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    Need help from L.A. PBS TV watcher who knows 60s Jazz(Stu Bass-you still around?)

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    Is there any SDF member here, located in L.A. who regularly watches KLCS LAUSD PBS TV network? I'm stuck in L.A. until I can get a Covid-19 antibody injection, or proven vaccine injection or pill. Meantime, I heard a great 1960s progressive Jazz tune played in the background while the evening programme schedule is being shown on screen. That instrumental is always played when the day's programme schedule is shown on the screen, several times each day.

    It's a great song, that sounds like a mid '60s famous Blue Note piano combo. I'd like to find out the name of the song and artist. I may already own it on vinyl, but can't remember what it is.
    I'm not with my records. If I DON'T have it, I'd like to get it off of You-Tube, or as an MP3 or MP4 from someone who has it.

    Who else is located in L.A.?

    Thanks for any help!
    Last edited by robb_k; 09-02-2020 at 01:56 AM.

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    Robb, I do not live in L.A., but have you tried calling the station or using the CONTACT US portion of their website?

    http://klcs.org/contact/

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    Robb, I do not live in L.A., but have you tried calling the station or using the CONTACT US portion of their website?

    http://klcs.org/contact/
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    Thanks LockhartGary for that advice and the link. I've contacted them.

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    It's been 4 days and no e-mail from them. I guess if I'd been a subscriber I'd have gotten one by now.

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    ???... Sorry Robb...I'd have to hear it... Stay well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuBass1 View Post
    ???... Sorry Robb...I'd have to hear it... Stay well...
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    I take it, then, that you never watch KLCS. Like all the PBS stations, it has some excellent programming. Unfortunately, I can't tell you when they post their evening programming schedule (which is when they play that tune). I think they do it at the 50 minute mark each late afternoon and evening hour: 4:50, 5:50, 6:50, 7:50. 8:50, 9:50 PM. It's got to be a 1960s piano combo, probably on Blue Note Records, or Pacific Jazz, or World Pacific, - maybe Prestige or possibly Riverside. It is likely one of the well-known pianists. But, I just can't place it. The odds are I have the record, but just forgot it. Maybe you can grab a look at KLCS just before the top of an hour. If it's not at 50 minutes after. It will be at 55 after.

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    If it's OP or Basie, I'll likely recognize it right away...or of course Brubeck most anyone would recognize with his unusual time sigs...Not much time for PBS, but whenever I notice one of TJ's music shows I tune in for a segment or two...

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuBass1 View Post
    If it's OP or Basie, I'll likely recognize it right away...or of course Brubeck most anyone would recognize with his unusual time sigs...Not much time for PBS, but whenever I notice one of TJ's music shows I tune in for a segment or two...
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    It's not any of them. Not anyone that famous. Maybe it's McCoy Tyner.
    Someone from the station will probably send me an e-mail eventually.

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    If you have the Shazam app on your phone you could try that while the song is playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    If you have the Shazam app on your phone you could try that while the song is playing.
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    Thanks, but I don't have any apps on my US cell phone. I only use it to prove who I am when I forget my passwords. I actually use my Dutch phone to make calls and talk to people. But I don't have any apps on that one. It's a flip phone. I am a creature of the 19th Century! It's a miracle that I am able to use e-mail and the very basic uses of a desktop or laptop computer. KLCS has still not answered my e-mail. I don't have a recording device that can record the sound of the TV.

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    This thread has over 1,000 views, and NO ONE other than Stu lives in The L.A. Metro Area, and is willing to spend 2-3 minutes at any random 5 to 2-minutes before the top of any hour to listen to PBS TV Station KLCS' background music, while the evening's programme schedule is shown? If I would join Twitter or Facebook, I could ask this question on a blog that specialises in discussing TV show and film theme music, and discovering the song, artist, and writer names. But, I'm terrible with technology, and already have enough trouble with computers, and don't want to use a smartphone, nor add ANY more passwords to remember. So, I am hoping someone will help me out here.

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    This thread has over 1,000 views, and NO ONE other than Stu lives in The L.A. Metro Area, and is willing to spend 2-3 minutes at any random 5 to 2-minutes before the top of any hour to listen to PBS TV Station KLCS' background music, while the evening's programme schedule is shown? If I would join Twitter or Facebook, I could ask this question on a blog that specialises in discussing TV show and film theme music, and discovering the song, artist, and writer names. But, I'm terrible with technology, and already have enough trouble with computers, and don't want to use a smartphone, nor add ANY more passwords to remember. So, I am hoping someone will help me out here.


    Maybe someone who has "Google Sound Search" can look it up for me, or someone who is a member of "Tunefind", and is on Twitter or Facebook can help me, by doing a Tunefind search by posting my question describing where and when on KLCS the music is played?
    Last edited by robb_k; 09-28-2020 at 01:58 PM.

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    I did some googling and here is a link for KCLS livestream. Hope it is the correct channel. I will check during this evening or sometime this week for the track and if I have any success I will post here.

    Here is the link for the livestreaming site:

    http://klcs.org/klcs-at-home-learning-live/

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    I did some googling and here is a link for KCLS livestream. Hope it is the correct channel. I will check during this evening or sometime this week for the track and if I have any success I will post here.

    Here is the link for the livestreaming site:

    http://klcs.org/klcs-at-home-learning-live/
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    Thanks. I've already sent an e-mail message to them with my query, about a month ago. So far, no message back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robb_k View Post
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    This thread has over 1,000 views, and NO ONE other than Stu lives in The L.A. Metro Area, and is willing to spend 2-3 minutes at any random 5 to 2-minutes before the top of any hour to listen to PBS TV Station KLCS' background music, while the evening's programme schedule is shown? If I would join Twitter or Facebook, I could ask this question on a blog that specialises in discussing TV show and film theme music, and discovering the song, artist, and writer names. But, I'm terrible with technology, and already have enough trouble with computers, and don't want to use a smartphone, nor add ANY more passwords to remember. So, I am hoping someone will help me out here.


    Maybe someone who has "Google Sound Search" can look it up for me, or someone who is a member of "Tunefind", and is on Twitter or Facebook can help me, by doing a Tunefind search by posting my question describing where and when on KLCS the music is played?
    Brother Robb...Since this is apparently very important to you, I'd suggest going to the App Store on your phone and download the "Sound Hound" App...It will take less than 1 minute to download the app and then when the song comes on, you simply point your phone at the TV and you'll get the name of the song...

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    Robb, is this it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    Robb, is this it?

    Megatrax is a music library service... I don't know if the identify the individual musicians on their roster...

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuBass1 View Post
    Megatrax is a music library service... I don't know if the identify the individual musicians on their roster...
    Good to know, thank you. I just played the track from my pc and then used Spotify to get the information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    Robb, is this it?

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    Yes! That's it! So, it's a modern cut, eh? I thought it might be a 1960s Blue Note record. And I wondered why I didn't recognise it, and didn't remember having it. Do they give the year it was recorded? Sometimes these instrumentals are made specifically for the TV station and/or programme. I wonder if this one was? Given the song title ("Smooth And Cool"), and the name of the combo (The Cool Cocktail Piano Trio), I'm guessing this was made by an existing combo or 3 individual instrumentalists they hired, based on the first one's recommendation, and recorded this a few years ago. Actually, the piece taken as a whole, isn't as good as the small part (piano refrain) that's played when the programming schedule is displayed. It's a little disappointing. But it's still nice to hear something new that's old-sounding.

    Thanks a lot for your help.
    Last edited by robb_k; Today at 02:33 AM.

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    Yay... Nice work lockhartgary... And the pianist is probably some really talented working musician that nobody knows about...

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    Here's another video by that combo:

    These videos seem to have been made for educational purposes (teaching how to play the instruments), because no information about the producers, or individual musicians, or record label appears anywhere, and KLCS is owned and run by Los Angeles Unified School District. So, the musicians might be music instrument teachers/high school band leaders, and/or music department heads. I know that's possible, because at my high school in South Chicago, Bowen High, back in 1959-60, the head of our music department was a long-time professional, and had a lot of connections in Chicago's music industry, and got some of our groups auditions with local record labels. Same was true for record label owner/producer and radio DJ, Richard Pegue, who was writing songs and producing records for his Norvells group, both while he was a student, and later, was producing records on other artists while working in the music department at rival, Hirsch High, on The South Side.

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    Megatrax is a music library production unit... They probably have some very good musicians on call for contracting... They record all sorts of music for businesses, TV stations and networks, radio stations, advertising companies, production studios, karaoke, etc...They are apparently located in North Hollywood, so I suspect they use very good L.A. musicians for their tracks, and probably rely on a lot of computer music too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by robb_k View Post
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    Yes! That's it! So, it's a modern cut, eh? I thought it might be a 1960s Blue Note record. And I wondered why I didn't recognise it, and didn't remember having it. Do they give the year it was recorded? Sometimes these instrumentals are made specifically for the TV station and/or programme. I wonder if this one was? Given the song title ("Smooth And Cool"), and the name of the combo (The Cool Cocktail Piano Trio), I'm guessing this was made by an existing combo or 3 individual instrumentalists they hired, based on the first one's recommendation, and recorded this a few years ago. Actually, the piece taken as a whole, isn't as good as the small part (piano refrain) that's played when the programming schedule is displayed. It's a little disappointing. But it's still nice to hear something new that's old-sounding.

    Thanks a lot for your help.
    You are very welcome!

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    Hey Robb, glad you got the info that you needed and Stubass, thanks for bringing Sound Hound to my attention. I just downloaded it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuBass1 View Post
    Yay... Nice work lockhartgary... And the pianist is probably some really talented working musician that nobody knows about...

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuBass1 View Post
    Megatrax is a music library production unit... They probably have some very good musicians on call for contracting... They record all sorts of music for businesses, TV stations and networks, radio stations, advertising companies, production studios, karaoke, etc...They are apparently located in North Hollywood, so I suspect they use very good L.A. musicians for their tracks, and probably rely on a lot of computer music too...
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    It sounds so, and makes sense, as North Hollywood is the hub of L.A.'s recording industry, where the better recording studios are.

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