Charts and Adds: Second Week of September

Summer may be ending, but things are really heating up with in terms of Jazz in the area. The  57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival has come to to town as well as some great sounds to KZSC. The charts remain dominated by Concord and Bluenote favorites, but some new artists from the international stage are rightly making their presence known on the airwaves and in the station. Most notably, young vocalist Malika Tirolien and Mexican pianist Alex Mercado (and his quintet). Canadian based artist, Malika Tirolien is increasingly getting critics attention with her smooth blend of R&B and Afro-Carribean infused jazz, which adds to a fresh new sound to jazz. Mexico City may not be known for jazz, but has given birth to one special pianist that makes us take a second look south for what’s new in jazz. Classically trained Mexican Pianist, Alex Mercado debuts his masterful skills on his album Symbiosis, which is steep in melodic improvisations and virtuosity. If the summer has taught me anything, it’s that it has surely set the stage for the upcoming school year for jazz.

Malika Tirolien



1    BAD PLUS    Inevitable Western    SPEAKEASY
2    MALIKA TIROLIEN    Sur La Voie Ensoleillee
3    BOSSACUCANOVA    Our Kind Of Bossa    Six Degrees
4    JOSE JAMES    While You Were Sleeping    Blue Note
5    JOSHUA REDMAN    Trios Live    Nonesuch
6    BRIAN BLADE AND THE FELLOWSHIP BAND    Landmarks    Blue Note
7    YELENA ECKEMOFF QUINTET    A Touch Of Radiance    L and H
8    MELISSA ALDANA AND CRASH TRIO    Melissa Aldana And Crash Trio    Concord
9    LISA HILTON    Kaleidoscope    Self-Released
10    DR. JOHN    Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit Of Satch    Concord


1    YELENA ECKEMOFF QUINTET    A Touch Of Radiance    L and H
2    AFRO BOP ALLIANCE    Angel Eyes    Zoho
3    ALEX MERCADO TRIO    Symbiosis    Fornarte Latino
4    BOBBY BROOM    My Shining Hour    Origin
5    MOON HOOCH    This Is Cave Music    Palmetto-Hornblow

Reggae on the river

Reggae on the River! what a joy and a blessing to share,Singer/songwriter/activist Janine ‘Jah9′.

She has been credited as the creator of the Jazz on Dub genre. Her vocals blend the Jazz melodies of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone with the Dancehall attack of Sizzla Kalongi above the heavy Dub rhythm akin to Augustus Pablo.

Jah9 developed her sound in the underground poetry/live music scene, but now intends to take her word sounds to the world. Her signature sound has led to collaborations with platinum producer Donovan Bennett of Don Corleon Records, dancehall pioneer Rory Gilligan of Stone Love International, Sheldon Bernard and living legend Beres Hammond of Harmony House Music.search

Reggae Hot

Easy To Love is a fine representation of lovers’ rock, an effortless blend of reggae, R&B and dancehall with universal appeal. The sophistication he brings to these tracks is the mark of true quality. His delivery and phrasing are impeccable, and his choice of material and collaborators are strategic and brilliant.

The title track was a No. 1 hit on reggae charts last summer, evidence that Maxi Priest has a gift for staying fresh. The song features the legendary Jamaican drum and bass duo Sly & Robbie, who’ve played on some of Maxi’s biggest hits, including “Wild World,” “Some Guys Have All The Luck,” “Close To You,” and “Housecall” (featuring Shabba Ranks) as well as the new album track “Every Little Thing.

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Alexandra Starlight!

Interview with Alexandra & the Starlight Band

Alexandra Starlight and Zachary James of Alexandra & the Starlight Band stopped by the station to do an interview with our own DJ Soul Patch during his program Not-so-distant Relatives which airs every Thursday from 2pm-4pm. Listen for Alexandra’s rocking acoustic jam! Although the KZSC talk department is fairly new on the scene, KZSC has a long tradition of getting awesome artists, writers, musicians and other talented people on the air. We want to keep that tradition alive by getting more exposure for some of these great interviews you may have missed, and some that are coming up in the near future! Stay tuned to KZSC and kzsc.org


Andrew Jackson Jihad + Hard Girls + Dogbreth at the Rio Theatre 7/29

Acoustic-punk heroes Andrew Jackson Jihad don’t like jerks — just ask the handbill for their upcoming Santa Cruz show. On Tuesday, July 29th, the whip-smart antifolk troubadours stop at the Rio Theatre for an all-ages gig with post-punk trio Hard Girls and “pup-punk” sextet Dogbreth. This lineup should raise DIY hell and cannot be missed. Plus, you’re likely to find many of our loyal staffers there to witness the madness and probably hand out some KZSC stickers n’ other media while we’re at it! For more information or tickets, check out riotheatre.com, but until then, rock out in your dreams!!!


Rock Charts – Last Week of June!

Top 10:

WYR0514tubejktnoguidlines1. PARQUET COURTS – Sunbathing Animal
2. ORWELLS – Disgraceland
3. FUCKED UP – Glass Boy
4. THEE OH SEES – Drop
5. WOODS – With Light And With Love
7. GOLD-BEARS – Dalliance
8. WHITE LUNG – Deep Fantasy
10. FRESH AND ONLYS – House Of Spirits


Top 5 Adds:

tigers-jaw-charmer1. TIGERS JAW – Charmer
2. A SUNNY DAY IN GLASGOW – Sea When Absent
3. DONOVAN BLANC – Donovan Blanc
4. BLACK BANANAS – Electric Brick Wall
5. 1, 2, 3 – Big Weather





I’m pretty into this new Tigers Jaw album. It is some fun 90s influenced pop punky stuff.