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Adam Shulman

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Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco Jazz scene since he moved to the city in 2002. Before the move, Adam was a student at UC Santa Cruz where he received a degree in classical performance. While at UCSC he studied jazz piano with Smith Dobson.

Adam can also be seen as a sideman with countless bay area musicians and vocalists such as, Marcus Shelby, Anton Schwartz, Andrew Speight, Erik Jekabson, Ed Reed, Mike Olmos, Gary Brown, Patrick Wolff, John Wiitala, Vince Lateano, Faye Carol, Kellye Gray, Ian Carey, and Mike Zilber among many others.

Adam has played as a sideman with internationally renowned artists Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Dayna Stephens, Miguel Zenon, Mark Murphy, Alan Harris, Luciana Souza, Paula West, Larry Coryell, Sean Jones, Grant Stewart, John Clayton, Bobby Hutcherson, Bria Skonberg and with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

George Burton, Christian Sands, Isaiah J. Thompson & Kait Dunton

Read "George Burton, Christian Sands, Isaiah J. Thompson & Kait Dunton" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Welcome the annual Christmas Hour of jazz music. Kicking off our 2023 edition is keyboardist Kait Dunton with a funky collection of holiday tunes. From there, we dig into a host of new holiday releases by Christian Sands, Isaiah J. Thompson, Adam Shulman and George Burton. We also include a nice duo from Gregory Porter & ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Adam Shulman Septet: West Meets East

Read "Adam Shulman Septet: West Meets East" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Quiet as it's kept, too many of today's finest jazz artists are given short shrift by an industry that seems to value product of a fleeting nature over true craft and a reverence for the jazz legacy. This makes it particularly challenging for a talent like Adam Shulman to break through to a wider audience. A ...

Album

Just The Contrafacts

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Spare Change; More Please; What Did You Did To Me? Corpus And Spirit; Lover?I Hardly Know Her; What Is This Thing Called?;Not So Easy To Love

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Marcus Roberts, Bill Evans & Matthew Kaminski

Read "Marcus Roberts, Bill Evans & Matthew Kaminski" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Major League Baseball's All-Star game marks mid-season and we celebrate America's pastime with Atlanta Braves organist and Hammond B-3 groover Matthew Kaminski with a song from his LA Connection album featuring Jeff Hamilton and Bruce Forman. We also hear new music from Manel Fortia, Ester Wiesernova and Adam Shulman. In between, hear classics by Pete Daily's ...

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Article: Album Review

Adam Shulman: Just The Contrafacts

Read "Just The Contrafacts" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


For those who may be scratching their heads about the word contrafact, in the jazz medium it designates a musical composition in which a new melody is overlaid on a familiar harmonic structure. This form really became prominent in the bebop era, where the artists (who were generally short of financial resources) could create new compositions ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Sauce: Adding Spice to Charlie Brown Vanilla

Read "Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Sauce: Adding Spice to Charlie Brown Vanilla" reviewed by Arthur R George


It's not simply that pianist Vince Guaraldi slipped jazz past the unsuspecting in composing A Charlie Brown Christmas, the evergreen “Peanuts" animation and soundtrack that has become inescapably part of the holiday. First broadcast in 1965, going on to six decades ago, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a tradition unto itself. It returns to television through ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Derrick Gardner, Logan Richardson & Barry Harris

Read "Derrick Gardner, Logan Richardson & Barry Harris" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start with a track off of big band director's Derrick Gardner 2020 album Still I Rise. We add some Kansas City spice with Charlie Parker and stellar saxophonist Logan Richardson with music from his Afrofuturism (Whirlwind Recordings, 2021) release. We also take a look at the new work from Matt Moran, Adam Shulman and Grant ...

Album

Going My Way

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Lover; So in Love; Weird Nightmare; Amado Mio; The Peacocks; Joy Spring; O Cantador; Nica’s Dream; Infant Eyes; It Might as Well Be Spring; Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered; I’m Just a Lucky So and So.

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West Meets East

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Nickel and Dimed; Manne-Splainin’; Lean and Mean; Mingus Dreams of Billy Strayhorn; Whose Blues; Jack’s Basket; Heart of Winter; Central Avenue Rundown.


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