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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

    Today's Birthdays
    Born on this day, July 2:
    • The first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert was held at the Philharmonic auditorium in Los Angeles in 1944, produced by Norman Granz. The performers included Nat "King" Cole, Illinois Jacquet, J.J.Johnson, Les Paul and countless others.
    • The Gene Krupa Band with Roy Eldridge recorded "Rockin' Chair" in 1941 for Okeh records.
    • Duke Ellington And The Blanton/Webster Band recorded "Clementine", "The Brown Skin Gal (In The Calico Gown)", "Jump for Joy" and "Moon Over Cuba" in Hollywood in 1941.
    • Milt Jackson records Milt Jackson For Blue Note with cuts "Evidence," "Misterioso," "Epistrophy," "I Mean You," "All the Things You Are" and "I Should Care" in New York City in 1948.
    • And on a sad note, alto saxophonist/vocalist Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson died in 1988. He was 70 years old.

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    Station News

    Happy Hour - Sue Palmer!

    Happy Hour - Sue Palmer! • Thursday, July 2nd

    Heads-up Jazz 88.3 Happy Hour goers! Our monthly happy hour at the historic Lafayette Hotel takes place on the FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH from 5-7:30PM! Be sure to mark your calendars, grab your dancing shoes and plan to groove to great live music TONIGHT(!) with Sue Palmer! This Happy Hour will be a little extra-special, as Sue, and her entire Motel Swing Orchestra will celebrate the release of their new album: “Bricktop.” 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 TONIGHT(!) in the Mississippi Ballroom!
    July Summertime Jazz Night!

    July Summertime Jazz Night! • Friday, July 3rd

    Jazz 88.3 is putting a whole new spin on our annual Summertime Jazz Night rooftop concert series! This year, we’re throwing TWO BIG BASHES and giving them a Latin-spin!  So mark your calendars and plan to join us from 6-9PM on the rooftop of the stunning Westgate Hotel, THIS FRIDAY, July 3rd to usher in summer with "Sexteto Sonero Del Caribe" - Cuban Salsa, and again on Friday, September 4th to bid the season a proper farewell with "Tjaderized" - Salsa/Mambo/Cha-Cha. Both events will be paired beautifully with Latin-inspired fare and cocktails! There's a $20 cover charge (cash only!) and you must be 21+ to attend. There's also $5 valet parking for your convenience. Also, Jazz 88.3's host of Latin Grooves, Chris Springer will be your host! What better way to celebrate the season?! We’ll see you this summer!
    Jazz Live Nathan Hubbard

    Jazz Live Nathan Hubbard • Tuesday, July 7th

    Our next Jazz Live will be special. San Diego's own Nathan Hubbard will be bringing his eclectic compositions to the Saville Theatre stage. Nathan's "Encinitas and Everything After" won Best Jazz Album at last year's San Diego Music Awards so it's a show you don't to miss. If you are a valid Jazz88 member you can reserve your 2 free tickets right away. Don't forget about that pesky parking pass. See you there! READ ON for Jazz Live Preview Audio...
    Blues Jam

    Blues Jam

    The Blues Jam is in full-swing and happens every Wednesday night at Proud Mary's (located at the Ramada Inn: 5500 Kearny Mesa Road, 92111) from 6:30-9:30pm. So dust off your instruments and plan to attend! Blues Jam Special Guest(7/1) Phil Diorio, (7/8) Robin Henkel, (7/15) Lance Deiknan, (7/22) Janice Edwards. 
    Jazz Jam!

    Jazz Jam!

    Heads-up Jazz Jam lovers: OUR SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ JAM is TAKING A BREAK. We hope to continue this ALL-AGES good-time at a new location in the near future. We will keep you posted.
    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!
    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

    Latest Blogs

    Mark Dresser Receives 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award by Vince Outlaw

    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.

    Congratulations Mark Dresser! 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award Winner

    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...

    4 New Latin Jazz Releases Lead This Weeks Adds to The Jazz 88 Music Library by Vince Outlaw

    Among the 10 new releases in the Jazz 88.3 Music Library the week of June 29, 2015, there are 4 fantastic new Latin discs led by 50-time Grammy Nominated trombonist and leader Wayne Wallace's latest "Intercambio". Read on for the full list of new Latin and other Jazz releases, along with links to artist websites and more!

    New This Week in San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Music Library June 29, 2015
    Your Jazz 88.3 hosts will be introducing you to these new releases all week, so Listen Long, Often, and LIVE at 88.3 FM San Diego and Worldwide at!  

    You can check out the debut of all the new releases each week on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday evenings 6-8pm PT.

    READ THE FULL ARTICLE for links to artists websites, release reviews, and additional listening notes from the Jazz 88 Music staff....

    Ahmad Jamal - Artist of the Week June 29 2015 by Vince Outlaw

    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. 

    Ahmad Jamal - San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Artist of the Week for June 29, 2015

    Check out the full KSDS Jazz88.3 On-Air Weekly Schedule and LISTEN LIVE!

    READ THE FULL ARTICLE for more on this great Jazz artist...

    Jazz Journalists Association Celebrates 2015 Award Winners and Jazz Heroes by Vince Outlaw

    The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA, 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 send BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all the Winners and Jazz Heroes for the great work they do to keep Jazz Alive and Well!

    2015 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Award Winners and Jazz Heroes

    READ THE FULL ARTICLE for additional links, coverage, and pictures of the winners and heroes...
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