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Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most – James Knox

Per Wikipedia, “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” (1955) is a popular song with lyrics by Fran Landesman, set to music by Tommy Wolf. The title is a jazz rendition of the opening line of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, “April is the cruelest month”. I first heard Patti Austin sing this wonderful […]


Friends of Golden Gate Library present their 25th Year of Jazz on Sundays Series

Friends of Golden Gate Library present their 25th Year of Jazz on Sundays Series

The Friends of Golden Gate Library present their 25th year of Jazz on Sundays at Golden Gate Library, 5606 San Pablo Avenue Oakland. Concerts are every Sunday through August 30. July 12, 2015 Robert Stewart July 19, 2015 Rhonda Benin July 26, 2015 Calvin Keys August 2, 2015 Kenny Washington August 9, 2015 Yancy Taylor […]


Fillmore Jazz Festival 2015 – July 4 and 5

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2015 - July 4 and 5

Two great days of music, art, and family fun in the Fillmore District. See you there! Fillmore Jazz Festival Schedule Downloadable Entertainment Schedule Poster Credit: Craig Frazier Studio


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

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

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 […]


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

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

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 […]


Friends of Golden Gate Library Presents Jazz on Sundays Series 2014

Friends of Golden Gate Library Presents Jazz on Sundays Series 2014

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 […]


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

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

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 […]


Since I Fell For You – James Knox

Since I Fell For You - James Knox

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 […]


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

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

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 […]


Howard Wiley Quartet: I Love The 80’s @ Intersection for the Arts – 3/28

Howard Wiley Quartet: I Love The 80's @ Intersection for the Arts - 3/28

When: Thursday March 28, 2013 at 8pm Where: 925 Mission Street Suite 109 Tickets: http://jazzintersectionmar28.eventbrite.com HOWARD WILEY QUARTET: I LOVE THE 80s Howard Wiley – saxophone; Michael Aaberg – piano; Sly Randolph – drums; Marcus Shelby – bass Howard Wiley brings a new quartet to Intersection performing music influenced by favorite pop hits from the […]


Groovin’ Around The Bay – 11/10/2012

There is so much great music in the Bay Area, that I needed to let you know about just a few of the happenings this weekend. My Picks for the Weekend: David Sanborn at Yoshi’s Oakland – Shows tonight and Sunday. I got to hear Mr. Sanborn and his band last night and they were […]


Hurricane Relief Benefit & Election Results at Yoshi’s SF – 11/6 – 8pm

Hurricane Relief Benefit & Election Results at Yoshi's SF - 11/6 - 8pm

100% of ticket proceeds will go to the American Red Cross to help aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy. For more information, http://www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco/jazzclub/artist/show/3133


Gregory Porter Returns to the West Coast!!!

Jazzy, soulful crooner Gregory Porter returns to the west coast promoting his latest release, Be Good, next week with tour dates in Oakland, Sacramento, Monterey, and Los Angeles. He will playing Yoshi’s Oakland next Wednesday, 9/19 at 8pm. Upcoming Tour Dates: 09/19/2012 Yoshi’s Oakland Oakland, CA 08:00pm – One show only!!! 09/20/2012 Crocker Art Museum […]


Yoshi’s JazzFest – FREE in Jack London Square this Sunday!!!

Yoshi's JazzFest - FREE in Jack London Square this Sunday!!!

Sunday, August 26 Noon – 5pm Jack London Square FREE!!! http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/2948 Five-time Grammy nominee and USA Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, and his stellar Sextet shed light on the historical and cultural significance of Latin Jazz, as well as its aesthetic characteristics pertaining to instrumentation, rhythm, interpretation and improvisation. Organized in 2003, they specialize in educational […]


Terrence Brewer’s ‘Citizen Rhythm’ South Bay CD Release Concert @ Kuumbwa Jazz on 7/5

Terrence Brewer's 'Citizen Rhythm' South Bay CD Release Concert @ Kuumbwa Jazz on 7/5

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you missed Citizen Rhythm when they played their CD Release Party at Yoshi’s Oakland earlier this month, don’t miss them at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz. You will definitely be in for a treat! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AWARD WINNING GUITARIST TERRENCE BREWER PRESENTS ‘CITIZEN RHYTHM’ AN SF BAY AREA BASED JAZZ / […]


Stephanie Mills @ Yoshi’s SF – June 14-17

Stephanie Mills @ Yoshi's SF - June 14-17

The incomparable Stephanie Mills is making a rare intimate club appearance at Yoshi’s San Francisco from June 14 – 17. She is performing one show each night. Tickets are still available for the Thursday 8pm and Sunday 3pm shows and they are moving fast.


Eastside Arts Alliance presents the 12th Annual Malcolm X JazzArts Festival – Saturday, May 19

Eastside Arts Alliance presents the 12th Annual Malcolm X JazzArts Festival - Saturday, May 19

Eastside Arts Alliance presents the 12th Annual Malcolm X JazzArts Festival on Sat., May 19, 2012 (11am – 7pm), San Antonio Park, Oakland, CA Line Up and Bios Jazz Main Stage 12:00 Daria Nile Trio 2:00 Avotcja and Modupue 4:00 A Tribute to Billy Bang – an all star String Summit featuring Michael White*, India […]


Clairdee @ The Rrazz Room – May 18-20

Clairdee @ The Rrazz Room - May 18-20

The sultry, soulful/jazzy vocalist Clairdee will be appearing at The Rrazz Room in the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco at 7pm on Friday and Saturday and 4pm on Sunday. Seasoned fans and newcomers will be in for a treat because Clairdee delivers 110% of herself to every note plus she is backed by a stellar […]


Please Nominate Valerie Troutt!!!

Please Nominate Valerie Troutt!!!

Singer Valerie Troutt is hoping to be one of Reverb Nation’s nominees for “Artists on the Verge Project 2012!” Please post on their wall “I nominate the Valerie Troutt JazzSoul Project” or “I request Valerie Troutt.” Here’s the link: http://rvrb.fm/HP5uWi It takes about 6-8 seconds. If you want to do it every day, that’s cool! […]


Supporting the Global Village – An Evening with Oleta Adams

Supporting the Global Village - An Evening with Oleta Adams

Purchase tickets at www.eventbrite.com. For more information, patron tickets and sponsorship opportunities call (510) 544-3962.


Mary Stallings Comes to The RRazz Room – 2/3-5

Mary Stallings Comes to The RRazz Room - 2/3-5

Vocalist Mary Stallings comes to The RRazz Room from February 2 to 5. Showtimes are 7pm on Friday and Saturday and 5pm on Sunday. Her band will include David Udolf on piano, Akira Tana on drums and Ron Belcher on bass. I last saw Mary at Yoshi’s Oakland and her show was amazing. According to […]


Paula West Returns to San Francisco for One Night Only – February 11, 2012

Paula West Returns to San Francisco for One Night Only - February 11, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PAULA WEST RETURNS TO SAN FRANCISCO FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY First San Francisco performance in over a year Paula West, San Francisco’s favorite jazz singer returns to the Herbst Theatre for one performance only on Saturday February 11, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Performing with the George Mesterhazy Quartet, she will perform songs […]


A Special Jazz Salute to Black History Month @ The Jazz Heritage Center

A Special Jazz Salute to Black History Month – February 1 thru March 4, 2012 – Jazz Heritage Center Lush Life Gallery – 1320 Fillmore Street – San Francisco. Opening reception and panel discussion on February 2 from 6-9pm. The panel discussion will be from 6-7pm in the Jazz Heritage Center Media Room and moderated […]


New Release from Carmen Lundy on 2/7

Vocalist Carmen Lundy will be releasing her 12th album, Changes, on February 7. The promo video above tells us what to expect from her new release and I am very excited. I got to see Carmen in concert last summer at Yoshi’s Oakland and she and her band were amazing. In addition, there will also […]