San Diego's Jazz

San Diego's Jazz88.3 On-Air Staff

Dr. Ricky Shabazz

Dr. Ricky Shabazz, President of San Diego City College.

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Gary Beck

He is a long-time broadcaster whose talents have taken him around the country. Gary Beck has worked in various formats but his love of jazz and blues is evident when you hear him weekday mornings. This third-generation San Diegan began his long association with Jazz88 in October of 1974 and he has done shows off and on since that time. Gary is a big fan of soul-jazz, but also has a soft spot for eclectic singers like Zan Gardner and Rickie Lee Jones. You can also visit him on his Facebook page.

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Ken Borgers

Ken Borgers been a presence on southern California radio (KRNO, KNAC, KCLU, etc.) since his college days at KUSC in the late 1960s. From 2005 to 2009, he was the afternoon news anchor on KCRW-FM in Santa Monica. Borgers was the architect of the jazz format at KLON (now KKJZ) in Long Beach/Los Angeles, and served as its program director for 23 years. Ken has taught radio/television courses at LBUSD, Loyola Marymount University, and currently at Long Beach City College, where he was an adjunct professor for 40 years. Ken hosts a straight-ahead jazz show entitled, "Straight Ahead" that airs on Saturdays (10am-2pm).

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Ron Dhanifu

Ron Dhanifu has a gift for hearing what's in the music, so you always get a captivating show. His favorite artist is Miles Davis, but his favorite instrument is the alto sax. He started working for KSDS in 1977 and has lived in San Diego for 30+ years.

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Dave Drexler

A trusted broadcast professional for more than 30 years, Emmy-winning Dave Drexler is one of San Diego's best-known voice-over talents, on-camera presenters and media writer/producers. Dave is the Director of Drexler Media, a professor at San Diego City College and Palomar College, and is the Producer/Director of our Jazz Live Series. When not immersed in some sort of audio, Dave enjoys world travel and he is the host of 'Inside Art', heard every Sunday morning at 9:30 on KSDS.

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Chad Fox

Since joining KSDS-FM as a DJ in 2009, Chad Fox is our Operations, Programming and Development Director. He was drawn to Jazz 88.3 by his long-standing passion for Free Jazz, Avant-Garde, and Experimental/Creative music. A native of Lancaster, Ohio, Chad loves collecting vinyl and jazz memorabilia. Check out his weekly show 'Loosely Knit' every Sunday, 6-8pm. Follow Chad Fox on Twitter or on his Facebook show page.

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Billy Vera

Billy Vera is a GRAMMY® winning singer, songwriter, actor, author and music historian. He has been a singer and songwriter since the 1960s, his most successful record being "At This Moment", a US number 1 hit in 1987. He continues to perform with his group Billy Vera & The Beaters, and won a Grammy Award in 2013.

Billy is thrilled to present "Jump Blues" to the KSDS audience. It's one of his musical passions. You can hear him every Saturday night, 6-8PM (Pacific).

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Gordon Goodwin

Having amassed 21 GRAMMY® nominations, four GRAMMY® wins and three Emmy wins, Gordon Goodwin is the most decorated big band leader in the 21st century. He is leader of Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, an internationally known ensemble with a reputation as one of the most exciting large ensembles in jazz.

The BPB has released eight critically acclaimed records, including Life in the Bubble, which garnered four Grammy Nominations, and won the Grammy for "Best Large Ensemble Album."

Gordon's composing for film and television has garnered him three Emmy Awards. He has written and worked with artists like Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Johnny Mathis, John Williams, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, Leslie Odom Jr, Lang Lang, Idina Menzel and Quincy Jones, to name a few. His charts are played all over the world, and along with his method books and CDs, have been a robust source of inspiration and learning for thousands of young musicians.

Goodwin is excited to bring his radio program called "Phat Tracks with Gordon Goodwin," airing Saturdays from 1-3PM Pacific on KSDS-FM.

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Jim Gallert

I'm Jim Gallert, proprietor of Jazz Across America- Detroit, the new Detroit focused Jazz program here on KSDS, Jazz 88.3 FM. It'll air every Tuesday night from 5-7PM (Pacific).

I was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1950, and I've lived in and around Detroit my entire life. I've produced/hosted Jazz programs on WDET-FM (Jazz Yesterday, 1973-1993), Detroit Jazz Alive, 1990-1993.) On WEMU-FM I hosted Swing City, 1995-1997.  Both stations are NPR outlets.

My writing has appeared in numerous Magazines, the African American Almanac 9th edition, and served as Liner Notes.

I hope you'll enjoy Jazz Across America- Detroit.  I'll feature Jazz musicians from the Motor City and other places.  I'll comment on the music and musicians and try to paint an audio portrait of Detroit.
Detroit musicians will be invited to drop by with their latest recorded offering, or to share thoughts & opinions.

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Judy Carmichael

An established Jazz singer and the host of the syndicated program, "Jazz Inspired."

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Kenny Washington

One of the top jazz drummers of the past 40 years, Kenny Washington is also a jazz historian who has played all styles of jazz. 

Kenny Washington spent 10 years as a disc jockey at WBGO, public radio station in New Jersey. From there he was recruited by Sirius Satellite Radio to become the first jazz program director from 1999-2003. In 2000 he was awarded the Jazz Journalists Association's Marian McPartland/Willis Conover Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

He is also an influential jazz educator, teaching jazz history and drums at SUNY Purchase College, the Juilliard School, private studies at NYU and the New School. He is constantly sought after for master classes and as an artist in residence in addition to teaching private lessons.

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Loren Schoenberg

Loren Schoenberg is Senior Scholar of The National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He is currently on the faculty at The Juilliard School, and has also taught at Manhattan School of Music, and The New School. Mr. Schoenberg has lectured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The White House, The New York Philharmonic, Stanford University, and The Aspen Institute.

Mr. Schoenberg has conducted the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) as well as The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, The American Jazz Orchestra and the WDR Jazz Orchestrain Koln, Germany. Mr. Schoenberg, a tenor saxophonist/pianist, has played and recorded with Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Heath, Eddie Durham, Marian McPartland, Clark Terry, John Lewis, Christian McBride, Buck Clayton, and was musical director for Bobby Short from 1997-2005.  He also received two Grammy awards, for best album notes in 1994 and 2004. From 1986-1995, Mr. Schoenberg oversaw the Benny Goodman Archives at Yale University. 

He has taught for several Jazz at Lincoln Center education programs, and for 20 years served as a screening judge for their Essentially Ellington program. Mr. Schoenberg has been published widely (including the New York Times), and his book, The NPR Guide to Jazz , was released in 2003. He was hired by in 2001 to lead the effort to establish The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and served for over a decade as its Executive Director, creating many of its signal programs, and enlisted Christian McBride, Jonathan Batiste, Ken Burns, and Wynton Marsalis to the museum's mission.

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Neil Tesser

GRAMMY® Award-winning journalist Neil Tesser has reviewed, reported on, and broadcast jazz in Chicago for nearly 50  years, including "Jazz Forum" at NPR station WBEZ-FM Chicago (1980-1996); the nationally syndicated jazz commentary program "Listen Here!" (2005-2008); and from 2017-2019, programs on the WFMT Jazz Network, heard nationwide and in China. In 2018, he received the Jazz Journalists Association’s Marian McPartland-Willis Conover Award for Career Excellence in Broadcasting,

In 2015, Tesser received that organization's Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his work in print journalism. A regular contributor to JAZZIZ Magazine, he has written liner notes for nearly 550 albums, receiving an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award and, in 2013, the GRAMMYfor his notes to John Coltrane's Afro-Blue Impressions. Author of The Playboy Guide to Jazz (Plume Books), he has contributed chapters various anthologies, including The Oxford Companion To Jazz (Oxford, 2000), and he edited Learning To Listen, the autobiography of famed vibraphonist Gary Burton (Berklee Press, 2013). Jazz writer for the Chicago READER from 1973-2008, he was the first jazz critic for USA Today as well as Playboy Magazine's jazz critic from 1991-2002, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times,Rolling Stone,Downbeat, and other magazines.

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Roderick-The Rev, Paulin

Paulin is an internationally-renowned saxophonist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator. He began his professional career while only in the 6th grade, performing with his brothers in his father's, legendary traditional jazz musician, Ernest Paulin's brass band, The Doc Paulin Dixieland Jazz Band.

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Sam Wisman

Sam started listening to jazz regularly on the radio when he was just 13 years old, and his life as a musician and radio guy continues to intertwine. Son of a merchant and a classical musician, he came to Kansas City to attend the UMKC Conservatory and study with the legendary saxophonist, composer, and Jazz Messenger, Bobby Watson. During school, he shelved a lot of records and played "drop the needle" at the Marr Sound Archives. After graduating Cum Laude with a degree in Percussion Performance, Sam became a versatile fixture in Kansas City's music scene.

 Sam is a member of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, the People's Liberation Big Band, Kinnor Philharmonic, Marimba Sol de Chiapas, Owen/Cox Dance Group, HoraceScope, and the Roger Wilder Quintet & Trio.  Sam has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Ensemble Iberica, the Topeka Symphony, Weird Al Yankovic, Ana Gasteyer, Krystle Warren, Bobby Watson, Terrell Stafford, The New York Voices, Matt Otto, Hermon Mehari, The Sons of Brasil, and plays regularly with, Mark Lowrey, Chris Hazelton, Ken Lovern, Matt Hopper and many more.  He has worked extensively as a percussionist in musical theater including helping to premiere works by Harry Connick Jr., Stephen Schwartz, Shirley Jones & Richard Maltby Jr., Jodi Picoult, Henry Krieger & Bill Russell, and Ahrens & Flaherty.

He hosted Jazz Afternoon on 90.1 FM KKFI for over 10 years as well as working behind the scenes as a producer, data & traffic specialist, and community marketing representative. Currently Sam is a producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a back-up announcer for Kansas City's NPR affiliate, KCUR 89.3.

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Joe Kocherhans

Joe Kocherhans started his DJ career as a City College student in 1972. He worked at KFSD (classical) for 5 years. He can currently be heard Monday through Friday mornings (6am-10am). At 730AM on Sundays, he features 'Portrait in Jazz.' Joe is our Music Director and is, quite literally, The Voice of Jazz

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Miff Mole

Miff Mole says don't get hung up before the end. He also says dig when it's really important. Either Chris Johnson or Bruce Lee said "be like water" and Mr. Mole digs that. If born in another era, Mr. Mole would have been a scientist discovering a new sound. If he could do whatever he wanted, Miff. Mole would sit quietly. It would look a lot like napping.

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Larry Murry

Larry Murry has been on the air at Jazz 88.3 since 1991. His personal love of the music has a strong influence on his expert programming skills. In addition to being a radio guy, Larry is an accomplished photographer. You can hear Larry M-W from 10P-12M and on Sunday afternoons.

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Ken Poston

Ken is the Station Manager of KSDS-FM. He is also the founder and director of The Los Angeles Jazz Institute, one of the foremost jazz organizations in the world. Ken's commitment to the art form is very strong and he is extremely excited to be at helm of KSDS.

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Claudia Russell

As a child she learned jazz songs from her mom, as well as seeing Dizzy Gillespie and Buddy Rich on The Muppet Show. Claudia picks the guitar and tenor saxophone as her favorite instruments, and says picking a favorite musician depends on mood and circumstance. Claudia is also our Promotions Director and host of "Bohemia After Dark" heard weekday evenings from 7-10PM Pacific.

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