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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marcus Shelby: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Considering ambition and musical vision, bassist/bandleader Marcus Shelby has a single peer: Wynton Marsalis. Both men have a healthy reverence for the past and big imaginations for large-scale works. Shelby is struck by history, much of which he incorporates into this larger works like Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (2011) ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock & More

Read "Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Straight outta San Francisco with his talented orchestra, Marcus Shelby opens this week's episode with music off his latest CD Transitions. We then move into the reason Marcus got into jazz and that would be the New Orleans titan Wynton Marsalis. The hour continues with Bonerama covering Led Zeppelin, Frank Grasso, Dennis Coffee and Etienne Charles. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marcus Shelby Orchestra: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although it is not alluded to anywhere, the centerpiece of San Francisco-based composer / bassist Marcus Shelby's latest big-band album, Transitions, is the evocative four-movement suite “Black Ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues," which pays tribute to the all-black enterprises whose shining stars were barred from displaying their talents in the major baseball leagues until ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Marcus Shelby Places Suite Exploring Negro League Baseball At The Heart Of "Transitions," Set For June 7 Release By MSO Records

Marcus Shelby Places Suite Exploring Negro League Baseball At The Heart Of "Transitions," Set For June 7 Release By MSO Records

Bassist, composer, and bandleader Marcus Shelby brings together three of his greatest passions—African-American history, baseball, and big-band jazz—on Transitions, the latest work by his 15-piece Marcus Shelby Orchestra, set for a June 7 release on his own MSO Records. While the album offers Shelby’s lush arrangements of classic tunes by Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, and Cole ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In

Read "SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In" reviewed by Arthur R George

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. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

A Tribute to Sly and the Family Stone's Stand! at the Fox Theater

Read "A Tribute to Sly and the Family Stone's Stand! at the Fox Theater" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

A Tribute to Sly and the Family Stone's Stand!
Fox Theater
Oakland, CA
January 24, 2015

Jazz aficionados might not think that funk, soul, R&B and rock combo Sly and the Family Stone would have links to contemporary jazz, but the connections are, in fact, surprisingly strong.

Sly and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tribute to Prentice “Pete” Douglas at Douglas Beach House

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Tribute to Prentice “Pete" Douglas
Douglas Beach House
Half Moon Bay, CA
October 4-5, 2014

In some ways, for all of us who time and again came to the Douglas Beach House in Half Moon Bay to listen to some of the finest jazz anywhere, the passing of Prentice “Pete" ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Heckman Quintet: Search for Peace

Read "Search for Peace" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Steve Heckman says he was inspired to play the tenor saxophone after hearing John Coltrane, especially Coltrane's A Love Supreme. Luckily, Heckman did not follow his mentor completely off the deep end but remained instead true to his bop-bred roots while developing a singular voice of his own on the tenor. On Search for Peace (a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

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 ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Cafe Stritch Presents: "A Rahsaan Roland Kirk Tribute Week”

Cafe Stritch Presents: "A Rahsaan Roland Kirk Tribute Week”

San Jose, CA: Cafe Stritch, formerly Eulipia Restaurant in San Jose, continues its heritage of presenting first-rate jazz by presenting a five-day tribute to the great Rahsaan Roland Kirk. In addition to three nights of performances by trombonist Steve Turre, the week’s activities include a number of diverse activities revolving around Rahsaan’s life and work. Betty Neals will be performing ...


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