Chris Cortez

DJ at KCSM Radio 91.1 in San Mateo, CA,San Mateo, CA

Midday Jazz Host and Producer, Chris Cortez is immersed in music every waking moment of the day. He splits his time between working full-time at KCSM Jazz 91, operating his own music production facility, (Nice N Up Studios SF) and performing Internationally with his reggae band of 24 years (Native Elements). Chris Cortez has been a part of the award winning KCSM on-air team for over 23 years joining the line-up in 1994 as host of The Jazz Oasis followed by Evening Jazz and currently Midday Jazz. He has literally spent half of his adult life at KCSM radio programming a wide range of jazz for various programs. He also produces the long running "I'm Talking Jazz" series. Originally, from Pampanga, Philippines, Chris Cortez immigrated to the US at age 2 and has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area ever since. His love and pursuit of music happened in the 5th grade when he first saw a traveling musical review perform at his school. From that moment on he was hooked and has been pursuing music ever since. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Radio & Television from San Francisco State University and has worked at several commercial recording studios before accepting a full-time spot at KCSM. His combined experience as a veteran music producer, drummer and bandleader has kept his focus on all things music past and present. Tune-in for an expertly crafted show that seamlessly weaves timeless classics and modern undiscovered gems hand-picked by Chris from one of the most extensive jazz radio libraries in the Nation.

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