Barrio Manouche is a Bay Area Spanish Gypsy Jazz Ensemble. Javier Jiménez (co-founder of Beso Negro) has moved onto a more authentic Jazz Manouche style, letting his original influences from Madrid, Spain intertwine with the ever-present spirit of Django Reinhardt. Barrio Manouche's EP, Detrás de la Sombra, is available at their live shows, including November 7 at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley (where they will also be serving their house-made paella).
The modern soul songs of Oakland-based Quinn Deveaux, sung in his sweet tenor over a spare guitar or carried by his band’s bright tones, evoke old images aplenty—from those gutbucket barrooms where rock-n-roll was born, to the pine-walled shacks, nearby, where its gospel-forebears rent their souls. But this artist’s singular sound, making old tones new, is Quinn’s alone. He joins host Devon Strolovitch live this Wednesday 10/14 at 9 pm.
The unique, original music of Oakland's John Brothers Piano Company has been described as "a throwback sound that evokes the honky-tonk ghosts of Barbary Coast" (SF Chronicle). The explosive symphonic experience births from a simple combination of piano and clarinet reflective of Bebop jazz, contemporary pop, and Russian classical music, with an ever-present sentimentality for the roaring 20s. The band joins host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 10/07 at 9 pm.
San Francisco’s Slim Jenkins is a celebration of great American roots music and its tradition of innovation and energy. Harking back to the heyday of hot jazz and blues, Slim Jenkins evokes a world of seduction and mystery, love and betrayal. Sultry and smooth, or jumping and hot, their music keeps the dance floor energized and alive. Their newest CD is called Lamp Down Low, and they join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 9/23 at 9 pm.
Regular host Devon Strolovitch sits out another week on paternity leave as local DJ Honeycomb Brown guest-hosts a program of Belgian Popcorn, a soul music sub-genre/curation of 50s and 60s soul & blues records played by DJs in Belgium in the 70s and 80s, including tunes from artists like Wynonie Harris and Wynona Carr — this Wednesday 8/26 at 9 pm.
With regular host Devon Strolovitch away on paternity leave, tune in for a special edition of Fog City Blues as guest hosts Lyz Luke (Executive Producer of UnderCover Presentes) and Micah Dubreuil (keyboardist in Con Brio) play songs to shape the next generation of Bay Area music lovers — this Wednesday 8/19 at 9 pm.
Fog City Blues takes the week off as Mark Naftalin presents a special edition of the Blues Power Hour. In addition to selections from his extensive catalog of blues rarities, Mark will showcase recent releases from Alligator Records. Tune in this Wednesday 8/12 at 9 pm.
The Mission Seven is on a mission to return dance music to its fun roots with a mixture of Latin Soul, Boogaloo, Cumbia, hard driving beats, and a retro garage edge. Taking a human approach with real drums and percussion, a soulful horn section, and vintage guitar and bass, their sound is sophisticated without being stuffy, and very dance floor friendly. They join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio tonight (Wednesday 7/29) at 9 pm.
Led by Doug Lee (bass) and Ruthie Dineen (keys), RDL+ creates original music that is nuanced, playful, grooving, and inspired. Drawing on all types of influences - jazz, latin, classical, pop, amongst others - the group is boundless, open and always searching. They join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio thisWednesday 7/15 at 9 pm.
Midtown Social is redefining the California Soul sound with a no-fail good-time sweet spot. Blending soul, funk, and rock, the 9-piece ensemble draws on the arrangements by such family bands as Tower of Power, Sly and the Family Stone and Chicago, while offering provocative vocals influenced by Bill Withers, Tina Turner and En Vogue.
Happy Canada Day (aka Fête du Canada)! July 1 marks the date in 1867 when the British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Canada (split into Quebec and Ontario) were united to form the Dominion of Canada. As a native Canadian, your Fog City Blues host is typically reserved about his northern roots, but tonight Devon gets the boreal blues out. Tune in for music from Canadian artists who've come through the Bay Area, and others you might not hear otherwise -Wednesday 7/01 at 9:00 pm.
Now in its 11th year, DjangoFest Mill Valley brings the music and spirit of the great French/Belgian Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt, back to the Throckmorton Theatre this weekend. Festival Founder and Artistic Director Nick Lehr joins host Devon Strolovitch to talk about what's in store at this year's festival, and Oakland's own Jimmy Grant Ensemble returns to perform Gypsy swing and more live in the studio - this Wednesday 6/10 at 9:00 pm.
As part of the spring membership campaign, Fog City Blues presents its second compilation of Bay Area artists playing original music live on your local public radio station. It's available EXCLUSIVELY as a thank-you gift when you become a member of KALW or renew your membership by calling 1-800-525-9917 or contributing online.
In 1963, Duke Ellington made a famous tour and on that stop was Iran. He played jazz clubs in Tehran and Isfahan, and later produced his album Isfahan Blues.
At that same time, Vida Ghahremani, was living in Tehran. She was a film star there, and decided to open the country's first dance club. Jazz was big in Iran then. Vida Ghahremani is now in California. Her daughter Torange Yaghiazarian is a playwright and Founding Artistic Director of Golden Thread Theatre in San Francisco.
Hearing Macy Blackman is like stepping into an uptown New Orleans club such as the Dew Drop Inn circa 1955. He and his band, The Mighty Fines, forge a synthesis between early New Orleans Jazz and the R&B of the early '50's. Their new album, Friskin' The Whiskers, was conceived as a record for swing dancing, but it’s so expertly done by the Mighty Fines that it makes for great listening - even if you just sit there. Macy joins hosts Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 5/06 at 9 pm.
Whether you've already filed, or are waiting for that extension, tune in for some blues views on the taxman and the almighty dollar this Wednesday April 15 at 9 pm. Followed at 10 pm by a special broadcast of Mark Naftalin's Blues Power Hour.
Karina Denike is a vocalist, composer, arranger and performer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her original songs are comprised of snippets of torch songs, doo wop drama, Eastern European lullabies, crackly records and girl group harmony. Karina's new album, Under Glass, will be released on April 14.
Jena McRae, a dancer with the Embodiment Project, first met David "Dublin" Schwirtz, a vocalist with the Shotgun Wedding Quintet, during a rehearsal at the Treat Street Social Club. They sat down with StoryCorps and shared a few highlights of how their relationship evolved over time, into love.
Founded in 1968 as a summer outreach program, Young Musicians Choral Orchestra has transformed the lives of over 3,000 Bay Area Youth. Under the leadership of Executive Director Daisy Newman, who took the helm in 2003, the program erupted from a modest youth music program into a national model, providing a rigorous and robust combination of musical training, academic reinforcement, and personal development for low-income, underprivileged children.
John Santos is a five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist in the Afro-Latin tradition. He’s a San Francisco native, who chose to explore his family’s roots in Puerto Rico and Cape Verdean Islands through his music. His career as an educator, composer, writer, and performer spans 35 years.
When it comes to exploring how Latinos have influenced American music, he first asks us to consider how we use the word “American.”
Jeremiah Lockwood is a scholar and a story-teller; a singer, instrumentalist and composer with with an expansive knowledge of musical traditions and techniques that spans from The Carolinas to West Africa to the synagogues of his youth. Son of composer Larry Lockwood and the grandson of the legendary Cantor Jacob Konigsberg, Jeremiah began his musical career playing on the streets and subways of Manhattan performing with Piedmont Blues master Carolina Slim. Jeremiah is also the front man for The Sway Machinery, whose new album, Purity and Danger, has just been released.
Liner Notes invites today's musicians to explore the inspirations behind their work. In each hour, host Max Jacobs sits down with a musician to spin the records that made them want to make music. Whether it's the first song they heard their grandmother sing or an unexpected guilty pleasure, you'll hear the stories of the music that matters to them and how it's shaped them.
La Mandanga is a five piece band located in the heart of Marin. Their sound can be described as Flamenco fusion. Combining upbeat rhythms, the passion of the gypsy, catchy melodies and haunting lyrics. They join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 2/11 at 9 pm.
Ring in the new year with a listen back to some of our favorite musical performances by local artists and out-of-town visitors, live in the KALW studio. Followed by a special broadcast of Mark Naftalin's Blues Power Hour.Fog City Blues ~ Wednesday, 12/31 at 9 pm.