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Electric Squeezebox Orchestra: The Falling Dream

Read "The Falling Dream" reviewed by Jack Bowers

No, the San Francisco-based Electric Squeezebox Orchestra does not come with accordions attached. It does, however, come with a well-developed eye for harmony and rhythm, an inflexible group dynamic and a number of perceptive soloists, all of which serve to make the ensemble's second album, The Falling Dream, a pleasure to hear.

The ...

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Vocalist And Poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) Releases "I Get A Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined" On Jazzed Media, Available January 19, 2018

Vocalist And Poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) Releases "I Get A Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined" On Jazzed Media, Available January 19, 2018

LISA B (Lisa Bernstein) is not only a jazz singer and songwriter, she’s also a widely published poet and spoken word performer. On I Get A Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined, her latest CD and sixth as a leader, she applies her poetic prowess and vocal gifts to fresh interpretations of ten tunes by Cole Porter, one ...

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Omar Sosa At SFJAZZ

Read "Omar Sosa At SFJAZZ" reviewed by Walter Atkins

SFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium
Omar Sosa Tour
San Francisco CA
April 21, 2017

Acclaimed pianist Omar Sosa quietly took the unlit stage with only a single candle providing limited illumination. He silently started his show with a solemn keyboard solo. Respected SF Bay Area percussionist and educator John Santos then entered from the opposite side ...

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Omar Sosa Residency at SFJAZZ

Read "Omar Sosa Residency at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Omar Sosa Residency
SFJAZZ
Spring Season
San Francisco, CA
April 21-23, 2017

“You don't really listen to an Omar Sosa concert so much as experience it. The Cuban-born pianist's overall demeanor exudes a sense of calm and deep reflection, while a spiritual connection to music and his ancestors comes ...

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John Handy Tribute At SFJAZZ

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John Handy Tribute
SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium
SFJAZZ Fifth Season Celebration
San Francisco CA
January 22, 2017

The SFJAZZ Center ignited its fifth season celebration with two extraordinary weeks that included the Dr. Martin Luther King Day Open House and the star studded Zakir Hussain Gala Night ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Trombonist Wayne Wallace racking up Grammy nods with distinctive record label

Read "Trombonist Wayne Wallace racking up Grammy nods with distinctive record label" reviewed by David Becker

Usually when a musician starts a record label, it's with no intent beyond releasing his own music. Not so with San Francisco-based trombonist Wayne Wallace. Since forming Patois Records (Motto: “Promoting improvisation") more than a decade ago, Wallace has used the label as a vehicle to promote both his own Latin jazz work and music of ...

Buddy Montgomery Jazz Legacy Project Benefit & Concert

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Buddy Montgomery Jazz Legacy Project Benefit & Concert
Hillside Club
Berkeley California
September 10, 2016

The sold out first annual Buddy Montgomery Jazz Legacy Project Awards Benefit and Concert (BMJLP) was an exquisite evening that fulfilled the long held vision of Charles “Buddy" Montgomery. It recognized well deserving Bay ...

Brian Andres & the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel: This Could Be That

Read "This Could Be That" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

This Could Be That celebrates the first decade of Brian Andres & his Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, which came together in 2007 in and around the jny: San Francisco Bay Area's Latin jazz hothouse. Music is sort of the Andres' family business: Brian's father Mike, a professional woodwind player from the jny: Cincinnati area (who appears on ...

Artistry in Rhythm: Afro-Cuban Epiphany to Haitian Voodoo

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Brian Andres & the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel
This Could Be That
Self-Produced
2016

This Could Be That celebrates the first decade of Brian Andres & his Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, which came together in 2007 in and around the jny: San Francisco Bay Area's Latin jazz hothouse. Music ...

Alex Conde: Descarga for Monk

Read "Descarga for Monk" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Spanish pianist-composer Alex Conde (currently residing in the Bay Area) unites his love of flamenco and the music of Thelonious Monk with these creative arrangements. Conde is a working flamenco musician, having spent the last four years with renowned U.S. flamenco company the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company. He also attended the Berklee College of Music, ...