Hula & A Movie Jan.19th

Santa Cruz’s own Ladies of Mehana hula halau are hosting a Santa Cruz movie premiere by writer/director Keo Woolford, shot on location in Hawai’i.  “The Haumana” (The Student) is an indie charmer, the story of Jonny Kealoha, who is working a Waikiki Polynesian revue when he is appointed successor to a high school boys’ hula class. It’s a movie by Hawaiians, about Hawai’i for Hawai’i…and for all of us to see. (Spoiler Alert: watch for the famous and much beloved singer Marlene Sai acting in this movie!).  There will be a question & answer session with the film’s director after the feature. “The Haumana” premieres Sunday, January 19th at The Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz.  The box office opens at 3:3o; hula and other pre-show entertainment begins at 4:30 pm; the film rolls at 5.



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.


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.

John McCutcheon, Fri Jan 17th

John McCutcheon makes his annual visit to Santa Cruz, in a benefit concert for the Resource Center for Nonviolence in their concert hall on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:30pm. John is a well-regarded folk musician who is a songwriter, storyteller, singer, and multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, guitar, hammered dulcimer) and has recorded over 30 albums for adults and kids, receiving multiple Grammy nominations. His tunes and songs range from the traditional to poignant stories that relate to political and socially conscious issues. Folk music is featured on KZSC’s Backroads show, every Sunday from noon-2pm.

Mid-Jazzuary Music Charts


I hope your new year is off to a good roll, and I know we’re all looking forward to the good things ahead! Speaking of, here’s whats happening in the Jazz department at KZSC:

1    CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT    WomanChild    Mack Ave.
2    DAVID BECKER TRIBUNE    Distance Travel    Acoustic Music
4    KENNY GARRETT    Pushing The World Away    Mack Avenue
5    PHIL WOODS AND THE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA    New Celebration    Chiaroscuro
6    SERGIO GALVAO    Phantom Fish    Pimenta
7    JOHN CLAYTON    Parlor Series    Self-Released
8    TED BRANCATO    The Next Step
9    DIANE HUBKA    West Coast Strings    SSJ
10    BOBBY WATSON    Check Cashing Day    Lafiya

1    MATT RENZI    Rise And Shine    Three P’s
2    CHARLES BOLES QUARTET    Blue Continuum    Detroit Music Factory
3    JACQUES LESURE    When She Smiles    WJ3
4    STEVE TRESELER    Center Song    CMA
5    HERB SILVERSTEIN    Monday Morning    Self-Released


Rock Charts – Second Week of Jan.

Top 10:

mx6Fi8bGNpbuxV01EYV51eg1. THEE OH SEES – Singles Collection, Volume 3
2. BLOOD ORANGE – Cupid Deluxe
3. SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS – Give The People What They Want
4. ARCADE FIRE – Reflektor
5. CHEAP TIME – Exit Smiles
6. THE GORIES – The Shaw Tapes: Live From 1988
7. FUZZ – Live In San Francisco
8. DESTROYER – Five Spanish Songs
10. WHITE FENCE – Live In San Francisco



Top Adds:

imgres1. PAINTED PALMS – Forever
2. DAMIEN JURADO – Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son
4. BOY AND BEAR – Harlequin Dream
5. TOY – Join The Dots





I’m so excited about the new Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings album. Last week they were the top added album both nationally and here at KZSC!!!!!!!