Vince DiCiccio

Host, The Oasis; The Intersection

One of FM89’s most recognizable and popular on-air voices, Vince DiCiccio is regarded among those at the station to be as fun to know as he is to listen to.  He’s been a member of the Valley Public Radio team for just over a decade, and in that time has left his memorable stamp with his current programs, The Oasis and The Intersection.  Vince was kind enough to take the time to answer a number of questions for this profile.

Vince was born to 2nd Generation Italian/Sicilian parents in South Philadelphia.  From his professional jazz bassist father, he was given a love of sports and music, especially jazz, at an early age - two passions that have endured. “By the age of fifteen, after several years of piano lessons, I was working a few gigs and attending numerous jam sessions. Interestingly, several of these young players would eventually become well-known figures in jazz,” Vince says.

California beckoned in 1970 where he began college only to be interrupted by a couple years in Europe living and working in Munich. Returning to the States, San Francisco became home. Vince completed his degree in Social Work and worked in the field until landing a job managing a store in Noe Valley – Streetlight Records - all the while playing piano a couple nights a week.

Vince came to Fresno in 1996, and began his association with FM89 in 1999, as a volunteer with the program Jazz at Home which showcased the local scene. “I remain very grateful to Jim Meyers for taking a chance on me. Around the holidays in 2002, I was offered the staff position as announcer & host of The Oasis (then known as FM89 Showcase) on Sunday nights. The unique jazz/classical 2-hour hybrid show The Intersection began in early 2006.

Outside of his station activities, Vince spent 10 years as a High School & Junior College baseball umpire and over a year as a sportswriter & editor for an independent sports paper.  Vince has been the piano player at Yoshino’s Japanese Restaurant since 2000.

9:00 – 10:00

The Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band – Game Changer – Capri 74124 – “Daahoud” (C. Brown)

Mike LeDonne-The Groover Quartet – Keep the Faith – Savant 2114 – “The Way You Make Me Feel”

Frank Potenza – For Joe – Capri Records 74127 – “Voce” (Roberto Menescal)

Salsa De La Bahia-A Collection of SF Bay Area Salsa and Latin Jazz – Patois 015 –

Anthony Blea Su Charanga: “Virgen De La Caridad”

                                            Dizzy Gillespie

9:00 – 10:00

The Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band – Game Changer – Capri Records 74124 – “Stolen Moments”

David Sills – Blue’s the New Green – Gut String Records 013 – “Blues in Ten”

Hot Club of Hulaville – Django Would Go! – Hulaville Recordings 01 – “Minor Swing”

Django Festival All Stars 2012 – Live at Birdland – Three’s a Crowd Records 5001 – “Bronson’s Song”

                                                       Frank Loesser

9:00 – 10:00

                                                      Cole Porter

Erroll Garner – Concert by the Sea – Columbia 40589 – “It’s All Right with Me”

Joe Davidian Trio – Live at the Jazz Cave Vol. 1 – “Everything I Love”

(Michael) Wolff/(Mike)Clark Expedition – Random Act 101 – “What Is This Thing Called Love?”

Jose Rizo’s Mongorama – Saungu 004 – “Son Wambari”

Salsa De La Bahia Vol. 1 – Patois 015 – Estrellas De La Bahia : « Canto Clave Y Candela »

9:00 – 10:00

                                                        Miles Davis

Monty Alexander – Full Steam Ahead – Concord 4287 – “Freddie Freeloader”

Resonance – Introductions – Mandala Records 103 – “Prelude/So What”

Mark Sherman – The L.A. Sessions – Miles High Records 8617 – “Serpent’s Tooth”

Lauren White – Meant to Be – Self-Produced – “Chove Chuva” (Jorge Ben)

Bossa Brasil and Mauricio de Souza Group – Different Directions – Pulsa 1179 – “Ponteio” (Edu Lobo)

9:00 – 10:00

Jazz Fest and You-The Best of the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival – Mack Avenue Records –

Mack Avenue SuperBand: “Honky Tonk”; Wayne Shorter: “Untitled”; Fred Hersch: “Dream of Monk”; Poncho Sanchez: “Con Alma”; Cecile McLorin Salvant: “Yesterdays”;

Donald Harrison: “Watermelon Man”; Preservation Hall Jazz Band: “When the Saints Go Marching In”

10:00 – 11:00

Tom Goehring – A Reflected Journey – Mengli Music – “Grazing in the Grass” (Philemon Hou/Masekela)

9:00 – 10:00

John di Martino – Turnaround – Kilamanjaro Dusques 017 – “Turnaround” (Ornette Coleman)

Oliver Jones featuring JoseeAidans – Just for My Lady – Justin Time 251 – “Josee’s Blues”

Michel Camilo – What’s Up? – Okeh/Sony 703992 – “What’s Up?”

Erroll Garner – Concert by the Sea – Columbia 40589 – “Red Top” (Ben Kynard)

The Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra – Artistry-A Tribute to Stan Kenton – MAMA 1045 –

“Horizon Under”

9:00 – 10:00

John di Martino – Turnaround – Kilamanjaro Disques 017 –

“Brother Can You Spare a Dime”

Joe Davidian Trio–Live at the Cave, Vol. 1–Self-Prod– “My Heart Belongs to Only You”

Carrie Wicks – Barely There - OA2 22093 – “Laura” (Bill Anshell, piano)

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet – Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin – Patois 014 – “Giant Steps”

                                             Cole Porter

The David Leonhardt Jazz Group Plays Cole Porter – Big Bang Records 9584 –

9:00 – 10:00

The Best of the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival – Paquito D’Rivera: “Blues for Astor Piazzolla”

                                                        Miles Davis

Giacomo Gates – Blue Skies – DMP 3001 – “Four”

Miles Espanol-New Sketches of Spain – e One 2104 – “Flamenco Sketches”

                                                       Harold Arlen

(Nancy) Marano/(Eddie) Monteiro – Double Standards – Denon 78901 – “I’ve Got the World on a String”

9:00 – 10:00

Michel Camilo – What’s Up? – Okeh/Sony 703992 – “Take Five”

The Hal Galper Trio – Invitation to a Concert – Concord Jazz 4455 – “Hey There”

The John Santos Sextet & Friends – Filosofia Caribena, Vol. 2 – Machete Records 211 – “Sin Ti No Hay”

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet – Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin – Patois Records 014 – “Pasando El Tiempo”

                                                    Thelonious Monk

9:00 – 10:00

Michel Camilo – What’s Up? – Okeh/Sony 703992 – “Island Beat”

Clotilde Rullaud – In Extremis - Tsig’Art 141261 – “Fragile” (Sting)

                                                         Benny Golson

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – Moanin’ – Blue Note 4003 – “Are You Real”; “Along Came Betty”

(Nancy) Marano & (Eddie) Monteiro – Double Standards – Denon 78901 – “Whisper Not”

Pedrito Martinez – Rumba de La Isla – Calle54/Sony 40672 – “Homenaje a Cameron”