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Tower's 40 plus year odyssey actually began in 1968 when Emilio Castillo met Stephen "Doc" Kupka in July of that year. When Doc auditioned during a band rehearsal at Emilio's house, Emilio's father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: "Hire that guy, he's got something." Doc and his signature baritone sax sound were now in the band, and on August 13, 1968, Tower of Power, as we know them today, began playing gigs, and soon became very well known in the area. Many other bands came out of the San Francisco Bay area in the late 60's. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Big Brother, Journey, Cold Blood and others all helped to define the "San Francisco Sound." Tower of Power has always claimed Oakland, California as their hometown

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Take Five with Tobin Mueller

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Meet Tobin Mueller Connecticut-based composer, arranger, playwright and pianist Tobin Mueller has just released his 35th album: Prestidigitation, drawing on a long career of innovation and artistry. Mueller's compositions range from Jazz Fusion to Progressive Rock, Broadway musicals to Old-School Funk, Classical ballet to video games. His jazz ensemble recordings have featured legendary bassist Ron Carter, ...

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Tobin Mueller's New Album 'Prestidigitation' Celebrates The Founders Of Jazz Fusion

Tobin Mueller's New Album 'Prestidigitation' Celebrates The Founders Of Jazz Fusion

Tobin Mueller’s new album Prestidigitation celebrates the founders of fusion jazz: Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea; plus crossover jazz-funk masters Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone. Frank Zappa makes the cut, along with other prog-rock fusion bands Yes and Happy The Man. Not to be forgotten, important precursors John Coltrane and Bill Evans ...

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Grammy/Emmy Winning Composer Gordon Goodwin Makes Feature Film Debut In 'knights Of Swing' + Hollywood Bowl Jazz Fest June 26

Grammy/Emmy Winning Composer Gordon Goodwin Makes Feature Film Debut In 'knights Of Swing' + Hollywood Bowl Jazz Fest June 26

Multiple Grammy/Emmy Award winning composer/arranger Gordon Goodwin has added actor to his storied resume with a spirited cameo as “Mr. Hughes,” the lead judge presiding over the California Battle of the Bands in the jazz-driven period piece, 'Knights of Swing,’ a late 40s era coming-of-age journey that follows the challenges,disappointments and successes of six high school ...

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Take Five with Emilio Palame

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Meet Emilio Palame Emilio Palame is a seasoned jazz pianist, composer/arranger, producer/director and actor residing in jny: Los Angeles. Instruments: Piano, composer/arranger Teachers and/or influences? Self taught at first then studied with jny: Buffalo, NY's premier jazz piano teacher Russ Messina—went on to SUNY Fredonia where I ran the Jazz Ensemble program ...

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Double Vision Revisited at SFJAZZ

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Bob James, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller SFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium Double Vision Revisited Tour San Francisco, CA January 14, 2022 SFJAZZ celebrated the 35th anniversary release of the seminal album Double Vision (Warner Brothers 1986), by Bob James, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller. The group performed the popular 1987 Grammy-winning ...

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The Shuffle Demons: All In

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Bands such as Tower of Power and the Average White Band are known for their hard-driving blend of funky soul mixed with rock and jazz elements. The Canadian-based group, Shuffle Demons, takes these influences and keeps the funk alive while emphasizing their own jazz roots as well. Their tenth album, All In, features a non-stop combination ...

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50 Years of Funk and Soul

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Stroke '75; Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us; You Ought to Be Havin' Fun; Soul with a Capital S; Stop; You're so Wonderful; Just When we Start Makin' It; On the Serious Side; Soul Vaccination; What is Hip; Do You Like That?; Drop It in the Slot; Can't You See?; Maybe It'll Rub Off; Don't Change Horses; Squib Cakes; On the Soul Side of Town; Diggin' on James Brown; So Very Hard To Go; Knock Yourself Out; You're Still a Young Man; Souled Out.

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Take Five with Bryan Lubeck

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Meet Bryan Lubeck Billboard Magazine's “Critic's Choice" Bryan Lubeck is known for the fusion of his romantic Spanish guitar style and smooth, energetic urban grooves. Bryan has become a familiar name in contemporary instrumental radio and streaming platforms over the last decade, with his 2021 release Midnight Sun becoming an Amazon #1 best-selling album. He began ...

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4-Time Grammy Winner Gordon Goodwin Returns With New 5-Song Ep

4-Time Grammy Winner Gordon Goodwin Returns With New 5-Song Ep

Multiple Grammy/Emmy Award winner Gordon Goodwin returns to forefront of adventurous compositions and modern jazz with The Reset, an urgent and topical 5-song EP, a bold foray into the intersection of composition and improvisation, a futuristic excursion brimming with purpose and cursive. From the 7-minute title track, which seems to channel the ethos of Chick Corea’s ...


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