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Articles by Walter Atkins

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hip Spanic AllStars: Old School Revolution

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The jny: San Francisco based Hip Spanic AllStars' new album Old School Revolution (Hip Spanic Records, 2018), celebrates their long history and friendships born and enriched in the City's Mission District. This is their first CD release since 2015's JazzyAfroLatinFunk (CheeseBurger Records, 2015). HSA features a robust three-piece horn section and three different vocalists bringing their individual styles and flavor to the date. Everything is firmly held down by the versatile rhythm section on full display through out ...

IN PICTURES

Long Beach Jazz Festival 2018

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It was a fantastic feast of musical talent featured at the 31st annual Long Beach Jazz Festival, held at a relaxed Southern California venue near the cool Rainbow Lagoon Park. The event was located next to the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and the Aquarium. On Sunday night, the long running festival closed with a high-octane performance by the Stanley Clarke Band. Other performances included Randy Crawford, Kirk Whalum, Keiko Matsui, Jonathan Butler, Marcus Miller, Poncho Sanchez, Chante Moore, ...

IN PICTURES

San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Festival 2018

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The exciting 2018 edition of jny: San Francisco's long running Fillmore Jazz Festival took place over the June 30-July 1 weekend. This year's 34th edition of the SFFJF featured an extensive artist line up that included: Kim Nalley, Groove 8, Pamela Rose Presents Blues Is A Woman; Lloyd Gregory and Friends, Lavay Smith & The Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Lori Carsillo and Project Pimento, Dred Scott Trio with Kenny Brooks; Terrie Odabi, Josh Jones Latin All Stars, Claudia Villela, LehCats, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tiffany Austin: Unbroken

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Unbroken (Con Alma Music, 2018) is the follow- up to Tiffany Austin's vibrant debut album Nothing But Soul (Con Alma Music, 2015). Austin beautifully expresses her personal views and positive responses to the past and current atrocities committed against African American citizens in the United States. According to Austin, the title Unbroken “is a celebration of the resilience of the African American spirit and musical lineage. I want the album to be a balm for people who feel ...

CATCHING UP WITH

Tiffany Austin: Unbroken

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Rising San Francisco Bay Area jazz vocalist Tiffany Austin held an engaging album release party for her sophomore effort, Unbroken (Con Alma Music, 2018) at the comfortable Piedmont Piano Company in jny: Oakland's Uptown neighborhood. As the NBA Golden State Warriors battled the Houston Rockets in a crucial semi finals game a few miles way at Oracle Arena, Austin treated her lucky guests to passionate music along with good food & wine in a unique musical setting. It's also home ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Madeleine Peyroux At Freight & Salvage

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Madeleine Peyroux Freight & Salvage The Anthem Tour Berkeley CA May 11, 2018 Popular singer/songwriter Madeleine Peyroux came to Berkeley's long running Freight & Salvage venue to fill a four night standing room only engagement. The veteran recording artist also brought a sparkling new band and featured songs from her current album Anthem, inspired by the late Canadian songwriter/poet Leonard Cohen who passed in 2016.The opening act was the provocative jny: New ...

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7 Mile House Jazz Festival 2018

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First Annual 7 Mile House Jazz Festival7 Mile HouseBrisbane CA March 17, 2018 The inaugural 7 Mile House Jazz Festival was a jammed pack event featuring invigorating music running from noon to mid night on St. Patrick's Day. Sitting exactly seven miles south of San Francisco's Portsmouth Square, the historic (and sometimes notorious) 1858 spot had many music fans skipping the traditional St. Patrick's Festival in the City's downtown area to enjoy an extensive line ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton At Yoshi's

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Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton Yoshi's Oakland, CA February 22, 2018 Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton braved an unusually cold Thursday night to heat up Fischer's many fans at the famed Yoshi's in jny: Oakland CA. The live music and restaurant venue in Jack London Square hosted an overflowing house that showed its enthusiasm for Fischer throughout the set. During the brief warm up, an East Bay couple sitting nearby talked about how ...

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Mindi Abair at The Empress Theatre

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Mindi Abair And The Boneshakers The Empress Theatre The EastWest Sessions CD Release Party Vallejo, CA November 10, 2017 Two time Grammy nominated saxophonist Mindi Abair, primarily known as a successful smooth/contemporary jazz musician and vocalist has moved into a new funk and rock oriented direction. Tonight's date at downtown Vallejo's Empress Theatre, featured tracks from her new CD The EastWest Sessions (Pretty Good For A Girl Records, 2017). Along her musical and personal ...

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John Beasley’s Monk’estra At SFJAZZ

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John Beasley's Monk'estra SFJAZZ Thelonious Monk Centennial Celebration San Francisco, CA October 15, 2017 The double Grammy nominated Monk'estra big band lead by conductor/arranger and pianist John Beasley performed Sunday night in SFJAZZ's spacious Miner Auditorium. Released in September of this year, Beasley's Monk'estra Vol. 2 (Mack Avenue Records, 2017) had garnered some serious attention. This was also a special occasion commemorating Thelonious Monk's centennial and the audience was giddy with anticipation. Fans were ...