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The Triplets of Belleville

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Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:April 26, 2019

Jazz 88.3 is proud to support La Jolla Music Society as they present: The Triplets of Belleville, happening TONIGHT(!) at 8PM at The Baker-Baum Concert Hall. Benoit Charest leads Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville in the live performance of his original score for the film The Triplets of Belleville, including his ACADEMY AWARD® nominated best song “Belleville de Rendez-Vous.” In the spirit of the film, Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville transports audiences to the exciting streets of 1920’s Paris and Le Jazz Hot. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here


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Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:April 18, 2019

Come fly away with us to Los Angeles on Saturday, May 4th to experience Frank Sinatra's Hollywood. This exclusive, one-of-a-kind tour will be led by Station Manager Ken Poston as he will guide you through all of Frank's hollywood haunts. You will eat dinner in one of Sinatra's favorite restaurants (Matteo's) and get a private screening on the Warner Brothers studio lot of "Ocean's Eleven." If you are a fan of Frank Sinatra you will not want to miss this KSDS fundraising event. Hurry, tickets are VERY LIMITED and it will sell out. Ticket cost is $200 per ticket which includes dinner and transportation (from City College). Call 619-388-3037 or e-mail us at info@jazz88.org to make your reservation now. 

Jazz Live- Vocalist Pinky Winters

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Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:April 8, 2019

Jazz Live is happening TONIGHT and it will feature the debut of vocalist Pinky Winters to the Saville stage. Only current Jazz 88 members can attend this concert. Any questions about membership can be answered by the membership team or you can call Ken Borgers at 619-388-3301. As always, thanks to Big Front Door Sandwich Shop, located in University Heights (Park Blvd.) and now Solana Beach for providing food for the Jazz Live artists. If you are going remember that good ole' parking pass!

Francis Parker Summer Jazz Workshop, 2020!

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Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:April 7, 2019

Jazz 88.3 is so pleased to support Francis Parker's 10th Annual Summer Jazz Workshop again this year, in partnership with The Music Box! Francis Parker's Summer Jazz Workshop offers middle and high school students an opportunity to study and play music with professional jazz musicians while learning performance skills, improvisation, jazz theory and history. Presented in an online format, but with the same high level of jazz education, Jazz Workshop will provide students a daily three one-hour, live online sessions. Students will receive group instruction on their individual instruments and have access to a variety of sessions covering topics in music theory, jazz improvisation, and masterclasses by our fantastic faculty.This is the perfect venue for students to continue to grow musically as they learn to express themselves through the art of jazz improvisation. The week of July 6 will be offered for middle school students in grades 6 through students entering 9th grade. The week of July 20 will be for high school students in grades 10 through 12. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students are welcome at each session. Scholarships and financial assistance are available and more information can be found below or by contacting workshop director Nate Jarrell.

The 2019 Spring Membership Drive

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Blog Author:San Diego's Jazz 88.3

Posted on:March 30, 2019

Jazz 88.3's 2019 Spring Membership Drive was a big success! Thank you so much for your support. We welcomed many new and renewing members and the music will continue to thrive because of it. If you missed your chance to call during the drive you can still donate towards the campaign by clicking here. Speaking of music, we will be featuring our top ten artists poll that we conducted during the drive on Monday, April 1. Here is the top ten list:

1. Chet Baker

2. Sarah Vaughan

3. Louis Armstrong 

4. Bill Evans

5. Duke Ellington

6. Billie Holiday

7. Charlie Parker

8. Count Basie

9. Oscar Peterson

10. Cal Tjader

Pioneer Women of Jazz Instrumentalists- Holly Hofmann

March 18, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: Holly Hofmann

An excellent bop-oriented flutist, Holly Hofmann began on the flute when she was five. She started via an extensive classical training approach and, in 1984, when she moved to San Diego, Hofmann began playing jazz full-time.

She has worked with James Moody, Slide Hampton, and Mundell Lowe among others, before making her recording debut on Capri (1989). 

Holly went on to record fine straight-ahead dates for Jazz Alliance (1992) and Azica and now the Capri label.

She leads her own groups and plays regularly in the San Diego area where she lives with her husband, pianist, Mike Wofford.

Source: AllMusic

Be sure to tune in all day on Monday, March 18th to hear music from Holly Hofmann on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.

Pioneer Women of Jazz Instrumentalists- Emily Remler

March 15, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: Emily Remler

Emily Remler was a brilliant guitarist whose style was best attributed to Wes Montgomery.

Before her untimely death at 32 she was just about to fully develop her own voice on the instrument.

Remler began playing guitar when she was ten, attended Berklee (1976-1979), and recorded as a leader for the first time in 1980. She played with the L.A. version of the show Sophisticated Ladies (1981-1982) and in 1985 had a duo with Larry Coryell, but otherwise mostly worked as a leader with her own small groups.

After recording bop-oriented dates for Concord, she had a contemporary set for Justice, and toured with David Benoit before her sudden death.

Source: AllMusic

Be sure to tune in all day on Friday, March 15th to hear music from Emily Remler on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.

Pioneer Women of Jazz Instrumentalists- Toshiko Akiyoshi

March 14, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: Toshiko Akiyoshi

A strong yet underrated pianist in the Bud Powell tradition.

Akiyoshi was born in China but moved to Japan in 1946. She played locally (Sadao Watanabe was among her sidemen) and, after being noticed and encouraged by Oscar Peterson, studied at Berklee during 1956-1959.

In 1965, while in New York, she did a radio series and formed a quartet with her second husband, Lew Tabackin.

She moved to Los Angeles in 1970 and put together a very impressive big band which featured such fine soloists as Bobby Shew, Gary Foster, and Tabackin. They recorded several notable albums before Akiyoshi decided, in 1981, to move to New York.

Since their relocation, Akiyoshi and Tabackin have both been quite active although her re-formed big band has actually received less publicity than it did in L.A.

She is also known as an accomplished arranger who is influenced originally by Gil Evans and Thad Jones. She has been particularly notable for incorporating elements of traditional Japanese music into her otherwise bop-ish charts.

Source: AllMusic

Be sure to tune in all day on Thursday, March 14th to hear music from Toshiko Akiyoshi on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.

Pioneer Women of Jazz Instrumentalists- Marian McPartland

March 13, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland was a significant pianist in jazz. She played in a four-piano vaudeville act in England and performed on the European continent for the troops during World War II. In Belgium in 1944, she met cornetist Jimmy McPartland and they soon married. 

Marian moved with her husband to the United States in 1946, where she sometimes played with him even though her style was more modern than his Dixieland-oriented groups. McPartland eventually had her own trio at the Embers (1950) and the Hickory House (1952-1960), which until 1957 included drummer Joe Morello. 

She recorded regularly for Savoy and Capitol during the 1950s and also made sessions for Argo (1958), Time (1960 and 1963), Sesac, and Dot. Although eventually divorced from Jimmy, they remained close friends, sometimes played together, and even remarried just weeks before his death. She formed her own Halcyon label and recorded several fine albums between 1969-1977. 

Marian McPartland also became famous for hosting her "Piano Jazz" radio program beginning in 1978 and aired up until 2011. She died in 2013.

Source: AllMusic

Be sure to tune in all day on Wednesday, March 13th to hear music from Marian McPartland on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.

Pioneer Women of Jazz Instrumentalists- Vi Redd

March 12, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: Vi Redd

Vi Redd was a bop-based altoist and singer.

She was the daughter of jazz drummer Alton Redd and consequently was surrounded by music during her childhood. She worked the Las Vegas circuit in 1962 then played with Earl Hines in 1964.

She led a group up in San Francisco in the mid to late 60'2 with her husband (drummer Richie Goldberg). She worked with Max Roach and Dizzy Gillespie in 1968 and Count Basie in 1969.

She led albums for United Artists (1962) and Atco (1962-1963), and later appeared on the Gene Ammons/Dexter Gordon duo album The Chase! (1970) and Marian McPartland's Now's the Time (1977).

Source: AllMusic

Be sure to tune in all day on Tuesday, March 12th to hear music from Vi Redd on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.