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Nina Simone’s ’Nuff Said! Offers ‘Some Kind of Something’ on This and Every MLK Day

Nina Simone took the stage at Wetsbury Music Fair on Long Island in April 1968, three days after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

By Matt Silver

Over the last several years, America has had to reckon with issues of race, class, civil rights, opportunity, and dignity in a way it hasn’t since Nina Simone first sang protest songs.

Perhaps as a byproduct of the moment, there’s been a resurgence of both popular and critical interest in Simone, the High Priestess of Soul and a civil rights icon. That’s why, on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I’m compelled to revisit Nina Simone’s ’Nuff Said!

ATTN JAZZ LIVE TICKET HOLDERS: Tues Jan 9 Jazz Live with Diane Schuur Postponed

Jazz Live with Diane Schuur scheduled for Tues. evening Jan. 9, 2024 has been postponed. NOT canceled; postponed. Details to come. Stay tuned to KSDS Jazz 88.3 FM and Jazz88.org for updates.

Due to an illness, Diane Schuur will be unable to make it to San Diego for tonight's Jazz Live performance at the Saville Theatre. Tonight's Jazz Live concert has, therefore, been postponed.

Please note: Diane Schuur’s performance is merely postponed, not canceled. Fear not, Jazz 88ers; WE WILL RESCHEDULE as soon as Diane is back at full strength. Of course, tickets held for tonight's concert will be honored for that to-be-announced "rain date."

More details to come. As soon as we know, you'll know. So, please check both the KSDS Jazz 88.3 FM airwaves and Jazz88.org regularly for the most up-to-date announcements.

Tamara Paige to Conduct Gilbert Castellanos and KSDS Jazz Orchestra in "Sketches of Spain" This Saturday Evening, Jan. 6. Tickets Now SOLD OUT!

It’s the hottest ticket in town! San Diego native and celebrated musical educator Tamara Paige will conduct Gilbert Castellanos and the KSDS Jazz Orchestra in “Sketches of Spain” — the legendary Miles Davis/Gil Evans collaboration — on Jan. 6, 2024 at the Legacy Center’s Pavilion Theater.

Happy New Year, Jazz88ers!

We’ve got a ton to look forward to in 2024—from even more expertly curated on-air programming specials to the best live music events put on by any public radio station anywhere. And we’re not wasting any time bringing out the big guns—maybe San Diego jazz’s biggest gun—to start the new year in a manner befitting our great radio station and our attuned, sophisticated listeners.  

THIS SATURDAY, JAN 6 at 7 PM—at the PAVILION THEATER on the campus of the new and spectacular LEGACY RESORT HOTEL & SPA in Mission Valley — trumpeter and San Diego jazz patriarch GILBERT CASTELLANOS will be the featured soloist, as San Diego's own Tamara Paige conducts the KSDS JAZZ ORCHESTRA in a performance of SKETCHES OF SPAIN, the monumental collaboration between Miles Davis and composer/arranger Gil Evans. Best of all, the orchestra will be playing THE ORIGINAL CHARTS, as orchestrated by Evans. Paige, Castellanos and co. will be delivering you the genuine article: unamended, unadulterated, and in MINT condition. And in the KSDS JAZZ ORCHESTRA, they’ll have the horsepower backing them to pull it off with all the style and panache you'd expect from a program bearing Gilbert Castellanos's name.

TONIGHT, on the Night BEFORE the Night--New Year’s Eve's EVE--Take a Walk on the Soulful Side…

Join Host Billy Vera for a Most Special SOUL JAZZ Edition of SATURDAY NIGHT FISH FRY.

There’s no better way to spend New Year’s Eve EVE than with Grammy winning musician and producer Billy Vera and a very special Soul Jazz edition of Saturday Night Fish Fry.

By Matt Silver

This Saturday night at 6 p.m. PT, Billy Vera, the celebrated singer/songwriter, Grammy winner, and most soulful host of KSDS's "Saturday Night Fish Fry," is trading in his usual brand of jump jazz, rhythm and blues, and boogie woogie and setting course for a decade-and-a-half into the future, to the early-to-mid 1960s, when hard bop, R&B, funk, and gospel got together and expressed themselves through Hammond B3 organs and amplified saxophones and smoky electric guitars and honest, assertive, maximally soulful vocals that brooked no BS—or jive, as it were.

Sounds of the Season-2023!

Blog Name:Home Page News

Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:December 22, 2023

KSDS GM Ken Poston Guests on Jazz Journalists’ Association Podcast to Discuss New Book on Gerry Mulligan

The New Autobiography as-told-to Poston Reveals Much without Telling All, Poston Tells Pod


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

By Matt Silver

KSDS General Manager Ken Poston joined the Jazz Journalists’ Association’s (JJA) monthly podcast — “The Buzz” — this week for an authors’ panel discussing the three books published on and about Gerry Mulligan in the past year. One of those books—Being Gerry Mulligan: My Life in Music, the late baritone saxophonist’s autobiography as-told-to Poston—was a project thirty years in the making.

On the Next "Sing! Sing! Sing!" with Will Friedwald, it’s PART I of the AJ Lambert + Wee Small Hours Miniseries

AJ Lambert — singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter — Joins Host Will Friedwald for Frank Conversation on The Wee Small Hours. Sat. Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. PT

This week on “Sing! Sing! Sing!” Will Friedwald makes a weekend contribution to KSDS’s 12 Days of Sinatra by revisiting Sinatra’s 1955 recording "In the Wee Small Hours" and interviewing Sinatra’s granddaughter AJ Lambert, a vocalist who’s made the album part of her vocal repertoire.

By Matt Silver

It’s no secret that the prolific Will Friedwald considers Frank Sinatra to be the greatest entertainer of the 20th century. On this week’s episode of “Sing! Sing! Sing!” Friedwald takes a deep dive into what might be Sinatra’s greatest album, 1955’s In the Wee Small Hours. Joining him is singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist AJ Lambert, who knew Frank and his music as well as anybody — as a granddaughter would (Lambert is Nancy Sinatra’s daughter and oldest child).

"The New Yorker’s" Adam Gopnik to Guest on “Sing! Sing! Sing!” with Will Friedwald

Friedwald and Gopnik to have 'Frank Conversation' this Saturday at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.

Adam Gopnik, longtime staff writer for "The New Yorker," author, songwriter, playwright, Sinatra fanatic.

By Matt Silver 

Our “Twelve Days of Sinatra” is officially breaking for regularly scheduled programming over the weekend. We’ll officially be back at it again on Monday, Dec. 11 at noon Pacific, with the Seventh Day of Sinatra—Frank in the Movies—hosted by Chuck Granata. Officially. But here at KSDS, we’re less interested in the distinction between official and unofficial than you might think. In fact—call it our trailblazing spirit—we kind of love the renegade, weekend regions of our terrestrial radio landscape, where we give the unofficial a wide berth to stretch its legs, riff without restraint, and luxuriate in the unadulterated freedom of an off-the-books lifestyle.

12 Days of Sinatra Replay

Blog Name:Home Page News

Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:November 28, 2023

The holidays are for family, friends….and Frank. We’ve heard from many of you and as a late holiday gift to you we will be replaying all 12 Days of Sinatra consecutively on New Year’s Eve, beginning at 7PM. The world’s foremost Sinatra experts and insiders—the men who’ve literally written the books on Frank—will bring you the music—and the stories—from each major period of Sinatra’s life and career. So, join us as we RE-Gift all the 12 Days of Sinatra to you- all 12 episodes played consecutively in its entirety beginning on New Year’s Eve at 7PM.  

Here's the 12 Days of Sinatra schedule, all times are approximate:

NYE- 7PM- 1st Day of Sinatra: The Early Years  1935-42 hosted by Will Friedwald
NYE- 9PM- 2nd Day of Sinatra: The Columbia Years 1943-49 hosted by Ken Poston
NYE- 11PM- 3rd Day of Sinatra: The Radio Years hosted by Chuck Granata
NYD- 1AM- 4th Day of Sinatra: The Fall and Rise hosted by Will Friedwald
NYD- 3AM- 5th Day of Sinatra: Frank and Nelson hosted by Will Friedwald
NYD- 5AM- 6th Day of Sinatra: The Capitol Years hosted by Loren Schoenberg
NYD- 7AM- 7th Day of Sinatra: The Movies hosted by Chuck Granata
NYD- 9AM- 8th Day of Sinatra: Early Reprise Years 1960-65 hosted by Loren Schoenberg
NYD- 11AM- 9th Day of Sinatra: The Concert Years hosted by Ken Poston
NYD- 1PM- 10th Day of Sinatra: The Rat Pack hosted by Ken Poston
NYD- 3PM- 11th Day of Sinatra: Inside the Studio  hosted by Chuck Granata
NYD- 5PM- 12th Day: Reprise-The Main Event hosted by Will Friedwald


Get Your Groove Back This Halloween with These Five Tunes

By Matt Silver

Best of Halloween playlists are ubiquitous this time of year—and, frankly, most of them consist of the obvious, low-hanging fruit. Of course, clichés are clichés for a reason: they have staying power. So, here we acknowledge the very best of the tried-and-true—along with some...deeper cuts. From the absurd and campy to the spooky and truly frightful, you’re sure to find something in these five tunes that speak to what you love most about Halloween.