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Saturday, July 21st, 2018

JULY 2018

Today - Saturday the 21st

7:00 PM
Robin Henkel Band with Horns! Proud Mary's • 5550 Kearny Mesa Rd, San Diego, CA 92111
Gypsy Swing
8:00 PM
Allison Adams Tucker - Tribute to Henri Salvador ft Jon Garner & Evona Wascinski — Westgate Hotel • 1055 2nd Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
5:30 PM
Mike Nelson — Lodge Torrey Pines • 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
8:00 PM
Favorite Songs Concert - Ian Buss Quintet (Ian Buss - tenor saxophone, Matt DiBiase - vibes, Danny Green - piano, Mackenzie Leighton - bass, Julien Cantelm -drums) — Dizzy's (New Location) • 1717 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
7:30 PM
Bradley Leighton with Max Zape on keys, Gunnar Biggs on bass and Kevin Koch on drums Northern Spirits • 727 W San Marcos, #115, San Marcos, CA 92078
11:00 AM
Dave Scott Duo with Bobby Lanuza — Hornblower Inspiration Jazz Brunch Cruise • 1800 Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
straight ahead jazz grooves
9:00 PM
Now Time Quartet feat. Alicia Previn, Jeff Dalrymple, Adam Wolff, Michael Oletta Cafe Bar Europa • 873 Turquoise St, Pacific Beach, CA 92109

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Today's Birthdays

Born on this day, July 21...

  • Sonny Clark (Piano) was born in Herminie, PA, 1931–1963.
  • Plas Johnson (Tenor Saxophone) was born in New Orleans, LA in 1931.
  • Omar Simeon (Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone) was born in New Orleans, LA, 1902–1959.
  • Helen Merrill (Vocals-Lead) was born in NYC, NY in 1929.
  • Arthur Edgehill (Drums and Percussion) was born in NYC, NY in 1926.
  • Kay Starr (Vocals-Lead) was born in 1922.
  • Daniel Ponce (Percussion-Various) was born in Havana, Cuba in 1953.

On This Day

in Jazz History...

  • Artie Shaw recorded "They Didn't Believe Me" on Bluebird Records in 1945.
  • And, on a sad note, “Tricky” Sam Nanton, Duke Ellington's trombonist for more than 20 years died in San Francisco in 1946. He was only 42 years old.

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Station News

Lou Curtiss- Jazz Roots

Lou Curtiss- Jazz Roots

Earlier this month legendary music historian Lou Curtiss passed away. His contribution to the music scene in San Diego was unparalleled and his commitment to the Folk scene in Southern California will forever be felt. He hosted 'Jazz Roots' for almost 30 years on KSDS and we recognize him for his many years of his unique programming on the station. As of now no services are planned. We will pass along any/all information on the website and on the air as we learn of it. Here's a link to George Varga's Obituary in the SD Tribune about Lou.
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 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
San Diego Symphony's Bayside Summer Nights

San Diego Symphony's Bayside Summer Nights

Jazz 88.3 is so proud to support the San Diego Symphony's Bayside Summer Nights Jazz Concert Series! This is where music lovers gather to enjoy a picnic on the lawn, share a bottle of champagne at reserved tables, or sit in the grandstand taking in the beauty of San Diego Bay. The shimmering skyline and spectacular fireworks provide the perfect backdrop for enjoying the great San Diego Symphony and special guest artists. Bayside Summer Nights offers an eclectic variety of artists, genres and performances in a one-of-a-kind, outdoor concert setting like no other. The series continues with the Godfathers of Latin Jazz: A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo, Thursday, July 26th (7:30PM). For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here!
Digital Gym Cinema (Summer)

Digital Gym Cinema (Summer)

Jazz 88.3 is proud to support the Digital Gym Cinema's 5th Anniversary all month of July. To commemorate, they will be hosting a week-long film series happening now through the 12th, featuring 7 iconic films celebrating their own anniversaries in 2018, including Almodovar's "Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios". For mote information, click here
Jazz in the Courtyard, 2018

Jazz in the Courtyard, 2018

Jazz 88.3 is proud to support Jazz in the Courtyard, happening Saturday, August 4th. Headlining this year is Holly Hofmann’s “Four Women Only” Band, featuring outstanding female music students from Gilbert Castellanos’ Young Lions Jazz Academy.  Special guests include Mike Wofford and Gilbert Castellanos. Opening the show will be Archie Thompson & The ArchTones with guests, Derek Cannon and Alex Ciavarelli. This year’s concert is in partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation, which exists to confront human trafficking. Doors open at 5:00PM (music starts at 5:30). There will be food trucks and refreshments, as well! Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at, at First Presbyterian San Diego Church offices, and at the door.
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 Andrea Motis Quintet, Sunday, July 29th (7:30PM) at The Athenaeum! You'll want to be absolutely sure to mark your calendars because it's bound to be one spectacular show! 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!       
Jazz in the Pines, 2018

Jazz in the Pines, 2018

Jazz 88.3 is proud to sponsor the 25th Annual "Jazz in the Pines" festival, happening Friday through Sunday, August 10–12, in Idyllwild, California. The three-day event will feature more than two-dozen bands on the breathtaking 205-acre Idyllwild Arts mountain campus among the pines, under the festival’s signature colored parachutes. Attendees can choose to purchase any of five different ticket packages, including the new VIP All-Access Pass, the Patron Pass, the Two-Day Pass, and daily admission passes for Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds from the festival will benefit Idyllwild Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that changes lives through the transformative power of art. The festival takes place rain or shine! For the complete line-up, click here! To purchase tickets, click here
Madeleine Peyroux at The Music Box

Madeleine Peyroux at The Music Box

Madeleine Peyroux, and American Jazz singer, songwriter (compared vocally to Billie Holiday and ella Fitzgerald), will hit the Music Box stage Sunday, September 23rd (8PM). Madeleine Peyroux will grace the audience with a tight trio configuration of voice, guitar and bass–-a concert that is a musical anthology of her nearly 20-year career and certainly one you won't want to miss! Peyroux’s new album, Anthem, finds the singer-songwriter collaborating with writers/musicians of incredible caliber--she is sure to light up the stage! For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here
KSDS and Arts for Learning

KSDS and Arts for Learning

Jazz 88.3 and Arts for Learning San Diego invite you to jazz up your school with the Rob Thorsen Jazz Quartet.  Jazz, An American Artform is an interactive program that gives students the opportunity to learn about the history of jazz and its music presented by San Diego’s top jazz artists like Gilbert Castellanos, Bob Boss and Curtis Taylor, to name a few.  To learn more about this program, please e-mail Sherrie Brown at Arts for Learning or call her at 619-282-7599.
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?! 7/13- Vocalist Sacha Boutros Trio with Mikan Zlatkovich and Evona Wascinski, 7/20- Pianist Richard Thompson with Mackenzie Leighton and Charles Weller, 7/27- Vocalist Allison Adams Tucker with Peter Sprague and Rob Thorsen, 8/3- Pianist Chase Morrin Trio with Max Kraus and Fernando Gomez, 8/10- Guitarist Frank Potenza with Rob Thorsen and Jim Plank, 8/17- Echos Quartet with Matt DiBiase, Max Bessesen, Evan Levine and Chase Kuesel, 8/24- Bassist Rob Thorsen with Hugo Suarez and Richard Sellers, 8/31- Alto Saxophonist Paul Combs Trio
Blues Jam

Blues Jam

The Blues Jam, hosted by J. Otis Williamsis 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! 7/18- Michele Lundeen, 7/25- Steve Pandis, 8/1- Will Lee Brown, 8/8- Len Rainey, 8/15- Aubrey Fay, 8/22- Ruby, 8/29-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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