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Pianist David Benoit to host morning show at jazz station KKJZ-FM

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Jazz pianist and composer David Benoit, who recently began hosting an afternoon show at classical radio station KMZT-AM (1260), likes the job so much that he’s going to take over the morning shift on jazz outlet KKJZ-FM (88.1).

Beginning Monday, Benoit will host the 6-10 a.m. weekday program at KKJZ, better known to listeners as K-Jazz. He’ll continue his 2-5 p.m. gig at KMZT. Both stations are operated by Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters.

In a statement released by KKJZ Wednesday, Benoit called it ‘a great thrill and privilege’ to ‘take part in the presentation of this treasured music. I’ve been a local fan of this radio station for ages, and it’s especially exciting to have this opportunity in my own backyard.’ He was born in Bakersfield but grew up in Southern California.

A five-time Grammy nominee, Benoit also serves as music director of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra.

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He won’t be KKJZ’s only musician-deejay. Earlier this month, the station introduced a two-hour weekend program hosted by saxophonist Kenny G.

Current KKJZ morning host Bubba Jackson will move to the 6-10 p.m. shift, with syndicated host Bob Parlocha sliding to 10 p.m.-6 a.m.

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