San Diego's Jazz

The 4E Initiative

The mission of KSDS-FM is to present, preserve and promote Jazz. KSDS's educational outreach is a critical part of our mission. The key of Jazz88.3’s 4E Initiative is to #Educate, #Enable, #Engage and #Excite. We do this through programs and events throughout the year to nurture young students and musicians in the community.


  • Special Jazz Programming - local and nationally-syndicated.
  • HD-2 SDS (Student Delivered Sound) - City College’s student-run radio station that works with the KSDS staff.
  • Jazz, an American Art Form - music lecture series for school kids.


  • Music Matters - a used-instrument drive that puts instruments in the hands of school kids who would otherwise not get the chance to play.
  • The Young Lions, The Mission Bay Preservationists and the SCPA Jazz Ensemble - protégés and students of Gilbert Castellanos, JP Balmat (Mission Bay High School) and The School of Creative and Performing Arts, respectively, that play at KSDS events.


  • Jazz Live - KSDS’s monthly Jazz series that brings world-class talent to San Diego each month.
  • KSDS Jazz Orchestra - led by Trumpeter and Educator Gilbert Castellanos.
  • Jazz Caravan - a club to club event for our listeners to sample SD’s finest musicians.


  • The KSDS intern Experience - gives students hands-on experience in the development, marketing and production aspects of the KSDS radio station.
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