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Tuesday, February 20th, 2018


Today - Tuesday the 20th

Afro-Cuban Jazz
10:00 PM
San Diego Latin Jazz Collective — Prohibition • 548 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
7:00 PM
Robin Henkel House of Blues • 1055 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
7:00 PM
Clyde & Mac — Manhattan of La Jolla • 7766 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
9:00 PM
The Gabriel Sundy Jazz Trio — Seven Grand • 3054 University Ave, North Park, CA 92104
5:30 PM
Tuesday's ProJam featuring Danny DiCarlo & The Wildwood Houseband Wildwood Restaurant & Bar • 116 Civic Center Dr., Vista, CA 92084

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Today's Birthdays

Born on this day, February 20...

  • Nancy Wilson (Vocals-Lead) was born in Chillicothe, OH in 1937.
  • Bobby Jaspar (Saxophone) was born in Belgium, 1926–1963.
  • Lew Soloff (Trumpet) was born in NYC, NY, 1944–2015.
  • Anthony Davis (Piano) was born in Patterson, NJ in 1951.
  • Oscar Aleman (Guitar) was born in Restencia, Argentina, 1909–1980.
  • Frank Isola (Drums and Percussion) was born in Detroit, MI, 1925–2004.
  • Fred Robinson (Trombone) was born in Memphis, TN, 1901–1984.
  • Jimmy Yancey (Piano) was born in Chicago, IL, 1894–1951.

On This Day

in Jazz History...

  • Harry James records his theme "Ciribiribin" in 1939 for Brunsick Records.
  • Raymond Scott and his quintet record "Toy Trumpet" in 1937.
  • Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges cut "Stompy Jones", "Squeeze Me" and "Going Up" in 1959.

In Memoriam

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2/20/2018ELEW- Celebrates Harlem Piano

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Station News

KSDS Celebrates Black History Month in 2018

Jazz 88.3 will honor Black History month by highlighting how African-Americans have created and advanced the art form of Jazz. Each year KSDS chooses a significant aspect of African-American culture and this year’s focus is the Harlem Renaissance. Harlem has inspired countless jazz pieces but also significant literature and art. Listen every weekday, all month long, for a different historical aspect of the cultural mecca of Harlem. The segments can also be visualized at  A look at Harlem’s history every weekday during Black History Month, only on KSDS, Jazz 88.3. Click here to view all the segments.
Jazz Live- ELEW celebrates Harlem Piano

Jazz Live- ELEW celebrates Harlem Piano

The Joint will be Jumpin at the next Jazz Live on February 20th at 8pm. Pianist, ELEW has cross-over success in rock and pop but began his career as a jazz purist, playing as a sideman for jazz artists like Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, Elvin Jones, Jon Hendricks, and Roy Hargrove as well as performing as a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. ELEW comes to the Saville Theatre for the first time and will help us celebrate Black History Month by celebrating Harlem through his piano. There will be a film presentation by Ken Poston that will focus on Jazz and the Harlem Renaissance. The film will start at approximately 7:15pm. The concert is for Jazz 88 members only. As always, Thanks to Big Front Door Sandwich Shop for providing food for the Jazz Live artists. Also--the "Eat Your Heart Out" gourmet food truck will be on site--so, bring your appetite!  Remember, that good ole' parking pass and come hungry, because a food truck will be on site!
Following Your Dreams!

Following Your Dreams!

The San Diego Community College District and City College is committed to supporting The San Diego Promise, an initiative that allows local students to attend their first year at City College for FREE. YOU can help in that endeavor by sponsoring a student or making a donation. PLEASE DONATE. To learn more about applying for classes at City College please click here
Athenaeum's 2018 Season

Athenaeum's 2018 Season

Jazz 88.3 is so proud to support the Athenaeum's 2018 season! The series continues with The Dave King Trio, this Thursday, February 15th, followed by Ben Allison & Think Free (February 22nd). You'll want to be absolutely sure to mark your calendars because February is bound to be one spectacular month! The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, located in the heart of La Jolla, in San Diego County, is one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States. Founded in 1899, the Athenaeum provides library resources in music and the arts and presents over 200 programs and cultural events annually at four venues in four different zip codes in San Diego. This rare cultural institution offers a depth and accessibility of resources and programs found nowhere else in the region. For more information, or to purchase tickets, simply click here!  
Camarada's 2018 Season!

Camarada's 2018 Season!

Camarada's 2018 season is in full-swing! Up Next: "Te Amo Tango" happening Sunday, February 18th at the Mingei (6PM). Where music meets dance, "embrace your passion" with Tango Alma and Camarada. Todd Martin and Marizabel Arango, California's finest in the art of the tango, have traveled across the continent with some of the greatest tango dancers the world has ever known. Their mastery of technique, emotion, and nuance will bring the music of Astor Piazzolla and Rual Juarena's bandoneon to life. Get ready to fall in love with Camarada's Te Amo Tango! This is bound to be one spectacular show! For further details, or to purchase tickets, click here!
The Broken Jar: Joe Garrison & The Night People

The Broken Jar: Joe Garrison & The Night People

Jazz 88.3 lovers are invited to an amazing night in a private home setting on Mt. Helix to support live music, the arts, and, KSDS! It's all happening this Sunday, February 18th from 4-7PM and will feature Joe Garrison and Night People, as they present: "The Broken Jar". Tickets are only $30 (each) and include complimentary wine and beer. To purchase tickets, simply call (619) 388-3758 (<--it's the only way to get tickets). All proceeds will go to the musicians and KSDS! So call and reserve your tickets NOW, as they are selling fast and space is limited. Please Note: Directions on parking will be given to you when you call to purchase your tickets.  
Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

Jazz 88.3 is very proud to support La Jolla Music Society as they present the legendary, Herbie Hancock, March 7th, at 8PM at the Balboa Theatre. 14-time Grammy® Award Winner, Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, he has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960s. His career has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. In honor of his work, Herbie Hancock was bestowed in 2016 with the Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award. This is truly one show you simply won't want to miss! To purchase tickets, click here
San Diego Symphony's Winter Season!

San Diego Symphony's Winter Season!

Jazz 88.3 is proud to support the San Diego Symphony as they present: "Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra with Chick Corea" Saturday, March, 24th at Copley Symphony Hall (8PM)--part of their Jazz @ the Jacobs concert series! One of the major jazz piano voices of the last 50 years, Chick Corea, comes to Copley Symphony Hall with the world-famous Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a one-night-only special concert. From his avant garde early work with Miles Davis to later explorations of free jazz, jazz fusion and contemporary classical music, Chick Corea remains at the cutting edge of the art form. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here!
SDS Radio: Student Delivered Sound

SDS Radio: Student Delivered Sound

Did you know that SD City College has it's own student-run radio station and stream? It does! SDS Radio enables students to have their own radio show. Learn more about this great and unique opportunity by taking RTVF 131. To access the Radio and TV department at City College click here.
In lieu of the Jazz 88 App

In lieu of the Jazz 88 App

Many of you have contacted us about our mobile App and it's need for updating. We do sincerely apologize for this inconvenience and we are working on this matter. It is our hope to have it resolved soon. In the meantime, please bookmark this link on your phone/device. It is our direct mp3 stream URL address. Thank you for your understanding.
Handlery Hotel Friday Jazz Happy Hour

Handlery Hotel Friday Jazz Happy Hour

Mark your calendars for every Friday Jazz Happy Hour at the Handlery Hotel in the 950 Lounge! San Diego's world-renowned Jazz Flutist and Presenter 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! You can also enjoy a full bar and happy hour menu prices while you're there! What better way to kick off your weekend?! FEBRUARY SPECIAL: Mike Wofford Artist-in-Residence2/16- Mike Wofford Trio w/ special guest- Reedman, John Rekevics (Dave Marr on bass and Tim McMahon on drums), 2/23- Mike Wofford Trio featuring Portland bassist, Tom Wakeling and Jim Plank on drums.

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. Each week we feature special guests so dust off your instruments and plan to attend! 2/14- Gregory Michael, 2/21- Michelle Lundeen, 2/28- Benji Davis . 
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 may get a TAX  DEDUCTION (check with your tax accountant)! 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! Simply call 1-888-JAZZ-CAR (1-888-529-9227). It's easy, quick, and you'll be supporting your favorite Jazz and Blues radio station! Click here for details! 

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