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 Bobby Timmons Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers – The Big Beat – Blue Note 464 – “Dat Dere” Bobby Timmons – This Here Is – Riverside 12-317 – “Come Rain or Come Shine” (H. Arlen) Miles Espanol-New Sketches of Spain – E One 2104 – “Solea” Pedrito Martinez – Rumba de La Isla – Calle54/Sony Masterworks 406072 – “Gitana te Quiero” Pearl Django – Chasing Shadows – Modern Hot Records 009 – “No. 19” Greg Ruby Quartet – Look Both...

9:00 – 10:00 Henry Mancini Royce Campbell – A Tribute to Henry Mancini – Episode 1001 – “The Days of Wine and Roses” Tianna Hall – Never Let Me Go – Blue Bamboo Music 1018 – “Charade” Alex Snydman – Fortunate Action – Self-Produced – “In Joy” (Chris Pattishall, piano) Bruce Torff – Look Again – Summit 605 – “One and Only” (Pete McGuinness, vocals) Richard Lanham – Thou Swell – Self-Produced – “Calypso Medley” Ben...

The Oasis – Play List – 5-5-13 – Vince DiCiccio 9:00 – 10:00 Spanish Harlem Orchestra – La Tradicion – Concord Picante 32263 – “La Salsa Dura” Manuel Valera – New Cuban Express – Mavo 1104 – “Intro to Upwards” Pedrito Martinez – Rumba de la Isla – Calle54 406072 – “No Naqueres na de Mi” Bobby Timmons Bobby Timmons – Easy Does It – Riverside 363 – “A Little Busy” Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – A Night in Tunisia – Blue Note 4049 – ...

The Oasis –Play List – 4-14-13 – Vince DiCiccio 9:00 - 10:00 The Jay D’Amico Quintet – Tango Caliente-Jazz Under Glass – CAP 1034 – “Alfreda” Monty Alexander – Uplift2-Higher – Jazz Legacy 1020 – “Close Enough for Love” (J. Mandel) Ben Sidran – Don’t Cry for No Hipster – Nardis – “Back Nine” Madeleine Peyroux – The Blue Room – Decca/EmArcy 18100 – “Bye Bye Love” Mark Winkler – The Laura Nyro Project – Café Pacific Records 1260 – “Save the...

9:00 – 10:00 Monty Alexander – Uplift2-Higher – Jazz Legacy 1020 – “You Are My Sunshine” Craig Wuepper – Leaps and Bounds – Cellar Live 110112 – “My One and Only Love” Pedrito Martinez – Rumba de la Isla – Calle 54 Records 6072 – “Volando Voy” Elemental by Aguanko (Alberto Nacif) – PKO Records 060 – “Chiquita” Harold Arlen Nancy Marano & Eddie Monteiro – A Perfect Match – Denon 79407 – “A Sleepin’ Bee” Cedar Walton Presents Piero Odorici – Savant 2115 –...

The Oasis – Playlist – 3-17-13 – Vince DiCiccio 9:00 – 10:00 Bill Harris Quintet – This Time the Dream’s On Me – Self-Prod – “Stablemates” (B. Golson) Monty Alexander – Uplift2-Higher – Jazz Legacy 1020 – “Night Mist Blues” (A. Jamal) Christian Howes w/ Richard Galliano – Southern Exposure – Resonance Records 1020 – “Cubano Chant” (Ray Bryant) Mark Weinstein–Todo Corazon-The Tango Album–Jazzheads 1198– “El Lloron” (Weeper) Elemental by Aguanko (Alberto...

The Oasis – Play List – 3-10-13 – Vince DiCiccio 9:00 – 10:00 Henry Mancini Joe Locke Quartet – Moment to Moment – Milestone 9243 – “Charade” Royce Campbell – A Tribute to Henry Mancini – Episode 1001 – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Lenny White – Lenny White Live – BFM Jazz 302062417 – “East St. Louis” Mark Weinstein – Todo Corazon-The Tango Album – Jazzheads 1198 – “Todo Corazon” Monty Alexander – Uplift2-Higher – Jazz Legacy...

The Oasis – Play List – 3-3-13 – Vince DiCiccio 9:00 – 10:00 Monty Alexander–Uplift 2-Higher–Jazz Legacy 1020– “What a Friend” (We Have in Jesus) The Dave Lalama Big Band – The Hofstra Project – Self-Prod – “Tricotism” (O. Pettiford) John Coltrane The Vince DiCiccio Trio at S.F. City College, 1977 – Self-Produced – “Giant Steps” Michael Pedicin – Live @ The Loft – The Jazz Hut 0004 – “Impressions “ Antonio Adolfo – Finas...

The Oasis – Playlist – 2-24-13 – Vince DiCiccio 9:00 – 10:00 Monty Alexander – Uplift 2-Higher – Jazz Legacy 1020 – “When the Saints Go Marching” Randy Napoleon – The Jukebox Crowd – Gut String 008 – “You Make Me Feel So Young” Elemental by Aguanko (Alberto Nacif) – PKO 60 – “Elemental”; “Chasin’ Chano” Lary Barilleau & The Latin Jazz Collective – Carmen’s Mambo – OA2 22098 – “Los Unicos” Bill Peterson Trio – Ruby...

The Oasis – Play List – 2-17-13 – Vince DiCiccio 9:00 – 10:00 (Michael) Wolff & (Mike) Clark Expedition – Random Act 1010 – “Song for My Father” Tom Cohen – Organic Chemistry – Self-Prod – “One Finger Snap” (Herbie Hancock) Johnny Mercer Randy Napoleon – The Jukebox Crowd – Gut String Records 008 – “Fools Rush In” Rob Parton Big Band – We’ll Be Together Again – Jazztech 83412 – “I Remember You” Greg Ruby Quartet – Look...

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