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Camarada- Tango Obsessed

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Posted on:February 7, 2022

Jazz 88.3 has partnered again with Camarada. Announcing Tango Obsessed, Thursday, February 24 at 7PM. Tango dancers flash and glide across the stage in a mesmerizing evening of passionate music. There will be music by Argentine Tango composer Astor Piazzolla, Kurt Weill’s Tango Habanera, and a new commission by Argentine virtuoso double bassist Andrés Martín. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here!

KSDS Celebrates Black History Month 2022

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Posted on:February 1, 2022

February is Black History Month and KSDS-FM is celebrating by shining a light on The Career of Miles Davis. Join us every weekday to hear special audio vignettes that focuses on the life and music of one most legendary innovators of Jazz. If you value this initiative we hope you can CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR DONATION.

Lady Gaga - Jazz and Piano Vegas Residency

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Posted on:January 29, 2022

Lady Gaga returns to Las Vegas for her Jazz & Piano residency this April 14 – May 1 at Dolby Live at Park MGM! Performing stripped down versions of her hits as well as music from the great American song book! Get tickets at! 

San Diego Ballet gets Jazzy!

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Posted on:January 18, 2022

Get swept away as Southern California’s hottest Jazz musicians accompany San Diego’s most acclaimed dance company live in this unique venue. This year’s offering will feature the world premieres of new works by two Jazz composers. Gilbert Castellanos’ “Mi Tierra” (My Land) is a deeply personal rumination on the artists and places that formed him as a musician, while Charles McPherson’s ebullient “Bird” pays tribute to arguably the most influential jazz innovator of our time, alto saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker. This intimate evening is a perfect compliment to your Valentine’s weekend. February 11-13th.  Here's all the information.

A Sinatra Birthday Celebration

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Posted on:December 2, 2021

KSDS is airing an exclusive Sinatra Birthday Celebration all weekend (December 11 & 12) beginning at 10AM. It is a very special fundraising broadcast. It's an in-depth overview of Frank's career including all the classic recordings for Columbia, Capitol and Reprise- plus, many extremely rare recordings including radio and live concert footage. There are interview segments as well and lots of surprises and Sinatra-related thank you gifts. You are not going to want to miss one minute of this very special fundraising broadcast. It's Sinatra's life and career told through music and stories.

San Diego Rep- Mother Road

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Posted on:October 13, 2021

The San Diego Rep announces  'Mother Road' running now through October 31st on the Lyceum Stage. It is an epic story of land and legacy inspired by the mythic journey taken in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Playwright Octavio Solis, one of the most prominent Latinx playwrights in our country, shares his powerful story which explores the intersection of people and cultures in America today. For more information or tickets you can e-mail the SD Rep Box Office or call 619-544-1000.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021- Salute to the Americas

October 11, 2021- Today's Topic: Salute to the Americas

Today we focus on a number of jazz greats who came from various areas of Latin America ,some of which are not necessarily associated with the specific style of their region.

Last week we devoted an entire day to Bossa Nova which came from Brazil. There were a number of other jazz musicians who came from South America that wasn’t part of the Bossa
Nova scene. Astor Piazolla came from Argentina and is one of the music’s greatest composers. Gato Barbieri is Argentina’s most well known saxophonist. He made a major impact in the
United States with recordings and film work.

Lalo Schifrin was born in Buenos Aires and became a significant jazz pianist as well as a legendary composer and arranger. Besides his work in the jazz field he is well known for his
film and television work including some of the most memorable television themes of all time.

Another of the great jazz composers and arrangers was Manny Albam who was born in the Dominican Republic. He paid tribute to his homeland with a 1950 composition for Stan
Kenton called Samana and a 1949 piece for Charlie Barnet called Pan Americana. A number of great jazz musicians were born in Puerto Rico including Juan Tizol and David Sanchez. Juan Tizol is an early pioneer who became an important member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and is most well known for his composition Caravan. He also contributed some early latin influenced scores to the Ellington Orchestra including Congo Brava and Moon Over Cuba.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021- Flamenco Jazz

October 8, 2021- Today's Topic: Flamenco Jazz

American jazz was first introduced to audiences in Spain when Sam Wooding performed in Barcelona and Madrid in the 1920s. Spanish musicians were first influenced by New Orleans style jazz.

In 1934 Spain’s first jazz club opened in Barcelona but in 1936 the Spanish Civil War put an end any inroads being made at the time. There was a movement to eliminate western ideas 
from the country which resulted in a censorship that discouraged any further developments.

By 1946, things began to change and two “Hot Clubs” opened, one in Barcelona and one in Madrid.

Eventually there was a fusion of Flamenco music and american jazz which led to the Flamenco Jazz style.

Pedro Iturralde is the Spanish musician most associated with Flamenco-jazz. Several american jazz musicians became interested in Flamenco and experimented with it. The most prominent was Miles Davis.

Miles Davis became interested in flamenco music in the late 1950s which led to the classic Miles Davis-Gil Evans Sketches of Spain. Other american artists that incorporated Spanish elements into recording projects included Lionel Hampton, Jim Hall, Chet Baker, Bill Holman and Chick Corea.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021- Bossa Nova

October 7, 2021- Today's Topic: Bossa Nova

Prior to the success of Bossa Nova in the nineteen sixties, most popular latin styles in the United States had been linked to popular dances: The Tango, Rhumba, Mambo and the Cha 
Cha Cha.

Bossa Nova was the marriage of American jazz and the samba rhythm from Brazil and based on musical concepts not related to a specific dance style.

The roots of Bossa Nova happened in Los Angeles in 1953 when Bud Shank, Laurindo Almeida, Roy Harte and Harry Babasin experimented with Samba Rhythms at Harte’s Drum 
City Music Shop. Alamieda and Shank had been together on Stan Kenton’s band a few years earlier. 

They experimented with adding samba rhythms to some of Laurindo’s melodies and it resulted in several groundbreaking albums released on Pacific Jazz. It didn’t have a huge impact in the United States at the time but a number of young musicians in Brazil coveted those records along with other west coast artists including Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker.

One of those young Brazilians was Antonio Carlos Jobim. It was Jobim along with Joao Gilberto who became the key figures of Bossa Nova.

During a 1961 tour, guitarist Charlie Byrd heard this music in Brazil and told Stan Getz about it when he returned. They went into the studio in 1962 and recorded an album called Jazz 
Samba which became a huge hit in the United States. It launched the Bossa Nova craze in this country and opened the door for Jobim, Gilberto and his wife Astrud Gilberto to introduce 
Bossa Nova to the world.

The music has been largely defined by the compositions of Jobim who left a legacy of over 300 songs including Desafinado, One Note Samba, Corcovado, Wave and The Girl from Ipanema.
Bossa Nova was so popular in the early sixties that almost every jazz artist made a bossa nova album or at the very least recorded a bossa nova tune.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021- The Latin Jazz of the Hard Bop Era

October 6, 2021- Today's Topic: The Latin Jazz of the Hard Bop Era

Beginning in the nineteen fifties a number of well known jazz musicians recorded albums with a latin theme. 

Ray Barretto appeared on numerous Blue Note, Riverside and Prestige sessions throughout the fifties and sixties and was more or less the house latin percussionist. His conga drum 
provided a latin feel to many recordings by Lou Donaldson, Gene Ammons, Red Garland, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Herbie Mann, Horace Parlan, Ray Bryant, Oliver Nelson and many more.

Today we focus on a variety of latin themed recordings including such classics as Kenny Dorham’s 1955 album titled Afro-Cuban that features Carlos Patato Valdes.

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers 1957 albums Orgy in Rhythm and Cu-Bop both featuring Sabu Martinez. Red Garland’s Manteca. A 1958 session for Prestige with Ray Baretto.Herbie Mann’s 1959 Flautista with Patato Valdes and Jose Mangual. The Jazz Crusaders Chili Con Soul from 1965 with Carlos Vidal plus individual tracks by Horace Silver, Billy Taylor, Donald Byrd, Wes Montgomery, Joe Henderson, Grant Green and many more.