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Laura Karst

San Francisco Bay Area jazz vocalist Laura Karst surprised her audiences when they learned that, by day, she was the Chair of a prominent college’s French department, up until her retirement in 2017. She enjoyed her day job, but singing jazz has been her one true love. Her debut solo album, Little Did I Dream, was a labor of that love, and the result of years of serious study of the craft of vocal jazz. Now that she has retired from teaching, she is involved in numerous vocal activities, both jazz and classical. She is currently in the planning stages of a second solo jazz recording project

Chip Boaz

Chip Boaz plays Latin Jazz with the bass on top. Six string bass highs and lows form the foundation for your musical experience. Melodic bass solos glide through a sea of Afro-Cuban rhythms and electronic sounds. Strong bass lines anchor contemporary sounds in the landscape of both Afro-Cuban and Jazz traditions. Infectious grooves inspire your feet to dance and your ears to listen a little closer. It's Latin Jazz with an emphasis on the low end, created to move you! Chip built the foundation for his musical explorations through early years of academic study. Chip’s teenage life was spent in high school bands and at-home garage bands, which inspired him to turn his passion for performance into a career

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Robert Kennedy

Robert Kennedy currently plays jazz organ and piano in straight-ahead settings, and accordion in the Gypsy Jazz group Mission Hot Club.

Born and raised in the American South, Robert has lived and worked in the San Francisco bay area since 1988. He played piano in the Stanford University Jazz Band and studied jazz piano with the great jazz pianist, band director, and educator Bill Bell. Robert was a founding member of the groups Hip Pocket Jazz Quintet and Double Funk Crunch, and has had the pleasure of playing venues such as Yoshi's, the Boom Boom Room, the Agenda Lounge (back in the day) and the SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium with renowned players such as Nancy Wright, Calvin Keys, Will Weston, Terrence Brewer, and many more, playing jazz, blues, R&B, and rock and roll. Among his many inspirations Robert counts the playing of Jack McDuff, Billy Childs, Larry Goldings, Herbie Hancock, and Tony Monaco.

Joan Minor

From San Francisco and Paris, Jazz vocalist Joan Minor interprets Jazz standards with soul-stirring veracity. As a solo performer, she has performed worldwide in the U.S.A, Europe and Africa, particularly San Francisco, New York, Berlin, Zermatt, Athens and Paris, where she is now based. Her first CD ‘Integrity Matters’, which was recorded in Paris, warranted praise by the iconic Blues legend, Mr. B.B. King. Joan is formally trained in voice, violin and piano and has deeply studied the Jazz masters. She broadened her Jazz expression under the tutelage of Patti Cathcart, New York Broadway artist June Smith, Phil Matson and the legendary Barry Harris

Joan Torres

Bassist and composer Joan Torres has lead the Jazz Fusion ensemble All Is Fused since 2011. With 3 albums released to date, multiple award nominations, and the Vox Pop award for the Fusion Album category of the 14th Annual IMAs, the ensemble has been described as going "far beyond complex musical ideas managing to weave in a true sonic narrative" in their music (Music News 2016). Throughout several releases they have appealed to genre and non-genre fans alike. Since childhood, Torres grew as a musician, developing a deep interest for Jazz music that has guided his compositions for over a decade

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Dee Bell

Dee Bell (born July 16, 1950, in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is an American jazz singer who recorded two albums on the Concord Jazz label in 1983 & 1985 with musicians Stan Getz, Eddie Duran, Tom Harrell and Al Plank. Recordings and performances Her debut album, Let There Be Love, with Stan Getz on saxophone and Eddie Duran (a Benny Goodman Band graduate) on guitar, was released on the Concord Jazz label (CJ-206) as an LP for Valentine's Day 1983. The record also featured prominent Bay Area musicians Al Plank, Vince Lateano, and Dean Reilly. This album was posted in the top ten in Radio and Records jazz airplay charts in the spring of 1983

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Anne Sajdera

As a pianist, composer, bandleader and accompanist, Anne Sajdera is a creative force whose music encompasses an unusually far-flung array of traditions. With musical roots spanning the globe, she melds American and Brazilian jazz to her training in European classical music, creating an utterly personal sound that’s melodically verdant, harmonically sophisticated and rhythmically compelling. A regular Bay Area presence since 2001, her trio depicts the unique flexibility of the piano trio format with virtuostic arrangements of Brazilian and American repertoire as well as original compositions

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The Bach's Beach Vision Of Jazz Heaven

Read "The Bach's Beach Vision Of Jazz Heaven" reviewed by Arthur R George

Heaven for some is a baseball diamond in an Iowa cornfield. For Pete Douglas, it was a house on a beach with a jazz club in his living room, a would-be heaven also for anyone who dropped in. Douglas passed on, in 2014 at age 85, sitting at his desk overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But his ...