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Mike Wofford / Holly Hofmann Quintet: Turn Signal

Read "Turn Signal" reviewed by Larry Taylor

Holly Hofmann is an energetic, swinging, straight-ahead jazz flautist who has been performing for over 30 years. Mike Wofford, her husband, a recognized piano master, co-leads on Turn Signal, playing with an understated, intuitively rhythmic style.

The two now live in San Diego, California, but travel extensively for performances. Recording her first disc ...

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Mike Wofford / Holly Hofmann Quintet: Turn Signal

Read "Turn Signal" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Down in out-of-the-way San Diego, California (that's out-of-the-way in a New York-centric jazz world), flautist Holly Hofmann and pianist Mike Wofford have been steadily making world-class jazz for a couple of decades. Wofford--who has spent much of his career in supporting roles, backing vocalists Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, saxophonists Zoot Sims and Benny Carter, and ...

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Jason Robinson Janus Ensemble: San Diego, CA, June 2, 2011

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Jason Robinson Janus Ensemble
Dizzy's
San Diego, CA
June 2, 2011

Saxophonist/composer Jason Robinson--whose dual release of The Two Faces Of Janus (Cuneiform, 2010), and Cerulean Landscape (Clean Feed, 2010), put him on the map of wider recognition--finally made his impending departure from San Diego official with this farewell concert, held at ...

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Bert Turetzky & Friends: San Diego, CA May 26, 2011

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Bert Turetzky and Friends
Dizzy's
San Diego, CA
May 26, 2011

Bertram Turetzky might well be considered the Godfather of San Diego contrabass. He has mentored many of the area's top players, like Bob Magnusson, Mark Dresser, and Rob Thorsen, to name a few.

Even though he's ...

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Louis Hayes Quartet: San Diego CA, May 10, 2011

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Louis Hayes Quartet
Saville Theatre, San Diego City College
San Diego, CA
May 10, 2011

Jazz legend Louis Hayes, a significant progenitor of modern percussion since the early 1950s, visited San Diego's Saville Theatre on May 10, and, with an elite group of local musicians, delivered a blistering set of post-bop, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bertram Turetzky: Contrabass Pioneer

Read "Bertram Turetzky: Contrabass Pioneer" reviewed by Robert Bush

Contrabassist Bertram Turetzky's career is nothing short of extraordinary. He almost single handedly redefined the role of the bass in 20th Century classical music, from one of back row support to that of featured and celebrated soloist. Even within the confines of classical music, Turetzky's range is huge: he is a master of early, pre- Bach ...

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Mark Dresser Quintet Live at Dizzy's, San Diego

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Mark Dresser Quintet
Dizzy's
San Diego, CA
October 10, 2010

Double bass virtuoso Mark Dresser is a player whose expertise in multiple genres defies categorization. His is the story of the student becoming the maestro. Growing up, he was inspired by rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, and bassist/composer Charles Mingus, and he began his ...

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Curtis Fuller/Gilbert Castellanos Quintet Live at the Saville Theater

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Curtis Fuller Quintet with Gilbert Castellanos
Saville Theater, San Diego City College
San Diego, CA
September 21, 2010

There was a palpable sense of energy in the air for Tuesday night's concert which sold out well in advance. The chance to see a former band-mate of John Coltrane, (and a ...

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KSDS Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music and Arts Festival

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Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival
Winston's, Hodad's Stage, The Harp
Ocean Beach, CA
September 11, 2010

Perfect day for a party: the sun shone bright in a cloudless sky, it's heat mitigated by a cool ocean breeze. After a one year hiatus due to the terrible economy of ...

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Matt Slocum Trio Live At The Saville Theater

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Matt Slocum Trio
Saville Theater, San Diego City College
San Diego, CA
August 10, 2010

Matt Slocum is a promising young drummer/composer who appears to be going places in jazz. A graduate of the prestigious Thornton School Of Music at USC, where he studied with Peter Erskine, (Weather Report, Stan ...