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Mariah Parker Indo Latin Jazz: Live in Concert

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Traditional Indian music, various Latin styles and contemporary jazz have negotiated an unlikely but productive friendship in the Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble, a periodically convened combo of top Northern California jazz and world music players led by pianist Mariah Parker.

She reunites the unit for Live in Concert (Ancient Future.com Records, 2017), a collection ...

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Bobby Hutcherson tribute at SFJAZZ Center

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Bobby Hutcherson tribute
SFJAZZ Center
jny: San Francisco CA
January 21, 2017

I still can't quite believe he's gone.

No, not that contemporary American icon. I'm talking about Bobby Hutcherson, one of the greatest practitioners ever of the curious art of making the vibraphone sing and ...

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Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman and lots more at SFJAZZ Center gala

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2017 Gala Celebrating Zakir Hussain
SFJAZZ Center
jny: San Francisco
January 18, 2017

When SFJAZZ decides to throw a party, it does not fool around.

For evidence, you had to look no farther than the presenter's 2017 gala, celebrating both the 5th anniversary of the organization's ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Trombonist Wayne Wallace racking up Grammy nods with distinctive record label

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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 ...

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Hristo Vitchev: Charting His Own Way

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Hristo Vitchev isn't a typical guitar hero. Supremely fluent with his instrument, the prolific composer and performer would rather communicate than show off complex technique. His albums and concerts are full of gorgeously understated performances that leave just the right amount of room for the musicians to support each other and the audience to fill in ...

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SFJAZZ Collective At SFJAZZ

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SFJAZZ Collective
SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA
October 20, 2016

What would Miles think?

It was hard not to wonder as the SFJAZZ Collective, the San Francisco jazz presenter's long-running large ensemble project, kicked off it's 12th season with a program dominated by sometimes dramatically re-imagined versions of Miles ...

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The Julian Lage Trio at SFJAZZ

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The Julian Lage Trio
SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco
Sept. 11, 2016

Guitar virtuosity was the theme for the opening week of San Francisco presenter SFJAZZ's 2016 season. In the intimate Joe Henderson Lab at the SFJAZZ Center, that meant four nights of modern guitar wunderkind Julian Lage working through a string ...

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Dmitri Matheny: Flugelhorn Evangelist

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The flugelhorn can be a difficult mistress. Players may find themselves endlessly explaining the differences between their axe and the trumpet, why their instrument seldom sounds like Miles Davis in a bad mood and why most horn players treat it as a specialty tool. But when someone with the authority of bebop legend and flugelhorn champion ...

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David Becker Tribune: Leaving Argentina

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Leaving Argentina is an energetic and engrossing release from guitarist David Becker's group, The David Becker Tribune. Representing impressions of Spain, plus South America in general and Argentina in particular, this effort is a stylistic mix of Euroland (Cool Springs, 2005), a solo effort aimed at musical sound-painting, and Where's Henning? (Paras Recordings, 2004), a trio ...

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David Becker / Joe Diorio: The Color Of Sound

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David Becker's previous release, Euroland, was a multitracked affair where Becker himself played all the instruments to produce a layered sound that evoked different images through music.

On The Color of Sound, Becker plays duos with his mentor, Joe Diorio. For the most part, they both play standard electric guitar, but Becker throws ...