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Kandace Springs At Yoshi's Oakland

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Kandace Springs Yoshis Oakland Oakland CA February 19, 2020 Talented Blue Note Records singer-songwriter and pianist Kandace Springs graced the stage at Yoshi's in jny: Oakland for a pleasantly packed house engagement. Springs presented tracks from her debut album Soul Eyes (Blue Note Records, 2016) and from Indigo (Blue Note Records, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Paula Harris: Speakeasy

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At first blush, SF Bay Area vocalist, music writer and band leader Paula Harris' new Speakeasy CD is a generous 16 song set (12 tracks + four bonus cuts). The album bustles with bluesy and jazz-flavored songs about bad boys and the women who find them irresistible. However, there is a lot more going on here ...

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12th Annual Redwood City Salsa Festival

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Redwood City Salsa Festival Old Court House Square Redwood City, CA September 21, 2019 Redwood City celebrated another fantastic family oriented Salsa Festival on the heavily sun drenched San Francisco Peninsula. There was a plethora of dance music, food, drink, vendors, fun and of course, the yearly Salsa Tasting Competition.

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different

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Betty Davis Betty Davis: They Say I'm Different Native Voice Films 2018 The incisive documentary Betty—They Say I'm Different chronicled the humble beginnings and explosive career of the '70s trail blazer, composer and vocalist Betty Davis. Her bold music and incendiary stage persona was light-years ahead of the existing social ...

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7 Mile House Jazz Festival 2019

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7 Mile House Jazz Festival 2019 7 Mile House Brisbane CA May 4, 2019 Last year's inaugural 7 Mile House Jazz Festival started by 7 Mile House owner Vanessa Garcia, proved so successful, the second edition returned in an expanded format. The 7 Mile House Jazz ...

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Arturo Sandoval At Yoshi's

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Arturo Sandoval Yoshi's Oakland Oakland CA November 17, 2018 Ten time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval and his splendid band provided a memorable Saturday evening in one of the East Bay's favorite music venues, Yoshi's jny: Oakland. The Afro Cuban jazz trumpeter's sold out second show was part of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hip Spanic AllStars: Old School Revolution

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The jny: San Francisco based Hip Spanic AllStars' new album Old School Revolution (Hip Spanic Records, 2018), celebrates their long history and friendships born and enriched in the City's Mission District. This is their first CD release since 2015's JazzyAfroLatinFunk (CheeseBurger Records, 2015). HSA features a robust three-piece horn section and three different vocalists ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Long Beach Jazz Festival 2018

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It was a fantastic feast of musical talent featured at the 31st annual Long Beach Jazz Festival, held at a relaxed Southern California venue near the cool Rainbow Lagoon Park. The event was located next to the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and the Aquarium. On Sunday night, the long running festival closed with a ...

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San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Festival 2018

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The exciting 2018 edition of jny: San Francisco's long running Fillmore Jazz Festival took place over the June 30-July 1 weekend. This year's 34th edition of the SFFJF featured an extensive artist line up that included: Kim Nalley, Groove 8, Pamela Rose Presents Blues Is A Woman; Lloyd Gregory and Friends, Lavay Smith & The Red ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tiffany Austin: Unbroken

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Unbroken (Con Alma Music, 2018) is the follow- up to Tiffany Austin's vibrant debut album Nothing But Soul (Con Alma Music, 2015). Austin beautifully expresses her personal views and positive responses to the past and current atrocities committed against African American citizens in the United States. According to Austin, the title Unbroken “is a ...


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