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Thursday, March 30th, 2017

MARCH 2017

Today - Thursday the 30th

6:00 PM
Robin Henkel — Nate's Garden Grill • 3120 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92105
Gypsy Swing
7:00 PM
Zzymzzy Quartet — Harbor Music Hall • 1506 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
Jam Session
7:00 PM
Bill Caballero Latin Jazz Jam — Border X Brewing • 2181 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113
7:00 PM
Fred Hardy Cafe Bar Europa • 873 Turquoise St, Pacific Beach, CA 92109
7:30 PM
The Sandy Chappel Quintet Cafe La Maze • 1441 Highland Ave, National City, CA 91950
8:00 PM
Dave Scott & The New Jazz Groove — Harrah's Corked Lounge • 777 Harrah's Rincon Way, Valley Center, CA 92082
World Jazz
Allison Adams Tucker - MiraCosta College Japanese Spring Festival MiraCosta College • 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056

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Today's Birthdays

Born on this day, March 30...

  • Ted Heath (Band Leader, Trombone) was born in Wandsworth, England, 1900–1969.
  • Karl Berger (Vibraphone, Piano) was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1935.
  • Lanny Morgan (Alto Saxophone) was born in Des Moines, IA in 1934.
  • Sonny Boy Williamson (Harp, Vocals-Lead) was born in Jackson, TN, 1914–1948.
  • Astrud Gilberto (Vocals-Lead) was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil in 1940.
  • Dave Stryker (Guitar-Electric) was born in Omaha, NE in 1957.
  • Marilyn Crispell (Piano) was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1947.

On This Day

in Jazz History...

  • Les Brown records "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" in 1942 for Okeh Records.
  • Miles Davis releases "Bitches Brew" in 1970.
  • The Stan Getz quartet with Chick Corea, Ron Carter and Grady Tate record "Sweet Rain" for Verve Records in 1967.
  • In 1987 Herbie Hancock wins a "Best Original Score" Oscar for the "‘Round Midnight" soundtrack.

In Memoriam

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Jazz Live

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4/11/2017Peter Sprague presents "Planet Cole Porter"
5/16/2017Band TBD

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Station News

The Inaugural San Diego Blues Caravan- Tuesday, April 18!

The first-ever KSDS San Diego Blues Club Caravan will take place Tuesday, April 18, beginning at 7PM! We'll have buses going from club to club all over the city, stopping about every 10-15 minutes. With your Caravan pass, you can start at any participating venue, stay as long or as little as you like, then board the bus to the next club. There will be KSDS On-Air personalities hosting at each venue. There are no minimums at any of the venues; buy food and drink, or not, as you choose. Any time you like, take the bus back to where you started. Advanced tickets are $15 which includes admission to all the clubs and unlimited transportation. Admission the night of the show will be $20, so order your tickets now. Details on specific clubs and bands are COMING SOON. For ticket purchasing or more information please call Ken Borgers at (619) 388-3301. VENUES / ARTISTS / MORE...
2017 Spring Membership Drive!

2017 Spring Membership Drive!

Ella Fitzgerald is one of the giants among Jazz Vocalists and set the bar for Jazz singers today. KSDS will be celebrating her birthday centennial on Tuesday, April 25th coinciding with the launch of our Spring Membership Drive. We will be celebrating  all things Ella that day with giveaways, interviews and live performances. We will also be featuring YOU! E-mail us at to leave your feedback on the great Ella Fitzgerald. There’s a good chance you can make it on the radio! Our Spring Membership Campaign and The First Lady of Song…Tuesday, April 25th.  Call Ken at 619-388-3301 for more details or simply DONATE NOW.
Jazz Live- Peter Sprague presents "Planet Cole Porter"

Jazz Live- Peter Sprague presents "Planet Cole Porter"

Peter Sprague takes hold of the classic songs of Cole Porter for our next Jazz Live on Tuesday, April 11th. Peter will be presenting these treasures in a new color of Samba, Funk, Salsa, and Jazz. “Just One of Those Things” swinging fast and morphing over to funk, “Love For Sale” taking a trip to Cuba, “Night and Day” arcing with the moon in get the picture. The band includes some of the best with Rebecca Jade on vocals, Tripp Sprague on sax and flute, Gunnar Biggs on bass, Duncan Moore on drums, and Peter Sprague on guitar. If you are a valid Jazz 88 member you can reserve your tickets in the Speakeasy. For the general public, you can purchase tickets by calling 619-388-3301. Please print the parking pass to make you legit.
Water For People

Water For People

Make your way to a night of jazz and good times at Jazz On Tap, presented by Jazz 88.3 and Avista Technologies -- a fundraising event on April 22nd from 5-11PM at the Quartyard in East Village! Enjoy refreshing craft beers on tap from local breweries while listening to great jazz music. While you sip and meet new people, the night sky will be filled with melodic tones from several popular and local musicians. The event kicks off with Monette Marino World Jazz Ensemble, followed by the Matt Smith New Jazz Trio, Euphoria Brass Band and renowned trumpeter, Gilbert Castellanos and the New Latin Jazz Quartet. Advanced tickets are $10 each, or $15 at the door. This event is not only all-ages, but it's pet-friendly, too, with all net proceeds going to Water For People. To purchase tickets to this spectacular upcoming event (for a great cause!), click here!
2017 City College Open House

2017 City College Open House

City College's 4th Annual Community Open House Day will be on Thursday, April 20 from 9AM to 2PM. Visit the 5 new classroom buildings, attend the student research symposium and even get a complimentary haircut, manicure or basic facial from cosmetology. Jason Hanna and the Bullfighters, a Jazz ensemble, will be performing at 12:45PM. Learn about the 200 degrees and certificates City College offers. The 'Welcome Tent' will be located on the corner of 16th and C streets. We hope to see you there to see the new face of City College. Here's a list of the Activities for the Open House
Chicago, The Musical!

Chicago, The Musical!

San Diego City College’s Saville Theatre is proud to present John Kander and Fred Ebb’s "CHICAGO". It's a dazzling musical set in Prohibition-era Chicago. A sensational tale of crime, betrayal, jealousy and desire that has achieved musical iconicism in its run spanning over 40 years. The series will begin April 21st and conclude April 30th. Showtime is at 8 PM on Friday and Saturday dates, and 2 PM on Sunday dates. Seating is limited and early reservations are advised! Click here for tickets. More information is at (619)-388-3676.

Jazz @ the Jacobs 2017 season

Jazz @ the Jacobs 2017 season

Jazz 88.3 is so proud to support Jazz @ the Jacobs' 2017 season! Up next: Chucho Valdez, Sunday, May 21st at 7:30PM! Considered the pre-eminent Cuban Jazz pianist in the world, Chucho Valdés is a towering figure who combines the sheer power of McCoy Tyner with the dexterity of Oscar Peterson and a rhythmic sensibility steeped in the intricacies of Afro-Cuban culture. The conservatory-trained son of Cuban music icon Bebo Valdés and an eight-time Grammy winner, Chucho has spent much of his career in the vanguard of Latin music. This is truly one show you won't want to miss! To view the entire line-up, and /or to purchase tickets, simply click here!
Athenaeum's Jazz Series Continues!

Athenaeum's Jazz Series Continues!

Jazz 88.3 is very proud to support the Athenaeum's 2017 season at the Library and Art Center and TSRI. Up next: Joe Lovano Classic Quartet, April 7th, followed by Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes (May 9th)--all at TSRI Hall. The Athenaeum is a 501(c) 3 and is devoted exclusively to music and art! To become a member of the Athenaeum and/or for more information, simply click here
Summer Jazz Workshop

Summer Jazz Workshop

The 7th Annual Parker Summer Jazz Workshop, in partnership with Jazz 88.3 and San Diego’s House of Blues®, 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. One-week sessions are held at Francis Parker School's Thiemann Music Center, a state-of-the-art facility with dedicated classrooms and practice studios. Here, students grow musically as they learn to express themselves through the art of jazz improvisation. Students give a closing performance at the House of Blues®, one of San Diego's premier concert venues. We welcome beginning, intermediate and advanced students at this hands-on workshop designed to nurture their growth as musicians, technically and creatively. The workshop begins July 10th! For questions, please contact Nate Jarrell, Program Director for the 2017 Summer Jazz Workshop, or the Francis Parker School Summer Program office on (858) 569-7900, ext. 4236. To register now, click here
KSDS Celebrates Recorded Jazz Centennial With Your Help!

KSDS Celebrates Recorded Jazz Centennial With Your Help!

San Diego's Jazz 88.3 celebrated 100 years of recorded jazz (2/26). Back, in 1917, The Original Dixieland Jass Band cut two sides for the Victor Recording Label. Since then we have been blessed with hundreds of quintessential jazz recordings. We aired our Top 100 Jazz Recordings (voted on by the KSDS listeners) to celebrate this historic date. Thank you for all the votes and support during this historic date. You can always become a member- just call 619-388-3301 or pledge here. HERE'S THE FULL LIST...
Handlery Hotel Friday Jazz Happy Hour

Handlery Hotel Friday Jazz Happy Hour

Mark your calendars for every Friday Jazz Happy Hour at the Handlery Hotel in the 950 Lounge! San Diego's world-renowned Jazz Flutist and Presenter Holly Hofmann brings in world class musicians every Friday from 5:30-7:30PM. There's NO COVER CHARGE and parking is not only FREE, but it's bountiful! You can also enjoy a full bar and happy hour menu prices while you're there! What better way to kick off your weekend?! (There will be no Happy Hour on 3/24 and 3/31) 4/7- 2-year Celebration featuring Gilbert Castellanos, John Rekevics, Duncan Moore and Holly Hofmann, 4/14- Ian Tordella Trio featuring Ed Kornhauser and Matt Smith, 4/21-Rob Thorsen Trio featuring Hugo Suarez and Richard Sellers, 4/28- Antar Martin Trio featuring Jason Shattil and Fernando Gomez. 
Blues Jam

Blues Jam

The Blues Jam is in full-swing and happens every Wednesday night at Proud Mary's (located at the Ramada Inn: 5500 Kearny Mesa Road, 92111) from 6:30-9:30pm. Each week we feature special guests so dust off your instruments and plan to attend! Here's the schedule: 3/29- Whitney Shay and Robin Henkel, 4/5- Missy Andersen, 4/12- Benji Davis, 4/19- Stoney B, 4/26- Mark Meadows. 
Donate Used Vehicles

Donate Used Vehicles

Donate your used vehicle to Jazz 88.3 because it's the best result from a kind act! Also, you may get a TAX  DEDUCTION (check with your tax accountant)! Seriously, you can donate a vehicle almost anywhere but if you donate your car to Jazz 88.3 we will be truly and unquestionably grateful and appreciative! Simply call 1-888-JAZZ-CAR (1-888-529-9227). It's easy, quick, and you'll be supporting your favorite Jazz and Blues radio station! Click here for details! 

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Follow Jazz 88 On Twitter by Vince Outlaw

San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Twitter community includes a vibrant list of on-air hosts and staff that are sharing Jazz links, pictures, and images on Twitter both during their shows and between shows when they are socializing with listeners and jazz fans from around the world and sharing the best in Jazz links. Here are some quick links to get you connected with Jazz 88.3 on Twitter...
  • @Jazz88 - San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Twitter Feed: Links to trending Jazz News and Conversations, reviews of Jazz and other music albums, concerts, and events, and retweets from Jazz 88.3 partners and listeners. Let us know when you are listening with a @Jazz88 tag or use the #Jazz88 hashtag!
  • Jazz 88.3 Radio Hosts Twitter List: Subscribe to the list and follow your favorite Jazz 88.3 hosts and you'll see during-show tweets and between show Jazz news and conversation. Check out the latest Jazz 88.3 host tweets below. If you want to only follow your favorite host, here's the list members.
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