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Camarada- Tango Society- July 16th
Blog Name: Home Page NewsAuthor: San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Posted on: June 30, 2021

Camarada presents "Tango Society" on Friday, July 16th at the Conrad. The show will celebrate edgy and nostalgic tango standards with new arrangements with Composer and Double Bassist- Andrés MartínCamarada's link has more information and tickets.

Celebrate Louis Armstrong on KSDS!
Blog Name: Home Page NewsAuthor: San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Posted on: June 29, 2021

Help KSDS celebrate Louis Armstrong's symbolic birthday TONIGHT. The special WILL REPEAT BEGINNING AT 7PM PACIFIC. In celebration of our nation's birthday AND Armstrong, KSDS will be playing classic and rare recordings, interview clips with Louis (and others) and offering insightful commentary throughout the day. You're not going to want to miss one minute of this KSDS Fundraising event.  Plus, if you DONATE $88.30 (or more) you will get this very special Ella and Louis 3-CD Box Set as a thank you gift. Happy 4th!

Celebrate the Birthday of Miles Davis with KSDS!
Blog Name: Home Page NewsAuthor: San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Posted on: May 21, 2021

Help KSDS celebrate Miles Davis' birthday all day TODAY. It's happening now and In celebration of his birthday KSDS will be playing classic and rare recordings and offering insightful commentary throughout the day. You're not going to want to miss one minute of this KSDS Fundraising event.  Plus, if you DONATE $88.30, you will get an exclusive KSDS CD (Miles Davis on the Air) which features rare broadcast material from the late 1940's from the Royal Roost. Tune in for more details!

Jazz on Tap- June 13, 2021
Blog Name: Home Page NewsAuthor: San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Posted on: May 17, 2021

Jazz on Tap continues this year announcing a high-energy jazz event highlighting local artists in a relaxed in-person outdoor setting and a virtual format. There will be live performances by Gilbert Castellanos, The Monette Marino World Jazz Ensemble and The Euphoria Brass Band. Proceeds from the event will benefit Water For People, a non-profit dedicated to changing lives by making clean water and sanitation available to everyone. The event will be held Sunday, June 13 in the Garden Terrace at the Westin Hotel in the Gaslamp. Doors open at 3:30PM and the live stream begins at 4:45PM. Here are the separate links for tickets- Link for In-Person and Link for Virtual Event.

Celebrate Duke Ellington on his Birthday!
Blog Name: Home Page NewsAuthor: San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Posted on: April 27, 2021

Help KSDS celebrate Duke Ellington’s Birthday all day TODAY beginning at 7am PACIFIC. In celebration of Duke’s birthday, KSDS will be playing classic and rare recordings and offering insightful commentary throughout the day. You're not going to want to miss one minute of this KSDS Fundraising event.  Plus, if you DONATE $120 (or more) you will get both of these CD box sets together.

KSDS Celebrates Billie Holiday on her Birthday!
Blog Name: Home Page NewsAuthor: San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Posted on: April 5, 2021

Join KSDS all day TODAY as we celebrate the birthday of the one and only Billie Holiday. There will be plenty of music as well as commentary during this one-day membership drive. And, as a special thank you, we will be offering an exclusive (and very limited) CD Box set that contains 12 albums for your donation. Support KSDS and enjoy Billie Holiday, all day long, only on KSDS.

Jazz Night San Diego
Blog Name: Home Page NewsAuthor: San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Posted on: March 23, 2021

Live Jazz is back in San Diego. KSDS and ElectricLouieLand Productions bring you the best of San Diego Jazz for ‘Jazz Night San Diego.’ Tune in at 5PM Pacific every Saturday night for a broadcast that features recently captured performances all around San Diego County. Gilbert Castellanos and some of his closest Jazz friends will be featured in concerts that will entertain and inspire. That’s Jazz Night San Diego, Saturday nights at 5PM Pacific, only on KSDS 88.3.

Women's History Month 2021
Blog Name: Home Page NewsAuthor: San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Posted on: February 28, 2021

March is Women's History Month and KSDS-FM is celebrating by shining the spotlight on the great female jazz pianists. Listen every weekday throughout the month to hear our daily featured artist. And, if you would like to nominate your own, please do when you make a pledge of support. 

Bebop 1945-1950: Birdland
Blog Name: Black History Month 2021Author: San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Posted on: February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021- Today's Bebop Era Topic: Birdland

Birdland, named after Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, opened on December 15, 1949 at 52nd and Broadway in Manhattan.

Opening night was a star-studded affair billed as an All American Jazz Festival featuring a Journey through Jazz.  The idea was to present the entire history of jazz up to that point and featured Max Kaminsky, Hot Lips Page, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Lennie Tristano and Stan Getz.

For the next fifteen years the club played host to all the jazz greats and became one of the most well known nightclubs in the world.  

The awning over the entrance had “Birdland” emblazoned on both sides.  You entered street level and descended down into the basement where you would find an unusually large venue that could seat 400.  The walls were decorated with murals of famous jazz personalities.  

In honor of the clubs’ namesake, opening night featured live birds in cages suspended from the ceiling but they lasted only a few weeks due to lack of appropriate ventilation.

There was a long bar with red and white checkered tablecloths and a fenced in bullpen known as the peanut gallery where no alcohol was served and underage patrons could watch and listen.

The club was owned by several partners with the infamous Morris Levy being the most visible.  Levy had been part of the group that opened the Royal Roost several months earlier.

The club’s manager was Oscar Goodstein and the diminutive Pee Wee Marquette, the doorman and master of ceremonies.

Not long after Birdland opened Symphony Sid Torin moved over from Bop City and began broadcasting from the club with his “all night, all frantic” show on WJZ.  He broadcast from a booth in the back of the club which featured the latest jazz records alternating with live music from the stage.

Bebop 1945-1950: New Jazz and the Prestige Label
Blog Name: Black History Month 2021Author: San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Posted on: February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021- Today's Bebop Era Topic: New Jazz and the Prestige Label

Prestige Records came along at the tail end of the bebop era recording their first session in January of 1949. It wasn’t known as Prestige though, the original name was "New Jazz."

The label was formed by Bob Weinstock a jazz fan and record dealer that rented space in the Jazz Record Center in 1947. The Jazz Record Center was located on 47th Street in New York right around the corner from the location of the Royal Roost.

When the first Thelonious Monk records came out on Blue Note, Alfred Lion stopped by Weinstock’s shop and dropped some off. Weinstock was hooked and became a fan of the new music.  Drummer Kenny Clarke was a regular at the shop as well and encouraged Weinstock to start his own record label.  

Several record shops had successfully started their own label most notably Commodore and Apollo in New York and Dial on the West coast.

The first New Jazz session took place on January 11, 1949 and featured Lennie Tristano’s Quintet.  

New Jazz made a number of sessions during that first year including dates by Stan Getz, Terry Gibbs and Kai Winding.

In May, they recorded a series of classic bebop dates with J.J. Johnson, Fats Navarro, Sonny Stitt, Bud Powell and Wardell Gray.

Weinstock also started leasing recordings from European labels which included several outstanding sides by James Moody who was living in Europe at the time.

In 1950 New Jazz recorded important dates with Dizzy Gillespie and the first of many two-tenor battles with Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt.

The Prestige name began being used by the middle of 1950 and, along with Blue Note, become one of the most celebrated independent jazz labels of all time. Weinstock had a different approach than Alfred Lion at Blue Note.  He liked to bring musicians together, unrehearsed and capture everything in one take.  In a 1990 interview he explained- “I found charts and rehearsals were the kiss of death. I believe jazz should be free and loose, and should swing. That’s the atmosphere I wanted to create, not the stress and strain of trying to work out some chart.  For a certain period of time while I was supervising sessions, I had every Friday booked at Van Gelder’s studio, often without anything in particular in mind.”

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