Hear San Diego Jazz history being made when an all-star band recreated the music of Barney Kessel's "Some Like It Hot" in the ballroom at the Hotel Del Coronado on Saturday, March 12, 2016. The inaugural concert in the San Diego Jazz Heritage Series presented by KSDS-FM, San Diego's Jazz 88.3 included dinner and a panel discussion led by Jazz 88.3 Station Manager and Los Angeles Jazz Institute Founder Ken Poston and featuring Gene Cipriano, multi-decade veteran of the Hollywood film industry and the man who "ghosted" the saxophone parts played by Tony Curtis in the movie "Some Like It Hot" which was filmed at the same Hotel Del in 1959.
Phyllis Kessel, widow of the great Jazz Guitarist Barney Kessel, chats with Claudia Russell, hosts of The Jazz Ride Home (Weekdays, 4-8pm PT) about the life and music of Barney which will be celebrated at "Some Like It Hot" at the Hotel Del Coronado on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7pm. Phyllis and Claudia also talk about some items from the Barney Kessel archive that Phyllis brought in to share, including items related to Mr. Kessell's arrangements of music inspired by the 1959 movie "Some Like It Hot" which was filmed at the Hotel Del Coronado. Barney and Phyllis were residents of San Diego during the later part of Barney's life before he passed away in 2004. Mrs. Kessel came by the Jazz 88 studios for the interview on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.
For his recent concert at UCSD’s Loft, pianist Danny Green augmented his usual trio-mates, bassist Justin Grinnnell and drummer Julian Cantelm, with three other stellar San Diego musicians – reedman Tripp Sprague, percussionist Mark Lamson and vocalist Leonard Patton.
Danny Green is a gifted keyboardist and an equally gifted composer. His recent recordings include most, if not all, of his own compositions, and several of those works made it to the set list at the Loft, along with offerings from Michael Jackson, Djavan and Stevie Wonder.
Jazz Vocal Legend Ernie Andrews has enjoyed a long and continuing career singing the music he loves and he seems to keep getting stronger. He stopped by the Jazz 88.3 studios and chatted with Afternoon Jazz host Ron Dhanifu (Mon-Fri, 1-4pm PT) before his appearance at the monthly Jazz 88.3 Happy Hour at The Lafayette Hotel on Thursday, February 4, 2016.
San Diego Jazz Legend Daniel Jackson's life and music are celebrated by San Diego City Council decree every January and there are several events in town this week to keep his memory and music alive in 2016.
Dizzy's San Diego, led by Chuck Perrin, hold 2 consecutive nights of celebration on Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23, with all proceeds benefiting the children of Daniel Jackson:
Fri Jan 22: We kick off Daniel Jackson Week with performances Daniel's music by some of his favorite collaborators, including Marshall Hawkins, Charles Owens, Joshua White, Brett Sanders, Bob Boss, & many more. 8PM - $20 cover
Sat Jan 23: In honor of Daniel Jackson Week, bassist Marshall Hawkins presents a tribute to Daniel's uniquely spiritual jazz compositions with Charles Owens, Mikan Zlatkovich, Brett Sanders, Bob Boss, Jamie Shadowlight, & more. Saturday evening's Celebration will also feature an ensemble of young musicians from the International Academy of Jazz San Diego and the Idyllwild Arts Academy playing Daniel's music. 8PM - $20 cover
San Diego's Jazz 88.3 congratulates Russell Malone for his 2015 release "Love Looks Good On You" and designation as the #1 album in our Top 10 Best of 2015 selections. We also congratulate the rest of our Top 10 and especially all of the Jazz Artists around the world who released new music in 2015. Jazz 88.3 adds new albums to our playlist each Monday and announces those on our New This Week blog and shares that on our Social Media Profiles like Facebook, Twitter @Jazz88, and Instagram @Jazz883.
Here's the full Top 10!
Russell Malone - "Love Looks Good On You"
Harold Mabern - "Afro Blue"
Albert "Tootie" Heath - "Philadelphia Beat"
J D Allen - "Grafitti"
Cassandra Wilson - "Coming Forth By Day"
Charles McPherson - "The Journey"
Houston Person - "Something Personal"
Steve Turre - "Spirit Man"
Rez Abassi Acoustic Quartet - "Intents and Purposes"
From 6 A.M. Thursday, December 24, through Christmas Day, Friday, December 25 at 8 PM, Jazz 88.3 KSDS presents The Sounds of the Season, a 38-hour celebration highlighted by a reading of the classic "Twas the Night Before Christmas by the late southern California jazz radio personality Chuck Niles. Here's the Playlist.
There will be six opportunities to hear the Niles narrative: 6 A.M., noon, and 6 P.M. December 24, and December 25 at midnight, 6 A.M., and noon. All times are P.S.T. Featured will be holiday music spanning more than 60 years from a wide range of artists and styles, including Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Wynton Marsalis, Banu Gibson, Kenny Burrell, Nat Cole, Duke Ellington, and many others.
Frank Sinatra’s birthday is this Saturday, December 12th, and we’re celebrating all weekend long with special programming. From singers singing and legends to rising stars playing the music of Ol' Blue Eyes, to cool, big band, and swinging Sinatra, we'll be celebrating in the high style Frank loved!
Saturday, December 12, 2015 - Frank's 100th Birthday