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Night with the Divas & Dons – A Benefit for Black Coalition on AIDS and Rafiki Wellness Program – 11/16

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Night with the Divas & Dons
A Benefit for Black Coalition on AIDS and its Rafiki Wellness Program
Sunday, November 16, 2014
4-7 PM
BCA/Rafiki Wellness Building
601 Cesar Chavez Street (between 3rd Street and Pier 80)
San Francisco, CA

Musical guests for the evening include Dee Spencer, Tiffany Austin, Noah Griffin, Derek Lassiter, Valerie Troutt, Terrie Odabi and a special guest vocalist!! It is going to be a wonderful evening of music for a great cause.

For more information, www.bcoa.org.

For tickets, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/902920

Cécile McLorin Salvant @ The Addition (formerly Yoshi’s SF) tonight and tomorrow!

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The wait is over. I had the pleasure of hearing Cécile McLorin Salvant at this year’s Monterey Jazz Festival and she was absolutely mesmerizing. It was mentioned that she would be playing in the Bay Area in November and I got very excited. Her run started last night and she will be playing at 8pm tonight and tomorrow at The Addition (formerly Yoshi’s SF.) See you there!!!

Friends of Golden Gate Library Presents Jazz on Sundays Series 2014

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The Friends of Golden Gate Library Presents Jazz on Sundays 2014 at Golden Gate Library, 5606 San Pablo Avenue Oakland. Concerts are every Sunday through August 31.

Featured Artist 3:00PM – 4:00PM.
History of Jazz with Randy Moore 4:30PM – 5:00PM
Open Jam Session 5:00PM – 6:00PM

August 3, 2014 – Rhonda Benin & Quartet
August 10, 2014 – Nicolas Bearde & Trio
August 17, 2014 – Terrence Brewer & Group
August 24, 2014 – Junius Courtney Big Band (“In The Park”)*
August 31, 2014 – Ed Reed & Group

*August 24 performance will be held at:

Doyle/Hollis Park
61st Street between Hollis and Doyle Streets

The Capture of Life: Absent from Color – July 4 – 26, 2014 – Joyce Gordon Gallery

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The Capture of Life: Absent from Color
When: July 4 – July 26, 2014
Preview: Thursday, July 3rd 6-8pm
Opening Reception: First Friday, July 4th 6-9pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, July 19th 1-3pm

Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Photographers: Susan Bradley, Christine Chorney, Diallo Mwathi Jeffrey, James Knox, Toby Kahn, Carl W. Lantz, William Van Meter, Carl Posey, TaSin Sabir, Jonathan Taylor

Joyce Gordon Gallery – presents “The Capture of Life: Absent from Color”, a group exhibit of black and white photography, capturing various aspects of life with close attention to composition, light, and perspective of subject, stylized in a timeless monochromatic art form.

In this exhibit, “The Capture of Life: Absence from Color, a group of photographers use conventional and non-conventional techniques of black and white photography through subjects such as still life, lifestyle, fashion, portrait, landscapes, street photography and more. The goal of this exhibit is to bring about a similar birth to then Oakland, California’s Group f/64 with a more universal interest in both the classic and contemporary aesthetics culminating in colorless images to produce a colorful response.

Joyce Gordon Gallery is a commercial fine art gallery located in the downtown district of Oakland California. It exhibits art that reflects the social and cultural diversity of the Bay Area and international artists.

Faye Carol Interview with Wanda Sabir – BlogTalkRadio.com

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The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol was interviewed today by Wanda Sabir of BlogTalkRadio.com for being recognized as the Jazz Journalists Association’s Bay Area Jazz Hero 2014. It was a very insightful interview with this spectacular Bay Area music legend.

Faye Carol will be presented with the Jazz Journalists Association’s Jazz Hero Award 2014 on Saturday, April 12, 2014, 1-3PM at Yoshi’s Oakland. For ticket information, http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/4218.

See you there!!!

Deniece Williams @ Yoshi’s San Francisco

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Yoshi’s San Francisco
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I can remember first hearing Deniece Williams sing “Free” in 1975 or 1976 when I was a child. I remember loving that song and much of her music as I was growing up . Fast forward to 2014 and Yoshi’s San Francisco announced Deniece Williams would be performing there this past weekend. It was a no brainer for me. I had to hear her in concert. Trust me, this four octave songbird did not disappoint.

Deniece gave the audience what they wanted to hear, the classics. Her set included “Free”, “Black Butterfly”, “Let’s Hear It For The Boy”, “It’s Gonna Take A Miracle” and she closed the evening with “Silly.” She told us that she was getting over a sore throat but you could not tell because her voice was amazing. She shared that she wrote “Silly” after a heartbreak years ago but the emotion she conveyed in that song was like it happened yesterday. Hearing her that evening made me go dig out all my Deniece Williams songs and even add a few missing classics to my collection.

Thank you, Deniece, for your wonderful gift and I hope you come back again soon!

The Jazz Journalists Association Recognizes The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol With A Jazz Hero Award At Yoshi’s on 1-3 p.m., April 12, 2014

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrew Gilbert – jazzscribe@aol.com – (510) 527-2455
James Knox – simplyjazz@gmail.com – (510) 654-4538

The Jazz Journalists Association Recognizes The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol With A Jazz Hero Award At Yoshi’s on 1-3 p.m., April 12, 2014

Musical Guests To Be Announced

The public is invited to join the Bay Area chapter of the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) in presenting vocalist and educator Faye Carol with its annual Jazz Hero Award. Jazz Heroes are activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz who have made a significant impact in their local communities. The honor is presented as part of the JJA’s JazzApril campaign (www.JazzApril.org), which encompasses some two dozen Jazz Heroes honored during JazzApril by the JJA in partnership with local fans and grassroots organizations. Past Bay Area Jazz Heroes include SFJAZZ’s Randall Kline, flutist, arranger and educator Dr. John Calloway, vocalist Ed Reed, trumpeter and educator Khalil Shaheed, and DJ Sonny Buxton (http://www.jjajazzawards.org/p/jazz-heroes-2013.html).

One of the most versatile vocalists in jazz, the blues-steeped Carol can croon soul and standards, scat hurtling bebop lines and deliver torch songs with scorching intensity. Over the years she’s devoted much of her energy to raising up young musicians in the jazz traditions. The Bay Area scene is rife with players who got their start under her firm but loving direction, from saxophonist/drummer Howard Wiley and saxophonist Joshi Marshall to bassist Marcus Shelby, pianist Kito Gamble (aka Sista Kee) and pianist Benny Green, who says “I can’t begin to fathom how much I got from Faye in terms of a foundation as a jazz performer. We played standards and talked about the blues from an insider’s perspective. Opening the show playing a trio number or two was my first time getting my feet wet leading a band. Being around a Black American musician who lived the music all her life was an experience that money can’t buy.”

Born in Meridian, Miss., Carol moved to the East Bay town of Pittsburg as a child and by the time she graduated high school she was established on the Black Diamond mainstream, the hopping strip of blues and jazz clubs catering to soldiers from Camp Stoneman. A talent contest victory at the Oakland Auditorium led to steady work with veteran East Bay bluesmen like Johnny Talbot, Eddie Foster, and Johnny Hartsman, who took her out on the Bay Area blues circuit.

While she grew up listening to the soul and R&B hits of the day, Carol came to appreciate the great jazz singers and instrumentalists of earlier eras through her future husband, the late educator Jim Gamble, and pianist Martha Young, a niece of tenor sax immortal Lester Young. As a teenager in Pittsburg, Carol used to hang out at Young’s house almost every afternoon to sing, and it was Young who introduced her to Billie Holiday’s music, though she didn’t start performing those songs until decades later.

Sometimes it seems like Carol has mentored half the young (and not so young) players on the scene. She first started teaching in the late 1980s at Jazz Camp West. But in recent years she’s been taking the music to the street through her Music In the Community program at Berkeley’s Black Rep Theatre. Initially funded by the California Arts Council, she’s kept the program going for the past decade through her own sweat and determination. With arts education but a memory in many East Bay schools, Carol provides a desperately needed service.

Photos available upon request.

The Jazz Journalists Association Recognizes the Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with the Jazz Hero Award at Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 1-3 p.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014. $20. (510) 238-9200, www.yoshis.com.

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Since I Fell For You – James Knox

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Happy 2014 Everyone!
Happy Lunar New Year!

I have not had a new post here in quite a while. I really promise to write more often :). Since the last time I have been here, I turned 50 years old, had an awesome birthday celebration and photography exhibit at The Sound Room in Oakland (we sold out the place!!!) and took voice lessons with Ellen Hoffman, Faye Carol, and Valerie Troutt. Most recently, I took my 2nd voice workshop with The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol at her School of the Get Down at Chamber Arts House in Berkeley. This intense workshop runs for one evening a week for 4 weeks. On our fourth week, we present the song we have tediously worked on for the previous 3 weeks for our student workshop which includes our peers, friends, loved ones and a pot luck.

I chose the Buddy Johnson classic “Since I Fell For You” which you can hear below. I am accompanied by Joe Warner on piano and Dante James on drums. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Photography Credit: Grason Littles

Valerie Troutt – The Sound of Peace CD Release Party – Yoshi’s Oakland – 11/25/2013

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My friend, mentor, and teacher/singer/pianist/composer Valerie Troutt will have her CD release party for her debut album, The Sound of Peace, on Monday, November 25 @ 8 PM at Yoshi’s Oakland.

Please read Lee Hildebrand’s review of The Sound of Peace in this week’s East Bay Express.

Be there and be blessed!!!

Album Cover Photo Credit: James Knox

Celebration!!! The Photography of James Knox @ The Sound Room – June 7 – July 3, 2013

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A new photography exhibit celebrating the rich Bay Area jazz scene and my 50th birthday. Please join us on June 29 at 5:30pm for my artist reception and birthday celebration. The Matt Wong Trio will be providing the music. At 8pm, the Terrence Brewer Quartet will be performing an outstanding concert and I will be joining them later in the set for a few songs. I am very honored and excited.

Celebration!!! The Photography of James Knox
June 7 – July 3, 2013
The Sound Room
2147 Broadway Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612

June 29, 2013

Artist Reception & Birthday Celebration
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Music by the Matt Wong Trio

Terrence Brewer Quartet
8:00pm – 11:00pm

Terrence Brewer, guitar
Tammy Lynne Hall, piano
Marcus Shelby, bass
Greg Wyser-Pratt, drums
James Knox, guest vocalist

Tickets $20

Purchase tickets – http://www.brownpapertickets.com/e/394190