Jazz has a long history on KSJS, and continues to be an integral part of our music programming. Jazz on KSJS dates back over 30 years, to the ‘70s, when our weekend programming was devoted to African-American public affairs. From this grew “The Creative Source”, which was our weekend long jazz block, featuring a strong emphasis on jazz-rock fusion.
Today, KSJS’ jazz programming is scattered throughout the entire week, and includes Kevin Foley’s “Unconscious Desires”, Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Chef Ramon’s ”Blues Café”, Fridays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Mike Schwartz’s “Straight No Chaser”, Sundays, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.; and Brad Stone’s “The Creative Source, Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., amongst others. Our jazz programming includes all genres of jazz: bebob, hard bop, free jazz, avant garde, big band, fusion, swing, post bop, etc., with a particular emphasis on new releases by today’s current artists (the “live” guys! – but always with respect and deference to the Masters), young musicians, local jazz performers – as well as jazz from all round the globe, and new, original compositions. Our jazz programs also often include related music such as the blues, Brazilian and Afro-Caribbean music. So, check out the jazz programming on KSJS – this isn’t your parents music! – you just might be surprised by what you hear!