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Sunday, April 20th, 2014

    Today's Birthdays
    Born on this day, April 20:
    • Emile Christian (Trombone) was born in New Orleans, LA, 1895–1973.
    • Billy James (Drums and Percussion) was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1936.
    • Cy Laurie (Clarinet) was born in London, England, 1926–2002.
    • Henri Renaud (Piano, Violin) was born in VIlledieu-sur-Indre, France, 1925–2002.
    • Lionel Hampton (Vibraphone) was born in Louisville, KY, 1913–2002.
    • Tito Puente (Percussion-Various, Vibraphone) was born in NYC, NY, 1923–2000.
    • Beaver Harris (Drums and Percussion) was born in Pittsburgh, PA, 1936–1991.
    • Joe Bonner (Piano) was born in Rocky Mount, NC in 1948.
    • Ran Blake (Piano) was born in Springfield, MA in 1935.
    • Holly Hoffman (Flute) was born in Cleveland, OH in 2222.
    • Vera Auer (Accordion) was born in 1919.
    • Burt Bales (Piano) was born in Stevensville, MT, 1916–1989.
    • Avishai Cohen (Bass) was born in Israel in 1971.
    • Billie Holiday first records "Strange Fruit" in 1939.
    • "Your Hit Parade" debuts on radio in 1935.
    • Louie Armstrong cuts his theme for the first time, "When It's Sleepy Time Down South", also "I Surrender Dear" and "Walkin’ My Baby Back Home" in 1931 for Okeh Records.
    • Leonard Feather's All-star jam band recorded "Twelve Bar Stampede", "Feather Bed Lament", "Tempo di Jump" and "Ocean Motion" for Decca in 1939.
    • Jelly Roll Morton records "King Porter Stomp" in 1926 for Vocalion
    • John Coltrane recorded "Dakar" in 1957 for Prestige Records.

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    Make Your Plans Now!

    Make Your Plans Now! • Friday, May 16th

    Jazz Night San Diego….A county-wide, multiple venue celebration of Jazz. San Diego’s leading musicians perform throughout the county as private parties and one very public party present fine food and Jazz in support of San Diego’s non-profit, public Jazz radio station, Jazz 88.3. The Charles McPherson Trio will headline the public event so save the evening of May 16th for your opportunity to join in the fun. Tickets are very limited, get your tickets here. With the support of Carruth Cellars, ”bringing grapes to the people.”
    Sweet Synergy Suite Replay

    Sweet Synergy Suite Replay • Sunday, April 27th

    Charles McPherson’s Jazz ballet Sweet Synergy Suite, originally presented on Jazz 88.3 on March 8th, 2014 can be watched in its entirety at The 75 minute program will feature a concert by the Charles McPherson sextet, an interview with Charles, and the ½-hour Jazz ballet workshop created in conjunction with San Diego ballet Company. Sunday, April 27th at 7pm.
    New Blues Jam Night and Home!

    New Blues Jam Night and Home!

    Heads Up Blues Lovers! The Jazz 88.3 Blues Jam has moved. Beginning this Wednesday, April 23rd, the Blues Jam takes place at Proud Mary’s …5500 Kearny Mesa Road (Ramada Inn, on the west side of 163). That's the news, the rest is unchanged; Mark Augustin - guitar slinger, J. Otis Williams - our Blues Jam host, 6:30pm to 9:30. Plus, it's FREE, family-friendly and musicians are invited to join in! We'll see you there!
    Summertime Jazz Night!

    Summertime Jazz Night! • Friday, May 2nd

    Summer is almost here, and what better way to celebrate than with our annual Summertime Jazz Night Rooftop Concert Series! Join us, Friday, May 2nd from 5-8PM on the rooftop of the stunning Westgate Hotel, along with "The Jazz Katz Project" - a 13-piece swing band featuring songstress, Whitney Shay. While you're there you can also enjoy an array of adult beverages, hosted appetizers, raffle prizes and more! There's a $10 cover charge (CASH ONLY!), and you MUST be 21+ to enter. So mark your calendars and plan to usher in the summer season with your favorite Jazz and Blues radio station, Jazz 88.3! Valet parking is also available for only $5! We'll see you there!
    Music Matters Instrument Drive

    Music Matters Instrument Drive

    Jazz 88.3's annual Music Matters Instrument Drive is upon us! For one month, beginning May 1st, San Diegans can donate their used musical instruments at any Coles Fine Flooring location, or, at the Jazz 88.3 business office. All instruments will be refurbished and distributed among San Diego City School music programs. And, this year, the Julian Union School District will also be a benefactor! With your help, this could be our most successful Music Matters Instrument Drive yet! So if you have an instrument that you no longer need or use, feel free to dust it off and drop it off and help keep San Diego's youth musically-inspired! 

    Summer Jazz Workshops

    Summer Jazz Workshops • Monday, July 14th

    House of Blues, in partnership with Francis Parker School, presents the 4th Annual 2014 Jazz 88.3 Summer Jazz Workshop! The workshop is open to middle school and high school students and will offer (two) 1-week sessions (July 14th-26th) at Francis Parker School. The program includes lessons in performance, improvisation, theory and music history. Students will also perform at the House of Blues at the end of the workshop, too! The Jazz 88.3 Jazz Workshop is open to beginning, intermediate and advanced Jazz students. You can now SIGN UP. Good luck from all of us here at Jazz 88.3!

    Show Us YOUR Jazz 88.3

    Show Us YOUR Jazz 88.3

    Are you proud of your favorite Jazz and Blues Station? Of course you are! We're proud of you for having such good taste in music. So, we want to show you off a little (or a lot).  Please send us a picture(s) of your Jazz 88.3 swag in action and we'll display it for all the world to see. The more the merrier and the further from San Diego the better.  The e-mail address is
    Jazz Jam!

    Jazz Jam!

    Join Jazz 88.3 every Sunday night from 6:30-9:30PM at Busalacchi's Spaghetteria in the heart of Little Italy for our Jazz Jam! It's your ultimate chance to join Mark Augustin, Bruce Cameron, Tommy Gannon and Jeff Dalrymple and jam OUT! It's FREE, family-friendly and a smashing good time! In addition, each Sunday until the end of April, judges will select the outstanding adult guest Jazz Jammer! And then, on May 4th, all of the winning jammers will compete for a scholarship to the UCSD Jazz camp in June to work with some of San Diego’s greatest musicians!

    Connect to San Diego's Jazz 88.3

    Connect to San Diego's Jazz 88.3

    There are so many ways to attach oneself to San Diego's Jazz 88.3 beginning with the listening stream.  It has been improved! We have bumped up the bitrate and now offer more choices to listen via the web. You can bookmark the actual stream or use our Jazz 88 player. Get our new upgraded app(s) for Android or iPhone and stay with us. Also, you can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and +1 us on Google Plus. Wait, what? There we are on YouTube! In response to listener calls, yes we're still on cable, just over a little bit; Cox 963 and Time Warner 965.'ll never miss a Jazz Live.
    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 get a TAX  DEDUCTION for 2013!  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. Isn't that reason enough? 1-888-JAZZ-CAR (1-888-529-9227). It's easy, quick, and you support Jazz 88.3. Thanks!
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    For Those Using the IE 10 Browser

    There's a bit of a bug that we are working on for the Internet Explorer Browser for the Jazz 88 site.  You may notice that the drop down menus are not working properly.  We need a little more time to work it all out but in the meantime you can help things move along a bit better by adjusting your settings.  If you are on IE 10 please look at this diagram. Please find that item on your browser and click it.  The browser should refresh and then the menu items should work as they are supposed to.

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