy hour at the historic and newly renovated Lafayette Hotel
will now take place on the FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH BEGINNING IN FEBRUARY, from 5-7:30PM
! So be sure to mark your calendars, grab your dancing shoes and plan to groove to great live Latin Jazz
by guitarist, Jaime Valle
! 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 on Thursday, February 5th
in the Mississippi Ballroom
|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. |
Members of Jazz 88.3 are listeners who donate to keep the station going. Have you become one yet? Join us RIGHT NOW by calling in your support at 619-388-3000. Throw a couple bucks in the hat, it’s a pretty cool hat!
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!
|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. 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 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! ||
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