El Chino - Les Choy

Host of "The Radio Active Show"

Tuesdays, 8:30 pm-10:30 pm


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Show Description:
The roots and branches of Afro-Caribbean rhythms including El Son Cubano, Salsa Dura, Timba, Cu-bop, Brazilian jazz, Rumba Cubana from East coast to Left Coast, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Columbia, the African diaspora and beyond.

What bands could a listener expect to hear on the show?
Eddie Palmieri, Poncho Sanchez, Afrocuban All-Stars, Fania All-stars, Beny More.

Names of bands you have played in?
Household Garbage, Daydreamer's Ball, Cimarron String Band, Mantaro, 3 Guys Named Moe, Eldorado All-Stars, Matx, Space Janitors, Coupe De Grass, Bamboo Steamer, Ragged Mountain Ramblers, Blue Monk, Big Timbre, and currently: The Gypsy Jazz Social Club

If you could see any band?
Diz, Miles, and Bird with Tito, Mongo and Tony Williams, Charlie Christian and Django, Ruben Gonzalez, vocals by Eddie Jefferson and Ella, Ron Carter on bass at Red Rocks, of course!

How long have you been a DJ?
I started during KBUT's second week on the air, in 1986.

What do you do when you’re not at KBUT?
Work and play, multi-instrumentalist and singer, guitarist in current group.

Hometown?
Born in San Francisco, CA, moved to Western Colorado in 1976, Crested Butte since 1980

Proudest Moment?
Taking second place at an Aspen, CO music competition. The Winner?: Tim O'Brien!

A professional musician since the early 1970s in the West Coast and Rocky Mountain regions, Les Choy  "El Chino" has a diverse history on a variety of stringed instruments and percussion with a particular affinity for the acoustic sound. A  charter member of the CIMARRON STRING BAND in the mid 1970s, Choy has also played banjo, guitar, and sung with the bluegrass groups BIG TIMBRE, RAGGED MOUNTAIN RAMBLERS and GUNNISON BLUEGRASS COLLECTIVE, and is guitarist, vocalist , and musical director with the GYPSY JAZZ SOCIAL CLUB (GJSC), an acoustic swing ensemble that he founded in 2010. GJSC has been selected as one of the finalists  in the 2012 Telluride Jazz Celebration band competition. Since 1986 El Chino has been a DJ on National Public Radio affiliate station KBUT (fm and internet, Crested Butte, Colorado), having programmed a weekly music show in a variety of genres, now showcasing salsa and latin-jazz and in 2011, he was honored as the KBUT Volunteer of the Year. Festivals he has performed at include the Four Corners Folk (Pagosa Springs, CO), Telluride Bluegrass, Black Canyon Music, Carbondale Mountain Fair, Paonia Mountain Harvest, and Moab Folk Festival among others. Artists he has shared the stage with over the years include Drew Emmitt, Michael Travis, Tim O' Brien, Sam Bush, John Prine, Taj Mahal, as well as the late song-writer / musicians Bo Diddley, Townes Van Zandt, and Kate Wolf. Discography includes: Colorado Bluegrass Music Society, Bands On Call-Vol. 5 (2009); Big Timbre, Live at The Radio Room (2007); Bruce Hayes, Lunch (1997); Pack of Dogs (1996); Space Janitors, Custodians of Rhythm -Live (1995).

CONTACT: Les Choy c: 970-901-5963 e: elch55@yahoo.com
PO Box 1354, Crested Butte, CO. USA  81224-1354

From the 2011 KBUT Winter Newsletter:
We are fortunate here at KBUT to have the best DJs on the planet. Some folks have been volunteering at KBUT for 24 years! Les Choy, or El Chino, is one of those amazing veteran DJs. Keep reading to find out why KBUT is so important to Les Choy in his own words.
 
“As a performing musician, music plays an important part in my life. But even before I became a musician, as a lad growing up in the S.F. Bay Area I listened to lots of music  and a lot of radio. It always occurred to me how I would do it, avoiding all the stuff I didn’t like about radio and doing all the things that I thought were missing. So when a chance to get on board as a DJ in a wide open, non-commercial format  came up during KBUT’s second week of broadcast, I jumped on it. Over the years I’ve spot-lighted numerous music genres including funk, fusion, world-beat, reggae, acoustic & bluegrass, & jazz. The RadioActive Show now focuses on the Afro-Cuban sounds of salsa & latin jazz, and their relatives. Tune in Wednesday nights at 10:30 for Salsa Y Jazz Con Clave.”

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