Beyond the Fringe

Tuesdays, 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Beyond the Fringe is currently on hiatus, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nobody's really sure, but we think Jon Iverson started hosting this program, formerly called The Last Jazz Show, on Tuesday nights at KCBX sometime around 1980. A refugee from free-form FM rock radio, he quickly dove into the KCBX jazz library and systematically worked through the decades only to end up hovering around today's music fringes.

Sal España began co-hosting with Jon around 2004, eventually going solo in 2009. Like most of our audience, Sal ponders the name of the program, as little actual "Jazz" is played. Neal claims it's Jon's sense of humor. Neal's usually right. Sal renamed the show in 2012 to Beyond the Fringe, a name that expresses the exploratory nature of his playlist.

Since Sal follows "Pickin' Up The Tempo," he usually starts with something acoustic - often a guitar, sometimes edging towards Rock. But, this being a public radio station, he veers off into the night spinning the latest ambient, electronic, classical, world music hybrids.

Missed the program? You can hear the last show from our On Demand Player.

In anticipation of the Zombies concert at SLO's Fremont Theater on September 13, Sal España chats with the band's frontman, Colin Blunstone, about the group's early success, development and experimentation, breakup, subsequent creative efforts, and their reunion.