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SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In

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Five years after the jny: San Francisco, California organization SFJAZZ created its own building, the SFJAZZ Center, it has proved a raving, even rampaging, success, unrelenting in programming, sales, education, and music production. Its number of concerts has doubled from 248 to more than 500. Its membership has increased by almost 200% to more than 14,000. ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Jennifer Lee

Nine years is a long time between albums, but Jennifer Lee has been busy taking her music into rarely explored emotional terrain. My Shining Hour, the third album by the esteemed Bay Area jazz vocalist, guitarist, and pianist, reintroduces an artist long known as a gifted interpreter of the American and Brazilian Songbooks. But with her ensemble the Ever-Expanding Universe and a stellar cast of special guests, including trumpet legend Randy Brecker, bass master Bob Magnusson, Grammy Award-winning violinist Mads Tolling, and percussion maestro John Santos, Lee has emerged as a songwriter with an unusual gift for evoking uncanny experiences, hard-won wisdom, unbridled joy, and liminal states of consciousness

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Kuumbwa And The Magic of Monday Night

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Monday nights, otherwise a down time for many music venues, have been magic for the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in jny: Santa Cruz, CA. Kuumbwa's most prominent shows occur, oddly, on off-calendar Monday nights or midweek, featuring headliners before or after their engagements nearby in jny: San Francisco and jny: Oakland and who are touring up or ...

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 ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Benjamin Lee

It all started with a music teacher who needed to add some low end to her third grade orchestra. She picked the tallest kid in the room, who had his big hands wrapped around a cello at the time, and said “Hey! Take a look here, come play this upright bass!” That kid was Benjamin Lee, and once he heard the resonant tones of the largest instrument he had ever seen, he was hooked. Born in Los Angeles, California, Ben grew up in an incredibly diverse soundscape. His first library of music was his father’s record collection, which melded Laurel Canyon sounds with classic rock, folk, jazz, soul, and spirituals

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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 ...

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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 ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Alex Han: Embracing The Spirit

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With a bold, invigorating, and adventurous sound, alto/soprano saxophonist and composer Alex Han is a sonic force on his debut CD, Spirit.

The project was produced by none other than the 2009 Berklee College of Music graduate's longtime employer and friend, the incomparable Grammy-Award winning electric bassist/bass clarinetist/producer/composer Marcus Miller for Miller's own label, ...

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Tortilla Soup with Tony Lindsay At Yoshi's

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Tortilla Soup with Tony Lindsay
Yoshi's Oakland
Post Eclipse Party
Oakland, CA
September 1, 2017

Powerhouse band Tortilla Soup lit up Yoshi's Oakland with their savory blend of soul, R&B, funk, Latin rock, and salsa along with special guest vocalist Tony Lindsay of Santana fame.