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Friday, February 27th, 2015

    Today's Birthdays
    Born on this day, February 27:
    • Ben Webster (Tenor Saxophone) was born in Kansas City, MO, 1909–1973.
    • Dexter Gordon (Tenor Saxophone) was born in Los Angeles, CA, 1923–1990.
    • Mildred Bailey (Vocals-Lead) was born in Tekoa, WA, 1907–1951.
    • Abe Most (Clarinet) was born in NYC, NY in 1920.
    • Freddie Keppard (Cornet) was born in New Orleans, LA, 1890–1933.
    • Chuck Wayne (Guitar) was born in NYC, NY, 1923–1997.
    • T () was born in Detroit, MI in 1949.
    • Leo Watson (Vocals-Lead) was born in Kansas City, MO, 1898–1950.
    • Hideaki Tokunga (Guitar) was born in Yanagawa, Japan in 1961.
    • Joey Calderazzo (Piano) was born in New Rochelle, NY in 1965.
    • Ray Nance lays down his first violin solo on a track called "Kitty on Toast" in 1940.

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    Station News

    Jazz 88.3 Happy Hour!

    Jazz 88.3 Happy Hour! • Thursday, March 5th

    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 from 5-7:30PM! So be sure to mark your calendars, grab your dancing shoes and plan to groove to great live music NEXT THURSDAY, with Besos de Coco! 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, March 5th in the Mississippi Ballroom!
    This is Jazz! series in Carlsbad

    This is Jazz! series in Carlsbad

    Jazz88.3 Program Director, Claudia Russell, is curating the "This is Jazz!" series at The Cultural Arts Office in Carlsbad. It is a four-part lecture/performance series that combines discussion with live jazz music spotlighting the different styles, directions and textures of America's true art form. The remainder of the series takes place on Saturday afternoons from 4-5:30 pm on March 14th, April 11th and May 9th at the Ruby G. Schulman auditorium located at the Carlsbad City Library complex. The event is FREE! Here is the information.    


    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! March Blues Jam Special Guests: (3/4) - Harmonica John; (3/18) - Daneen Whitley Wilburn. It all happens at 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! 
    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 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!
    Connect to San Diego's Jazz 88.3

    Connect to San Diego's Jazz 88.3

    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.'ll never miss a Jazz Live.
    Show Us YOUR Jazz 88.3

    Show Us YOUR Jazz 88.3

    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

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    WIN TICKETS To See Monk Award Winner Kris Bowers Presented by ArtPwr at The Loft by Vince Outlaw

    ART PWR! is presenting pianist Kris Bowers at The Loft at UCSD on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 and Jazz 88.3 has YOUR TICKETS! Enter the drawing for 1 of 5 pair of tickets to see the Winner of the 2011 Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition in his San Diego debut. Ticket winners will be announced on Friday morning!

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    Jazz Trumpeter and Educator Clark Terry Passes At Age 94 by Vince Outlaw

    The Jazz World is honoring the life of one of the greats today at the news of the passing of Jazz Trumpter, Educator, Mentor and more, Clark Terry. His wife Gwen Terry made the following announcement on his website on Saturday evening, 

    "Our beloved Clark Terry has joined the big band in heaven where he’ll be singing and playing with the angels. He left us peacefully, surrounded by his family, students and friends. Clark has known and played with so many amazing people in his life. He has found great joy in his friendships and his greatest passion was spending time with his students. We will miss him every minute of every day, but he will live on through the beautiful music and positivity that he gave to the world. Clark will live in our hearts forever.

    With all my love, Gwen Terry"

    The family has asked the Jazz world to post their remembrances on the website Guestbook and Facebook pages. San Diego's Jazz 88.3 would like to highlight comments from our listeners and supporters and the rest of the San Diego Jazz Community. We offer our Comments section at the end of this blog post as a place to share links to your personal remembrances and links to special articles about Clark Terry.

    READ THE FULL ARTICLE to follow updated comments from San Diego's Jazz 88.3 hosts, San Diego Jazz artist and community, and links to other news about the passing of "Mumbles"

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