Sam Tune and his dogJazz is that quintessential American form of music. One could say it's the American contribution to world culture. Starting at the beginning of the last century, jazz had morphed into multiple styles and forms and has become a global music phenomenon. As J.J. Johnson said in 1988: "Jazz is restless. It won't stay put and never will."

A recent transplant from the foothills of California, Sam Tune joins KSKQ as the Host of the Jazz Splashdown Show. Sam has been active in the Jazz and Bigband scene for almost 15yrs and has been playing trumpet for 25 yrs. Sam has been a trumpet player in a number of bands including the Columbia College Kicks Bigband (10yrs) where he had the pleasure of getting to perform with singer Barbara Morrison, trumpet master Bobby Shew, sax man Ernie Watts, sax man Paul Contos, trumpet man Marvin McFaddin, and the great Skip Mesquite of Tower of Power.

Sam was also a founding member of the jazz group Combo #5 and a new member of Southern Oregon’s big band The Jazzmen, a 20 piece Bigband directed by Ray Holtz. The Jazzmen perform regularly in the Rogue Valley. What music does Sam like? "As a trumpet player I naturally have a special place in my heart for horn players I’m especially influenced by Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, and of course Ella…she’s the best!"

Tune into KSKQ and hear Sam Tune and Jazz Splashdown every Wednesday night from 9 pm - midnight.