Posts Tagged ‘jazz’

Bandleader Ramsey Lewis To Release Concord Jazz Debut

Bandleader Ramsey Lewis To Release Concord Jazz Debut

ICONIC JAZZ PIANIST AND BANDLEADER RAMSEY LEWIS TO RELEASE CONCORD JAZZ DEBUT SEPTEMBER 29TH SONGS FROM THE HEART INCLUDES EIGHT ORIGINAL TRACKS WRITTEN FOR JOFFREY BALLET COMPANY’S PRODUCTION OF “TO KNOW HER” On September 29, Concord Jazz will release Songs From the Heart: Ramsey Plays Ramsey, the debut Concord Jazz CD from iconic pianist and […]


Live from Monterey Jazz Festival 2009 – Part 1

My annual pilgrimage to the Monterey Jazz Festival started off a little different. I had stopped at a friend’s house to pickup my digital recorder. I got back in my car and it would not start…dead! I called AAA and they came out and pronounced my battery dead. Average car battery life is 3-5 years […]


Terrence Brewer kicks off the SFJAZZ Hotplate Series on 9/10

Terrence Brewer plays Wes Montgomery Amnesia 853 Valencia St (between 19th & 20th) Thurday, September 10th 9PM, $5 cover The SFJAZZ Hotplate series features some of the Bay Area’s best artists celebrating the music of their favorite jazz legend each month. We begin with the SF Weekly’s “Best Jazz Artist,” guitarist Terrence Brewer, paying homage […]


Three for Tuesday

Three for Tuesday

It is a good week when three new jazz piano releases are coming out on Tuesday, 8/25. Jazz piano legend McCoy Tyner’s new release, Solo: Live From San Francisco (Dig) [LIVE] was recorded live during the SFJAZZ Spring Season in May 2007. I attended this magnificent concert and am very excited about this album which […]


Lizz Wright is coming to the Bay Area – 9/18-20

Vocalist/songwriter Lizz Wright is bringing her sweet music to the Bay Area. 9/18 Dizzy’s Den stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival at 8:30pm 9/19-20 Yoshi’s Oakland – Shows at 8 and 10pm Photo Credit: James Knox


VidyA @ Yoshi’s Oakland

07/06/2009 Prasant Radhakrishnan – tenor saxophone David Ewell – upright acoustic bass Sameer Gupta – drums I had the pleasure of recently hearing the band, VidyA, at Yoshi’s Oakland. VidyA, which means knowledge in Sanskrit, intertwines South Indian classical music (Carnatic music) and jazz. The result of this pairing of genres was intoxicating. They played […]


Friends of Golden Gate Library Present Jazz on Sundays Series

This Sunday, guitarist Calvin Keys and his trio will perform at 3pm at Golden Gate Library, 5606 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, California. This concert is part of the Friends of Golden Gate Library 19th Annual Jazz on Sundays Summer Concert Series which runs through August 30. Concerts are held every Sunday at 3pm (doors open […]


21st Annual San Jose Jazz Festival Sunday Series

The 21st Annual San Jose Jazz Festival Sunday Series is underway with five great concerts remaining. Upcoming shows feature Jeff Lorber, West Valley Jazz Orchestra, David Sánchez, Wayne Wallace, John Worley, Claudia Villela, and The Amina Figarova Sextet. For the complete schedule and ticket information, http://www.sanjosejazz.org/sunday-series.html Photo of John Worley at the 2006 San Jose […]


Ranzel Merritt at The Jazzschool this Sunday@ 4:30pm

Join this rising star and his quartet for an exciting afternoon of jazz! Featuring Ranzel Merritt, tenor saxophone; Samora Pinderhughes, piano; Atemu Aton, bass; and Forrest Mitchell, drums. I have had the pleasure of hearing Ranzel with the Young Musicians Program and Jazzschool’s Rising Stars Concert Series. You will definitely be in for a treat. […]


Singer Ernestine Anderson needs your help

Singer Ernestine Anderson needs your help

From www.ernestineanderson.com ERNESTINE NEEDS YOUR HELP Dear Friends, We hear stories daily of people who are being forced to foreclose on their homes and it is truly heartbreaking. Recently, celebrities such as Ed McMahon and Evander Holyfield are in foreclosure. Unfortunately, that is a reality for many in this troubled economy and now, it has […]


Clairdee to Perform at Jazz at the Chimes on May 18

MARY D’ORAZI 4499 Piedmont Ave. – Oakland , CA 94611 – Ph: 510/ 228-3218 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLAIRDEE TO PERFORM AT JAZZ AT THE CHIMES MAY 18 “Jazz-inspired storyteller” brings it to Oakland ’s Chapel of the Chimes WHAT: vocalist Clairdee at “Jazz at the Chimes” concert and artist reception WHEN: May 18, 2008 – […]


Frank Jackson Original Compositions – KQED Documentary, “The War: Bay Area Stories”

Here’s something you don’t want to miss, or if you need to, make sure to record to view later. In the recent news are articles on the seven-part series of “The War,” directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, with the first episode, “A Necessary War,” to air Sunday, September 23, at 8 […]


2007 Russian River Jazz Festival/Jazz on the River

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 9, 2007 CONTACT: Denise Lamott Public Relations (415) 897-5089 lamoore1@verizon.net THE 31st ANNUAL RUSSIAN RIVER JAZZ FESTIVAL TO FEATURE MUSIC LEGEND CHAKA KHAN, PLUS BONEY JAMES, JOE SAMPLE TRIO, PONCHO SANCHEZ, NORMAN BROWN & OTHERS FESTIVAL ON SEPTEMBER 8 & 9 BRINGS WORLD-CLASS JAZZ, WINE & FOOD TO THE PICTURESQUE BANKS […]


Patti Austin – Avant-Gershwin – March 6, 2007

PATTI AUSTIN BENDS, STRETCHES GERSHWIN ON ‘AVANT-GERSHWIN’ (RENDEZVOUS ENTERTAINMENT, MARCH 6, 2007) NEW JAZZ ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDING “SWANEE,” “WHO CARES” PLUS TWO PHENOMENAL MEDLEYS Patti Austin’s adventurous new album ‘Avant-Gershwin’ (Rendezvous Entertainment, March 6, 2007) finds the remarkable entertainer moving beyond basic covers of Gershwin songs and taking risks with the music and sometimes the meaning. […]


New stamp honors Ella Fitzgerald

From Associated Press By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, Associated Press Writer Wed Jan 10, 2:25 AM ET WASHINGTON – The lady is a stamp! The U.S. Postal Service honors the First Lady of Song — Ella Fitzgerald — with her own postage stamp Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENT The 39-cent stamp is being released at ceremonies at Jazz at […]


Terrence Brewer Trio w/Dave Ellis @ Jazz at Pearl’s


Andy Bey Duo @ The Jazz Bakery

Collin Artists (323) 467-4702 Fax (323) 292-9127 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE! The Andy Bey Duo, featuring Paul Meyers on guitar will be appearing at The Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave. in Culver City on Wednesday, November 8 through Saturday, November 11, at 8:00 PM and 9:30 PM (two shows each night). Don’t miss the special magic […]


Singer Kim Prevost and Virtuoso Guitarist Bill Solley Return to San Francisco for a Post-Katrina Concert

JAZZ AT PEARL’S TO HOST NEW ORLEANS DUO Singer Kim Prevost and Virtuoso Guitarist Bill Solley Return to San Francisco for a Post-Katrina Concert SONOMA, California (September 14, 2006)—They lost their home to Katrina, were evacuated for Rita and had to flee from Wilma. Husband and wife duo Kim Prevost and Bill Solley are happy […]


2006 Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

SAN JOSE JAZZ SOCIETY ANNOUNCES HEADLINE ACTS FOR 2006 COMCAST SAN JOSE JAZZ FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY SOUTHWEST AIRLINES 17th Annual Festival in Downtown San Jose to features Tribute to New Orleans Jazz; Neville Brothers, Dr. John, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Bud Shank and Eldar Scheduled to Perform SAN JOSE, Calif., April 26, 2006 — The […]


A Jazzy Christmas – Volume 1

This radio blog is dedicated to my sister-in-law who is celebrating her birthday today. The above photo is a barge of Christmas decorations sitting on Lake Merritt in Oakland. Now that we have completed the classics, it is time to make the holiday season a little jazzy and mellow. Many of this week’s songs were […]


The Quiet Storm – Volume 1

A few weeks ago when EJ did his OSW: Philly Soul – Vols. 1 & 2, it took me back to late summer nights in Chicago when I was sitting on my front porch listening to quiet storm late night radio. I had my trusty headphone radio (similar to the one shown above) that I […]


My Shirley Horn Box Set – Disc 4

“Songs are lucky when Shirley Horn chooses them.” This is one of the best quotes that describe the magic of Shirley Horn’s music. The past few weeks have definitely been an education for me in Shirley Horn’s music. Thanks to everyone for their encouragement and support on this project. Preparing the final disc in My […]


Jazz Veteran Shirley Horn Dies

Photo © Larry Busacca http://www.billboard.com/bb/daily/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001349816 Jazz Veteran Shirley Horn Dies By Bill Holland, Washington, D.C. Shirley Horn, the Grammy-winning jazz vocalist and pianist known for her intimate, whispery vocals and top-drawer piano playing, died yesterday (Oct. 20) at Gladys Spellman Nursing Home in Cheverly, Md., following an extended battle with diabetes. She was 71. Always […]


Hammond B3 innovator Jimmy Smith dies

From LiveDaily.com by Rob Evans liveDaily Editor Jimmy Smith credited with a style that revolutionized the Hammond B3 organ in the ’50s and ’60s, died at his Phoenix home on Tuesday (2/8), apparently of natural causes, his Verve Music Group publicist confirmed. He was 76. Jimmy Smith was truly without peer,” said a statement issued […]