John Coltrane A Love Supreme

John Hanrahan Quartet & Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”

The hosts of “Stirrin’ the Soup” had the pleasure of hosting two members from the Chicago-based group known as the John Hanrahan Quartet last week. John (the leader/drummer, now based in Santa Cruz) and his longtime bandmate/tenor saxophonist Brian Kephart, joined us for an exciting discussion about their show at Kuumbwa Jazz. When I heard that this group was going to perform Coltrane’s magnum opus A Love Supreme, I was impressed at the ambition of these guys – I mean,  what a piece to tackle! Here’s the crazy part: these guys meet up transnationally from Chicago to Santa Cruz every few years to play A Love Supreme without rehearsal, straight from the heart and from the top of the head. I went to their show and can say with unmatched certainty that these guys are amazing. Brian absolutely tears it up on the tenor sax and the rest of the band carries the tunes phenomenally. There was something special happening inside the Jazz Center that night; several attendees of the show reported sharing a feeling of spiritual connection to the music throughout the performance. Not quite speechless, but I can only express so much via text so please, find a comfy chair, sit back, relax and check out our discussion about the music we call “Jazz” if you like, and I hope you find it as stimulating as we did. Disclaimer: It’s a long one.

 

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Goodbye Kevin Spitzer

The old adage “time flies when your having fun” certainly applies to Kevin Spitzer.  He first joined KZSC 14 years ago; long-time listeners will recall programs he’s hosted in the past such as “Celtic Undercurrents”, “Freedom Flight”, “Turtle Island” and “Imagine”. Kevin was also a regular substitute host of countless folk and talk shows, served twice on our Program Review Committee and helped on a variety of construction projects at KZSC. Even if you’re not familiar with his past, no doubt you’ve heard Kevin’s current show, “Conciliation Sunday”. In the spirit of his program, we can share with you that Kevin is having his “second Saturn Return”. As such, a change has got to come, even if all of us wish it weren’t so. Kevin is heading out on a new adventure, which will take him beyond the range of our 20,000 watts. With his heart and spirit devoted to raising consciousness among our staff and our listeners, Kevin Spitzer will be sorely missed by all of us at The Great 88. He is one of the volunteers who helped make us what we are today.

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The Band Rings in 1972

Unknown-3In 1971 the band played a four night run at New York’s Academy of Music that culminated in a powerhouse New Years Eve show. In 71′ the tightest band in rock n’ roll was at an apex, ripping through their extensive repertoire. Recordings of this run were originally released in 1972 as the double LP “Rock of Ages,” but now the shows are getting the just in time for the holidays box set treatment. The five disc set includes many never before released versions of Band classics including the entire New Years Eve set which features a visit from old bandleader Bob Dylan himself. At this time Dylan was just beginning to step back into the spotlight after his 1966 motorcycle accident, and his presence here is the kind of the thing that makes history major rock nerds like myself giddy.

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Chris Webster and Nina Gerber Live on Backroads Sun, Dec 15th

Chris Webster and Nina Gerber will be visiting the Backroads show live on KZSC on Sunday, December 15, 2013 between noon and 2pm prior to their concert appearance at Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA at 7pm that evening. They’ll be celebrating the release of their new CD “Apple Blossom Lane” which features Chris’s warm bluesy folk vocals and Nina’s tasty guitar backup. Both are veterans of the Bay Area folk scene.

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Programmer of the Month

Listeners know him as “DJ Apple”; his real name is Dan Morookian. Dan’s last radio show on KZSC was November 21st. Here’s Dan’s story:  “As a University of California, Riverside student, I hosted a late night Grateful Dead/Phish radio show on the campus station KUCR called Radio Daze. I had a chance to visit both KALX (UC Berkeley) and KZSC as a student during annual UC Radio Network conferences. It made me appreciate more than ever the positive effect a college radio station can have on its community. I moved to Santa Cruz County after graduation January 3rd, 1999 and got a neat job at the Cowell/Stevenson colleges (on the UCSC campus). Someone I worked with suggested that I take KZSC’s radio broadcast course…I had thought that my radio days would only be as a student! I was one of 25 in the class and the only non-student. Not long after that, the KZSC Beatles show at the time called I’m only Sleeping ended, and I started hosting a new one called Here, There & Everywhere which remains on the schedule today. I have always loved radio and KZSC was on all the time in my many homes in Santa Cruz. And as a former KZSC DJ, it’s good to know that I have been part of adding to the Santa Cruz positive vibration. Coincidentally, I plan to spend my very last day in Santa Cruz 15 years to the day on January 3, 2014.”  On behalf of KZSC, Beatle fans and all the listeners you have brought hours of joy to over the years, we salute you DJ Apple! You are missed already.

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Programmer of the Month: DJ Amanda Rose

This month’s Programmer of the Month is the mighty Amanda Timoney (otherwise known as DJ Amanda Rose) of the beloved Power through Procrastination show. Ever since the show’s debut in January of 2013, Amanda has developed a cult following by featuring soundtracks from films you love. A typical 3-hour playlist will have everything from Cheap Trick to “Sound of Music” to Gogol Bordello or ELO. Along with her super powers as a DJ, Amanda also brings her talents to KZSC’s spreadsheets as our Business Manager…they don’t call her “T-Money” for nothing!

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Amanda and Mom

Speaking of money, during our Fall Fundraising Drive, Amanda brought her mom up the station to help out. The mother-daughter team helped raise over $1,300 in three hours. And if you ever get a chance, ask Amanda about how she almost got eaten by a crocodile. Hear the radio show everyone’s talking about on the weekend: Power through Procrastination Saturdays from 9 am to noon on The Great 88, KZSC.