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Brother Thelonious Re-Released At California North Coast Jazz and Ale House

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"Brother Thelonious," an ale named in tribute to pianist Thelonious Monk using a Belgian Trappist brew style, is flowing again out of the North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg, California and its jazz-devoted performance venue, The Sequoia Room. An intermission in production occurred after a dispute between North Coast Brewing and the Estate of the ...

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Istanbul’s İKSV: An Intensity Beyond Cool

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It would be easy to get breathless, even giddy, about the range and schedule of cultural events organized by İKSV, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (in Turkish: İstanbul Kültür Sanat Vakfı). One individual could not possibly keep up with its jazz and classical music festivals and everything else that's offered by İKSV. It brings ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Steve McQuarry's Mandala Nonet And Orchestra To Perform The Music Of Gil Evans, Sept 30, At SFJAZZ Center's Miner Auditorium

Steve McQuarry's Mandala Nonet And Orchestra To Perform The Music Of Gil Evans, Sept 30, At SFJAZZ Center's Miner Auditorium

Oakland-based keyboardist-composer Steve McQuarry has long been in love with the unique music of Gil Evans, the late, largely-self-taught Toronto-born composer, arranger, and keyboardist best remembered for his numerous collaborations with Miles Davis. “The whole way he thought about orchestrating using instruments and also pushing those instruments in different ranges is really fascinating,” McQuarry says of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ambrose Akinmusire at SFJAZZ

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Ambrose Akinmusire
SFJAZZ
San Francisco, California
June 15, 2017

For trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, the band is everything: “When I'm playing with other people, it's hard to produce, because I don't have that relationship. But when I play with my band, it's endless," he told the New York Times in March 2011.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

SFJAZZ Collective: Live: SFJAZZ Center 2016 - Music of Miles Davis & Original Compositions

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In the thirteen years since the SFJAZZ Collective first came together in February 2004, this revolving door octet (septet, in 2009) of “cream of the crop" US-based jazz musicians has, most years, followed a consistent modus operandi: select a well-known jazz (and, in two cases, beyond jazz) musician and pay tribute through innovative arrangements of his/her ...

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Miles From India at SFJAZZ

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Miles From India
SFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium
A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis
San Francisco, CA
April 1, 2017

San Francisco's SFJAZZ supporters were treated to a special one time performance of Miles From India: A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis based on the album of the ...

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Abullah Ibrahim at SFJAZZ

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Abdullah Ibrahim
SFJAZZ
San Francisco, CA
April 29-30, 2016

At 81, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, is still going strong, something he proved during a remarkable tour-de-force performance which spanned four nights at SFJAZZ in San Francisco.

For the first two evenings (Thursday and Friday), Ibrahim appeared in the company of ...

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Tribute to Ernesto Lecuona: Michel Camilo, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Chucho Valdés

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Tribute to Ernesto Lecuona: Michel Camilo, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Chucho Valdés
Symphony Hall
San Francisco, California
June 21, 2015

Individuals hearing of a tribute concert to be held commemorating the work of legendary musician Ernesto Lecuona might be forgiven for furrowing their brows. For Lecuona--despite his status as an extraordinary pianist, ...