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  • This episode of “Just Jazz” shines the spotlight on multi-instrumentalist Teddy Charles. Originally playing both piano and drums, he’s remembered today mainly as a player of the vibes; yet he’d been playing that instrument for just a year and a half when, still a teenager, he was hired to play them with Benny Goodman.Tune in to hear a dozen performances featuring Teddy Charles, all but one recorded during the 1950s, the decade when he was at his most active and most experimental, before largely abandoning the music business and devoting his life to something completely different.
  • Singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones has always been hard to pin down-- stylistically, geographically and in most other ways--as her fascinating memoir, Last Chance Texaco, makes clear. While Time Magazine dubbed Rickie the “Duchess of Coolsville” this is a woman who has stormed through a life of challenges that would have felled most people, making her cool mien even more impressive.While Rickie has always thought of herself as a jazz singer—and was voted best jazz singer in Playboy and Rolling Stone polls two years in a row—she has not always been embraced by the jazz community. And while some of her past CDs have included jazz, her latest, Pieces of Treasure, is her first focusing completely on jazz as she celebrates some of her favorite standards from the Great American Songbook. I talked with Rickie Lee Jones about it all from her home in New Orleans last month.
  • No COVID. March marked four years since the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health failures and government inaction have forced communities to take matters into their own hands. On today's show, we look at two groups steeped in the values of community care: the Auntie Sewing Squad and Pandemic Solidarity for the Long Future.
  • Quincy Troupe, author, Miles and Me. In this interview, Troupe discuss his friendship with Miles Davis. Part 1 of a two-part series.
  • Guests: Darryl Stanford, CSM Astronomy Professor discusses the recent solar eclipse, the astronomy program at CSM, and the history of space exploration and observation. Also, Marco Wehrfritz, Skyline College Engineering Professor discusses running the Makers Space at Skyline, and how it allows for students to be creative and build skills to help them in their future careers.
  • This week, we honor the "Prince Of Vout," Mr. McVouty himself, Slim Gaillard. He was a one-of-a-kind-o-reenee as he spoke 7 languages including his own language of Vout, played guitar, piano, drums and several other instruments, wrote off-beat tunes that were always drenched in rhythm and jive and appeared on TV and in several motion pictures. Slim Gaillard's beginnings are shrouded in mystery, but we know he burst on the scene with Slam Stewart in 1938 with the classic "Flat Feet Floogee," which was an international hit. In the '40s, he worked with bop cats, Dodo Marmarosa, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. He sang songs about Armenian menus, groove juice cocktails, cement mixers and poodles, jumping back and forth from English to Vout. There is only one Slim Gaillard and you've got to dig his amazing story
  • 2024 NEA Jazz Master Terence Blanchard has a career spanning three decades in both jazz and film scoring. We revisit our 2019 episode on Blanchard’s work with Spike Lee, his E-Collective band, and more.
  • The Brazilian Hour (Originally aired 02/12/2014). Born in Schenectady, New York, in 1927, Richard Hadlock spent his younger years in suburban Connecticut and his teenage years in Rio de Janeiro – his father was President of RCA-Brazil, 1940-1957 – giving birth to his love of the Portuguese language and the history of Brazilian music. In this edition Richard shares rare recordings from his years in Brazil.
  • Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with KCSM. Our theme, "Passing the Torch," honors jazz's tradition and its influence on generations of musicians. Whether you're a jazz enthusiast or new to the genre, there's something for everyone. Join KCSM at the KCSM studio in the lower level of the CSM Library (Building 9) for a day of music, culture, and celebration with light refreshments. Open to the Public!
  • Comedy writer Mike Reiss has enjoyed a long career making people laugh, from his early years with National Lampoon, Johnny Carson and The Gary Shandling Show, to his continuing work with the animated series, The Simpsons.Mike was one of the original writers for The Simpsons, a show he still contributes to 35 years on between writing children’s stories, traveling with his excursion-loving wife Denise and publishing his most recent book, What Am I Doing Here? A Simpsons’ Writer Visits the World’s Hellholes So You Don’t Have To.”Mike Reiss is one of those deliciously cranky people who love to rail against various notions while keeping you laughing and somehow delighted throughout. Mike and I met in Panama on the elegant Silver Shadow cruise ship where he was lecturing on The Simpsons and I was flown in to play a concert. Knowing the many connections The Simpsons has with jazz, I asked Mike if he’s a jazz fan to which he enthusiastically responded, “I hate jazz.” Naturally, I had to have him on my show.
  • Reproductive Justice: The Ongoing Struggle for Bodily Autonomy. Today we share excerpts from “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” a documentary filled with stories that still resonate today as women face new challenges around reproductive rights and sexual violence. The documentary tells the stories of the activists of the Women’s Liberation Movement that gained traction in the late 1960s and led to social and policy changes that set women on a path towards equality and reproductive justice. It also addresses the intersections of race and gender and the experiences of the Black women who were integral to this movement. The film is about activists, those who inspire, organize, and revolutionize the world by changing the standards and broadening what we think is possible.
  • Quincy Troupe, author Miles and Me. In part two of this series, Troupe shares his candid account of his friendship with Miles Davis, revealing a portrait of a great musician in his unique relationship with Davis as a writer and friend.
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