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Jazz After Dark December 20, 2016

For our 300th episode of Jazz After Dark tonight, I’ve selected just six extended sets that showcase the improvisational skills and virtuosity of 8 great jazz musicians, spanning over six decades. Coming up at 8 pm!

  • Erroll Garner  *  It Might As Well Be Spring (1948)
  • Coleman Hawkins  *  Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho (1962)
  • Ella Fitzgerald  *  Basella (1972)
  • Milt Jackson  *  Django (1982)
  • Billy Taylor & Gerry Mulligan  *  Body and Soul (1993)
  • Ahmad Jamal & Yusef Lateef  *  Poinciana (2012)

TO ALL DONORS- Thank you! KDRT reaches fundraiser goal!

KDRT-LPFM in Davis, CA is proud to announce we surpassed our Boost the Signal fundraising goal!    Through the generosity of donors throughout Davis and beyond, we were able to raise close to $6,000.   This will allow KDRT to improve our transmission system. 
 
"I'm really jazzed that the station will be able to upgrade to a new antenna," says Live Tracks host Jim Buchanan, "one that will deliver that high-quality sound we love throughout Davis."
 
KDRT plans to work on the engineering for this upgrade throughout winter, with installation in spring.
 
We'd love to thank all of our donors, bands that came by to help raise the money, Eunah Cho for designing our special t-shirt graphic, and every person that filled out a survey to help assess our coverage.   
 
Speaking of the survey, volunteer Diane Crumley says "I'm thrilled by the response rate and large number who reported listening in their cars, since a new antenna will improve drive time listening throughout Davis!"
 

Divine Intervention Struck - M 12/12

Well, SOMEone was a little slow on the draw this week, didn't get a blog post up in time to announce this week's installment of Divine Intervention. But that's OK, because the Internet is like a freaking TIME MACHINE. That's right, through the miracle of modern technology, you can still here this week's DI as a podcast here. Why should you do that? Well, just look at this week's Vinyl Vespers feature. Right? Right!

Beyond Uranium will make Listening Lyrics Glow on Friday 12/16/16

Friday 12/16/16 the KDRT studio will be aglow.Beyond Uranium is an original funk quartet from Vacaville.Featuring retired UC Davis Professor, Delbert Bump and includes members from Dank Ocean, Berklee College, and Mondavi Center Jazz All-stars. Funk originals featuring keyboard, electronic trumpet, guitar and world drums. Members of the band are Delbert Bump, Thomas Molina, Jimmy Toor, Elias Lucero.

Album of the Week (12/8) Akron/Family ~ Love Is Simple

As 2016 comes to a close, I've found myself singing some of the lyrics to the 2007 release by Akron/Family; primarily the words sung in the opener "go out and love, love, love everyone..." which is repeated throughout the bookend tracks (and apparently the recipe for getting through tough times in the world). Or the three words of the album title, which stretch longingly in the 3rd song, Don't Be Afraid, You're Already Dead.

Love Is Simple ~ chaos, rock action, tribal bongo-banging, sentimental sing-alongs and pop gems galore. A cast of thousands live and breed inside... (from the sticker on my shrinkwrap). "The most beautiful thing about the Akron/Family is that they are virtually unclassifiable. Is it rock? Post-rock? Acid folk? Freak folk? Free improvisation? Ultimately, who cares what it is, that it IS is what matters most..." ~ All Music Guide 

Boost the Signal for KDRT

KDRT is on a mission to raise $5200 for a new antenna to Boost the Signal across Davis. We've talked to listeners, we've tallied  survey results (please fill one out if you haven't yet!), and we know some of you can't hear us very well.

We'd like to remedy that by asking you to Signal Your Support. All donations towards this project are very welcome and needed. We invite you to tune in for some special fundraiser programming starting at 5:30 pm on November 28th through December 5th.

Early-bird donations are welcome, too, of course! Don't miss the selection of thank-you gifts available on the donation page.

While there are many reasons to support KDRT and Davis Media Access, our mission to amplify community voices is vital at this time.

Please help us increase our reach across Davis: Boost the Signal!

Thank you!

Austin James Hicks visits Listening Lyrics Friday 11/18/16 4:00PM

Our guest this week is Austin James Hicks. Born in Berkeley, CA.he has been playing guitar since he was 8 and singing since 10. Why does he do this? To him its simple but he is still searching for the right words. 

          "I guess because music is sort of everything. Not everything in sense of it being all I want to do but simply that it sort of feels like it's interwoven so tightly in all aspects of my life that it almost feels silly to talk about it as if it were separate from anything else I do. I like to think that everyone has that in some way with something. But if I were to break it down to simply the act of writing, playing, and performing, it's both what is getting me through this crazy life and what makes this crazy life worth getting through."- from an interview with Federica Buonsante for The Babel Harbinger.

 

Looking forward to a very interesting hour with Austin. You can visit Austin at http://www.austinjameshicks.com.