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Sam Bevan

Since moving to San Francisco in 1999, Sam Bevan has established himself as one of the most versatile and creative bassists in the Bay Area. Bevan is able to canvas a large musical landscape where jazz, funk, r&b, folk and Afro-Cuban disciplines joyously intermingle. His sound is in response to the history of modern jazz, yet it’s his composer’s ear which informs his overall concept. Bevan explains, “Since I began my musical life as a pianist, including experiences composing and arranging for pop/rock, jazz and salsa bands, I have gained a much broader sense of the role of the bass. I am very content providing support and feel as a part of the rhythm section, as well as listening for appropriate moments to push the music into new territory

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The Oakland Jazz Choir In Collaboration With The Oaktown Jazz Workshops' Performance Ensemble Celebrate Spring With A Joint Performance

The Oakland Jazz Choir In Collaboration With The Oaktown Jazz Workshops' Performance Ensemble Celebrate Spring With A Joint Performance

Come join us as we present new music & new friends and experience the pure joy and passion of this harmonic collaboration. OJC, led by Artistic Director Ben Flint, will be joined by a trio of superlative musicians; former 1st place Jazz Search West winner Dillon Vado on drums, Sam Bevan on bass, and band leader ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roberta Donnay & The Prohibition Mob Band: Bathtub Gin

Read "Bathtub Gin" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Roberta Donnay is a Jazz Age preservationist, guardian of Depression-era sounds, and extender of traditions, but her music isn't covered with cobwebs or dated in any way. On Bathtub Gin, this singer-composer puts a new coat of paint on the songs of the '20s and '30s, contributes originals sympathetic to the sounds of those times, and ...

Hawkeye

Label: Mystery Panda Alliance Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: Hawkeye; Miraje; Event Horizon; Moments to Years; Perseverance; Middle Ground; Different Lamps, Same Light; Reverence for All Things Small; Wake Me When It's Over; Sneak Attack; Ethereal; Spontaneous Root Violation; Hanabi.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sam Bevan / Bryan Bowman / Mas Koga / Grant Levin: Hawkeye

Read "Hawkeye" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Hawkeye is the first release by a fine young quartet of musician, and a beautifully varied, eloquently played and intensely involving set of original compositions. The group, formed by bassist Sam Bevan and drummer Bryan Bowman, is based around the San Francisco area and brings together some young but talented players. Pianist Grant Levin and Japanese ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vicki Burns: Live at Anna's Jazz Island

Read "Live at Anna's Jazz Island" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

Is it possible to love jazz and not possess the restless spirit of discovery? Probably not. Jazz is a restless art forum and, while it respects it's rich and varied history, it always welcomes talented young bloods to renew and replenish the pool of talent.Vicki Burns isn't a widely known jazz singer--yet. Some honcho ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Coto Pincheira: The Sonido Moderno Project

Read "The Sonido Moderno Project" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Coto Pincheira, as Julio Alejandro Pincheira Cubillos prefers being called, has made an enthusiastic impression with The Sonido Moderno Project, literally, the Modern Sound Project. This virtuoso pianist, to whom clave comes naturally, has attempted to pour this rollicking backbeat into a cauldron set alight by the vast number of Afro-Caribbean metaphors and rhythms. The result ...

The Fine Line

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2006
Track listing: Zap Monk; Walking Stick; Shapeshifter; Attack of the Mudbugs; Bayou Melodie; Ennui; Merman Interlude; Slap in the Face; Swashbucket; Disgruntled Patriot.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sam Bevan: The Fine Line

Read "The Fine Line" reviewed by Matt Merewitz

If anything, Bay Area bassist Sam Bevan's debut instrumental album is appropriate for cold Sunday afternoons and rainy weekdays at work. Funk lite here, ambient guitar there... perhaps a brief swinging passage. For better or worse, the ever-so-familiar distorted guitar echoes are the foundation of The Fine Line, reflecting the unmistakable influence of Bill Frisell. Not ...


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