Broadcast: September 24, 2017 at 4pm

In this hour, it's the life and music of John Coltrane. We’ll talk with our jazz historian and renowned Coltrane scholar Lewis Porter about Trane’s early roots growing up in rural North Carolina, and get to know the softer side of John Coltrane the balladeer. And we’ll explore John Coltrane’s redemption story and his transformation from heroin addict to spiritual icon, and sit down for a conversation with Ravi Coltrane about how his father’s music unexpectedly inspired him to carry on the family legacy.

Click here to donate. When you contribute $360 (or $30 a month), you can choose the KAZU Solar Power Bank. Enjoy the great outdoors without sacrificing your connectivity with the KAZU Solar Power Bank. This 8000 mAh power bank is the perfect accessory for hiking or camping. Equipped with a solar panel, this power bank will soak up the sun to recharge or can be plugged into a nearby power source and charged via micro-USB/USB cord. Also includes a built-in flash light and carabiner clip. This item contains Lithium Ion Batteries

Click here to donate. When you contribute $240 (or $20 a month), you can choose the pocket sized KAZU Boxanne Bluetooth® Speaker. It is adorned with the KAZU Otter, she's up-to-date on the latest news because she's tuned in to the KAZU App on her mobile (and let's hope water proof) device. She appreciates how NPR dives deep into the story, similar to how she dives deep to find shellfish. The speaker has a built in subwoofer and 3 watt speaker.

Click here to donate.  When you contribute $84 (or $7 a month), you can choose our newly designed KAZU Socks. They feature a humpback whale blissfully basking in the Monterey Bay’s number one source for news and entertainment, 90.3 FM KAZU. Our friends at Freaker USA have helped us design a pair of cotton blend, One Size Fits Most socks for our members. Each pair is proudly manufactured in the USA.

Dimensions: One Size Fits Most, Unisex, 4-13 Men’s, 6-14 Women’s

Monterey Jazz Festival

When the Monterey Jazz Festival kicks off tomorrow, it will be celebrating 60 years of the event.   I recently spoke with Tim Jackson, the artistic director at the Jazz Festival, which supports KAZU.

I started by asking him to take us back to the beginning when local radio disc jockey Jimmy Lyons got it all started.

Broadcast: September 17, 2017 at 4pm

Thelonious Monk's sound is one of the most recognizable in modern jazz. An original on and off the bandstand, he was the launch pad of modern bebop, and also created a body of work in its own orbit.

Festival Dates: September 23 & 24, 2017.

KAZU is a proud sponsor of the Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival! This year’s line up includes Michael Franti and Spearhead; The California Honeydrops; The Wailers; Los Amigos Invisibles; Nahko and Medicine for the People; Cyril Neville and Swampfunk; Elephant Revival; Anuhea; The Nth Power; and Afrolicious.

Click here to donate. When you contribute $360 (or $30/month), you can receive a combination gift of the KAZU Backpack with the KAZU Beach Towel. You'll be ready for outdoor adventure or a trip to the gym with these two items. The KAZU Backpack is perfect for anyone on the go. Manufactured by "High Sierra," it features a padded interior sleeve to protect a 15 inch laptop. It has a soft fleece-lined zippered loft pocket with headphone access port. The pack's  mesh padded back panel wicks moisture and provides superior comfort.

Click here to donate.  When you contribute $144 (or $12 a month), you can choose the KAZU insulated travel mug. Listen to KAZU on the go while sipping your favorite hot beverage from our 20 oz insulated, dark blue stainless steel travel mug by Contigo. This mug features a one-piece leak-proof lid that allows for quick and easy cleaning. The lid easily snaps up for drinking and snaps closed to seal once you've finished.

Volunteers needed for Fall Pledge Drive

KAZU seeks volunteers for its 2017 Fall Membership Drive that will run from Wednesday, September 27th through Wednesday, October 4th, and after the Drive is over, from Wednesday, October 25th through Friday, October 27th More information can be found here.