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After a recent performance at Yoshi’s, a reviewer enthused that “Michael O’Neill’s saxophone work is extraordinary. He plays with orchestral diction, yet classic jazz chops. It makes him a rare treat.” A San Diego native, Michael began studying clarinet at age eight. He took up the saxophone at thirteen and performed in school bands and orchestras, later studying composition and arranging in college. After graduate school in Texas, he returned to the Bay Area and studied with the great Joe Henderson. Michael’s has created several groups of outstanding musicians that feature his original music.

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Article: Radio

Spike Wilner, Curtis Fuller & Sarah McKenzie

Read "Spike Wilner, Curtis Fuller & Sarah McKenzie" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Our 701st Show begins with Sarah McKenzie and a great tale from the quarantine. The result is her single “Schneller." We continue to watch the world of music open up with live shows and Spike Wilner is leading the charge. He has new music with his 2021 CD Aliens & Wizards. We continue to profile musicians ...

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Article: Year in Review

Peter J. Hoetjes' Best Releases of 2020

Read "Peter J. Hoetjes' Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes


It's been an unusual year for the music industry within any genre. The first few months of 2020 were fairly typical, followed by months of uncertainty prompted by fear and misinformation. As the year closes however, jazz musicians are hopefully able to glimpse the sun rising on the distant horizon. If 2019 was a ...

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And Then It Rained

Label: Jazzmo Records
Released: 2020

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Article: Album Review

The Michael O'Neill Quartet: And Then It Rained

Read "And Then It Rained" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


San Francisco area-based reedman Michael O'Neill, noted most prominently for his work with vocalist Kenny Washington, takes his artistry on a new tangent with And Then It Rained. The set features a top-tier Bay Area quartet which digs deep into a set of O'Neill originals. Recording-wise, this is new territory for O'Neill, who, in addition to ...

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Pacific Standard Time

Label: Jazzmo Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Just Friends; Fragile; Summertime; Georgia; Have You Met Miss Jones; The Way You Look Tonight; Rhythm-A-Ning; Come Rain Or Come Shine; Night And Day; Its You Or No One; You Don't Know What Love Is

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New Beginnings

Label: Jazzmo Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: A Night In Tunisia; On Green Dolphin Street; Stella By Starlight; Creation Of The Universe; It Ain't Necessarily So; Fly Me To The Moon; All The Things You Are; Oh What A Beautiful Morning; The Surrey With The Fringe On Top; Dinah; Nomali.

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Article: Album Review

Michael O'Neill & Kenny Washington: New Beginnings

Read "New Beginnings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Multi-reedist Michael O'Neill gets top billing here, but there's little doubt that the star attraction is singer Kenny Washington, one of the most under-recognized vocal talents operating today. O'Neill, perhaps Washington's greatest supporter and promoter, doesn't hide that fact when discussing the music presented here: he notes that “the arrangements are unique settings, and Kenny's the ...

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris Quintet: Mating Call

Read "Mating Call" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Even though drummer Idris Muhammad may be the only member of the group to elicit nods of recognition here in the States, Italian pianist Roberto Magris' quintet is world-class in every respect, consistently affirming its singular prowess on Mating Call, the second release from Paul Collins' Kansas City-based J-Mood Records. Magris also headlined the label's initial ...

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris Quintet: Mating Call

Read "Mating Call" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Pianist Roberto Magris has never shied away from exploring, whether bringing European and American jazz musicians into the ambit of his Europlane Orchestra, or merging hip-hop, new age music and new jazz with his Alfabeats Nu Jazz. For Mating Call, Magris set his sights firmly on mainstream jazz, with three of his originals and four other ...


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