A native of Colorado, Bernie Brink is an accomplished jazz pianist and has been performing and teaching music for over a decade. Bernie received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Colorado College, and his Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. He has performed in several cities and groups across the U.S., and since returning to Colorado Springs has appeared with many local groups and musicians, including the Hennessy 6, and is currently forming his own groups.
Bernie is excited to share his understanding and passion with everyone at Jazz 93.5. He says, “I’m thrilled that Colorado Springs has a great jazz station now, Jazz 93.5 is among the best I’ve heard and they offer a great variety of music. It’s an excellent platform for listeners of all stripes to hook in and discover music that they love.”
You can listen to Bernie on Weekdays from 8-10am, 4-5pm & 6-8pm
Sundays at 5pm: Off the Record
Mondays at 5pm: Key Players
Tuesdays at 5pm: Happy Hour
Thursday: Colorado Jazz Connection
Dan Adams is an award-winning saxophone player originally from Kansas. He has performed jazz, Latin jazz, salsa/merengue and R&B music throughout the Midwest in a variety of groups and venues. He studied at the University of Kansas and has degrees in Liberal Arts and Accounting. Dan also has a background in Kansas college radio at both 88.1 KBCU and 90.7 KJHK and has spun salsa music for many of Salsa Central Denver’s events in years past.
Listen for Dan on Jazz 93.5...
Every weekday from 10-1 for: Hard Bop Morning Drop, Jazz with Dan & Community Blues hour
Friday at 5 pm: Coltrane Matrix
Saturdays from 4-6: Latin Jazz Express & Standards
Saturdays 7-9 Analog Jams & Dinner and A Groovy
Sundays at 6 pm: New Releases
Chantil studied jazz piano from a young age and graduated from the University of Miami in 2014. Chantil stayed in Miami for 4 years after graduating; performing at many different locations around the South Florida region including South Beach, Miami Proper and Key Largo.
Her favorite artists include Prince, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, RUFUS and Ravel. She has shared the stage with Jill Scott, Junius Bervine (keyboard player for Pharrell, played D’Angelo Voodoo tour), and has opened for artists such as Rakim, Kelly Price, and Raheem Devaughan.
Listen for Chantil...
Every day from 6-8 am; Weekends from 6-10am
Weekdays from 1-3pm
Great Ladies of Jazz program: Tuesdays at 2pm
Saturdays from 9pm-11pm
Tony Exum Jr hails from Colorado Springs but was raised in Germany, Biloxi, Mississippi, New Orleans and Phoenix due to his military upbringing. Tony is a national recording artist in contemporary jazz, R&B & funk saxophone. He began playing the saxophone at the age of 11 and now has traveled all over the country playing with names such as Gerald Albright, Marcus Anderson.
He has several singles including his 2016 single Dance Close which is #36 on the listener chart and his collaboration with David P Stevens was #1 on the most added song of the week on Oct 3rd.
Radio began for Tony with occasional co-hosting on Denver’s KDKOradio.com, and KUHS radio jazz shows now a beloved Jazz 93.5 host every day of the week for the past 3 years!
Listen for Tony on Jazz 93.5...
Every weekday from 8-11 pm
Saturdays from 1-3 pm
Sundays from 12-2pm: New Generation of Smooth Jazz
Sundays from 10pm-12am
Jeff was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1961. His family moved to Colorado Springs when he was two months old, so he is as close to a native as he could get. He went through school in District 11, graduating from Palmer High School in 1979.
Jeff has been fortunate enough to receive the Rotary Diamond Award, and the Colorado Springs Chorale Society Peak Educator of the Year award. His award-winning choirs have performed in Elitch's, California (Disneyland), New Orleans, and at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He sings and plays keyboard, guitar and bass. Jeff is also a published composer/arranger. He is currently chair of the Colorado High School All-State Jazz Choirs, and has worked with members of The Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, True North, Kate Reid, and other nationally and internationally known vocal jazz singers/educators/clinicians.
Jeff is also on the board of the Colorado High School All-State Choirs, and the Colorado Music Educator’s Association.
Jeff is married to Kristi, and has two amazing children - Ethan and Mackenzie.
Listen for Jeff...
All week from 3-4pm--Special Program Tuesdays at 3- Jump & Jive
Sundays 7-9: Voices of Jazz
One of the most in demand jazz pianists in Colorado Springs, Tony "Jazzy Tones" Szajowski was born and raised in Chicago and started playing piano at the age of 4. Tony began his professional career in high school playing for radio commercials and the Merit School of Music Honors Jazz Ensemble. Since then, Tony has been an in-demand performer and has appeared at events such as Summer Camp Music Festival and The Taste of Chicago and has shared the bill with artists such as Willie Nelson, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, Dumpstaphunk, Forq, Method Man & Red Man, Dark Star Orchestra, and Umphrey’s McGee. Since moving to Colorado Springs in 2018, Tony currently plays with many of the top artists and groups in the Colorado Springs area including the Brad Eastin Quintet, Tribe, The Moldy Figs, Rhythm & The Rose, and Tidal Breeze, as well as his own quartet and trio.
You can listen to Tony on Saturdays from 1-3pm and 9-11pm.
Keith Simon, a native of Southeast Texas, moved to Colorado Springs with his wife, Melissa, in 1997. A graduate of Lamar University with a Bachelor’s Degree is Mass Communication, Keith landed his first radio job in 1984 and has been hooked on broadcasting ever since.
Keith Simon, KCME & Jazz 93.5 Operations Manager, joined the station in 2007. Here are his thoughts on working in public radio...
Radio has been in my blood almost since day one. As a seven-year-old monitoring the AM band for reports tracking the progress of Santa Claus, I stepped back and began to monitor the actual process of broadcasting instead of merely being a passive listener. That was 1972.
My first love was a “clear-channel” (back when that meant something different that today’s media mega-corporation) AM news station out of Houston, Texas. Although the actual transmitter and studios were probably a little over an hour’s drive from my hometown and my clock radio, it was totally another universe. I was hooked. In 1984, I walked into a tiny AM station in Beaumont, Texas with the line, “I’ve never worked in radio, but…”
It was then that I discovered how completely different it was to be on the other side of the microphone. Still, the love affair continued.
In the ensuing years, commercial broadcasting has become much more homogenized, losing much of the unique, local flavor it had in those days. More times than not, an announcer or host is not a local resident, not a member of the community, not a friend or neighbor, and not someone you would see at your grocery store. There are certainly exceptions, and we’re fortunate to have some very fine local outlets in this city, but there are not as many as you’d think.
That’s why I’ve been a fan and supporter of local public radio stations since my college days, when I first set foot inside the university radio station as a teenaged, Mass-Communication major. I liken it to buying local produce over something frozen or canned from the supermarket. You can taste the difference. In public radio, Classical KCME and Jazz 93.5, you can hear the difference.
That’s why I do what I do, and I hope to meet you soon on the airwaves.
Robyn is an experienced leader and broadcasting executive who loves to see the transformative power of music in the community.
Born in St. Louis, Robyn has lived internationally and throughout the US, moving with her husband as he served as an officer in the US Air Force, landing them in Colorado Springs. Robyn and her husband Chris, have 3 sons and 1 precocious Yorkie, enjoying life in beautiful Colorado Springs.
Questions or concerns? Contact Robyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.