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Kenny Garrett @ Stanford

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Every summer, the otherwise sleepy campus of Stanford University is overrun by the living masters of jazz. For six weeks, these players teach classes to teenage students by day and dazzle the general public at night. One of the headliners of this year's festival was Kenny Garrett, who was making not only his first appearance at ...


Bobby Hutcherson @ Yoshi's

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Bobby Hutcherson isn't the flashiest vibraphonist around. He doesn't leap about the way someone like Stefon Harris does, putting on a show of physical gymnastics to match the musical cartwheels coming from his keys. That sort of thing is for the young. At age 60, what Hutcherson has is very different. He has authority. When he ...


McCoy Tyner @ Yoshi's

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McCoy Tyner's annual two-week residency at Yoshi's jazz club in Oakland is always an “event", with all performances selling out well in advance. For the first week of this year's stay, Tyner was matched up with an all-star lineup in a classic quintet arrangement. They did not disappoint. The Sunday matinee show was exciting, often brilliant, ...


San Francisco Salutes Sonny Rollins

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" reviewed by Forrest Bryant

There are ordinary men and there are giants. And then there's the Saxophone Colossus.The concert halls of San Francisco were ringing with that declaration in April, as the SF Jazz Organization devoted a week of its spring season to the greatest living saxophone master. Concluding the honors on back-to-back nights were a visit from the ...


Take It from the Top

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Happy New Year! A new calendar calls for new beginnings, of course, and Bay Boppin' is no exception to the rule. In the past, this column has been—not sporadic—let's say occasional; yes, that's a nice, polite word. And focused. That's a much better word than 'limited' or 'narrow' or 'slavishly devoted to reviewing SFJAZZ concerts.' ...


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