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RDL+ live on Fog City Blues tonight

Jul 15, 2015

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 this Wednesday 7/15 at 9 pm.

Midtown Social live on Fog City Blues

Jul 7, 2015

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.

Blues for Canada tonight on Fog City Blues

Jul 1, 2015

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.

Exclusive live-at-KALW compilation CD from Fog City Blues

May 12, 2015

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.

Pak Han

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.

Macy Blackman live on Fog City Blues tonight

May 6, 2015

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.

Fog City Blues Tax Deadline Special

Apr 14, 2015

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 and Lily Taylor live on Fog City Blues

Apr 7, 2015

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.

StoryCorps: Two artists fall in love

Apr 2, 2015

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 live on Fog City Blues tonight

Mar 4, 2015

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.

On the next Liner Notes: DaVinci

Feb 17, 2015

  

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 live on Fog City Blues tonight

Feb 11, 2015

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. 

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: The Church of Coltrane

Dec 4, 2014

All week long we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

This auditory guessing game is part of our project, Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the sonic signature of each of the Bay Area’s nine counties. By using the sounds of voices, nature, industry, and music, Audiograph tells the story of where you live, and the people who live there with you. Every Thursday, we reveal the origins of that week's sound on Crosscurrents, and here in weekly blog posts.

Listen above for the full answer... 

Shung Ng's Funky Thumb Stuff on Fog City Blues

Oct 1, 2014

Shun Ng was born in Chicago, raised in Singapore, and is now based out of Boston. He is a gifted guitarist, singer, and songwriter known for his unique style of playing that fuses elements of Funk, Blues and Jazz. Shun brings his one-man-band for a live in-studio performance.  Fog City Blues with Devon Strolovitch ~ Wednesday, 10/1 at 9 pm.

Royal Jelly make their radio debut on Fog City Blues

Sep 24, 2014

An intoxicating mixed drink of soul-jive and gypsy-blues, Royal Jelly dives deep head-first into the old school throwback sounds of the 1940's with a groovy new twist. Rapturous horns, sleek bass, elegant keys and swingin’ cymbals are just some of the sweet tastes you may devour if you’re lucky enough to catch them. All fronted by the sultry and soulful vocals of Lauren Bjelde, this band will have you stompin’ your feet with crooked delight until the moon comes back up again.

3 Hours of Fog City Blues this Wednesday

Sep 16, 2014

The View From Bernal Hill is Camille Mai on composition/piano/voice, Nahuel Bronzini on guitar and production, and Schuyler Karr on bass. Based in San Francisco, they approach jazz and indie rock with a chamber music mindset, performing mostly original songs that intertwine jazz harmonies with odd rhythms and classically influenced improvisations. They join host Devon Strolovitch to perform live on this week's show.

Photograph by www.kvandco.com

Choreographer Namita Kapoor grew up in the East Bay town of Moraga, dancing jazz, tap, and ballet. She says, at the time, there were no dance classes in her surroundings that reflected her Indian heritage. It was when she went to college that she discovered Indian dance, and as she did her research, she discovered a fascinating link between classical Indian dance and American Jazz dance. In the 1940s and 1950s, theatrical jazz dance legend Jack Cole invented a dance form called Hindu Swing: jazz dance that draws on ancient Hindu tradition and form. You may remember this from dance numbers he choreographed in films like the 1955 film Kismet

Fog City Blues is off this week, but Mark Naftalin returns with a special two-hour broadcast of the Blues Power Hour. The first hour will include musical tributes to two recently-departed musical greats: composer-pianist Horace Silver and vocal balladeer extraordinaire Jimmy Scott.  The second hour will feature a “45 Party” (the “45” is a medium of recorded sound, in this case, not a firearm).  Blues Power Hour with Mark Naftalin ~ Wednesday, 7/02 at 9 pm.

Julie Blaumstein

As the city of San Francisco experiences new waves of growth and expansion, we travel back to another time before redevelopment reshaped the Fillmore District. 

In the 40’s and 50’s the Fillmore was a vibrant mix of cultures, and a national hotspot for jazz musicians. On any given night you could hear the voice of Billie Holiday, or the playing of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Dizzy Gillespie. The lively and diverse neighborhood quickly earned a nickname: The Harlem of the West.   

Djangofest on the Fog City Blues

Jun 3, 2014

Djangofest Mill Valley 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 Trio Dinicu and Finnish guitarist Olli Soikkeli.  Fog City Blues with Devon Strolovitch ~ Wednesday, 6/04 at 9 pm.

3 hours of Fog City Blues: Gypsy Swing and more

May 13, 2014

The Public Radio Party continues Wednesday night with a special 3-hour Fog City Blues. North Bay quintet Beso Negro return to play songs from their latest release, Burn It Down. 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.

Thanksgivnukkah on the Fog City Blues

Nov 25, 2013

Fog City Blues Halloween Special

Oct 25, 2013

On the eve of All Hallows Eve, Fog City Blues gets scared with some old-school ghosts, graveyards, and ghoulish goings-on.  Fog City Blues with Devon Strolovitch ~ Wednesday, 10/30 at 9pm. 

(Followed at 10 pm by a special edition of Mark Naftalin's Blues Power Hour.)

To me, Sunday mornings are sacred, but not for any religious reason. It’s when I head out for a weekly bike ride through Golden Gate Park west to Ocean Beach. But one weekend, I decide to go on a Saturday instead. I take my usual route – cruising through the aromatic eucalyptus trees along the Panhandle, hugging the curves of John F Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park. But when I arrive at the white Conservatory of Flowers, something’s different. On my left, a soothing, and out-of-place sound emerges from out of nowhere. It’s jazz.

Arts/Culture/Weekend is a roundup of our favorite events coming up around the Bay Area. Please do let us know if you have an event coming up in your neighborhood, and we'll try to include it.

Thursday

Cheap Suit Serenaders this Saturday

Mar 6, 2013

The Cheap Suit Serenaders - on Folk Music & Beyond this Saturday at 3 pm, recorded live in Berkeley in January - entertain us with a collection of up-tempo Hawaiian stomps, ragtime, & Italian polkas as they recreate the music of the golden age of jazz.  

With Robert Armstrong, Allan Dodge, Rick Elmore, Tony Marcus, and Terry Zwigoff performing on ukeleles, Hawaiian steel guitars, fiddles, cellos, banjos, mandolins, accordions, and musical saws, the band brings alive some really great music.   

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