Monday, June 28, 2010

Featured Albums of the Week

Your Morning Brew w/Jim Blackwood

Global Express | 7:20am
Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra :: Petals on the Path

Album of the Week (@8:20am)
Widespread Panic :: Dirty Side Down

The Home Stretch w/Jason Repko
Local Spotlight | 3:30pm
This Is Flying Blanket Vol. 2| a compilation of Phoenix musicians

Studio Rewind | 4:00pm Monday's
(revisit of past live recordings from KXCI studio 2A)
Amber Norgaard (recorded 6/21/10 in Studio 2A)

National Spotlight | 5:00pm
The Cat Empire :: Cinema

Monday on Locals Only! | 8:00pm-10:00pm
John De Roo

Saturday, June 26, 2010


In honor of Stonewall Day and Pride Month, tune in to Jazz Sundae on Sunday, June 27 from noon to 2:00 PM as host Mark Rosenbaum explores the rich contributions which out and closeted artists have made in the world of Jazz. CAN JAZZ EVER ‘COME OUT?’ Mark Rosenbaum, host of JAZZ SUNDAE IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT JAZZ - a genre of exploration, lyrical introspection, and a willingness to share the melancholy side of life; a music that celebrates improvisation and self-expression, and can trace its inception (and much of its success) to the unafraid, unashamed creative efforts of a population not unfamiliar with discrimination - It’s hard to believe that in the world of jazz, being gay and ‘out’ remains a rarity. Back in the 1930s and ‘40s, jazz was a mostly-segregated ‘boys club,’ segregated by both race and gender (save for the omnipresent girl singer up front – who, until late in the golden era, was used as much for ‘window dressing’ as vocal accompaniment.) The first tiny steps towards easing the color line came with the increased popularity of some early kings (and queens) of jazz such as Duke, Dizzy, and Louis. The ascension of a small group of female vocalists – song stylists, more importantly - such as Rosemary Clooney, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella, began to legitimize the status of women in the jazz world. There was a small group of jazz artists (mostly men) who were quietly known or rumored to be special. Among the earliest, singer/songwriter and piano player Tony Jackson (‘Pretty Baby’), a mentor to Jelly Roll Morton, and saxophone and piano player Billy Tipton - born Dorothy Tipton in 1914, and possibly the first known transgender jazz man. There were persistent rumors, some more widespread than others, about the bisexuality or homosexuality of Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Ma Rainey, and Ethel Waters, as well as a struggling Billie Holiday. The personal life of brilliant but tortured composer/ accompanist Billy Strayhorn (‘Lush Life’) was less of a secret, though still not talked about openly. Although mostly closeted, these artists at least found a way to live their lives and still survive in an industry that didn’t embrace who they were personally. The rise of bebop in the ‘40s and 50s brought with it a certain masculine, macho attitude embraced from within much of the jazz community. Except for the ‘dedicated family man,’ cats who didn’t ‘cat around’ (an earlier, less remembered use of the moniker) and most all female instrumentalists, were viewed with suspicion or contempt, and sometimes reviled openly among the band. The bold, rough style and attitude of rising icons Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, and later Miles Davis served to validate the increasingly widespread view of jazz as a world for the outwardly male, macho, and straight. Ironically, Davis himself was the object of persistent speculation about his own bisexuality until his death in 1991 from pneumonia and heart failure (which were widely attributed to complications from AIDS.) In the modern jazz age, there have been some notable GLBT trailblazers. Probably the first was pianist Cecil Taylor, who came out at the age of 55 in a 1985 magazine interview . Vibraphonist Gary Burton, though married several times, was well known in jazz circles as gay, and continues to be one of the most accomplished mallet men in the business, working with everyone from Stan Getz to Pat Metheny, naming just a few, over the course of his highly successful career. In the 1990s, jazz composer/pianist Fred Hersch and vocalist/pianist Andy Bey revealed not only being gay, but being HIV+ as well. Bey, now in his late 60s, continues to amaze with his rich molasses-like baritone voice, and Hersch continues to write, as well as perform solo, as a side-man, with the his eponymous collaboration groups, the Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra and the Fred Hersch Trio, who recently released Whirl. More recently, the jazz world has been enriched by both the music and openness of several gay jazz men and women. A short list includes well known jazz vocalist Michael Feinstein, up-and-coming singers Patrick Arena, Ian Shaw and Steven Kowalczyk, and Beat Kaestli, vocalist and comedian(!) Lea DeLaria, singer/pianist Patricia Barber, smooth jazz saxophonist Dave Koz, jazz composer Drew Paralic, and of course, fantastic local jazz celebrity Lisa Otey. Yet, in spite of these bright (or enlightened) spots, the jazz world continues to be a social dinosaur when it comes to breaking with tradition. Is the closet door ever likely to open wide in the kingdom of jazz? Maybe, but I’m not ready to stake a bet on when. I’ve got to believe that eventually, the jazz closet will become less pronounced, maybe empty… eventually. For me, for now, I’ll be content loving the musical richness of jazz, and admiring artists like Bey, Hersch, Barber, and Otey. And I’ll keep hoping that someday soon, we’ll all get to see the overdue retirement of outdated stigma from decades past.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

There's Still Room...KXCI's Youth DJ July Classes

There's still room for you to sign up your favorite young person(s) for KXCI's Youth Summer DJ Program kids ages 9-12 and teens aged 13-16. This is a hands on class where students receive an introduction to broadcast equipment and rules, music appreciaton and selection, creating music sets, public speaking and more. We will be offering the following sessions: Youth ages 9-12 Classes run Monday through Thursday from 9am-noon (July 12-15). On Sunday, July 18th between noon and 5pm, each youth dj will have an opportunity to share their skills with our listening community with a 25-30 minute live broadcast. Teenagers 13-16 Classes run Monday through Thursday from 9am-noon (July 19-22). On Friday, July 23th between noon and 5pm, each teen dj will have an opportunity to share their skills with our listening community with a 25-30 minute live broadcast. More information is available here. If you have any questions you can call Amanda at 520-623-1000, ext. 17 or email amanda at

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Groupo Fantasma :: In Studio Interview, on the Home Stretch, Tuesday, 6/22

 Jason Repko with Adrian Quesada of Groupo Fantasma

"You haven't lived until you've seen these guys come out of a Tex-Mex drum solo into Led Zeppelin's Moby Dick.”
-Dead Milkmen front man Rodney Anonymous

Monday, June 21, 2010

Featured Albums of the week

Your Morning Brew w/Jim Blackwood

Global Express | 7:20am
Regina Carter :: Reverse Thread

Album of the Week (@8:20am)
Alejandro Escovedo :: Street Songs of Love

The Home Stretch w/Jason Repko
Local Spotlight | 3:30pm
Harlem :: Hippies

Studio Rewind | 4:00pm Monday's
(revisit of past live recordings from KXCI studio 2A)
Steff Koeppen & the Articles, Sarah Jaffe

National Spotlight | 5:00pm
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers :: Mojo

Friday, June 18, 2010

KXCI Youth DJs Broadcast Sunday, June 20th, Noon-4:00 pm

The first KXCI Youth Summer DJ Class of 2010 graduates this Sunday, June 20th from noon to 4:00 pm. Eight talented young people, ages 9-12 have, been hard at work all week selecting their music and crafting their talk breaks. They invite you to tune in on Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm to hear what they have to play because, in their words, "Kids Rule!" Read more »

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Featured albums of the week for KXCI Community Radio Global Express (7:20am on Your Morning Brew) Fishtank Ensemble :: Women In Sin Women in Sin brings this California group - leaders in high energy, cross-pollinated gypsy music - and their brand of Romanian gypsy jazz, Flamenco, Balkan, Turkish tango music to the world.

Featured Album of the Week (8:20am on Your Morning Brew)
Sia :: We Are Born Australian born Sia, sung the cool smoothies on her first release. We Are Born features her doing disco funk combined with throwback soul of U.K. crooners like Adele. The key is Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, who's loopy and addictive riffs keep things bouncing right along. Local Pick of the Week (3:30pm on The Home Stretch) Holy Rolling Empire :: Noise Will Be Noise Tucson's high-energy, psychedelic indie-pop quintet rolls out their first of three planned vinyl EP's, followed by short supporting tours, on June 15th. National Pick of the Week (5pm on The Home Stretch) Grace Potter and the Nocturnals :: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals If Burlington, Vermont native Grace Potter and her band the Nocturnals' 2008 album This is Somewhere sounded right out of the 70's, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, their latest self-titled CD, steps back in time even further... You can also see her Tuesday, June 15th on Good Morning America (check local listings).

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

In-Studio Performances This Week

Join us on-air this week as we bring you three great live in-studio performances, two from local musical acts and one featuring a rising national star headed for Tucson this Friday. All performances are scheduled to occur during The Home Stretch (3-6pm).
Tucson's The Determined Luddites return to Studio 2A for a performance to promote their gig this Sunday at the "Folk Music and Dance Celebration" at the Temple of Music and Art.
Tucson's BK Special (Bobby Kimmel, Stefan George and Lavinia White) stop by to perform in support of gig Saturday night at Acoustic Summer Evening, Saturday at 7:30pm at Old Town Artisans.

Sarah Jaffe's new album Suburban Nature is getting a lot of airplay on KXCI. She brings her show to Plush on Friday night in a KXCI Presents show opening for Lou Barlow. Sarah will join us for a live performance Friday in Studio 2A on The Home Stretch as well.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Featured Albums of the Week

Featured albums of the week on KXCI Community Radio: Global Express (7:20am on Your Morning Brew): Gogol Bordello, Trans-Continental Hustle Produced by Grammy award-winning producer Rick Rubin, this CD combines the band's radical invocations of positive primal energy and planetary consciousness.
Featured Album of the Week (8:20am on Your Morning Brew):
Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Record
Songs written as a band by a band, resulting in more cohesive, melody-driven compositions. Local Pick of the Week (3:30pm on The Home Stretch): Marianne Dissard, Paris One Takes Recorded in Paris and featuring contributions from fellow Tucsonans' Brian Lopez and Sergio Mendoza. National Pick of the Week (5pm on The Home Stretch): Blitzen Trapper, Destroyer of the Void They're sounding even stronger than ever on what is already their 5th full album.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Gabriel Sullivan & The Taraf De Tucson in Studio 2A

Tune in to The Home Stretch Thursday, June 6th, at 5:30pm for a Studio 2A performance from Gabriel Sullivan and The Taraf De Tucson. This local group fuses the songs of Gabriel, the Latin horns of Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta and the rhythms of eastern European gypsy music. This segment is taken from their performance on Monday's Locals Only. Click here for a podcast of the entire performance. Gabriel Sullivan and The Taraf De Tucson are playing Thursday night at Plush. The Preservation and Andrew Collberg open at 9pm.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Featured Albums of the Week

Featured albums of the week for May 31st on KXCI 91.3FM. Global Express, 7:20am, Your Morning Brew Putumayo Presents South Africa Just in time for the World Cup, great music from a country with 11 official languages. Featured Album of the Week, 8:20am, Your Morning Brew Band of Horses, Infinite Arms Ben Bridwell and the gang are back with their 3rd full album. Local Pick of the Week, 3:30pm, The Home Stretch Kate Becker, Soft Revolution Hear it now, buy it later: the CD release party is July 17th at Club Congress National Pick of the Week, 5pm, The Home Stretch Jack Johnson, To The Sea Jack's least mellow album to date, although it's still more mellow than 99% of other albums.