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Kenny Washington: From the Ninth Ward to the World Stage

Read "Kenny Washington: From the Ninth Ward to the World Stage" reviewed by Mark Robbins

As a result of past visits to jny: Norfolk, Kenny Washington has amassed a large following of fans here, so it was no surprise that tickets sold out when the Virginia Arts Festival announced that he would be the first guest of the post-Covid season. As one of the best male jazz vocalist singing today, Kenny ...


Martin Perna


My name is Martín Perna. I am a creative producer in Berkeley, California. and on the road the rest of the time. Since 1995, I have worked professionally as a musician, musical director and film composer. I perform and record music with a lot of people that maybe you know and many that you might not. 2020 Grammy-nominated Best Global Music Album - "Fu Chronicles" by Antibalas (Daptone Records). (Co-producer, performance). People/groups I've worked with recently: Antibalas, Jose James, Nona Hendryx, Bettyle Lavette, Alice Russell, Mark Ronson, Greg Phillinganes, Dr. John, Michael McDonald, Ledisi, Angélique Kidjo, Anthony Hamilton, Gregory Porter, Valerie Simpson, Ed Sheeran, The Roots, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Brian Jackson, Steven Bernstein, Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Saul Williams, Miguel Zenón, John Medeski, Ana-Maurine Lara, Karim Lopez, Mike Tyner, Zap Mama, Santigold, Lorenzo "Jovanotti" Cherubini, The Stepkids, and many others. I play exclusively Bari reeds and use SYOS mouthpieces


Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet The JazzTwins, Arnold and Donald Stanley

Read "Meet The JazzTwins, Arnold and Donald Stanley" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

For our first two-for-one Super Fans column, we present the JazzTwins, Arnold Stanley and Donald Stanley, who got started pretty young (just wait till you see who played at their high school concerts). All jazz Super Fans are VIPs, but these two take things to another level. From invitations to musicians' family dinners to being the ...


Dillon Vado


Dillon Vado is a professional drummer and vibraphonist in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a graduate of the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. He grew up in San Jose, where he played many small club gigs on drums and marched snare drum for the Santa Clara Vanguard. He has recorded at Fantasy Studios, and played with many musicians at The Freight and Salvage, Yoshi’s, and the SF Jazz Center. He has also performed overseas at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. Dillon has performed with Art Lande, Hafez Modirzadeh, Royal Hartigan, Marcus Shelby, Erik Jekabson, Jeff Denson, Alan Hall, Jovino Santos Neto, Marcos Silva and Kate McGarry


Nathan Sanders


Nathan Sanders is an American jazz keyboardist from Berkeley California. Nathan has worked with his brother Tyrone Sanders on albums and producing other artists. Nathan is also cousins to Elijah Baker from the group Tony, Toni, Toné. Nathan resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.


The TOaG Quartet

As an assembly of instrumentalists, the TOaG Quartet is an Oakland-based musical organization inspired by the many lineages of improvisation and groove. Striving to be honest to who we are, where we have been, and where we hope to go, we pay homage to the work of our elders - who laid the groundwork upon which we stand - while aspiring to spark the mind with truth, and move the spirit with groove. Alongside the tireless service of community music educators, TOaG also works to support arts education by curating jazz clinics for young students, creating a positive space for musical exchange between professionals and pupils.

Under the leadership of Benjamin Lee, The TOaG Quartet is dedicated to producing hard-hitting original jazz, honoring our musical roots, and supporting arts education.

Ricky Carter - Drums
DV Wright - Guitar, Live Effects
Matt Kelly - Trumpet
Benjamin Lee - Upright and Electric Bass, Sampler


Article: Live Review

Kandace Springs At Yoshi's Oakland

Read "Kandace Springs At Yoshi's Oakland" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Kandace Springs Yoshis Oakland Oakland CA February 19, 2020 Talented Blue Note Records singer-songwriter and pianist Kandace Springs graced the stage at Yoshi's in jny: Oakland for a pleasantly packed house engagement. Springs presented tracks from her debut album Soul Eyes (Blue Note Records, 2016) and from Indigo (Blue Note Records, ...


Tumbledown House

“Launched in the drizzly climes of Portland, Oregon by smoky-toned singer Gillian Wolfe and producer, guitarist and harmony vocalist Tyler Ryan Miller, Tumbledown House has thrived since relocating to the Bay Area in 2012, honing a sinewy, speakeasy sound with some of the region’s finest musicians. Focusing on beautifully crafted original songs, the band balances spacious, loose-limbed arrangements with precisely calibrated dynamics and tightly coiled energy… Tumbledown House brings together instrumentation that evokes the small combos of the swing era, while delivering songs that feel as if they were composed the day after tomorrow.” - Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, 2019 San Francisco songwriting deviants, Tumbledown House, have never been easy to describe


John Klopotowski

I have been strongly attracted to and influenced by music for as long as I have memories, and have been playing the guitar since I was eleven years old. As a teenager, I heard a lot of great live music in the New York area, and my formal musical career started when I became a music major at William Paterson College in New Jersey (now a University) in 1975. I was quite active during those years as a student, but also as a free-lance guitarist and music instructor. I graduated from the Jazz Studies and Performance program in 1978 and consider myself very lucky to have studied jazz improvisation and arranging with Thad Jones during that time, and also jazz guitar with Bob DeVos


Peter Drew

Peter passed through many lifetimes until he honed in on a career of music. As a teenager, he joined the high school orchestra but nothing came of it. He then bought a $95 student clarinet, looked at it, blew a few notes and stuck it in a closet where it vegetated for many years. After a stint in the service and a master’s degree, his diploma should have read, “adrift.” There were myriad jobs, including film distribution, caterer, sailing instructor, cruise ship host, taxi driver, country club manager, video operator. What finally stuck was a career in teaching with a specialty in film and social studies


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