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The Hear and Now Spring Fund Drive Special – May 16, 2019: “Running the Numbers” in Song with Bonnie Simmons, and an interview with David Slusser (mostly about Sun Ra)

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Continuing the combined Bonnie Simmons Show and The Hear and Now, we play number-based songs (seven through ten, plus others large and small) in the first hour, and in the second hour I talk with saxophonist-arranger-bandleader David Slusser about Sun Ra, Duke Ellington, and more, and we play Sun Ra and Ellington music recorded live … Continued


In the first hour of joint fundraising, Bonnie Simmons and Derk Richardson play songs about streets, roads, and boulevards. In the second hour, clarinetist-composer Ben Goldberg shares music from three forthcoming albums, talks about the profound experience of making music with his singular collaborators, and previews his upcoming concert, “Archimedes Lullaby,” with his original music … Continued


Percussionist, composer, and bandleader John Santos has achieved iconic status in the history of Afro-Latin jazz and folkloric music in the Bay Area. He talks with host Derk Richardson about his multicultural San Francisco roots, his musical journey, and his “Tribute to the Masters” concert, Saturday, April 27, as part of the In the Moment … Continued


Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music maestro John Santos on “The Hear and Now,” 10 p.m., Thursday, April 25

The San Francisco Bay Area has been home to innumerable outsize figures in Latin music, including Pete Escovedo, Carlos Santana, Rebeca Mauleon, Bobi Cespedes, and many others. Percussionist, composer, and bandleader John Santos holds a special place in that pantheon. Tune into “The Hear and Now,” with host Derk Richardson, on Thursday night, right after … Continued


In another installment of the approximately annual “Derk and Dirk Show” edition of “The Hear and Now,” singer-songwriter Dirk Hamilton joins host Derk Richardson in the KPFA studio and sings five songs live, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, and talking about the ins and outs of songwriting and the ups and downs of a career … Continued



Guitarist, singer-songwriter Victor Krummenacher, a founding member of Camper Van Beethoven and Monks of Doom, has just released his latest solo album, Blue Pacific, a collection of deep, inward-looking, original folk-rock songs, recorded with Greg Lisher (Camper, Monks), David Immerglück (Camper, Monks, Counting Crows), co-producer and pedal steel master Bruce Kaphan, and many others. He talks … Continued


Victor Krummenacher on “The Hear and Now,” 10 p.m., Thursday, April 11

Guitarist, singer-songwriter Victor Krummenacher, a founding member of Camper Van Beethoven and Monks of Doom, has just released his latest solo album, Blue Pacific, a collection of deep, inward-looking, original folk-rock songs, recorded with Greg Lisher (Camper, Monks), David Immerglück (Camper, Monks, Counting Crows), co-producer and pedal steel master Bruce Kaphan, and many others. Joining host … Continued