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ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different

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Betty Davis
Betty Davis: They Say I'm Different
Native Voice Films
2018

The incisive documentary Betty—They Say I'm Different chronicled the humble beginnings and explosive career of the '70s trail blazer, composer and vocalist Betty Davis. Her bold music and incendiary stage persona was light-years ahead of the existing social ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

7 Mile House Jazz Festival 2019

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7 Mile House Jazz Festival 2019
7 Mile House
Brisbane CA
May 4, 2019

Last year's inaugural 7 Mile House Jazz Festival started by 7 Mile House owner Vanessa Garcia, proved so successful, the second edition returned in an expanded format. The 7 Mile House Jazz ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Arturo Sandoval At Yoshi's

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Arturo Sandoval
Yoshi's Oakland
Oakland CA
November 17, 2018

Ten time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval and his splendid band provided a memorable Saturday evening in one of the East Bay's favorite music venues, Yoshi's jny: Oakland. The Afro Cuban jazz trumpeter's sold out second show was part of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: 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 ...

ARTICLE: 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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: 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 ...

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7 Mile House Jazz Festival 2018

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7 Mile House Jazz Festival 2018
7 Mile House
Brisbane 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 ...