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,

Happy Birthday Carmen Lundy!

Happy Birthday to singer/songwriter/musician/artist Carmen Lundy!

Gregory Porter Returns to the West Coast!!!

Gregory Porter @ Yoshi's Oakland

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:

Yoshi’s Oakland
Oakland, CA
08:00pm – One show only!!!

Crocker Art Museum
Sacramento, CA

Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey County Fairgrounds – Monterey, CA

The Mint
Los Angeles, CA

More tour dates, here.

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

Sunday, August 26
Noon – 5pm
Jack London Square

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 presentations from lecture/demonstrations to detailed clinics focusing on any number of relevant subjects such as composition, arrangement, rhythmic development, stylistic interpretation, studio performance, etc. Their repertoire consists of exciting arrangements from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the US, as well as original compositions. Their first CD, Papa Mambo, was released on John’s Machete Records label in the Summer of 2007. Their second CD, Perspectiva Fragmentada, was released in October, 2008. Equally at home with a dance or concert repertoire, The John Santos Sextet presents a wide range of styles and rhythms for audiences of all ages.

Dos Four’s sound is a fusion of Reggaeton, Musica Urbana, Hip-hop, Salsa, Merengue, Rap and other musical rhythms from both Cuba and the U.S.

Dos Four is rapidly gaining respect nation and world wide. His ability to mix different genres of music such as reggaeton, hip-hop and salsa gives him a sound that is unlike any other recording artist. While firmly stationed in California, Dos Four maintains his Cuban roots and is deeply motivated to create modern music with a uniquely Cuban flavor.

Oaktown Jazz Workshops’ Performance Ensemble features young musicians ages 12-18 who perform a variety of exciting and challenging jazz classics. Oaktown Jazz Workshops is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and its year round after school program passes on the musical language and traditions of jazz to the next generation of musicians. Youth learn from professional master musicians and perform for audiences throughout the Bay Area.

CBS Bay Sunday – James Knox – Photographer/Jazz Blogger

Here is my CBS Bay Sunday segment on my photographing and blogging about the Bay Area jazz scene. It was originally taped on 07/30/2011. Hope you enjoy it. I had a great time.

Big thanks to Akilah Bolden Monifa for inviting on the show.

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!




-(SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 27, 2012) – Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, SouLive, and Cream get into a bar fight…it’s the closest imagery that describes the sound of San Francisco based fusion group, ‘Citizen Rhythm’ ( Imagine the music of Mingus, Monk, Miles, and more fused with funk, hard rock, hip-hop, and odd-meter grooves.

Formed in 20010 by award winning San Francisco Bay area based guitarist, Terrence Brewer, ‘Citizen Rhythm’ is another evolution of fusion. Taking all of the musical styles Brewer grew up playing and marrying them together to create the best of all worlds – music that has booty-shaking grooves, is harmonically and rhythmically advanced, based on the open improvisation form that is jazz…and, at times, it rocks…hard. Filling out the core lineup of ‘Citizen Rhythm’ are talented veteran Bay area musicians Michael Coleman (Beep! Shumann’s Human’s) on Keyboards, Rob Rhodes (Ledisi, Mary Wilson, Fred Ross) on drums, and Gabe Davis on Electric Bass.

KUUMBWA JAZZ Kuumbwa Jazz provides opportunities for residents and visitors in the Santa Cruz area to enjoy and appreciate the full spectrum of jazz music through live performance and education. We present extraordinary regional, national and international musicians and provide educational programs for people of all ages.


**2012 Inductee “Pittsburg Arts & Entertainment Hall of Fame”**
Winner – SF Weekly “Best Jazz Artist” Award
Winner – Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce “Artist of the Year” Award
Winner – Bay Area Blues Society “Best Jazz Group” Award

Media Contact:
Terrence Brewer


Photo Credit: James Knox

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 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 Cooke, Kash Killion, Tarika Lewis, Sandy Poindexter, Muziki Duane Roberson,
and Eric Hunt
6:00 Kev Choice Ensemble

Daria Nile – Jazz vocalist influenced by Billie Holiday, Billy Eckstein, Abbey Lincoln, Frank Sinatra and Fats Waller, Daria was born in New York City and brought up in the Fillmore with the Upper Room crew of artists and artists mentored by the late Rafik Bilal.

Avotcja and Modupue – Poet and Percussionist Avotcja has been leading a big band for decades. Her big band – Modupue plays the music of the African Diaspora – blending African, Caribbean, and Spanish rhythms to create a syncopated jazz experience that permeates your whole being.

Tribute to Billy Bang featuring violinist Michael White. Billy Bang, avant guard jazz violinist passed last year. Billy was a true friend of EastSide Arts Alliance and the Malcolm X JazzArts Festival. His fiery violin brought together jazz and social commentary. In that tradition Michael White is one of the most innovative musicians of our time. He has played with John Coltrane, Sun Ra, and Pharaoh Sanders. He will be joined at the Malcolm X JazzArts Festival with vocalist Leisei Chen and a mighty string section from the Bay Area – Violinists India Cooke, Tarika Lewis, and Sandy Poindexter. Cellist Kash Killion, bassist Michael Nash, pianist Muxiki Roberson and drummer Eric Hunt complete the band.

Kev Choice Ensemble – One of the new young lions of jazz, pianist Kev Choice came up under the tutelage of the recently passed Khalil Shaheed’s Oaktown Jazz Workshop. His ensemble features some of the very best young jazz artists in the Bay and represents the promising future for the music.

Katherine Dunham Dance Stage
Dimensions Dance Theater, whose work reflects the historical experiences and contemporary lives of African Americans,
Awe Ohum Omnira
Aguacero, Afro-Puerto Rican Drum, Song and Dance

Javad Jahi Soapbox Stage
Community activists speak out! The latest news on the prison industrial complex, gang injunctions, Africa & the Middle East, youth organizing, immigration, education, and more. Live painting by Black Diamonds Shining.

DREAM Courts
This area features dancers, poets, mc’s, vocalists, djs, and live music.
Nu Dekades, Los Rakas, Young Gifted & Black, Kurse Krew, Turfin 24/7, Shaolin Luohan Kung Fu

Graf Court will hold an all-city graffiti battle throughout the day.

For more information about the 12th Annual Malcolm X JazzArts Festival, please contact EastSide Arts Alliance at 510-533-6629 or visit

Elena Serrano
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94606

mailing address:
PO Box 17008
Oakland, CA 94601

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 band. See you there!

Photo Credit: James Knox

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:

It takes about 6-8 seconds. If you want to do it every day, that’s cool! Thanks for your support!

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Thanks for supporting live music!!!