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Chucho Valdés With Kenny Garrett At SFJAZZ

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Chucho Valdés and Kenny Garrett
SFJAZZ
San Francisco Jazz Festival
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, ...

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Monterey Jazz Festival 2019

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Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds
Monterey, CA
September 27-19, 2019

It sometimes happens at the historic Monterey Jazz festival that the “main" and most memorable takeaways of a program occur away from the main arena stage. And so it went at the 62nd annual festival in September—at least to these ...

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12th Annual Redwood City Salsa Festival

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Redwood City Salsa Festival
Old Court House Square
Redwood City, CA
September 21, 2019

Redwood City celebrated another fantastic family oriented Salsa Festival on the heavily sun drenched San Francisco Peninsula. There was a plethora of dance music, food, drink, vendors, fun and of course, the yearly Salsa Tasting Competition.

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Lydia Pense & Cold Blood: The Endless Summer of Love

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Fifty years ago, the Woodstock Festival blazed the music scene and put modern society on the map. Yes, it was the era of hippies, counterculture, peace, love, and dope. The west coast made its own lasting impression with the far-out, peaceful, yet happening, streets of San Francisco. The rich music scene was as potent as the ...

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Katerina Brown Places Songs Of Her Native Russia Alongside Pieces From The Jazz Repertoire On Her Debut, "Mirror," Due Oct. 18

Katerina Brown Places Songs Of Her Native Russia Alongside Pieces From The Jazz Repertoire On Her Debut, "Mirror," Due Oct. 18

Vocalist Katerina Brown explores her recently minted identity as a Russian immigrant to the United States with the October 18 release of Mirror, her remarkable debut album, on Mellowtone Music. Accompanied by a band of jny: San Francisco Bay Area musicians that includes her husband, bassist Gary Brown (who also produced the album), pianist Adam Shulman, ...

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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 ...

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Chip Boaz Launches A New Era Of His Musical Journey With The Release Of New Chapter

Chip Boaz Launches A New Era Of His Musical Journey With The Release Of New Chapter

Bassist and composer Chip Boaz has launched a new era of his musical journey with the release of his four song EP New Chapter. A trio recording with pianist Amanda Addleman and drummer Ben Lauffer, New Chapter highlights Boaz’s carefully crafted original music that combines jazz, latin music, and fusion while creating space for his distinct ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Orquesta Akokán at San Francisco Jazz Festival

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Orquesta Akokán
SFJAZZ
San Francisco Jazz Festival
San Francisco, CA
June 16. 2019

Ever wonder what it was like to hear what it was like to be in a Cuban nightclub in the 1950s? Attending a concert by Havana, Cuba-based Orquesta Akókan is a sure way to experience that energy: ...