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Dr. Martin Luther King Speaks About Jazz and Blues At The 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival

Blog Name:Jazz 88.3 Blog

Blog Author:Vince Outlaw

Posted on:January 21, 2019

In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King gave the opening address at the Berlin Jazz Festival. It is his only known commentary on Jazz music. Here is the text of the speech,

“God has wrought many things out of oppression. He has endowed his creatures with the capacity to create-and from this capacity has flowed the sweet songs of sorrow and joy that have allowed man to cope with his environment and many different situations.”

“Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life’s difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph. 

"This is triumphant music.”

“Modern Jazz has continued in this tradition, singing the songs of a more complicated urban existence. When life itself offers no order and meaning, the musician creates an order and meaning from the sounds of the earth which flow through his instrument.”

“It is no wonder that so much of the search for identity among American Negroes was championed by Jazz musicians. Long before the modern essayists and scholars wrote of racial identity as a problem for a multiracial world, musicians were returning to their roots to affirm that which was stirring within their souls. 

Much of the power of our Freedom Movement in the United States has come from this music. It has strengthened us with its sweet rhythms when courage began to fail. It has calmed us with its rich harmonies when spirits were down. 

And now, Jazz is exported to the world. For in the particular struggle of the Negro in America there is something akin to the universal struggle of modern man. Everybody has the Blues. Everybody longs for meaning. Everybody needs to love and be loved. Everybody needs to clap hands and be happy. Everybody longs for faith.”

“In music, especially this broad category called Jazz, there is a stepping stone towards all of these.”

We honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King.

SDMT- Crazy for You

Blog Name:Home Page News

Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:January 17, 2019

San Diego Musical Theatre presents "CRAZY FOR YOU" running now through March 3rd. It tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. This show has won 3 Tony awards including Best Musical, Best Choreography and Best Costume Design and the book and lyrics were done by George and Ira Gershwin. It features classic and memorable tunes  such as "I Got Rhythm,” “Naughty Baby,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You,” “But Not for Me,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Use the special discount code 'jazz88' at checkout to receive a discounted price. Here is all the ticket information.

"Jazz In The Key Of Ellison"

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Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:January 15, 2019

Jazz 88.3 is proud to support La Jolla Music Society as they present Jazz In The Key Of Ellison happening Saturday, February 16th at Balboa Theatre (8PM). Inspired by the musical life of America’s iconic writer Ralph Ellison, presented in music, words, and images. Ralph Ellison, acclaimed author of the National Book Award-winning novel Invisible Man, was an accomplished trumpeter who was close to many of the great jazz innovators of his lifetime – from Armstrong and Ellington to Bird and Monk." For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here

Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon A Star

Blog Name:Home Page News

Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:January 15, 2019

Jazz 88.3 is proud to partner with Art Power as they present: Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon A Star, Wednesday, January 23rd at 8PM at Price Center East Ballroom at UCSD. Bill Frisell has seen collaborations with the likes of Elvis Costello, Bono, Paul Simon, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic over the course of his 35-year career. His Grammy-nominated album When You Wish Upon a Star features his arrangements and interpretations of music for film and television. The guitarist will be joined by bassist Thomas Morgan, drummer Rudy Royston, and singer Petra Haden in re-imagining time-honored gems like “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” as well as music from television favorites, including The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Honeymooners. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here!