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Rob Thorsen

Composer and bassist Rob Thorsen’s new release, “Lasting Impression,” takes us on a journey through an audible photo gallery of contrasts, colors, shades of light and space. Although he has focused on musical landscapes before as a leader on three previous CD’s, his current project demonstrates an evolution and maturity as a composer and musician that clearly raises the bar. Rob is a devoted and seasoned instrumentalist, equally confident with standards and original compositions, whose bass sings with a warmth and creative spirit while maintaining an engaging interactive dialogue with the ensemble

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Mike Wofford / Holly Hofmann Quintet: Turn Signal

Read "Turn Signal" reviewed by Larry Taylor


Holly Hofmann is an energetic, swinging, straight-ahead jazz flautist who has been performing for over 30 years. Mike Wofford, her husband, a recognized piano master, co-leads on Turn Signal, playing with an understated, intuitively rhythmic style. The two now live in San Diego, California, but travel extensively for performances. Recording her first disc ...

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Mike Wofford / Holly Hofmann Quintet: Turn Signal

Read "Turn Signal" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Down in out-of-the-way San Diego, California (that's out-of-the-way in a New York-centric jazz world), flautist Holly Hofmann and pianist Mike Wofford have been steadily making world-class jazz for a couple of decades. Wofford--who has spent much of his career in supporting roles, backing vocalists Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, saxophonists Zoot Sims and Benny Carter, and ...

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Jason Robinson Janus Ensemble: San Diego, CA, June 2, 2011

Read "Jason Robinson Janus Ensemble: San Diego, CA, June 2, 2011" reviewed by Robert Bush


Jason Robinson Janus EnsembleDizzy'sSan Diego, CA June 2, 2011 Saxophonist/composer Jason Robinson--whose dual release of The Two Faces Of Janus (Cuneiform, 2010), and Cerulean Landscape (Clean Feed, 2010), put him on the map of wider recognition--finally made his impending departure from San Diego official with this farewell concert, held at ...

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Bert Turetzky & Friends: San Diego, CA May 26, 2011

Read "Bert Turetzky & Friends: San Diego, CA May 26, 2011" reviewed by Robert Bush


Bert Turetzky and Friends Dizzy's San Diego, CA May 26, 2011 Bertram Turetzky might well be considered the Godfather of San Diego contrabass. He has mentored many of the area's top players, like Bob Magnusson, Mark Dresser, and Rob Thorsen, to name a few. Even though he's ...

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Louis Hayes Quartet: San Diego CA, May 10, 2011

Read "Louis Hayes Quartet: San Diego CA, May 10, 2011" reviewed by Robert Bush


Louis Hayes Quartet Saville Theatre, San Diego City College San Diego, CAMay 10, 2011 Jazz legend Louis Hayes, a significant progenitor of modern percussion since the early 1950s, visited San Diego's Saville Theatre on May 10, and, with an elite group of local musicians, delivered a blistering set of post-bop, ...

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Bertram Turetzky: Contrabass Pioneer

Read "Bertram Turetzky: Contrabass Pioneer" reviewed by Robert Bush


Contrabassist Bertram Turetzky's career is nothing short of extraordinary. He almost single handedly redefined the role of the bass in 20th Century classical music, from one of back row support to that of featured and celebrated soloist. Even within the confines of classical music, Turetzky's range is huge: he is a master of early, pre- Bach ...

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Mark Dresser Quintet Live at Dizzy's, San Diego

Read "Mark Dresser Quintet Live at Dizzy's, San Diego" reviewed by Robert Bush


Mark Dresser QuintetDizzy'sSan Diego, CAOctober 10, 2010 Double bass virtuoso Mark Dresser is a player whose expertise in multiple genres defies categorization. His is the story of the student becoming the maestro. Growing up, he was inspired by rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, and bassist/composer Charles Mingus, and he began his ...

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Curtis Fuller/Gilbert Castellanos Quintet Live at the Saville Theater

Read "Curtis Fuller/Gilbert Castellanos Quintet Live at the Saville Theater" reviewed by Robert Bush


Curtis Fuller Quintet with Gilbert Castellanos Saville Theater, San Diego City College San Diego, CA September 21, 2010 There was a palpable sense of energy in the air for Tuesday night's concert which sold out well in advance. The chance to see a former band-mate of John Coltrane, (and a ...

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KSDS Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music and Arts Festival

Read "KSDS Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music and Arts Festival" reviewed by Robert Bush


Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music & Art FestivalWinston's, Hodad's Stage, The Harp Ocean Beach, CA September 11, 2010 Perfect day for a party: the sun shone bright in a cloudless sky, it's heat mitigated by a cool ocean breeze. After a one year hiatus due to the terrible economy of ...


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