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[Interview] Jazz On Tap Benefit Features Best In San Diego Jazz

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Posted on:April 30, 2016

Some of the best of San Diego Jazz, including The Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio, Euphoria Brass Band, and Gilbert Castellanos will be featured at Jazz On Tap, Saturday, April 30, 2016, a benefit for Water For People, a charity working to bring safe drinking water and sanitation to developing countries around the world. Matt Smith and Euphoria's Drew Miller (also host of Jazz 88.3's Second Line Parade, Saturday 7-8pm PT) dropped by Afternoon Jazz with Claudia on Friday, April 29, 2016 to chat about the event and the state of San Diego Jazz. LISTEN IN!

Matt Smith, Jazz 88.3 Afternoon Jazz Host Claudia Russell, Drew Miller Chat Up Jazz On Tap for San Diego Water For People

The New Sound of Jazz and Blues on Jazz 88.3 KSDS

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Posted on:April 2, 2016

Saturday, April 9, KSDS will bring the curtain up on a whole new lineup of weekend programming, with some old favorites and new shows as well. Join us next Saturday for the new sound of Jazz and Blues on Jazz 88.3, KSDS.

Coming April 9, The New Sound of Jazz and Blues on Jazz 88.3 KSDS

San Diego Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month April 2016

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Posted on:April 1, 2016

Hear San Diego Jazz Heritage Heat Up At Some Like It Hot [Concert Audio]

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Posted on:March 15, 2016

Hear San Diego Jazz history being made when an all-star band recreated the music of Barney Kessel's "Some Like It Hot" in the ballroom at the Hotel Del Coronado on Saturday, March 12, 2016. The inaugural concert in the San Diego Jazz Heritage Series presented by KSDS-FM, San Diego's Jazz 88.3 included dinner and a panel discussion led by Jazz 88.3 Station Manager and Los Angeles Jazz Institute Founder Ken Poston and featuring Gene Cipriano, multi-decade veteran of the Hollywood film industry and the man who "ghosted" the saxophone parts played by Tony Curtis in the movie "Some Like It Hot" which was filmed at the same Hotel Del in 1959. 

Scenes From Some Like It Hot at The Hotel Del Coronado March 12, 2016 - Jazz 88.3 San Diego Jazz Heritage Series

The band for the event included Larry Koonse (g), Gene Cipriano (reeds), Carl Saunders (trumpet), Christian Jacob (piano), Darek Oles (bass), Kendall Kay (drums).

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE for the set list for the concert, video of the panel discussion, and photos from the evening at "The Del"...

Phyllis Kessel Talks About Barney and Some Like It Hot On The Jazz Ride Home [Interview]

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Posted on:March 9, 2016

Phyllis Kessel, widow of the great Jazz Guitarist Barney Kessel, chats with Claudia Russell, hosts of The Jazz Ride Home (Weekdays, 4-8pm PT) about the life and music of Barney which will be celebrated at "Some Like It Hot" at the Hotel Del Coronado on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7pm. Phyllis and Claudia also talk about some items from the Barney Kessel archive that Phyllis brought in to share, including items related to Mr. Kessell's arrangements of music inspired by the 1959 movie "Some Like It Hot" which was filmed at the Hotel Del Coronado. Barney and Phyllis were residents of San Diego during the later part of Barney's life before he passed away in 2004. Mrs. Kessel came by the Jazz 88 studios for the interview on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. 

Play NowJazz 88 Speakeasy Audio: Phyllis Kessel on The Jazz Ride Home, Tuesday, March 8, 2016 (7:15, Click to Play and Continue Browsing)

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE for a great photo of Claudia and Phyllis...

Next Generation of San Diego Jazz to Compete at Monterey Jazz Festival [Interview]

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Posted on:February 23, 2016

The International Academy of Jazz San Diego (IAJSD.org) has been selected from over 130 groups to compete in the Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF), April 8-10, 2016 in Monterey, California, for a chance to perform at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival in September 2016. IAJ-SD, a nonprofit 501c3 providing after school music enrichment in Jazz studies patterned after youth symphonic programs, will be the only group representing San Diego in the weekend of competition, learning, and engagement by top Jazz artists and competition judges including Grammy-award winner Terri Lyne Carrington and San Diego's own Gilbert Castellanos. IAJ-SD has kicked off a fundraising drive to help with costs of transportation, housing, and other expenses for a select group of students to go to NGJF. IAJ-SD board member Arlene Damasco and Executive Director Guy Gonzalez stopped by The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw on Monday, February 22, 2016 to fill us in on the details of the upcoming competition and ask for help to reach their fundraising goals. 

Danny Green Group at the Loft at UCSD

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Posted on:February 11, 2016

For his recent concert at UCSD’s Loft, pianist Danny Green augmented his usual trio-mates, bassist Justin Grinnnell and drummer Julian Cantelm, with three other stellar San Diego musicians – reedman Tripp Sprague, percussionist Mark Lamson and vocalist Leonard Patton.

Danny Green at The Loft at UCSD , January 2016

Danny Green is a gifted keyboardist and an equally gifted composer. His recent recordings include most, if not all, of his own compositions, and several of those works made it to the set list at the Loft, along with offerings from Michael Jackson, Djavan and Stevie Wonder.


Ernie Andrews Reflects On His Career In Jazz Before Happy Hour Appearance

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Posted on:February 5, 2016

Jazz Vocal Legend Ernie Andrews has enjoyed a long and continuing career singing the music he loves and he seems to keep getting stronger. He stopped by the Jazz 88.3 studios and chatted with Afternoon Jazz host Ron Dhanifu (Mon-Fri, 1-4pm PT) before his appearance at the monthly Jazz 88.3 Happy Hour at The Lafayette Hotel on Thursday, February 4, 2016. 

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE to see some shots from Ernie Andrews and his great band including saxophonist Rickey Woodard at the Jazz 88.3 Happy Hour...

Daniel Jackson Week 2016 Celebrated With San Diego Jazz

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Posted on:January 19, 2016

San Diego Jazz Legend Daniel Jackson's life and music are celebrated by San Diego City Council decree every January and there are several events in town this week to keep his memory and music alive in 2016.

Daniel Jackson Week 2016 Celebrated in San Diego

Dizzy's San Diego, led by Chuck Perrin, hold 2 consecutive nights of celebration on Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23, with all proceeds benefiting the children of Daniel Jackson:
  • Fri Jan 22: We kick off Daniel Jackson Week with performances Daniel's music by some of his favorite collaborators, including Marshall Hawkins, Charles Owens, Joshua White, Brett Sanders, Bob Boss, & many more. 8PM - $20 cover
  • Sat Jan 23: In honor of Daniel Jackson Week, bassist Marshall Hawkins presents a tribute to Daniel's uniquely spiritual jazz compositions with Charles Owens, Mikan Zlatkovich, Brett Sanders, Bob Boss, Jamie Shadowlight, & more. Saturday evening's Celebration will also feature an ensemble of young musicians from the International Academy of Jazz San Diego and the Idyllwild Arts Academy playing Daniel's music. 8PM - $20 cover
Jazz 88.3 hosts, staff, and listeners provided their thoughts on the passing of Daniel in 2014 in this article, Daniel Jackson 1937-2014 - Resources and Remembrances.

San Diego Jazz 88.3 Top 10 Best Jazz of 2015

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Posted on:December 31, 2015

San Diego's Jazz 88.3 congratulates Russell Malone for his 2015 release "Love Looks Good On You" and designation as the #1 album in our Top 10 Best of 2015 selections. We also congratulate the rest of our Top 10 and especially all of the Jazz Artists around the world who released new music in 2015. Jazz 88.3 adds new albums to our playlist each Monday and announces those on our New This Week blog and shares that on our Social Media Profiles like Facebook, Twitter @Jazz88, and Instagram @Jazz883.

San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Top 10 Best Jazz of 2015

Here's the full Top 10!
  1. Russell Malone - "Love Looks Good On You"
  2. Harold Mabern - "Afro Blue"
  3. Albert "Tootie" Heath - "Philadelphia Beat"
  4. J D Allen - "Grafitti" 
  5. Cassandra Wilson - "Coming Forth By Day"
  6. Charles McPherson - "The Journey"
  7. Houston Person - "Something Personal"
  8. Steve Turre - "Spirit Man"
  9. Rez Abassi Acoustic Quartet - "Intents and Purposes"
  10. Mary Stallings - "Feelin' Good"