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John Shifflett

John Shifflett’s creative musicality, strong energy and rock-solid feel make him a staple of the Bay Area jazz scene. He has done countless studio sessions ranging from radio and TV jingles to country and pop recordings—but his primary focus has always been jazz. He has performed extensively with a stunning list of musicians, including Kurt Elling, Mel Torme, Boz Scaggs, Dave Liebman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ernie Watts, Red Holloway, Tom Harrell, Madeleine Peyroux, Anton Schwartz, Taylor Eigsti and Bobby Hutcherson.

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Kristen Strom: Moving Day: The Music of John Shifflett

Read "Moving Day: The Music of John Shifflett" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The esteemed bassist John Shifflett was for roughly thirty years a mainstay in countless San Francisco Bay Area sessions and recordings until his untimely passing in April 2017. Gone, that's true, but far from forgotten. Shifflett, as it turns out, had another largely hidden talent as a composer of bright and accessible jazz tunes, seven of ...

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John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Basement Blues

Read "Basement Blues" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Basement Blues is the third Origin Records CD offering from the John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet, following Shot Through With Beauty (2009) and Live Beauty, (2013). Guitarist Stowell's approach is distinctive--silvery chords and pinprick single notes that reverberate from the rafters. Saxophonist Zilber is a flawless, soulful technician on soprano and tenor saxophones. Bassist John Shifflett and ...

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John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Live Beauty

Read "Live Beauty" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Part of the appeal of the teaming of guitarist John Stowell with various “post Coltrane" saxophonists is the cool/hot dynamic. Stowell is the guy with a Zen restraint, the cool guy, his chords sometimes sounding as if they are ringing from frozen stalactite filaments in ice caves. Saxophonists? Some blow cool-- those of the Lester Young/Stan ...

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Saxophonist Anton Schwartz's "Flash Mob" Featured on the All About Jazz Home Page

Saxophonist Anton Schwartz's "Flash Mob" Featured on the All About Jazz Home Page

Don't miss one of the best jazz CDs of 2014! Available for a full week on the All About Jazz home page. Look for the Flash Mob SoundCloud player directly under the Featured Stories box Anton Schwartz's first solo release in seven years, Flash Mob, had a long Top Ten run on the U.S. Jazz Radio ...

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Tenor Saxophonist/Composer Anton Schwartz To Release "Flash Mob" Jan. 28

Tenor Saxophonist/Composer Anton Schwartz To Release "Flash Mob" Jan. 28

With Flash Mob, his first new recording in seven years, the expressive and swinging tenor saxophonist/composer Anton Schwartz delivers a disc notable for its well-crafted tunes, riveting ensemble work, and abundance of attitude. Schwartz’s Antonjazz label will release the CD, his fifth since his 1998 debut When Music Calls and first since 2006’s Top 5 radio ...

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Dann Zinn 4: Grace's Song

Read "Grace's Song" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Saxophonist Dann Zinn's third release as a leader, Grace's Song, is an intriguing and charismatic album. Interestingly, however, the very feature that makes it consistently engaging also results in a lack of thematic unity. This unevenness can simultaneously delight and frustrate, depending on circumstances.Zinn is a virtuoso tenor saxophonist inspired by saxophone master Sonny ...

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Sandra Marlowe: True Blue

Read "True Blue" reviewed by Edward Blanco


With the plethora of female jazz vocalist turning out new albums almost weekly, it is refreshing to hear an exceptional voice--a diamond in the rough--from a singer whose time has finally come to share her enormous talents with the rest of the world. San Francisco Bay Area native Sandra Marlowe proves she is no ordinary singer, ...

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Article: Live Review

Earshot Jazz Festival 2010, Part 1

Read "Earshot Jazz Festival 2010, Part 1" reviewed by Nathan Bluford


Earshot Jazz FestivalSeattle, WAOctober 15-November 7, 2010 Part 1 | Part 2 Now in its 22nd year, the 2010 edition of Seattle's Earshot Jazz Festival presented audiences with a healthy mix of local musicians from Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest in addition to the performers that made the ...

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Scott Amendola: Lift

Scott Amendola: Lift

DRUMMER SELF-RELEASES FIRST ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS The painting by Mexican artist Victor Zubeldia that serves as the cover of Lift is entitled “The Angel" and has hung in Scott Amendola's living room for years, but it could have been created with his music in mind. Depicting an androgynous figure being raised into the night sky ...


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