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Pioneer Women of Jazz Instrumentalists- Marian McPartland

March 13, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland was a significant pianist in jazz. She played in a four-piano vaudeville act in England and performed on the European continent for the troops during World War II. In Belgium in 1944, she met cornetist Jimmy McPartland and they soon married. 

Marian moved with her husband to the United States in 1946, where she sometimes played with him even though her style was more modern than his Dixieland-oriented groups. McPartland eventually had her own trio at the Embers (1950) and the Hickory House (1952-1960), which until 1957 included drummer Joe Morello. 

She recorded regularly for Savoy and Capitol during the 1950s and also made sessions for Argo (1958), Time (1960 and 1963), Sesac, and Dot. Although eventually divorced from Jimmy, they remained close friends, sometimes played together, and even remarried just weeks before his death. She formed her own Halcyon label and recorded several fine albums between 1969-1977. 

Marian McPartland also became famous for hosting her "Piano Jazz" radio program beginning in 1978 and aired up until 2011. She died in 2013.

Source: AllMusic

Be sure to tune in all day on Wednesday, March 13th to hear music from Marian McPartland on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.

Pioneer Women of Jazz Instrumentalists- Vi Redd

March 12, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: Vi Redd

Vi Redd was a bop-based altoist and singer.

She was the daughter of jazz drummer Alton Redd and consequently was surrounded by music during her childhood. She worked the Las Vegas circuit in 1962 then played with Earl Hines in 1964.

She led a group up in San Francisco in the mid to late 60'2 with her husband (drummer Richie Goldberg). She worked with Max Roach and Dizzy Gillespie in 1968 and Count Basie in 1969.

She led albums for United Artists (1962) and Atco (1962-1963), and later appeared on the Gene Ammons/Dexter Gordon duo album The Chase! (1970) and Marian McPartland's Now's the Time (1977).

Source: AllMusic

Be sure to tune in all day on Tuesday, March 12th to hear music from Vi Redd on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.

Pioneer Women of Jazz Instrumentalists- Terry Pollard

March 11, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: Terry Pollard

Terry Pollard was a pianist from Detroit and rose up in a very active jazz scene.

She was prominent in the late 1940's and 50's. She played or recorded with Billy Mitchell, Johnny Hill, Emmitt Slay and Terry Gibbs to name a few.

Terry recorded with Mary Lou Williams, Coleman Hawkins and  Mercer Ellington to name a few. Later she recorded with Yusef Lateef and Dorothy Ashby.

She only led one recording date, a 1955 session for Bethlehem.

Source: AllMusic

Be sure to tune in all day on Monday, March 11th to hear music from Terry Pollard on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.

Pioneer Women of Jazz Instrumentalists- Marjorie Hyams

Blog Name:Women's History Month 2019

Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:March 8, 2019

March 8, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: Marjorie Hyams

A very important musician in the second-half of the 1940's. Marjorie was a vibraphonist that played in both the bop and swing styles.

She played in Woody Herman's First Herd (1944-45) and was an original member of George Shearing's Quintet in 1949-50.

Marjorie recorded with Flip Phillips, Mary Lou Williams and Charlie Ventura before retiring prematurely in 1950 at the age of 27. 

Source: AllMusic

Be sure to tune in all day on Friday, March 8th to hear music from Marjorie Hyams on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.

Pioneer Women of Jazz Instrumentalists- Mary Osborne

Blog Name:Women's History Month 2019

Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:March 7, 2019

March 7, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: Mary Osborne

Mary was one of only a handful of adept women electric guitarists in Jazz.

She got her start in the 1940's and was heavily influenced by Charlie Christian and by Les Paul.

Mary recorded with Mary Lou Williams, Coleman Hawkins and  Mercer Ellington to name a few.

She was also featured on Jack Sterling's daily CBS radio program from 1952-1960.

Towards the end of her life she remained active playing with Lionel Hampton at the 1990 Playboy Jazz Festival.   

Source: AllMusic

Be sure to tune in all day on Thursday, March 7th to hear music from Mary Osborne on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.

Pioneer Women of Jazz Instrumentalists- Melba Liston

Blog Name:Women's History Month 2019

Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:March 6, 2019

March 6, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: Melba Liston

Junior Mance once said that Melba Liston is be one of the best jazz musicians, not just one of the best women in jazz.

She was a great section trombonist but made her real mark as an arranger. Most of her work was written for the pianist, Randy Weston.

Melba played in Gerald Wilson's band in the 1940's and also recorded with Dexter Gordon. 

In the 1950's she worked with Dizzy Gillespie and later in the decade formed an all-women quintet. In the 60's she worked extensively with Quincy Jones.

Be sure to tune in all day on Wednesday, March 6th to hear music from Melba Liston on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.

Pioneer Women of Jazz Instrumentalists- International Sweethearts of Rhythm

Blog Name:Women's History Month 2019

Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:March 5, 2019

March 5, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: International Sweethearts of Rhythm

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm was the first integrated all women's band in the United States.

During the 1940's the band featured some of the best female musicians of the day led by Anna Mae Winburn.

They played swing and jazz on a national circuit that included the Apollo Theater in New York City, the Regal Theater in Chicago, and the Howard Theater in Washington, DC.

Source: Discogs

Be sure to tune in all day on Tuesday, March 5th to hear music from the International Sweethearts of Rhythm on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.

Pioneer Women of Jazz Instrumentalists- Mary Lou Williams

Blog Name:Women's History Month 2019

Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:March 4, 2019

March 4, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: Mary Lou Williams

Mary Lou Williams was a composer and was one of the first great woman arranger and pianists. She was respected by her male peers at a time when that wasn’t common. Mary Lou achieved and maintained that level of respect.

Williams was the architect of the sound of Andy Kirk’s Clouds of Joy during the Kansas City era and went on to write for Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Jimmie Lunceford, to name a few.

In the 1940' she s wrote The Zodiac Suite.

In the 1960' she began a spiritual approach with the recording "Black Christ of the Andes."

Be sure to tune in all day on Monday, March 4th to hear music from Mary Lou Williams on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.

Pioneer Women of Jazz Instrumentalists- Lil Harden Armstrong

Blog Name:Women's History Month 2019

Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:March 1, 2019

March 1, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: Lil Harden Armstrong

Lil Harden Armstrong was one of the first important female jazz musicians. She was a pianist, composer, arranger and vocalist. She was Louis Armstrong’s second wife and she helped shape his career early on.

Lil collaborated with Louis in the 1920's including the classic Hot Five recordings. She wrote "Struttin’ with Some BBQ" among other notable tunes.

After she separated from Louis in 1931 she led her own bands and recorded throughout the 1930's. By the time the 1940's came around she left the music business for a while but continued to appear on occasion.

Be sure to tune in all day on Friday, March 1st to hear music from Lil Harden Armstrong on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.

San Diego Latino Film Festival

Blog Name:Home Page News

Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:February 28, 2019

Jazz 88.3 is incredibly proud to support the 26th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival--the largest celebration of Latino Cinema & Culture in San Diego! The San Diego Latino Film Festival will present over 160 films from Latin America, USA and Spain! This is your chance to experience award winning films, filmmakers and movie stars, live concerts, parties, Sabor Latino Food, Beer and Wine festival and much more! Featuring films with Luis Gerardo Méndez, Gael García Bernal and Ana de la Reguera! The festival is taking place NOW(!) through the 24th at AMC Fashion Valley. Get your festival passes today by clicking here