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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 ...

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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: INTERVIEWS

Clarence Becton: Straight Ahead Into Freedom

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Clarence Becton is a musicians' musician--meaning, someone well-known in musician circles. He belongs to the generation of American jazz heroes who grew up under economically and socially difficult circumstances, and for that very reason, succeeded in gaining a comprehensive education, emancipating himself, and embodying the history of jazz music by directly learning from and working with ...

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"Anatomy Of Vince Guaraldi" Documentary Re-Discovers Long-Lost Jazz Treasures

"Anatomy Of Vince Guaraldi" Documentary Re-Discovers Long-Lost Jazz Treasures

More than 50 years ago, noted music critic Ralph J. Gleason took movie cameras into jazz legend Vince Guaraldi’s studio to capture the recording of “Cast Your Fate To The Wind” and the album Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus. These original films, forgotten in the Gleason family’s attic for decades, have been restored in high definition ...

Charles Mingus: Mingus in Wonderland – 1959

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In 1959, there were two Charles Minguses: the Mingus you knew and the Mingus you didn't.

In May 1959, Mingus recorded his very best album ever: the incomparable Mingus Ah Um. And I mean incomparable in the literal sense. There is, literally, no other record quite like it. It's a big band, but not ...

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Marina Crouse At The Sound Room

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Marina Crouse
The Sound Room
First Time Out
Oakland, CA
January 30, 2016

Talented East Bay vocalist Marina Crouse and her superb band lit up the intimate Sound Room with her distinctive brand of rhythm and blues on this chilly Saturday evening. The night was filled with a soulful blend ...

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Thana Alexa: Singer And Instrument

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Music started tugging at the sleeve at the age of three for Thana Alexa, a New York based singer who began making music there as a violinist, moved to Croatia where she discovered jazz, and returned as a singer poised to sweep into a successful career.

It started with the piano--kind of. Her tinkering ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Davenport: Bolide

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Peter Davenport's Bolide is the sort of album that often flies completely under the radar. It's what record collectors call a private issue; completely self-produced, self-distributed and available on a very small scale; generally only through the artist. Nevertheless, Bolide is a worthwhile listening experience. While not a familiar name to me prior to hearing this ...

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Dancing on the Edges of Time

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Saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa is constantly making waves in the music world, expanding the technique of his instrument and integrating jazz and world music, especially that of his parents' native land, India. Brilliantly innovative, he often surprises with his improvisations and the way he transforms the music into something new and stimulating. India's great poet, ...

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John Handy at Yoshi's San Francisco

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John Handy
Yoshi's San Francisco
San Francisco, California
August 31, 2014

If one thinks of iconic Bay Area musicians, saxophonist John Handy immediately comes to mind. Born in 1933 in Dallas, Texas, Handy is an accomplished horn player who, while best known for his work on alto, also plays ...