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Rodney Franklin

Rodney Franklin was something of a child prodigy while growing up in his hometown of Berkeley, Ca. taking piano lessons at the age of 6 at the Washington Elementary School. Upon graduation he worked extensively with John Handy in San Francisco and subsequently toured with Bill Summers, Freddie Hubbard and Marlena Shaw. In 1978 he signed with Columbia Records and recorded his debut album for the label, “In The Center,” a jazz-fusion workout. His second album, “You'll Never Know,” aided by the hit single, "The Groove" which sparked a popular dance craze (dancers had to "freeze" in time with the track's breaks), Rodney hit the Top 10 of the singles charts and saw “You'll Never Know” rise in the album listings. “Although subsequent releases also recorded on the CBS label have included “Rodney Franklin” (1980) “Endless Flight” (1981) “Learning To Love” (1982) “Marathon” (1984) “Skydance” (1985) and 'It Takes Two' (1986) they never came anywhere near repeating the extraordinary success of “You'll Never Know,” but they did establish Franklin as a considerable name in the fusion market, particularly with “Marathon.” In 1988 he switched labels to BMG, recording “Diamond Inside You” which featured lead vocals by Jennifer Holliday on the single "Gotta Give It Up"

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Roy Ayers at The Addition

Roy Ayers at The Addition

By Walter Atkins The Addition, formally known as Yoshi's San Francisco, welcomed the celebrated and ageless acid jazz/funk vibraphonist Roy Ayers for a weekend stand on November 21, 2014. The new name was inspired by the club's location between Lower Fillmore and the Western Addition. The show kicked off the soft opening of the City's latest ...

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Tony Adamo's "What is Hip?" CD

Tony Adamo's "What is Hip?" CD

Strokeland Jazz is proud to welcome Tony Adamo's new CD, What is Hip?. On this follow-up to his 2007 release, Straight Up Deal, Adamo shows a maturity and depth that puts him firmly at the top in his trademark cool-jazz style. Recorded and mixed at some of the finest studios in the world, including Capitol Records ...

Love Dancin'

Label: Novus
Released: 1992

The Groove / Birdland

Label: Novus
Released: 1990

Gotta Give It Up

Label: Novus
Released: 1989

Diamond Inside Of You

Label: Novus
Released: 1988

Skydance

Label: Novus
Released: 1985

Marathon

Label: Novus
Released: 1984


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