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Ray Obiedo

Even as a child growing up in the East Bay, Obiedo recognized his own profoundly soulful musical connection to the Northern California region and its eclectic blend of exotic multi-ethnic rhythms. Small wonder indeed, many years and successful albums later. Ray has steadily emerged as one the most originally expressive and exciting contemporary jazz talents of the last three decades with a delightfully distinct Bay Area flavor thoroughly marinating his personal jazz signature and nationwide festival performances. “Among my favorite childhood memories,” Obiedo recalls while relaxing at his self-owned Werewolf Recording Studios in the Oakland Hills, were those numerous trips across the bay to places like the Fillmore Auditorium & Winterland Auditorium to hear some of the greatest rock bands in the world

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Sara Gazarek, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock and More

Read "Sara Gazarek, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we kick off with the modern day jazz singer who is making waves Sara Gazarek. From there, we dig some new sound from NYC cat Mike Casey as we delve into the modern jazz sounds, we profile the veteran Ray Obiedo and look into new music from the great Kevin Sun. We also explore ...

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Count Basie & Kenny Drew

Read "Count Basie & Kenny Drew" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Simply becuase we love that large and needed big band sound, we begin episode 612 of Neon Jazz with Dan Bonsanti leading his group of masterful musicians with their take on the jazz. From there, we zig zag around the jazz universe to show listeners where we have been and how far we are going wtih ...

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A Conversation with LehCats

Read "A Conversation with LehCats" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

LehCats' latest release, Movement to Egalitaria, is a collection of songs that come together to engender an achievable vision of a fairer society. Join me and this fantastic musical couple, Karen Stachel and Norbert Stachel, as we talk about the making of the album, discrimination in the world of classical music, the Bay area, and other ...

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7 Mile House Jazz Festival 2018

Read "7 Mile House Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Walter Atkins

7 Mile House Jazz Festival 2018 7 Mile HouseBrisbane CA March 17, 2018 The inaugural 7 Mile House Jazz Festival was a jammed pack event featuring invigorating music running from noon to mid night on St. Patrick's Day. Sitting exactly seven miles south of San Francisco's Portsmouth Square, the historic (and ...

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Friday Night at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Read "Friday Night at the Monterey Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Friday | Saturday | SundayThe Monterey Jazz Festival celebrated its 60th anniversary and has been witness to some of the greatest concerts in jazz history as reflected in many stellar live recordings from the festival. This was my first trip to this much heralded event. The festival is held on the Fair Grounds and ...

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Monterey Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Monterey Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Gregory Savage

Beautiful sunshine and perfect temperatures, were the backdrop for the 60th Monterey Jazz Festival. Coupled with good food and jazz lovers everywhere, the setting for an incredible weekend. But, this was only the icing. The “cake" was 500 musicians showing up for work, including some of the greatest jazz artists of all time. Headlining the hit ...

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Redwood City Salsa Festival 2016

Read "Redwood City Salsa Festival 2016" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Downtown Redwood City Redwood City Salsa Festival Redwood City, CA September 24, 2016 The 9th annual Redwood City Salsa Festival held at the downtown civic center was packed with families, friends, and salsa music lovers from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. High temperatures approaching 100 degrees at the RCSF ...

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Pianist/Composer Peter Horvath's 2nd Album As A Leader, "Absolute Reality," Due March 25

Pianist/Composer Peter Horvath's 2nd Album As A Leader, "Absolute Reality," Due March 25

Based in the jny: San Francisco Bay Area since the mid-1980s, keyboardist/composer Peter Horvath has thrived in the region’s highly diverse environment, where various music scenes often overlap. He’s played post-bop with Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Eddie Henderson, and Charles McPherson, and funk fusion with the Victor Bailey Group, Marcus Miller, Bennie Maupin, and Lenny White. ...


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