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Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:03 PM

Jazz Radio Host Bob Parlocha Dies at 76.

By Jeff Tamarkin
Jazz Times
March 16, 2015

Longtime jazz radio host Bob Parlocha, best known for his long run at Bay Area station KJAZ-FM and for his syndicated program Jazz With Bob Parlocha, died on March 15, of a heart attack. Parlocha was 76.

Born in Solano, CA, on April 18, 1938, Parlocha listened to KJAZ (1959-1994) and also played jazz saxophone in his youth. He worked as a psychiatric nurse following his graduation from high school and became the host of KJAZís Dinner Jazz Show in 1978. He eventually became the stationís music director and developed several programs for the station. He also produced and engineered a number of jazz recordings.

In 1994, when KJAZ was sold, Parlocha developed his syndicated program, which was carried by numerous stations across the country and alternated between four- and six-hour shifts on different nights of the week.

At: http://jazztimes.com/sections/news/articles/157453-jazz-radio-host-bob-parlocha-dies-at-76


I lived in L.A. from '04 to '10, and enjoyed Jazz With Bob Parlocha almost every evening on KKjZ (88.1). After leaving L.A. I bookmarked KKJZ, but over time lost the habit of tuning in - much to my regret. I know I speak for a lot of his listeners when I say that Bob was Mr. Jazz Radio, and that American radio itself has lost one of its treasures.

Godspeed, Bob. Spin some Johnny Hartman for me when I get there, won't you?

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Thu Mar 26, 2015, 02:16 PM

1. Aw, man...

Rest in peace Bob and thanks for
many great late-night radio sessions -- you were the voice of jazz!

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