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The Low Down

Blog Name:Johnny D's Jazz Journal

Blog Author:Deleted Contact

Posted on:May 17, 2013

     Perhaps I started feeling empathy for bass players many years ago when I realized that low-noters were replacing drummers in the jokes that musicians like to tell. As a drummer, I was relieved when an old joke such as, "How do you know when a stage is perfectly level? — the drummer is drooling from both corners of his mouth," was changed to make bass players the objects of ridicule. But it also occurred to me that it was a positive development for people to be thinking about bassists at all.

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Alla Salute, Frank

Blog Name:Johnny D's Jazz Journal

Blog Author:Deleted Contact

Posted on:May 14, 2013


Today, May 14, 2013 is, believe it or nutz, the 15th anniversary of the death of the Chairman of the Board, Ol’ Blue Eyes, the Hoboken Hurricane, the Ring-a-Ding-Ding Singer, the Saloon Tune Tycoon, the Sage of the Stage, the King Kong of Song, the Italian Rapscallion — for gawd’s sake, somebody stop me...
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Deja Entendu: The Facts About Contrafacts

Blog Name:Johnny D's Jazz Journal

Blog Author:Deleted Contact

Posted on:May 10, 2013

The title and theme of my show on Sunday, May 12, 2013 (3-5 p.m. PDT) is “Deja Entendu”. You know that “deja vu” (French for “already seen”) is that strange feeling that you’ve experienced something in the exactly the same way before. “Deja Entendu” is the sense that you’ve heard something before. The theme was inspired by an email I received in February from Erie, Pennsylvania-based jazz guitarist and music store proprietor Jim Lynch. He was listening to the streaming version of my show when I aired pianist Benny Green’s tune, “Benny's Crib”. Until I identified the artist and the track, Jim assumed that he was listening to an interesting arrangement of the Jimmy Giuffre composition, “Four Brothers”.

Richie Havens, R.I.P.

Blog Name:Johnny D's Jazz Journal

Blog Author:Deleted Contact

Posted on:May 2, 2013

Like many people, and perhaps a little more than most, I was deeply saddened to hear of Richie Havens’ passing on Monday, April 22. I can remember when 72 seemed ancient, but today when someone, especially someone of note, passes away at that age it seems premature. I knew that Richie had been fighting health problems because several years ago I contacted him to see if he wanted to participate in a theatrical concert (Primal Twang) I was co-producing here in San Diego. He wasn’t feeling well at the time, and it didn’t work out. I didn’t speak with him again. 
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Blues Jam!

Blog Name:Home Page News

Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:April 19, 2013

Heads Up Blues Lovers! Mark your calendar for the Jazz 88.3 Blues Jam every Wednesday night. The Blues Jam takes place at  Proud Mary’s, 5500 Kearny Mesa Road (Ramada Inn, on the west side of 163) from 6:30pm to 9:30pm!  J. Otis Williams is your Blues Jam host, Mark Augustin is the Blues Jam guitar slinger. It's FREE and family-friendly. We'll see you there!

Federal Jazz Project

Blog Name:Jazz 88.3 Blog

Blog Author:Lev Shamilov

Posted on:March 28, 2013

Federal Jazz Project

San Diego trumpet virtuoso Gilbert Castellanos, recognized as a new American master by Downbeat magazine, has hosted weekly jazz sessions in local warehouses and clubs for 15 years. Inspired by those sessions, playwright Richard Montoya conceived a brand new fusion of live jazz, spoken word, dance, song and story that celebrates the landscape of San Diego from 1959 to the present. Immerse yourself in this world premiere featuring extraordinary music and unforgettable stories of the musicians who've made the city such a fascinating place.

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ARE WE RADIO?

Blog Name:Riffs on Radio

Blog Author:Deleted Contact

Posted on:March 26, 2013

People often refer to Jazz 88.3 as a “radio station.”  Forty years ago, when we started playing Jazz and Blues, that was a perfect description of the services we provided to the community.  Today, however, we are much more than an entertainment-service-formerly-known-as-a-radio-station.

 Sure, we present endlessly varied, interesting music al statements of time, space and being, seen through the lens of the American experience to San Diego and Southern California via our traditional terrestrial broadcast.  But we also offer the same insight to listeners across the country and around the world via our online stream, and our mobile apps.  And it doesn’t stop there.  (I know I’m preaching to the choir, but there’s a reason for this.)

 We present 14 live concerts in the acoustically perfect Lyman Saville Theatre at San Diego City College.  We host eleven Happy Hours a year where people gather to enjoy one another’s company accompanied by terrific local artists’ performances, as well as roof-top gatherings during the summer at the Westgate, and other incidental events around the county. 

Besides all this, we support the interest of new people in Jazz and the Blues, and by “new” I mean newly hatched humans.  Kids, of all ages.  That is the purpose of this long intro. We have four on-going, long term music education programs that connect this music to children today.  And connect it does.  You know the toe-tapping, mood changing power of these sounds.  The syncopations, melodies and improvisations that never grow old, and always bring a smile.  We believe that kids need to know that there are musical alternatives to the thumping bass line or the electronically enhanced vocal.  And that those alternatives can be very spiritually satisfying.  (Okay, so the kids don’t realize that it’s emotional satisfaction that they crave, but we can talk about it when they’re not here.)

 All this being said, I present a letter we received in response to our sponsorship of Jazz: An American Art Form, for Title I schools.  JAAAF is a 45-minute enrichment program, based on the spontaneous evolution of this music, presented by four of San Diego’s most outstanding musicians.  Title I schools rarely have the budget for enrichment programs, so, working with our private donors, we have arranged funding for these presentations for more than 18,000 area students in the past 3 years.  Why bother?  What’s the big deal?  The note from a Title I parent below tells you.

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Black History Month

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We’re now into Black History Month in the U.S. Live theaters, concert venues, libraries, lecturer series, even some television networks are celebrating this February with a host of special programming or features. Special. As in, “we don’t usually do this.” That’s where Jazz 88.3 comes in. We celebrate Black History every day. It’s true, we don’t do a lot of feature programming for this national celebration. But, each day we note the musicians who have made jazz and blues what it is today… and what it is becoming for the future.

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Danny Green Quintet at #JazzLive Tuesday January 8 2013

Blog Name:Jazz Live

Blog Author:Vince Outlaw

Posted on:January 8, 2013

Lafayette With The Stoney B Blues Band Does Jazz Live San Diego

Blog Name:Jazz Live

Blog Author:Vince Outlaw

Posted on:December 11, 2012

Doing a little live, albeit late live, blogging of the fantastic Blues Show tonight celebrating "T" and the 29th Anniversary of Every Shade of Blue here on Jazz 88...

9:50 "There isn't a weak cut..."> "Danny Green: "A Thousand Ways Home"" http://ow.ly/g1LlE  CD Release Party Jazz Live San Diego Tues 1/8/13!

9:35 Now it's the interview with Lafayette and drummer Tony Peterson. You can hear it on the Jazz Live San Diego page!

9:30: Hey...it's a special encore tune for both the Seville AND the radio audience...Love It!

9:20: The Live part of the show is about to close, but we've got the interview with Lafayette and Tony Peterson, drummer with the band in about 10 minutes. 

Here's some shots from the show and earlier...