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Harriet Tubman at SFJAZZ

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Harriet Tubman SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA January 23, 2020 The electric bass, electric guitar and drum trio Harriet Tubman stands apart in the music world. As guitarist Brandon Ross notes, they are electrified yet based on spiritual influences such as the late Alice Coltrane, the late John Coltrane's wife who ran an ashram that Ross had the fortune to visit. Going strong since 1998, the group has found it difficult to find acceptance and, sometimes, ...

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ECMFest at SFJAZZ

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ECM Fest SFJAZZ San Francisco, California October 24-27, 2019 ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) is an independent record label founded by in Munich In 1969 Karl Egger, Manfred Eicher and Manfred Scheffner had the brilliant foresight to found ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) in Munich, Germany. The label has long been known for its tasteful covers and adventurous offerings, including artists such as Keith Jarrett, {{Paul Motian and Meredith Monk. In recent years, ...

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Kenny Barron and Friends Celebrate Monk at SFJAZZ

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Kenny Barron and Friends Celebrate Monk Herbst Theater SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA October 10, 2019 Seventy-six-year-old pianist Kenny Barron needs no introduction to avid jazz fans, having been a fixture on the scene for decades. He is known for his own work as well as his participation as co-founder of the Thelonious Monk tribute band Sphere which was active from 1982 to 1998 and had adopted the late pianist's middle name as its moniker. ...

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Chucho Valdés With Kenny Garrett At SFJAZZ

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Chucho Valdés and Kenny Garrett SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA October 4, 2019 A commanding Cuban pianist, the stately Chucho Valdés is best known as the founder of legendary Cuban band Irakere. Kenny Garrett has played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and with the late Miles Davis, among others, but has gained notoriety for his work as a solo artist. Since his first recording in 1990, his awards and accolades have steadily piled up.

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Sun Ra Arkestra At The San Francisco Jazz Festival

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Sun Ra Arkestra SFJAZZ San Francisco Jazz Festival San Francisco, California July 18 and 21, 2019 Jazz has a storied history of hosting any number of iconoclasts. But few can compete with the late Sun Ra for sheer brazen originality and prodigious recorded output. The man born as Herman Blount (1914-1993) was an Arkansas-born pianist, synthesizer player, composer and bandleader. Blount also maintained that he was from Saturn and had a following of acolyte ...

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Chris Potter Circuits Trio and the Kenny Garrett Quintet at San Francisco Jazz Festival

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Chris Potter Circuits Trio and the Kenny Garrett Quintet SFJAZZ San Francisco Jazz Festival San Francisco, CA June 21, 2019 It is unusual to find a double bill featuring two accomplished and well known v players. So it was a memorable occasion when Chris Potter and Kenny Garrett played a date together with their ensembles at SFJAZZ as part of the San Francisco Jazz Festival.Potter was born in Chicago but grew ...

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The Cookers at San Francisco Jazz festival

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The Cookers SFJAZZ The San Francisco Jazz Festival San Francisco June 18, 2019 In the history of the set of musical styles known as jazz, there have been very few groups that are termed “super groups." The Cookers--composed of highly accomplished musicians eminently comfortable and in tune with each other--are the best contemporary example of venerable musicians coming together in a cohesive whole. The band is named after The Night of the Cookers (Blue ...


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