blues http://kalw.org en Blues legend Sugar Pie DeSanto still hits the high notes http://kalw.org/post/blues-legend-sugar-pie-desanto-still-hits-high-notes <p></p><p>She began winning talent shows up and down Fillmore Street at 18, when she weighed just 85 pounds, wore size 3 shoes and went by her given name, Umpeylia Marsema Balinton. Her first hit, in 1959, rose to number 3 on the Billboard charts. She sang with greats like Etta James, opened for James Brown and took on a stage name, Sugar Pie DeSanto. Now at age 78, she lives in Oakland and still sings the blues.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:33:38 +0000 Hana Baba & Produced by Ashleyanne Krigbaum 46406 at http://kalw.org Blues legend Sugar Pie DeSanto still hits the high notes Wednesday: Mark Naftalin pays tribute to Horace Silver & Jimmy Scott http://kalw.org/post/wednesday-mark-naftalin-pays-tribute-horace-silver-jimmy-scott <p>Fog City Blues is off this week, but Mark Naftalin returns with a special two-hour broadcast of the Blues Power Hour.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he first hour will include musical tributes to two recently-departed musical greats: composer-pianist Horace Silver and vocal balladeer extraordinaire Jimmy Scott. &nbsp;The second hour will feature a “45 Party” (the “45” is a medium of recorded sound, in this case, not a firearm). Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:35:08 +0000 Devon Strolovitch 45909 at http://kalw.org Wednesday: Mark Naftalin pays tribute to Horace Silver & Jimmy Scott Djangofest on the Fog City Blues http://kalw.org/post/djangofest-fog-city-blues <p><a href="http://djangofest.com/home/djangofest-mill-valley/">Djangofest Mill Valley</a> is the annual Bay Area celebration of guitarist Django Reinhardt and all things Gypsy Swing. We'll be joined live in the studio by two of this year's featured artists, Los Angeles-based <a href="http://www.triodinicu.com/">Trio Dinicu</a>&nbsp;and Finnish guitarist <a href="http://www.ollisoikkeli.com/">Olli&nbsp;Soikkeli</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;<em><strong>Fog City Blues&nbsp;</strong></em><strong>with Devon Strolovitch ~ Wednesday, 6/04 at 9 pm.</strong></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:51:48 +0000 Devon Strolovitch 44691 at http://kalw.org Djangofest on the Fog City Blues The Greatest Songwriter You've Never Heard of http://kalw.org/post/greatest-songwriter-youve-never-heard <p>Although his name is little remembered today, Bert&nbsp;Berns worked alongside Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler, Burt Bacharach, Phil Spector, Gerry Goffin and Carole King&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">–</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;anyone who was anyone in the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New York rhythm and blues world of the early&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">‘60s.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;In seven quick years, he went from nobody to the top of the pops – producer of monumental r&amp;b cla Wed, 21 May 2014 19:53:15 +0000 Devon Strolovitch 44119 at http://kalw.org The Greatest Songwriter You've Never Heard of 3 hours of Fog City Blues: Gypsy Swing and more http://kalw.org/post/3-hours-fog-city-blues-gypsy-swing-and-more <p>The Public Radio Party continues Wednesday night with a special 3-hour <em>Fog City Blues. </em>North Bay quintet Beso Negro return to play songs from their latest release,&nbsp;<em>Burn It Down.</em>&nbsp;One of the performances from their last visit is featured on "Live From the City Blues Vol.1," which is available exclusively as a thank-you gift together with the brand-new "Live From the Fog City Blues Vol.2." We'll listen to tracks from the new compilation, and KALW General Manager Matt Martin will also stop by to play selections from his #PubRadioParty Mixtape. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:52:48 +0000 Devon Strolovitch 43707 at http://kalw.org 3 hours of Fog City Blues: Gypsy Swing and more