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Pharoah Sanders Jan. 6th

Pharaoh Sanders got his start playing with Sun Ra and rose to fame in John Coltrane’s group. With that company, it’s only natural that he would rise to cultural significance. Possessing one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone tones in jazz, Sanders’ intense phrasing has become a touchstone of free-jazz. His classic 1960’s and 70’s albums have cultivated legions of followers worldwide. Making a rare stop in Santa Cruz with his current quartet, Pharaoh Sanders visits the intimate Kuumbwa Jazz Center for two shows Monday, January 6th. Showtimes are 7 & 9 pm.

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End of 2013: Hot Jazz

I’d like to personally congratulate Northern California for surviving the Third Ice Age. Big cold front just passed through Santa Cruz, which made for ideal conditions to sit inside and listen to records all day. Here’s what’s happening in jazz during the end of a frozen December at KZSC:

  1. OUTER BRIDGE ENSEMBLE Determined (OBM)
  2. PINK MARTINI Get Happy (Heinz)
  3. COREY CHRISTIANSEN Lone Prairie (Origin)
  4. GEORGE COLLIGAN The Endless Mysteries (Origin)
  5. BOBBY WATSON Check Cashing Day (Lafiya)
  6. CRAIG YAREMKO Organ Trio  
  7. DAVID BECKER TRIBUNE Distance Travel (Acoustic Music)
  8. SERGIO GALVAO Phantom Fish (Pimenta)
  9. KENNY GARRETT Pushing The World Away (Mack Avenue)
  10. GEORGE COTSIRILOS TRIO Variations (oa2

Last minute…new releases worth sticking in your ears: JOHN CLAYTON Parlor Series; HOWARD ALDEN/ANDY BROWN QUARTET Heavy Artillery; ELEC TET Shiny Metal Objects; JASON LEE BRUNS JAZZ COLLECTIVE Live At Catalina Jazz Club.

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KZSC JAZZ – First of December

The new year is fast approaching! I can’t believe that it’s already December. Here’s the adds and charts for this week at KZSC:

CHARTS:
1    ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT    Black Radio 2    Blue Note
2    AHMAD JAMAL    Saturday Morning    JazzVillage
3    DERRICK HODGE    Live Today    Blue Note
4    GEORGE COLLIGAN    The Endless Mysteries    Origin
5    LISA ENGELKEN    Little Warrior    little angel
6    AUTUMN IN AUGUSTA    Songs My Mama Would Like [EP]    Lucy Smith
7    HARRIS EISENSTADT    Golden State    Songlines
8    JOSHUA SHNEIDER    Joshua Shneider Love Speaks Orchestra    Brooklyn Jazz Underground
9    DAVID BECKER TRIBUNE    Distance Travel    Acoustic Music
10    NICHOLAS PAYTON    Sketches Of Spain    BMF

ADDS:
1    MR. HO’S ORCHESTROTICA QUARTET    Where Here Meets There    Self-Released
2    SERGIO GALVAO    Phantom Fish    Pimenta
3    IRA SULLIVAN PRESENTS THE JIM HOLMAN TRIO    Blue Skies    Delmark
4    ARIEL POCOCK    Touchstone

Have a great week!

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KZSC Jazz, the Charts and Adds – End of November

Whether you’re eating tofu or turkey this year, its normally a time when people from most any background can reflect upon what they’re thankful for. As for me, I’m thankful for having Coltrane’s A Love Supreme to enjoy on vinyl, but also all of the wonderful new and recent releases in KZSC’s Jazz department. Dig this:

Top 10 Charts:

1 AHMAD JAMAL Saturday Morning Jazz Village
2 BEATA PATER Golden Lady Self-Released
3 DAVID BECKER TRIBUNE Distance Travel Acoustic Music
4 HARRIS EISENSTADT Golden State Songlines
5 KENNY GARRETT Pushing The World Away Mack Avenue
6 JOSHUA SHNEIDER Joshua Shneider Love Speaks Orchestra Brooklyn Jazz Underground
7 JEFF LEDERER’S SWING N’ DIX Swing N’ Dix
8 CHARNETT MOFFETT Spirit Of Sound Motema
9 ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT Black Radio 2 Blue Note
10 PINK MARTINI Get Happy Heinz

ADDS:

1 GEORGE COLLIGAN The Endless Mysteries Origin
2 MICHELLE ZANGARA Songs Of Blue MZRecords
3 RALPHIE ARMSTRONG HomeBASS Mack Avenue
4 BOBBY WATSON Check Cashing Day Lafiya
5 MITCH FROHMAN’S LATIN JAZZ QUARTET From Daddy With Love

bOk! From the entirety of staff at KZSC, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgivukkah filled with love and gratitude!

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Mid-November New Jazz Releases

What’s happenin’ in jazz?  Here it is:

Top New Jazz Releases:

1    BEATA PATER    Golden Lady    Self-Released
2    ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT    Black Radio 2    Blue Note
3    BILL MAYS AND THE INVENTIONS TRIO    Life’s A Movie    Chiaroscuro
4    DAVID SILLS    Blue’s The New Green    Gut String
5    HARRIS EISENSTADT    Golden State    Songlines
6    JOSHUA SHNEIDER    Joshua Shneider Love Speaks Orchestra    Brooklyn Jazz Underground
7    SUZI STERN    Romancing The Dark    Bus Biscuit
8    ZOOT SIMS    Compatibility    Delmark REcords
9    RESONANCE    Introductions    Mandala
10    JAZZ COMBUSTION UPRISING    Self-Immolation    Flaming Hakama

Just In:
1    MATT BAKER    Underground    Self-Released
2    B.D. LENZ    Ready Or Not    Jade Buddah
3    JUAN GARCIA-HERREROS SNOW OWL    Normas    Inner Circle
4    DAVID BECKER TRIBUNE    Distance Travel    Acoustic Music
5    NICHOLAS PAYTON    Sketches Of Spain    BMF

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KZSC Jazz Charts First Week of Spetember

I hope you had a good long labor day weekend! Unless you’re like some of us who face the irony of working on labor day, the long weekend is an indicator that summer is on it’s way out. As the gears begin to turn a little more at KZSC, here’s what’s happening with Jazz last week:

CHARTS:
1    DERRICK HODGE    Live Today    Blue Note
2    ANNIE KOZUCH    Mostly Jobim    Self-Released
3    BRIAN ANDRES AND THE AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ CARTEL    San Francisco    Bacalao
4    CLARK SOMMERS BASH    Clark Summers Bash    Origin
5    CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO    Out Here    Mack Avenue
6    RESONANCE    Introductions    Mandala
7    MICHELLE POLLACE    New Beginning
8    FRED FRIED AND CORE    Core Bacharach
9    FIVEPLAY JAZZ QUINTET    Five And More    Auraline
10    MARTIN BEJERANO    Potential Energy    Figgland