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As a founding member of The Grateful Dead, Lesh is well known for his virtuous bass playing and ability to improvise, but before he started that long strange trip he spent many years studying music. You can listen to a rare recording of Phil Lesh on trumpet with San Mateo College Jazz Band from April 4, 1959.

Over 400 high school jazz musicians from Contra Costa, San Mateo, San Francisco, and Santa Clara counties were on display. The students had the opportunity to perform, share musical experiences, and learn from nationally recognized jazz artists and educators.

As the date of KCSM’s annual jazz festival approaches, several musicians from far and wide are preparing to pack their bags and head to the CSM campus to join Bay Area musicians and music lovers.

Mike Galisatus leads a double life. By day, he’s Director of Bands at the College of San Mateo. By night, he’s an esteemed jazz trumpeter. He leads the Mike Galisatus Big Band, which plays Angelica’s in Redwood City on Sunday.

The College of San Mateo Jazz Ensembles, directed by Mike Galisatus, will present a concert with guest artist drummer, Carl Allen on Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 PM in the College of San Mateo Theatre.

KCSM, which began as a learning center for broadcasting students, has programmed jazz full-time since 1988, outlasting KJAZ, which folded in 1994. In fact, much of that legendary station’s music library — more than 12,000 albums — is now at KCSM.

A concert stage is being constructed on a grassy hill at CSM in preparation for the annual Jazz on the Hill event Saturday, June 6. The free event is a day for people to relax and enjoy the campus with music, wine and beer, food truck offerings and art and crafts tables.

For Ramirez, the emergence of Latin rock and the widely popular debut of Santana was a defining moment of acceptance for his culture.

This year the event not only showcases the breadth and depth of the Bay Area scene, it’s also a celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary, complete with public tours of the campus.

After a nine-year hiatus, the popular day-long jazz celebration will return to the home of the area’s only jazz radio station, KCSM 91.1 FM, on the campus of College of San Mateo.