December 29, 2016 by Helen Borgers





And you can make that donation in $5-a-month installments.


I have listed some of my favorites below, but the complete list is available if you click HERE.  


 When you make that $5-a-month commitment to support KJazz, you will automatically be entered to win the 88 CDs and DVDs.  You will also receive:


  • Your choice of a CD or our ultimate KJazz Logo Fan Pack.


  • A KJazz Membership Card (good for discounts listed HERE. (This will save you money throughout the new year!)


  • A nice tax deduction that will make you smile in April!


  • Great music on your radio at FM88.1 … commercial free!


It’s the KJazz End-of-the-Year Sweepstakes, and the deadline is midnight, New Year’s Eve! Join us HERE.   

Here’s a small sample of the great music included in these 88 CDs and DVDs:


1.  Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane

Ruby My Dear 

Released in 1961, but recorded in 1957, this album represents the first big musical transition for Trane. Miles had fired him in April of ’57 because he just didn’t have his act together.  He was drinking and hooked on heroin. The story goes that, after he was fired, he decided to stop doing both and went cold turkey! This made an immediate change in his playing and thinking. It also started him on his spiritual quest. Meanwhile, he spent hours at Monk’s apartment, discussing music, learning Monk’s compositions, and ultimately performing and recording with him.  However, by early 1958, he rejoined Miles. So it was a brief, but fruitful, collaboration.  Master trombone player J. J. Johnson told Down Beat in 1961, "Since Charlie Parker, the most electrifying sound that I've heard in contemporary jazz was Coltrane playing with Monk at the Five Spot...It was incredible, like Diz and Bird." Pianist Bud Powell was so impressed with their sound that we went to the Five Spot four nights in a row! Because of the historical significance of this album, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007.


2.  Sonny Rollins Way Out West


I'm an Old Cowhand

Recorded the same year as Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane, this album marks Sonny Rollins’ emergence as a “new voice” in jazz.   Until this time, he hadn’t completely committed himself to life as a musician… even though he had already worked with Miles Davis for 6 months in 1951, and since 1955 was in the Max Roach Quintet!  He came to L.A. with Max in ’57, and the journey fired his imagination. Like many youngsters, Sonny had grown up on movie westerns, (one of Horace Silver’s major heroes was Hop-a-Long Cassidy!) So he was reportedly delighted to be “out west.”  It was Sonny’s idea to dress up in cowboy gear for the cover, and he chose “I’m an Old Cowhand” and “Wagon Wheels” to record, as reflective of the western experience. He had been wanting to work without a piano, so he took this opportunity, when he found that Ray Brown was in town with Oscar Peterson’s Trio and that Shelly Manne had a group of his own in L.A.  Producer Lester Koenig wrote informative and entertaining liner notes for the album (which is another treat about this sweepstakes package…getting all the notes and photos that go with many of the discs), and he tells the story of the session, which began at 3am, among three men who had never played together before, and the incredible music that was the result. Two months after the session, Sonny left Max and struck out on his own.


3. Stefon Harris African Tarantella: Dances with Duke

Sunset and the Mockingbird

Portrait of Wellman Braud

I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling that Duke Ellington’s music touches something primal within. It moves spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Nothing is as earthy, nostalgic, romantic, bittersweet, and joyous than is Duke’s music. One of the most wonderful things about it is that it retains those qualities when played in small groups or large, performed vocally or instrumentally, in traditional or modern arrangements. Two great proofs of this are Stefon’s arrangement of “Sunset and the Mockingbird” from Ellington’s Queen Suite, and “Portrait of Wellman Braud” from The New Orleans Suite.  With the former, Stefon is recalling one of Ellington’s “beauty moments,” as described in Duke’s memoirs, Music is My Mistress. The band was driving through Florida at sunset and heard the beautiful call of an unidentified bird. Duke went around for a couple of days, whistling the bird call to people, and eventually determined it was a mockingbird.  About the portrait of Ellington’s former bass player, Stefon says, “that bass line at the top... that’s just sexy. I hate to use the term but the beat is hot [laughs]! It transcends generations. These pieces capture the soul of the era in which they were written yet remain incredibly relevant to me, today.”


4.  Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto ‘76

In this video, producer Zev Feldman interviews Billy Hart and Joanne Brackeen about their memories of Getz and Joao, and about the time and the place.

This is a follow-up album to the biggest selling bossa nova record of all time, the GRAMMY Award-winning 1963 Verve release, Getz/Gilberto. However, these records have never been heard before! They are newly-discovered live performances, recorded at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco in May of 1976, showcasing the legendary Brazilian singer, guitarist and composer João Gilberto, accompanied by Stan Getz and his rhythm section (pianist Joanne Brackeen, bassist Clint Houston and drummer Billy Hart). The CD comes with a 32-page booklet, including essays by author James Gavin, bossa nova legend Carlos Lyra, pianist Joanne Brackeen, drummer Billy Hart, and producers Zev Feldman & Todd Barkan. The booklet also includes rare unpublished photographs! The tunes include “The Waters of March,” “No More Blues,” “Doralice,” and eight more. A terrific package and a musical treasure.


5. Diana Krall Live in Paris

Devil May Care

This is my personal favorite of all of Diana’s releases. Only two lush orchestral arrangements, and the rest are all small group delights. And what a band! Jeff Hamilton on drums, John Clayton on bass, Anthony Wilson on guitar, and Paulinho Da Costa on percussion. Diana gets to return to her jazz roots and demonstrates what a fine pianist she is, as well as a swinging vocalist. Great bunch of tunes, too.

Other favorites of mine included in our 88 package of CDs and DVDs are Kenny Burrell’s brand new disc with the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited (Unlimited 1), Brian Bromberg’s latest (Full Circle), Mongo Santamaria’s Mongo at the Village Gate, a 2-CD-Set of The Definitive Vince Guaraldi, and Sarah Vaughn Live at Rosy’s (another 2-CD-Set of just-discovered, never-before-released material). And there are so many others!



Another treasure house of music is available at the $15-a-month level of membership. (That’s $180 total.)  It’s a special iPod Shuffle, available only through KJazz, and only until midnight on New Year’s Eve, loaded with the first two volumes of The Savory Collection. 

Info HERE.

These tracks -- performed in nightclubs and ballrooms -- have not been heard since they were initially broadcast on the radio decades ago.

“Imagine finding an unknown play of Shakespeare’s or an unknown novel by Mark Twain -- that’s what this is,” declares Loren Schoenberg, founding director and senior scholar of the National Jazz Museum. “It’s as close to a musical time capsule as you’ll ever find. You are right there, in the moment, hearing never-before-heard sounds in truly remarkable fidelity.”

Long-rumored to be in existence, these performances were recorded off the air by sound engineer and jazz fan Bill Savory. It was Savory’s son, Eugene Desavouret, who discovered the unique archive of 975 discs and hundreds of hours of music that were subsequently acquired by the National Jazz Museum. Count Basie with Lester Young, Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Fats Waller, and more! 

The first two volumes of the Savory Collection are available for download from iTunes, but we have them, already downloaded, on an iPod Shuffle as a Thank-You Gift for only $15-a-month… but only until midnight, December 31stIf you miss the deadline, you will not be able to get this iPod Shuffle ANYWHERE!  

Whether you donate $5.00 a month or $15.00 a month, you will automatically be entered in our sweepstakes.* And, whether or not you win the 88 CDs and DVDs, you will be a winner because you will have contributed to keeping jazz on the radio at FM88.1, you’ll have a thank-you gift, the member discount card, and a tax deduction! 

So, please join us on or before December 31st!  And have a happy new year!





* No purchase is necessary to enter or win any KJazz sweepstakes.  For rules:

On-air personality, Helen Borgers, can be heard on KJazz 88.1 FM from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. As a jazz broadcaster, Helen has been invited to give pre-concert lectures at various performing arts centers, served on panels in jazz conventions all over the world, and lectured about the history of jazz in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. She has also written articles for international jazz publications and regularly emcees concerts, festivals, and club dates throughout southern California.

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