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KSDS Broadcast Signal Is Weak/Intermittent

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Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:March 17, 2024

KSDS apologizes about our broadcast signal these past few days. We are currently working on the issue and hope to have it resolved as soon as possible. Thank you all for reaching out to let us know. It is always reassuring to hear from so many people. We are grateful for your understanding and patience. Note- Our stream is working just fine so please download the KSDS APP (Android or iPhone). You can also use this direct streaming link in the meantime. We apologize for the inconvenience- https://ksds-ice.streamguys1.com/ksds.mp3.

KSDS GM Ken Poston Nominated for Jazz Journalist Association Book of the Year Award

One of three major book releases on Mulligan this year, this Mulligan autobiography, as told to Poston, was the only one to receive a nomination.

Gerry Mulligan’s autobiography, as told to KSDS GM Ken Poston, was published in November 2022 by Rowman & Littlefield.

Exciting news: Being Gerry Mulligan: My Life in Music, the late legendary baritone saxophonist's autobiography as told to KSDS General Manager Ken Poston, has been nominated for the Jazz Journalists Association's Book of the Year Award in the Best Biography/Autobiography category.

This Women’s History Month, We Celebrate the Sarah Vaughan Centennial

March is Women's History Month, and that’s special enough; it only comes once-a-year. But this year’s Women’s History Month is extraordinary — because it marks 100 years since the birth of one of jazz’s foundational artists, the one they called Sassy, the Divine One or, simply, “Sarah.” 


Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines- 2024

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Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:February 28, 2024

Idyllwild Arts is accepting enrollment for the Jazz In The Pines Student Clinic happening June 30th - July 13th. This two-week session is built around the return of Jazz In The Pines, giving students an exciting opportunity to learn from and see performances form Jazz greats in an intimate festival environment, a truly unique experience not offered at other camps. More info and registration can be made here.

John and Alice; Alice and Swami Turiyasangitananda

Or, you may not have known that Alice Coltrane lived in ancient Egypt in a past life.

Alice in the basement recording studio of the Coltrane home. Dix Hills, NY. Sometime after the release of Cosmic Music, c. 1968–69.

By Matt Silver

In 1963, John Coltrane met a pianist from Detroit named Alice McLeod in New York City. At Birdland. She was playing vibes and piano in Terry Gibbs’s band, which was splitting a double-bill with Coltrane’s quartet, and they fell in love. 

Bob Boss: 1952-2024

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Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:February 27, 2024

The San Diego jazz community lost a beloved family member when guitarist Bob Boss died unexpectedly on Sunday, Feb. 18, in Idyllwild, after performing what would be his last concert. Within hours, tributes began to flood social media from fellow artists, former students, and loving family members and friends who never wanted the music to end. He was 71.

Read full article at: Bob Boss: 1952-2024

Looking for a Contemporary Album that Celebrates Alice Coltrane as Well as John?

Try Lakecia Benjamin's "Pursuance: The Coltranes"

Very few young saxophonists today possess the combination of charisma and facility that Lakecia Benjamin brings to the stage. Nominated for three Grammys for this past year’s “Phoenix,” one of Lakecia’s earliest and most enduring inspirations has been Alice Coltrane. Her 2020 album “Pursuance” was a tribute to the music of both Alice and John Coltrane.

By Matt Silver

Trained in jazz and forged in funk, alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin grew up hooked on Coltrane — Alice Coltrane. A friend introduced her to the music of John’s second wife, and she became enthralled. It wasn’t until some time later that Benjamin learned who John Coltrane was and that he could play a little, too.

Coltrane's Cosmic Music Part II: Trane's Final Impulses Transcend Pulse

In 1966, John Coltrane pushes his instrument, his music, and his body to their respective extremes.

Poster advertising The John Coltrane Quintet’s July 23, 1966 performance in Nagoya, Japan.

By Matt Silver

Through 1966 and the rest of his Earthly existence, Coltrane kept on in the direction of the cosmic music, the compelling but ultimately unknowable new thing. Trane and his new quintet toured the country and were once again, one last time, recorded live by Impulse at the Village Vanguard in May, then again, one last time, at Newport in July, where the new thing was now a year less new and, on this occasion, Archie Shepp-less. 

Coltrane's Cosmic Music Part I: From the Penthouse to Infinity

By Matt Silver

1965 was a year of upheaval and a year where things were happening on a grand scale in America. The space race was on, the heat was on in Saigon, and Martin Luther King led marchers demanding equal voting rights from Selma to Montgomery. Muhammad Ali stood like a conquering hero over Sonny Liston after knocking him out with a punch no one saw, least of all Liston; riots erupted in Watts and Malcolm X was assassinated — by whom exactly, we still don’t know. 

What we do know is 1965 was the end of the line for John Coltrane’s Classic Quartet.

Three Coltrane Legacy Membership Events You'll Love Supremely

On the final night of this leap-year-February, an exclusive KSDS membership event worthy of the all-too-rare February 29th. We’ll be at the beautiful outdoor patio at Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria in Mission Hills and have a BEEFED UP “Jazz Across America: Chicago” listening party and concert

From 5 to 7 p.m., we’ll pipe in Neil Tesser’s weekly Chicago program featuring the best of Chicago jazz past and present. Then, from 7-9 p.m., Luther Hughes and his Quintet, aptly named The Cannonball-Coltrane Project, will be paying live musical tribute to a gem of the Coltrane discography, The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago. Hughes and his all star band will present this fun, high-octane, low stakes, late 1950s hard bop cutting session in a way that pays homage to the idea that combining contrasting styles like Ball and Trane can be a recipe for brilliance.

And speaking of recipes, Lefty’s has imported all the fan favorites from The Windy City. We’ll have a robust buffet of all the Chicago delicacies you can eat. In other words, the best Chicago dogs, Italian beef, and Chicago-style pizza this side of The Loop.

That’s a "Jazz Across America: Chicago" listening party, all-you-can-eat Taste of Chicago buffet from Lefty’s, and a live concert celebrating that historic collaboration between Cannonball and Coltrane…all for just $60/person. Capacity is not much larger than 50; this will sell out very quickly. So reserve your spot ASAP by going to jazz88.org or calling 619-388-3037.