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Friday, August 28th, 2015

    Today's Birthdays
    Born on this day, August 28:
    • Fats Waller recorded a classic series of pipe organ solos in London in 1938.
    • Cal Tjader's first Verve session is recorded on this day in 1961.
    • And, Benny Golson recorded "Groovin' With Golson" on Prestige/New Jazz in 1959.

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    Station News

    Holly Hoffman Happy Hour!

    Holly Hoffman Happy Hour! • Friday, August 28th

    Mark your calendars for THIS(!) Friday, August 28th and plan to join Holly Hoffman at the Handlery Hotel in the 950 Lounge for the happiest of hours! Flutist, Holly Hofmann brings in world class musicians every Friday from 5:30-7:30PM. There's no cover charge and parking is not only FREE, but it's bountiful! This Friday features Holly Hofmann, Bob Magnusson and Jim Plank. You can also enjoy a full bar and happy hour menu prices while you're there! What better way to kick off the weekend?!
    Jazz-Inspired Pool Party!

    Jazz-Inspired Pool Party! • Sunday, August 30th

    Consider this your official summer save-the-date! Jazz 88.3 will be celebrating summer in style on the last Sunday of each month (August-September) with a jazz-inspired pool party at the historic and newly renovated Lafayette Hotel from 12-3PM. THIS(!) Sunday, August 30th, The International Hustlers will provide the eclectic poolside jams and vibes! So grab your bathing suit, sunblock and pick up a day pass ($15) at the front desk when you arrive and come out and join us for a relaxing Sunday by the pool. We'll see you there!
    Jazz 88 Happy Hour- Euphoria Brass Band!

    Jazz 88 Happy Hour- Euphoria Brass Band! • Thursday, September 3rd

    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! So be sure to mark your calendars, grab your dancing shoes and plan to come out and groove to great live music THURSDAY, September 3rd with the ever so lively, Euphoria Brass Band! 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 Thursday, September 3rd in the Mississippi Ballroom!
    Summertime Jazz Night!

    Summertime Jazz Night! • Friday, September 4th

    We've put a whole new spin on our annual Summertime Jazz Night rooftop concert series -- a Latin-spin! So mark your calendars and plan to join us from 6-9PM on the rooftop of the stunning Westgate Hotel, Friday, September 4th as we say farewell to summer with live Latin music by "Tjaderized" - Salsa/Mambo/Cha-Cha. The event 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 ever so lively host! What better way to bid the season a proper goodbye?! We’ll see you September 4th! 
    International Academy of Jazz: San Diego!

    International Academy of Jazz: San Diego! • Saturday, September 5th

    Jazz 88.3 is proud to support “The International Academy of Jazz: San Diego.” Directed by brilliant trumpeter, Gilbert Castellanos, The International Academy of Jazz: San Diego” is a 501c 3 non-profit and San Diego’s ONLY full-academic year program for our young, aspiring musicians (ages 10-18). The IAJSD is currently accepting new students for the 2015-2016 program year. Opening day is Saturday, September 5th at the Music Department at Grossmont College (Opening day is FREE to the public)! For more information or to register your child for the program, simply click here!

    Jazz Live The Doug Webb Quartet

    Jazz Live The Doug Webb Quartet • Tuesday, September 8th

    Jazz Live Tuesday, September 8 at 8PM! We're bringing the great saxophonist Doug Webb to the Saville Theater stage right here at San Diego City College. The terrific band includes Mitchel Forman- piano, Kevin Axt- bass and Dan Schnell- drums. If you're a valid Jazz 88 member you can still reserve your 2 free tickets! Don't forget about that pesky parking pass, too. See you there! 
      Robert Bush Benefit

      Robert Bush Benefit • Sunday, September 13th

      Robert Bush translates music into words as well as anyone in the business ever has. A recent health crisis fortunately broke in our favor. The local Jazz community is coming together to help with expenses and show support for one amongst us. The event is scheduled for Sunday, September 13th at Panama 66 in Balboa Park. A generous donation in lieu of admission fee seems to be the plan. Gilbert Castellanos has summoned Our Finest so tighten your wig and get with it. Start: 4pm.
      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
      9/2): Len Rainey, (9/9):  Michelle Lundeen, (9/16): Jocko Marcillino, (9/23): Ty McKnight, (
      9/30): Janice Edwards.
      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

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      Gilbert Castellanos Orchestrating San Diego Symphony Jazz - Young Lions - Herbie Freddie Tribute by Vince Outlaw

      Just when you thought San Diego Jazz Hero Gilbert Castellanos had enough going on, what with his long-time Wednesday Jam sessions, curating the Summer Thursday evening Sunset Poolside Jazz at The Westgate Hotel, working magic at his Friday evening series at The Westgate's Plaza Bar, alongside touring and playing with just about everyone on the planet, he comes up with the What's Next...last week's announcement of his appointment as the Series Curator for the Inaugural Season of the San Diego Symphony's Jazz @ The Jacob's, the recent move of his Young Lion's series to Panama 66 in Balboa Park, the new school year as Artistic Director with Jazz 88.3 Education Partner International Academy of Jazz San Diego (IAJSD), and a Saturday, August 29 collaboration with Joshua White in Tribute to Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard. Whew!

      Gilbert stopped by the KSDS-FM Jazz 88.3 studios on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 for a live, on-air chat with Afternoon Jazz host Ron Dhanifu about all of those next steps plus the mentorship that Dizzy Gillespie gave him that inspires him to do the same to the next generation, and more. READ THE FULL ARTICLE for Jazz 88 Speakeasy Audio of the interview along with a full transcript...

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      KSDS-FM, Jazz88– Jazz Week’s Station of the Year (2015) - is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Poston, as General Manager of the station effective July 1, 2015.
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