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Comment Archives: stories: Music: Break Beat

Re: “In a silenced way

I call during the fund drive every year just to ask "Do you still run jazz on the weekends? Oh, you don't?! That's such a terrible shame, goodbye."

Posted by Paulgewsmahn on 04/27/2011 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Rock of ages

My father was responsible for booking these bands into Colorado Springs and there is no mention of him any where. He had one of the biggest music stores at the time. Originally it was Miller Music. He went on his own in 1969 and it became Music Centers INC. Not only was it a Music store but also a recording studio and booking agent. As a child I went to all of these concerts. He was responsible for launching many carreers including the Seeds , and Flash Cadillac . He and his brother were a force to be reckoned with in the Music business in that town. I used to go to Steve Scotts and play with his kids. Without him and his brother many of these concerts would not have happened. You need to research things a little more. His name was Frank Freddes and his brother was Charles . They called my dad "Uncle Frank"

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Posted by Jonathan Freddes on 10/01/2010 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Rock of ages

I was stationed at Fort Carson, after returning from Vietnam via Walter Reed. It was July 68. We hung out in the park, where we sold pot, hash and acid. At night it was Kelker Junction and it seems like Alice Cooper was there, not sure. Then at Reed's Ranch I saw Quick Silver Messenger Service with the Steve Miller Band along with the best light show I had ever seen on the best acid I'd ever done ,Owsley" Purple Double Dots". At the City Auditorium I saw either the Vanilla Fudge or the Cream doing "Season of the Witch" on great hash which seemed very plentiful at that time.

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Posted by Mac on 12/21/2009 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Rock of ages

what a refreshing article. It's great being reminded of all the great music I grew up to living in the springs. I remembered seeing the doors but couldn't remember where, reeds ranch that was it thankyou for the memories.

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Posted by nettie on 04/30/2009 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Rock of ages

Widespread Panic played the City Auditorium and also Juan Reed's Gym year's ago.......You forgot to mention that great band!!!!

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Posted by sith21 on 04/07/2009 at 9:37 AM

Re: “In a silenced way

Note that KCME is now having a problem for the first time with their fund raising. They really messed up. First, I feel they have completely compromised their mission and reason for existence, i.e., to bring quality broadcasting to the public that is not otherwise commercially viable or available. I don't know if there are other radio sources of Jazz programming in Colorado Springs, but their sure aren't back here in the mountains where KCME operates a number of translators. And, second, they didn't just cut any old jazz program, they cut what was rated one of the premier jazz programs in the entire United States. Unforgivable. Dominowski uses the excuse we can get our Jazz from Sirius Radio now. Well, I've got news for them, I can get a lot more and better classical programming from Sirius as well. So, if I'm going to pay for Sirius, why would I want to contribute to KCME? It's just so sad. Lenny gave us a nice break from listening to classical all the time. If KCME now fails, I hope Jeanna Wearing is proud of herself. Every time I hear their new "motto", "All Classical KCME" I am so irritated I get mad all over again.

Posted by Charlie on 12/07/2008 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Home is where the music is

Whitney and Marc have given Colorado Springs a wonderful gift with the house concerts. The time and effort required to make these events happen can only be appreciated by those of us who have seen it from an insider's view. And it is given with so much love. Hearing talented artists in such an intimate setting is a unique opportunity. Once you experience it, you'll regret that you didn't know about it sooner. It's one of the things I really miss about Colorado Springs. Ann Kilauea, Hawaii

Posted by annluck on 07/03/2008 at 12:22 PM

Re: “In a silenced way

The following statement is telling of someone that is not a local: "What is really local about someone in City A selecting a jazz performance by Dexter Gordon, and someone in Colorado Springs selecting that performance off of a CD? I'm not sure that there is a huge difference, in reality." The answer to that is that there is not a free access to music such as jazz. I find it interesting as I travel to other cities and states of what is available and what band the music is broadcast on. Whether it is Chicago or Albuquerque, one can find a good variety and selection both on FM and AM. I also find that more AM stations are coming on board, providing music that the major FM broadcasters are replacing. Maybe it is time to add some AM stations to the mix here in the Springs. Besides 1530, lets add a high def AM station that plays jazz, as Colorado Springs listeners want hear. Correct, it wont be FM, but the new technology with HD allows for some outstanding quality. I do want to hear some Fatburger and Daddy Long Legs and maybe have a Blues segment. It can be done.

Posted by ProfT on 06/13/2008 at 1:26 PM

Re: “In a silenced way

I used to listen to KCME all week long, ever since we moved here in 1992. I love classical music, but jazz on Saturdays complemented a relaxing morning with coffee and a good book. Lenny Mazel's knowledge base expanded my appreciation of jazz, and many of the jazz recordings in my CD collection are there because of his insight. Now every time I hear a radio personality say "all-classical KCME" I feel like it's a slap in the face from the station - they may as well say "you are listening to no-jazz KCME" and it would say the same thing. What rubbed salt into the wound was the backhanded way that Jeanna Werning made the change, waiting until Spring Break and shocking listeners as they returned from vacation. Although Brad makes a good point for specialization, a look at the Colorado Springs radio stations reveals a very limited appeal, with most of the stations falling into pop, rap, Spanish, or Christian formats. I guess Colorado Springs is just not cosmopolitan enough to support a truly discriminating and diversified musical palette. I miss you Lenny, and hope you are broadcasting jazz at another station soon.

Posted by CafePrestoAgitato on 05/30/2008 at 1:55 PM

Re: “In a silenced way

In the early days of radio, stations tried to be "all things to all people". Each broadcaster aired farm programs, religious programs, news programs, dramatic programs, comedy programs and various types of music. Listeners had to search for the programs they preferred. For the past 50 years, radio stations have narrowed their formats, so today's listeners expect consistent programming at each spot on the dial. Stations no longer offer country music in the morning, adult standards in the afternoon and rock in the evening -- not if they intend to be successful. Broadcasters dare not buck the trend, because they face competition not only from other local stations but from satellite and Internet radio, which offer thousands of new choices with sharply defined formats. KCME's decision to focus exclusively on classical music is consistent with the shift toward specialization. Public stations depend upon their listeners for support, so they cannot afford to alienate the majority of their audience to please a small segment. Every format change disappoints someone, and that is unfortunate. But stations must consolidate their support if they want to remain viable in 2008.

Posted by Brad Peters on 05/21/2008 at 7:21 AM

Re: “In a silenced way

In the early days of radio, stations tried to be "all things to all people". Each broadcaster aired farm programs, religious programs, news programs, dramatic programs, comedy programs and various types of music. Listeners had to search for the programs they preferred. For the past 50 years, radio stations have narrowed their formats, so today's listeners expect consistent programming at each spot on the dial. Stations no longer offer country music in the morning, adult standards in the afternoon and rock in the evening -- not if they intend to be successful. Broadcasters dare not buck the trend, because they face competition not only from other local stations but from satellite and Internet radio, which offer thousands of new choices with sharply defined formats. KCME's decision to focus exclusively on classical music is consistent with the shift toward specialization. Public stations depend upon their listeners for support, so they cannot afford to alienate the majority of their audience to please a small segment. Every format change disappoints someone, and that is unfortunate. But stations must consolidate their support if they want to remain viable in 2008.

Posted by Brad Peters on 05/18/2008 at 9:35 AM

Re: “In a silenced way

Well, I have been listening to Kcme for four years and I always turned off the radio or change to another station when Mazel's show was on the air. I am a proud member of Kcme and love classical music, but I do think that it is unfair what Wearing decided to do. It feels as if it was a different station. I would not have minded for jazz to be played twelve hours on Saturdays as it had for so many years.

Posted by mozartina on 05/17/2008 at 2:49 PM

Re: “In a silenced way

KCME's decisiion to put all of its eggs into the classical basket will, I predict, be a mistake. I've listened to Lenny's programs for years and have now stopped listening to KCME altogether and will not renew my membership. Other public radio stations play a viariety of music and thus broaden their audience. The rigidity in thinking which appears to be guiding much of the decision making in many of our region's non-profit arts organizations is not healthy. Any local radio station that puts Lenny and Jazz back on the air at a reasonable time will have my support.

Posted by Springsgirl on 05/15/2008 at 2:05 PM

Re: “In a silenced way

such a great loss to the community that loves and aprreicated lenny and his much talent in the jazz field, and for the station manager, she was proud that she had never heard his show and never would as classical is the only music. sound very narrow minded to me. and such a loss of a whole new genre, that might even bring a new life to her. a long time lisntener for over 25 years and the other jazz man was not too good. patricia jones

Posted by mzpaticiajones on 05/14/2008 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Hear ye, hear ye

One that I may pass onto everyone that is also great is Baby 81 by The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Cheers.

Posted by Ishhod on 12/31/2007 at 10:28 AM

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