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.

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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Live music
Nov 27 @ 7:00PM
Gypsy Jazz Social Club plays live at High Alpine Brewing Company, 111 North Main in Gunnison on Friday, November 27th. Music…
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Live Music at High Alpine Brewing Co
Nov 27 @ 8:00PM
Live music with Les Choy & his Gypsy Jazz group
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Acme Wellness- Gunnison Grand Opening
Nov 28 @ 12:00AM
Western-Slope ?psychedelic rockers Fractalia will perform at the grand opening of the newest Acme Healing Center location in…
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CB Nordic Winter Kickoff Party
Nov 28 @ 6:00PM
Kick off the winter season at the Mallardi Cabaret.  The event is a fundraiser for Crested Butte Nordic and features live…
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Reading by David J. Rothman
Nov 28 @ 6:30PM
On Saturday, November 28, at 6:30, long-time Crested Butte local David J. Rothman will give a reading from his…
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Live Music at High Alpine Brewing Co
Nov 28 @ 8:00PM
Live music with Evelyn Roper and special guest from Nashville, David Piland.
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Gothic Valley Rec Use Survey
Nov 29 @ 12:00AM
Graduate students from Western State Colorado University who are currently enrolled in the Master's of Environmental…
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Alley Loop Points Race #1
Nov 29 @ 9:00AM
This first Alley Loop Points Series Race is this weekend on Sunday, November 29th at 9 a.m..  The Alley Loop Points Series is…
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Spay-ghetti and No Balls Dinner
Nov 30 @ 5:00PM
The Gunnison Valley Animal Welfare League would like to invite everyone to join them for their 3rd Annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls…
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Munchkin's Music and Dance
Dec 01 @ 9:00AM
It's time to jingle some bells and get in the holiday spirit with these fun music and movement classes for young children!…
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