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COVID-19 Community Report Jan. 19, 2021 - Tree Davis

It's Episode 48, and time to check in with  Tree Davis.

As I've said many times during the course of this show, it's not just the pandemic we're dealing with, but the attendant mental and physical health challenges, and dramatic social/political and  economic concerns. As well, things like the climate crisis haven't just disappeared.

That last point became a fascinating talking point in my interview with Erin Donley Marineau this week. As Executive Director of Tree Davis, Erin ovesees an organization that plants trees and does enviromental stewardship in communities around Yolo County, not just Davis. In normal years, she says, 40 Saturdays each year are devoted to working with volunteers in various cities. Obviously that scale of work has not been possible during the pandemic.

KDRT Simulcasts Virtual MLK Celebration on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 at 9 a.m.

The City of Davis will honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a virtual celebration this year on Monday, Jan. 18.   This year's program includes highlights of speakers and entertainment from past years and current messages from local youth, as well as an introduction from Mayor Gloria Partida.  The program will be available beginning 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 18, 2021 through the end of the month via the City of Davis website at  cityofdavis.org Additionally, it will be shown on DCTV Channel 15 and broadcast on KDRT 95.7 FM where you can also can live stream at kdrt.org   This year marks the 27th annual event sponsored by the City of Davis and the Human Relations Commission.

Jazz After Dark January 12, 2021

Coming up on Jazz After Dark:  Sonny Clark with June Christy, Stuff Smith, Oscar Peterson Trio; bossa nova and Latin jazz from Benny Carter, Cal Tjader, Sergio Mendes, Paul Desmond, Cal Tjader with Carmen McRae, Cannonball Adderley, and performances by Wes Montgomery and Gabor Szabo. 

Jazz After Dark broadcasts locally at 8 pm Tuesdays on KDRT-LP, 95.7 FM in Davis, CA.  Replays Monday 11 pm.  Show page here: https://kdrt.org/program/jazz-after-dark

Look for us on iTunes (you can listen to the live broadcast via their Radio link; just search for KDRT) or your favorite podcast site.  https://player.fm/featured/jazz

COVID-19 Community Report Jan. 12, 2021

I've interviewed many people in the last 10 months. With each conversation, I aim to let people tell their stories--whatever they may be--about the impacts of the pandemic.

Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. Consider the sports editor when there are no games, no practices, no preseason. What's a guy to do? If you're Bruce Gallaudet of The Davis Enterprise, you muddle through and cover the angles you can. Catch our conversation about the status of UC Davis athletics, and the trickle-down effect that happens when high-school youth don't have college-level opportunities to pursue.

Consider, also, the musician who has lost venues, and gigs like bars and weddings. I speak with Joel Daniel of the the Davis Independent Music Initiative (DIMI). In a nutshell: there's $6,500 available to support one local band or musician, and the deadline to apply is in March.

Tune in tomorrow at noon PST on 95.7 FM in Davis, or anytime, anywhere at kdrt.org.

Jazz After Dark Jan. 05 2021- Five Great Sax Players

Five great sax players on Jazz After Dark tonight. We’ll hear Lester Young with The Kansas City Six, the  Kansas City Five, and the Oscar Peterson Trio; Johnny Hodges solo and with Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, and Ben Webster solo.  Jazz After Dark broadcasts locally at 8 pm Tuesdays on KDRT-LP 95.7 FM in Davis, CA and replays Monday 11 PM. Show page here: https://kdrt.org/program/jazz-after-dark  Look for us on iTunes (you can listen to the live broadcast via their Radio link; just search for KDRT) or your favorite podcast site.  https://player.fm/featured/jazz

COVID-19 Community Report Jan. 5, 2021 - Shelly Gilbride

It's a new year, with hope on the horizon in the form of new vaccines, but the reality is we're still in this for a while, and the State's Stay Home Order is still in effect. The list of stats and updates I'll share on today's show is a bit daunting, which is one reason  I'm glad I have a great community leader to interview.

As Executive Director of International House Davis, longtime Davis resident Shelly Gilbride and her team have been guiding the venerable nonprofit through the challenges and changes of the past year. Before joining I-House, Shelly served  for five years as the Programs Officer of the California Arts Council,  where she was responsible for grant programs to support arts, culture, and creativity across the state. Shelly oversaw the programs at the Arts Council during a period of tremendous growth, initiating and implementing new programs that extended the agency’s reach to support cultural communities, artists, and grassroots organizations.

Jazz After Dark December 29 2020

Upbeat jazz to ring in the New Year at 8 pm tonight on Jazz After Dark.

Machito, Jerry Gray, Ella Fitzgerald, Freddy Martin, Earl Bostic, Red Garland, Tony Bennett, Kenny Dorham, Lalo Schifrin, Ray Bryant & Walter Booker Jr., Tomas Einarsso, Stanley Turrentine, Jim Galloway's Wee Big Band, Winifred Atwell.

Jazz After Dark broadcasts locally at 8 pm Tuesdays on KDRT-LP 95.7 FM in Davis, CA.

Replays Monday 11 pm.

Live-streaming at https://kdrt.org/page/listen-now

Show page here: https://kdrt.org/program/jazz-after-dark

Look for us on iTunes (you can listen to the live broadcast via their Radio link; just search for KDRT) or your favorite podcast site.

https://player.fm/featured/jazz

Behind the broadcast: rebuilt computer system for the new year!

On Tuesday, December 22, we rebuilt our computer automation system. And, due to the pandemic, we are currently limiting studio access, which meant we turned off our transmitter while we did the work. If you heard intermittent periods without a broadcast, that was why. Things are back to normal now!    

Please consider a year-end donation to your locally owned, locally operated, all-volunteer-programmed, low-power radio station -- go to kdrt.org/donate. Any donation goes to keep the station on the air!

DMA and KDRT to Broadcast 17th Annual Home for the Holidays Concert on Dec. 17, 2020

A beloved local tradition  - the"Home for the Holidays" concert - continues this year streaming online.  Concert producer Bill Fairfield has brought together many returning favorite local musicians, as well as adding some new special guests to this year's video program.  Familiar guests include Joe and Hattie Craven, the DHS Madrigals, Rita Hosking duo, Misner & Smith, Alaina Rose, Kora Feder, Boot Juice, Bill Edwards, the Fairfields, Dave Nachmanoff, and Mumbo Gumbo guitarist Brian Rivers. As usual, the event is a benefit for the Davis School Arts Foundation, and viewers are encouraged to make a donation there in lieu of the usual ticket purchase.  DMA and KDRT are thrilled to serve as partners and offer the community a variety of ways to view and listen.  The event will be simulcast Thursday December 17 at 7 PM on KDRT 95.7 FM and DCTV Channel 15, and will be available for video and audio streaming at kdrt.org ( a link will be provided there the day of the show).

Jazz After Dark Features Count Basie December 15 2020

"I think the band can really swing when it swings easy, when it can just play along like you are cutting butter." -- Count Basie

Featuring Count Basie tonight on Jazz After Dark! Selections from 1937 to 1987: Count Basie and his Orchestra, with the Kansas City 5, with Zoot Sims, in live and studio sessions, and backing vocalists Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra.

From his early years in Harlem and on the vaudeville circuit, to his years in Kansas City, New York City and the swing era, then his big band, post WWII smaller groups, and reformed orchestra in the 1950’s, Count Basie established a unique swing style that influenced countless musicians. He backed some of the great vocalists of the era and teamed with other jazz royalty, always sounding poised and polished.

Jazz After Dark broadcasts locally at 8 pm Tuesdays on KDRT-LP 95.7 FM in Davis, CA.

Replays Monday 11 pm.

Live-streaming at https://kdrt.org/page/listen-now

Show page here: https://kdrt.org/program/jazz-after-dark