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|We are always looking for the Jazz-angle on the big happenings in San Diego and around the world, and one of the biggest in SD is Comic Con, happening July 9-12, 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center. And the Jazz-angle this year includes a special launch of San Diego native Igor Goldkind's "Is She Available?" described as a "Graphic Poetry Collection Combining Art, Comics, Jazz & Animation." |
|Hank Mobley, "one of the Blue Note label's definitive hard bop artists" (Steve Huey, AllMusic.com) at saxophone, is the San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Artist of the Week starting July 7, 2015! Listen to Jazz 88.3 all week as our on-air Jazz hosts share their favorite Mobley tunes with you. Share your favorite Hank Mobley composition or collaboration with us and other Jazz fans using the Comment feature below or via any of Jazz 88.3 social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter @Jazz88. |
Kick off your Fourth of July Weekend Celebrations on Friday, July 3, 2015 at Noon PT with a 3 hour broadcast of the United States Air Force Band Airmen of Note Jazz Heritage Series 2015 Radio Broadcasts featuring guest artist Bobby Shew, a Tribute to the Greatest Small Jazz Groups, and a Best of Jazz Heritage Series program. READ THE FULL ARTICLE
for more on the 2015 broadcast...
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.
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...
|Ahmad Jamal, who celebrates his 85th birthday this Thursday, July 2, is the San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Artist of the Week starting June 29, 2015! Your favorite Jazz 88.3 hosts will be playing his music and telling their personal stories of the impact of his music overall and on them personally. |
|Bill Cunliffe, leader on over 20 albums and winner of both a 2009 Grammy Award and the 1989 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition is the Jazz 88.3 Artist of the Week starting June 22, 2015. You can hear this fantastic composer, arranger, and pianist's music all week played by your favorite hosts LIVE on San Diego's Jazz 88.3 and Worldwide at Jazz 88.3. |READ THE FULL ARTICLE
for 14 albums you can hear Bill play on and to learn more about our Artist of the Week...
|The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA, JazzJournalists.org) celebrated the winners of their 2015 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards at the organization's annual public Jazz Awards party at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. The 2015 JJA Awards For Musical Achievement were chosen in 32 categories for achievement in work in 2014 and were previously announced in May 2015. 2015 JJA Jazz Awards for Journalism and Media were announced at the event on Tuesday. Additionally, 23 previously announced 2015 Jazz Journalist Award Jazz Heroes were celebrated at the party. |San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Jazz88.org send BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all the Winners and Jazz Heroes for the great work they do to keep Jazz Alive and Well!
READ THE FULL ARTICLE for additional links, coverage, and pictures of the winners and heroes...
Tom Harrell is the Jazz 88.3 Artist of the Week starting June 15, 2015. You can hear this fantastic trumpter, flugelhornist, composer, and bandleader's music all week played by your favorite hosts LIVE on San Diego's Jazz 88.3 and Worldwide at Jazz 88.3.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE for a Portrait in Jazz video preview of Tom Harrell, 26 Tom Harrell albums you can hear on Jazz 88.3, and links to more about this great Jazz artist.
|Word came to Jazz 88.3 via Facebook from San Diego Jazz trumpter, band leader, educator, and entrepreneur Gilbert Castellanos...|
Hello family & friends, I am sad to say that the month of June will be the last month for the Young Lions series at Croce's Park West. I want to thank the people who came out on Wednesday nights to support the young musicians. I am proud of the young talented musicians for the work they put into promoting their night, preparing and rehearsing music for their sets, and showing true professionalism on stage. This is really where my passion and heart and soul is, watching these young adults blossom into amazing musicians! I also want to thank Ingrid Croce and Jimmy Rock for giving us a home to perform for the last 16 months. I DO NOT want this to be the end of the young lion series! It's crucial that we keep this going for the future of jazz in San Diego! As of today, I am searching for a new home for the series! I would love to get the program back on it's feet by July! Please feel free to inbox me if you would like to share your thoughts/suggestions!
Keep jazz alive!!!
With love and respect,
Gilbert estimates that there have been over 200 young musicians that have played for the series, with 80% of them still in high school. The evening usually draws a big crowd with standing room only being not uncommon. Gilbert's goal is to "find a venue that can guarantee the young musicians a fee" in order to keep the evening free and "really pack the joint!" According to Gilbert, the lions have been doing a "great job" promoting their nights on the bandstand.
Jazz 88.3 is helping to get this search underway with this blog post, but this is an opportunity that will take the community of business leaders, art directors and presenters, music educators to move forward AND ESPECIALLY the support of Jazz, Music, Education, and Art Lovers and Supporters dedicating themselves to go and see and hear and exhort The Future of Jazz forward to do as Gilbert says, KEEP JAZZ ALIVE, at whatever home these Young Lions find next.
|B.B. King, an icon and world wide ambassador for the Blues, has passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 9:40pm in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas, the San Diego UT is reporting in a long and heart-felt remembrance by George Varga, who had written about B. B.'s many trips to San Diego. "The thrill is gone for millions of music fans around the world", he begins, using the title from a signature piece from King's over 6 decade career in music. At San Diego's Jazz and Blues 88.3, we send out condolences to the family of B. B. King and to his fans and supporters world-wide. READ ON as Blues 88.3 hosts, listeners, and supporters remember B.B. King.||
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