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José James: Jazz via Hip-Hop

June 16, 2014
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For SF WEEKLY: Singer José James is a go-to example, in the 2010s, of how jazz is — and always has been — a music that consistently redefines itself. James, 36, who has collaborated with the experimental producer Flying Lotus and appeared on The Tonight Show, brings a soulful baritone singing voice and disparate music […]


John Santos Takes On Jazz Residency

January 23, 2014
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For SF WEEKLY: A conversation with John Santos is like sitting in on a dynamic college course on Afro-Latin music — but there are no lulls and no test afterward. Watch Santos perform live on conga drums with a full band of horn players, singers, and percussionists, and the history lesson becomes tangible and audible. […]


Podcast: Found Brass Music

November 19, 2013

I’ve been finding lots of great music with horns lately, some of it new, some of it old.
Here I discuss reissued Afrobeat recordings, the new album from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and a 1969 jazz recording from Larry Young.

Jazz Jams: San Francisco

September 22, 2013
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For SF WEEKLY: San Francisco jazz fans are relatively lucky: a handful of jazz clubs, such as the SFJAZZ Center and Yoshi’s in San Francisco and Oakland offer year-round jazz programming that includes big-name acts and up-and-coming talent from around the world. But tickets can be expensive, and with that ticket price comes higher expectations […]


Music Review: Terence Blanchard

September 6, 2013
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For SF WEEKLY: Terence Blanchard plays his trumpet like a seasoned athlete: his shoulders expand and rotate before big, loud bursts of high notes; he leans back and holds his horn up high for moments of majesty; when subtlety is called for, he bends at the waist and knees and creeps forward and backward with […]


Show Preview: Sun Ra Arkestra

August 1, 2013
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For SF WEEKLY: It’s been 15 years since the Sun Ra Arkestra last played San Francisco, and saxophonist Marshall Allen, the group’s bandleader, isn’t exactly sure how the group’s upcoming performance will go. He’s held rehearsals with core members of the Arkestra, and they’ve practiced their way through a vast repertory of songs, but surprise […]


Does SF Still Need the SF Jazz Festival?

June 13, 2013
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For SF WEEKLY: For 30 years, the nonprofit organization now known as SFJAZZ has curated the San Francisco Jazz Festival, an annual showcase of live performances by well-known artists, more obscure ones, and local acts at venues throughout the city over the course of multiple weeks. This year’s festival, from June 12 to June 23, […]


Auditorium Jazz: Quality vs Intimacy

May 7, 2013
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The new SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, a swank 700-seat concert hall with stadium seating and tall ceilings, begs the question: is it more important that live jazz be intimate or sound good? The San Francisco nonprofit group SFJAZZ, which has been hosting jazz events at various venues in the city since the 80s, and […]


Etta James: Matriarch of the Blues

January 25, 2012

For the THE ECONOMIST: ETTA JAMES had a rare voice—one that could convey a lifetime of experience without showing signs of age. Sometimes dusky, with a bit of a growl, it was also confident, powerful and clear. So a song like “At Last”, her signature tune, written in 1941 and recorded by Ms James in […]


Interview: Galactic

August 19, 2011

When performing live, Galactic makes playing funk music look easy. It isn’t. Delivering precise, tight funk is hard work, but this five-piece New Orleans band seems to power through their shows as if they could keep it all going endlessly. Their most recent album, “The Other Side of Midnight: Live in New Orleans”, captures that […]


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