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Groovin’ in 4/4 time…

It has been awhile since we caught up on my current adventures so gather around. I turned 44 on Tuesday, hence, groovin’ in 4/4 time. It was a good birthday. I get really introspective around my birthday but it is always a good time to reflect. What do you get a music/photo/baking geek for his […]


Capturing The Moment Open Reception – 06/17/07

The Capturing The Moment Opening Reception was very nice and well attended. Big thanks to Stewart and everyone at the library for making it a success. Warm hearted thanks to my family and friends for their love and support. Special thanks also to Clairdee for introducing me and to Terrence Brewer and Brandon Essex for […]


Capturing The Moment opens today!

A teaser…., originally uploaded by in2jazz. I went over to see the exhibit after it was staged on Friday and I was amazed. It was the feeling you get when you hear a new song from your favorite artist. Big thanks to everyone at the San Francisco Public Library for making my dream a reality. […]


Capturing The Moment Photography Exhibit – San Francisco Public Library – June 16 – August 16, 2007


Happy Mother’s Day

My Mother and Brother, originally uploaded by in2jazz. Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers! Thank you for the blessing and inspiration that you are each and every day. I post this photo at the risk of getting a beatdown from my family. I took this photo of my mother and brother 3 years ago and […]


Press Release: Capturing The Moment Photography Exhibit – San Francisco Public Library – June 16 – August 16, 2007

For Immediate Release CAPTURING THE MOMENT: A SPECTACULAR EXHIBIT OF JAZZ PHOTOGRAPHY BY PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES KNOX WILL OPEN ON JUNE 16, 2007 IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CENTER OF THE SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY “A moment is defined as a minute portion, a point of time, or a comparatively brief period of time. In music, the […]


Patti Austin Master Class @ Borders in SF

Singer/educator Patti Austin provided a Master Class at Borders in San Francisco on Wednesday night. It was a very well attended event. The evening started with several selected students from local schools singing their rendition of the Gershwin gem “Summertime.” Patti critiqued each one on their performance. Patti stressed understanding the origin/history of the music […]


Happy Easter

Happy Easter, originally uploaded by in2jazz. Wishing you and yours a very Happy Easter.


The 6th Annual San Francisco Black History Celebration

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The 6th Annual San Francisco Black LGBT Film Festival

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Black History Month Events in Oakland

NEWS FROM: Cultural Arts & Marketing Division, Office of the City Administrator City of Oakland Black History Month Events Run Dates: Now to March 10, 2007 Media Contact: Harry Hamilton (510) 238-2107 Friday, February 2, 2007 In Search of Human Culture: Songs and Stories of the African American in the 21st Century 8:00 p.m. Oakland […]


My First TV Interview…

Back in October, I was interviewed by Joe Hawkins, club promoter and media mogul, at the National Black Justice Coalition reception at the Bates House in Oakland. We talked about j-notes.com and jazz. Big thanks to Joe and Keeping It Real TV.


j-notes.com: four years later…

442 entries 1558 comments A couple of weeks or so ago, I celebrated my blogaversary (as it is called in the blogosphere…he he!) Many wonderful things have happened since I started out writing about music 4 years ago. I thank you greatly for riding along with me on this fantastic voyage. I am definitely not […]


Jenifer Lewis & Thelma Houston in SF

Jenifer Lewis & Thelma Houston, originally uploaded by in2jazz. Singer/Actress/Diva Jenifer Lewis is performing her one-woman show at the Empire Plush Room in San Francisco through Sunday, 10/22. I had the pleasure of attending Jenifer’s opening night show on Tuesday and she was excellent. She took us on a journey through her amazing career with […]


Chaka Khan – Papillon (aka Hot Butterfly)

It is a nice fall day and you are driving in your car or on the train heading home. Your favorite groove is on the radio or in your headphones and you are singing your heart out (especially if you are in the car with the windows up.) In my case, I was grooving to […]


What is your dream concert?

A friend recenly asked what would be my dream concert? My first choice would an intimate concert for 10 people with Shirley Horn in her living room. My second choice would going to see Incognito at the Jazz Cafe in London. I would actually like to do that in the next couple of years. Bluey […]


A day later and a year older….

I turned 43 yesterday! Thank you Lord! I actually started celebrating my birthday last Wednesday with dinner at Scoma’s on Fisherman’s Wharf. I had the broiled salmon with garlic mashed potatoes and an assortment of veggies. Friday, I stopped off at Bakesale Betty and picked up cupcakes for my co-workers. We had carrot cake cupcakes […]


Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!, originally uploaded by in2jazz. Happy Mother’s Day to my mother and every mother who has inspired and encouraged me along the way.


Remembering John Hicks

John Hicks, originally uploaded by in2jazz. Before Carmen Lundy’s second show last night @ Yoshi’s, we were informed that pianist John Hicks had passed. Carmen dedicated both of her shows to John. I took this photo of him last year when he was playing with Bobby Watson, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, and Victor Lewis at the Healdsburg […]


Coretta Scott King, R.I.P.

Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) In the early 1980’s, Coretta Scott King spoke at the bank where I worked in Chicago. It was a phenomenal experience that I will always treasure. Photo Credit: (AP)


Music in my life in 2005

Music in my life in 2005, originally uploaded by in2jazz. Get ready…more coming soon! 1. Andy Bey Quartet @ Yoshi’s, 2. Andy Bey Quartet @ Yoshi’s, 3. Kenny Barron,4. Regina Carter, 5. Victor Lewis, 6. Kiyoshi Kitagawa, 7. Regina Carter, 8. Hicks-Watson-Kitagawa-Lewis Quartet, 9. Healdsburg Jazz Festival, 10. Big Black, 11. John Hicks, 12. Jessica […]


Jumpin’ the Broom: The New Covenant airs tomorrow on Showtime


The 5th Annual San Francisco Black History Celebration

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Black History Month Events in Oakland

African American Museum & Library at Oakland, originally uploaded by in2jazz. NEWS FROM: Marketing Division, Office of the City Administrator City of Oakland Black History Month Events in Oakland Calendar Listings Run Dates: January 1 to February 27, 2006 Media Contact: Harry Hamilton (510) 238-2107 Friday, January 27 – Sunday, January 29, 2006 Fib and […]