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A Sincere Thank You for Your Support

The bandstand at Cinema Under the Stars on Feb. 29, 2024, just minutes before Luther Hughes and the Cannonball-Coltrane Project took the stage to cap-off our month-long celebration of the Coltrane Legacy back in February. These events, where we come together over food, drink, and music — as a community — don’t happen without your appetite for them. For so many reasons, we need them more now than ever; your dedicated and continued support makes it all possible. Photo by Chad Fox.

By Matt Silver

Hey there, Jazz88ers. It's been a whirwind of a last ten days, but we made it. The 2024 Spring Membership Drive has concluded. We welcomed new members — some had been listening for years and chose this week to take that next step; some, like one woman I remember speaking with who was in town visiting from North Carolina, were excited to find something new that they might now make part of their everyday lives. And we heard from many familiar names who've been riding with us for all or part of the last 50 years.

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Jazz Live- April 24- A Shorty Rogers Celebration

For our next Jazz Live, KSDS will celebrate the centennial of a principal architect of west coast Jazz, Shorty Rogers. Join us THIS WEDNESDAY as we honor Shorty through live music and film. Music starts at 7:30 and Trumpeter Ron Stout and Reedman Jerry Pinter brings a terrific band that will play Shorty’s arrangements that will harken back to the golden age of west coast jazz. Before the music, we’ll begin the celebration with a special film screening at 6:30PM bringing never before seen footage from this foundational era of West Coast music.

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Jazz at Tio Leo's

Holly Hofmann's jazz series continues this month at Tio Leo's Restaurant and Lounge at 5302 Napa St. at Morena Blvd. Jazz at Tio Leo's is happening every Sunday evening from 5-7pm and features Southern California's finest jazz musicians in a quiet, spacious setting with full bar and Mexican cuisine. There is also plenty of free parking. See this month's schedule below:

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Spring Membership Drive 2024: We Look Back at Norman Granz's Legacy and Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Jazz at the Philharmonic

We can’t bring you back to the grand auditoriums that hosted installments of Norman Granz’s Jazz at the Philharmonic, but we’ll come closer than anyone else.

By Matt Silver

This July 2nd will mark 80 years since Norman Granz presented the very first Jazz at the Philharmonic (JATP). So named because it was held at Los Angeles's Philharmonic Auditorium, then the 2700-seat home of the LA Phil, JATP was the first, the biggest, the longest running, and the most socially impactful jazz concert series of its kind.

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Today's Birthdays

Born on this day, April 20th

  • 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.

On This Day

April 20th in Jazz History…

  • 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.