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The 2023 Spring Membership Drive

KSDS/Jazz 88.3's 2023 Spring Membership Drive will begin on Monday, March 20th! We will welcome many new and renewing members and the music will continue to thrive because of it. But, we need your help. Please SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER to answer the phones during our drive. If you would like to donate towards the campaign you can do so by clicking here

Jazz at Tio Leo's

Holly Hofmann's new jazz series continues this month at Tio Leo's Restaurant and Lounge at 5302 Napa St. at Morena Blvd. Jazz at Tio Leo's is happening every Sunday evening from 5-7pm and features Southern California's finest jazz musicians in a quiet, spacious setting with full bar and Mexican cuisine. There is also plenty of free parking. See this month's schedule below:

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First Presbyterian Church of San Diego- Tribute to Jeff Beck

The First Presbyterian Church of San Diego is announcing a  TRIBUTE TO JEFF BECK courtesy of the Jazz Vespers, featuring San Diego guitarist, BRANDON SCOTT.

The event will be held Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 4:30pm in the Chapel of First Presbyterian Church of San Diego. 1740 4th Ave.
Led by Archie Thompson and The ArchTones, Jazz Vespers is San Diego’s longest running jazz-inspired worship service, and takes place in the First Presbyterian Chapel every Sunday.


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Today's Birthdays

Born on this day, March 21st

  • Sir Charles Thompson (Piano, Organ) was born in Springfield, OH, 1918–2016.
  • Ed Soph (Drums and Percussion) was born in Coronado, CA in 1945.
  • Amina Claudine Myers (Organ, Piano, Vocals) was born in Blackwell, AK in 1943.
  • Tiger Okoshi (Trumpet) was born in Japan in 1950.
  • Son House (Guitar, Vocals-Lead) was born in Riverton, MS, 1902–1988.
  • Otis Spann (Piano, Vocals) was born in Jackson, MS, 1930–1970.
  • Hank D'Amico (Clarinet, Saxophone) was born in Rochester, NY, 1915–1965.
  • Freddie Gambrell (Bass Guitar, Guitar-Electric, Violin) was born in Washington D.C., 1936–2004.
  • Mike Westbrook (Piano, Tuba) was born in High Wycombe, England in 1936.
  • Leonid Utyosov (Vocals-Lead) was born in Odessa, 1895–1982.
  • Sir Charles Thompson (Piano) was born in Springfield, OH, 1918–2016.

On This Day

March 21st in Jazz History…

  • Eddie Duchin with vocalist Pat Norman record "Ol' Man Mose" for Brunswick Records in 1938.
  • Dicky Wells' Big Seven records "Drag Nasty" in 1946.
  • Charlie Barnet records "Leapin' at the Lincoln" in 1940 for Bluebird Records.