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ARTICLE: PROFILES

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. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

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

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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: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Heckman Quintet: Search for Peace

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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 ...

Steve Heckman Quartet / Quintet: Born To Be Blue

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Saxophonist Steve Heckman often intentionally stands in the shadow of John Coltrane, as demonstrated on With John In Mind {World City Music, 2003) and Live At Yoshi's (World City Music, 2005), but he's no Coltrane clone. Heckman has absorbed bits and pieces of many masters, so a less exuberant, matte finished take on Sonny Rollins, a ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Marcus Shelby: Musician/Composer/Bandleader on a Mission

Marcus Shelby: Musician/Composer/Bandleader on a Mission

Bassist-composer Marcus Shelby is most definitely a man on a mission, and a man more intent on engaging serious subjects in his music than dazzling his audience with aimless instrumental technique. For his previous release his orchestra navigated his original score in tribute to the great emancipator Harriet Tubman. His latest effort is Soul of the Movement, ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Marcus Shelby Pays Tribute to Dr. King on April 4

Marcus Shelby Pays Tribute to Dr. King on April 4

April 4, 1968 is a tragic day in our country's history. It marks the day that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, TN. Bassist/composer Marcus Shelby, whose family is from Memphis, TN, pays tribute to Dr. King on April 4 with 4 new videos featuring music from Shelby's widely acclaimed CD “Soul of the Movement: Meditations on ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Marcus Shelby's "Soul of the Movement" - New Video Now Available

Marcus Shelby's "Soul of the Movement" - New Video Now Available

Check out the new video of the Marcus Shelby Orchestra live in concert, presenting snippets of an electrifying performance at Yoshi's in San Francisco, CA. It features the music of Shelby's acclaimed project, “Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." For Marcus Shelby, history breathes music. Over the past decade, the San Francisco bassist/composer has created a ...