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Article: Book Review

George Michael, A Life

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George Michael: A Life James Gavin 528 Pages ISBN-13: # 978-1419747946 Harry N. Abrams 2022 Music biographer, James Gavin, summed up his approach to picking biography subjects during his discussion* with Jamie Brickouse in Interview magazine: “With all that I write, my antennae vibrate from miles away ...

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Article: Live Review

Lizz Wright at Yoshi's Oakland

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Lizz Wright Yoshi's Oakland Oakland CA June 29, 2022 The accomplished vocalist and songwriter Lizz Wright introduced an exceptional blend of gospel, folk and jazz genres to an exuberant assembly at Yoshi's. Wright, accompanied by pianist Kenny Banks, gracefully took the stage to a full house in one of the San ...

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Article: Live Review

Chief Adjuah at Yoshi's

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Chief Adjuah Yoshi's jny:Oakland, CA June 23, 2002 Chief Adjuah 's six-seat magic carpet landed for its two-day sojourn at Yoshi's on Thursday night, and what an enchanting performance it was. At first, only five band members took the stage, and the Chief, aka Christian Scott, commenced the stretch-spasm-music spiritual feast ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Andrew Dixon Releases 'Mind Noise' — Album Release Concerts Scheduled In Berkeley And Oakland

Andrew Dixon Releases 'Mind Noise'  — Album Release Concerts Scheduled In Berkeley And Oakland

Mind Noise, the much anticipated fourth album by Andrew Dixon is here, and is even more avant-garde than his previous works. He is going to celebrate this new creation with two big album release concerts! The fun begins at the The Back Room in Berkeley on July 23rd at 8pm, and then there will be an ...

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Article: In Pictures

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band at The Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival

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Summer is officially here which means the Hollywood Bowl plays host to elite artists from all music genres. The Hollywood Bowl also celebrates its centenary having opened in 1922. The annual festival, formerly the Playboy Jazz Festival, celebrated its 42nd year at the Bowl the weekend of June 25-26, 2022. With Arsenio Hall hosting ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

The Music of Thelonious Monk: John Beasley's MONK'estra Live

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If you are familiar with John Beasley's MONK'estra, then you may understand my excitement level at the prospects of seeing and hearing his music in a live show. The brilliance of Thelonious Monk's compositions propelled by the power and sass of big band swagger. This recent performance took place at The Barclay Performing Arts Center on ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Michael Robinson's Piano Improvisations: Seven Albums of Unique Takes on Standards

Read "Michael Robinson's Piano Improvisations: Seven Albums of Unique Takes on Standards" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Keyboardist Michael Robinson is a prolific and creative artist who is best known for his haunting, Eastern-inspired, musical soundscapes. He usually utilizes his own invention, the digital Meruvina, for these recordings. Robinson, however, is also an accomplished pianist and has self-produced several superb solo albums of piano improvisations. In 2021 and 2022 he released seven of ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

The Weckl/Kennedy Project: Live at The Catalina Jazz Club

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If you are a fan of fusion, you likely know that Tom Kennedy and Dave Weckl started playing together in their early teens. Recently, Weckl reminisced about that glorious time in their lives, while on stage at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. Yes, it was the Weckl/Kennedy Project playing the finale of a three-night engagement. ...

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News: Recording

Molly Mahoney Releases Sophomore Album, Plans Return To Chico For Release Show

Molly Mahoney Releases Sophomore Album, Plans Return To Chico For Release Show

Molly Mary Mahoney} star of the stage since age ten in several genres, will release her second album on June 9, 2022. The album, which follows her first jazz-fueled album, holds special significance. My Cousin Cole: Pitter, patter... Porter! features specially selected love songs of her actual cousin, Cole Porter. The discovery of that familial connection ...

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Article: Live Review

Jésus Diáz Y Su Afro-Cuban Ensamble at Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade

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Jesus Diaz Yerba Buena Gardens Espanade Summer Kickoff Concert San Francisco, CA May 7, 2022 Yerba Buena Gardens enlists and supports many musical artists on its Esplanade. It is a beautiful and spacious urban oasis where everyone can boogie and enjoy the sunshine. Jesús Díaz is a Havana-born Bay Area ...


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