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Yoshi's SF Sold to New Ownership Group; Set to Change Music, Name, Menu Soon

Yoshi's San FranciscoYoshi's San Francisco, which opened its jazz and Japanese restaurant in the Fillmore District in November 2007, has been sold to a new ownership group, Fillmore Live Entertainment Group, LLC. The new owners took over Yoshi's San Francisco effective Tuesday, July 1, 2014, and are expected to change the venue's name, restaurant offerings and musical programming...

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Sacramento Saxophonist Emery Mesich Wins 2014 Berklee-MJF Scholarship

Emery MesichBerklee College of Music and the Monterey Jazz Festival have announced that Sacramento saxophonist Emery Mesich (left) is the 18th recipient of the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship at Berklee, a major music education prize. Mesich, 18, will also perform at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival, September 10-21...

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society Founder Pete Douglas: 1929-2014

Pete DouglasPete Douglas, founder of the world-renowned music and jazz club the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay, died peacefully in Miramar Beach on July 12, 2014 at the age of 85. Douglas began presenting jazz and classical programs to the public at the former Ebb Tide Coffee Shop in 1958...

Chick Corea, Kenny Barron, Yellowjackets, Meklit Headline 2014 Stanford Jazz

Chick CoreaChick Corea, the Kenny Barron Trio, Jack DeJohnette, Arturo Sandoval, Kenny Burrell, the Yellowjackets and more are set to perform at this year's Stanford Jazz Festival, which runs from June 20 through August 9. There's a strong Bay Area presence this year as well... see the entire 2014 schedule!

Exclusive Book Excerpt: "And All That Madness: A Casey McKie Mystery"

JazzWest presents an exclusive excerpt from author Joan Merrill's "And All That Madness: A Casey McKie Mystery," plus an audio sample narrated by KCSM on-air personality Alisa Clancy. It's Merrill's fourth book, which begins as PI Casey moves her operation from San Francisco to New York...

Herbie Hancock, Booker T. Jones, Charles Lloyd Star at Monterey Jazz 2014

Herbie HancockHerbie Hancock, The Roots, Gary Clark Jr., Michael Feinstein, the Charles Lloyd Quartet, Booker T. Jones, the Robert Glasper Experiment and Cecile McLorin Salvant are among the headliners at the 57th Monterey Jazz Festival, set for September 19-21, 2014. Get the full line-up, online now...

Los Gatos Celebrates "A Cole Porter Summer" with Free Wednesday Concert Series

Ramsey LewisLos Gatos Music & Arts, Inc. celebrates its 12th annual Jazz on the Plazz, a free Wednesday night summer concert series in downtown Los Gatos. This year's lineup includes pianist Ramsey Lewis (left), Perry Beekman, singers Kim Nalley and Halie Loren, and the Grammy award-winning Snarky Puppy...

Review: Melissa Morgan Inspires, Seduces at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

Melissa MorganWhat makes vocalist Melissa Morgan truly unique is her own voice, so good she inspires happiness. She captured and seduced the audience immediately, bringing along a touch of light humor in addition to her wonderful voice. Reviewer Bill Leikam reports on Morgan's recent performance at the Bach...

Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet Wins Top Honors in Annual Downbeat Poll

Adam GoldmanThe Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet has once again won top honors in the 37th annual Student Music Awards poll in the June 2014 issue of DownBeat magazine. This is the seventh time in the Brubeck Institute's 13-year history that the undergraduate jazz group has been so honored...

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Gets Down with a Case of the Blues May 30-June 9

Charlie MusselwhiteNow in its 16th year, the wine country's popular Healdsburg Jazz Festival gets a case of the blues as local harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite (left) heads a full line-up of music May 30 through June 8, along with Ron Carter, Poncho Sanchez, Marc Cary, Joshua Redman and Mads Tolling...

Dr. Herb Wong, Jazz Advocate and "Renaissance Man," 1926-2014

Dr. Herb WongDr. Herb Wong, a "Renaissance Man," passionate advocate for jazz and longtime resident of Menlo Park, passed on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 following a battle with lung cancer. During his lifetime, Dr. Wong achieved world recognition as a jazz critic, historian, and journalist. He was 88...

Faye Carol Honored as 2014 "Jazz Hero" by Local Jazz Journalists Association

The Dynamic Miss Faye CarolThe Dynamic Miss Faye Carol is this year's recipient of the 2014 Bay Area "Jazz Hero" award, and will be honored Saturday afternoon, April 12, at Yoshi's in Oakland. Born in Meridian, MI, Carol moved to the East Bay town of Pittsburg as a child, and grew up listening to the soul and R&B hits of the day...

Legendary Jazz Joint Bop City Building Granted Landmark Status by SF Supes

The building that once housed Jimbo's Bop City after-hours jazz venue and showcased musicians such as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and John Coltrane has been unanimously granted landmark status by San Francisco's Board of Supervisors...

Photographer Chuck Gee, 1949-2014

Chuck Gee, a well-respected and recognized photographer in the Bay Area jazz community, passed away in March 2014 after a long battle with liver disease. A familiar presence on the local jazz scene, Gee was also known for his passion and enthusiasm for the Hammond B3 organ...

Review: Disappear Incompletely Jazzes Up Radiohead Songbook at the Bach

The Dynamic Miss Faye CarolThe electro-jazz septet of Disappear Incompletely performed selected numbers from the Radiohead songbook, with all arrangements by trombonist and electronics master Rob Ewing in what might be best described as the jazzification of the English rock band. Writer Bill Leikam reviews the concert...

KCSM Says 'Thanks' to Listeners and Fans with Free Daylong "Jazz on the Hill"

Kenny WashingtonVocalist Kenny Washington (left), pianists Larry Vuckovich and Muziki Roberson, retro-swing songstress Lavay Smith and trombonist Wayne Wallace are among the headliners for this year's free outdoor "fan appreciation" concert, set for Saturday, June 7, on the College of San Mateo campus...

Rally Set to Protest Lack of Female Musicians in Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

Since its inception in 1988, Wynton Marsalis' prestigious, world-famous Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra has never counted a female instrumentalist in its ranks. Now, trumpeter and big band director Ellen Seeling (left) wants to change that, and plans a rally on March 22 to protest...

Tjader Jazz: An Exclusive Excerpt from the New Cal Tjader Biography

JazzWest.com is pleased to present an exclusive excerpt from Cal Tjader: The Life and Recordings of the Man Who Revolutionized Latin Jazz, a newly published biography by jazz writer S. Duncan Reid that celebrates the musical life and times of the legendary Bay Area vibraphonist...

Jazz DJ, Drummer, Producer and Engineer Robert "Bud" Spangler, 1938-2014

Bud Spangler, a beloved presence on the San Francisco Bay Area jazz scene whose talents ran from recording engineer and concert producer to radio DJ to working jazz drummer, passed away at his Oakland home on Thursday, January 16 after a brave battle with lung cancer. He was 75...

Al Jarreau, Eddie Palmieri, Terri Lyne Carrington Headline 2014 Brubeck Festival

Al Jarreau (left), Eddie Palmieri and Terri Lyne Carrington have been named as headliners for the 13th annual Brubeck Festival, set for March 27-29, 2014 in Stockton. The festival also makes the cross-country connection to an April 7-13, 2014 Brubeck tribute at Jazz at Lincoln Center...

SFJAZZ Names Former KQED Executive Donald Derheim as New CEO

SFJAZZ has announced that KQED exec Donald Derheim will assume the position of Chief Executive Officer at the jazz organization beginning January 2, 2014. Derheim will work closely with SFJAZZ Founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline to fulfill the organization's chartered mission...

Frank Tusa at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, "Remembering Chet Baker"

To honor the legacy of the great vocalist and trumpeter Chet Baker, bassist Frank Tusa was inspired to create a concert based on the man and his music. As the tribute took shape, the only drummer right for this concert was San Francisco's own Vince Lateano, because he, too, had worked with Baker...

Rasselas Jazz Club in SF Closes; Owner Pleads for More Support for Jazz

Rasselas Jazz Club, a popular spot for live jazz in the heart of San Francisco's Jazz Preservation District, closed its doors for the last time Saturday night, August 17, after almost 30 years. What began as a tiny venue on Divisadero Street evolved into one of the anchors of the city's redevelopment project...

Bay Area Jazz Drummer Donald "Duck" Bailey, 1934-2013

Jazz drummer Donald "Duck" Bailey, best known for his work with legendary jazz organist Jimmy Smith on the storied Blue Note label and a prolific recording career that began at age 10 in his home town of Philadelphia and spanned more than a half century, passed away at the age of 79...

Jazz and Blues Photographer Lee Tanner, 1931-2013

Lee Tanner, an award-winning S.F. Bay Area jazz and blues photographer whose "evocative and sometimes ethereal images" of Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and others graced countless record albums and filled several books, died Saturday, September 7, in Sonora, CA. He was 82.

Remembering Swing Jazz Legend George Barnes and the "Last Quartet"

One of the most influential swing jazz guitarists of the 20th century, George Barnes, left an indelible mark on the San Francisco Bay Area jazz scene since arriving from the East Coast in the late 1970s. Duncan James, Dean Reilly and David Grisman all chat with David McGee about Barnes's lasting legacy...

Summertime is Jazz Time: Our Annual Round-up of Summer Jazz Festivals

Summertime is jazz time in Northern California, and here's our annual round-up of festivals and outdoor concert series, from Healdsburg to Monterey and all points in between, and featuring a roster of musicians that includes Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Gregory Porter (left), Les McCann, and more...

Denise Donatelli, Geoff Keezer Warm Hearts at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

Two-time Grammy nominee Denise Donatelli once again teamed up with pianist Geoffrey Keezer for her recent performance at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society. Donatelli, with an engaging stage presence and demeanor, radiated a warm, welcome feel that imbued the entire performance...

Sonny Buxton, Randall Kline Honored as 2013 S.F. Bay Area "Jazz Heroes"

Radio broadcaster, impresario, educator, historian and community activist Sonny Buxton (left) and SFJAZZ founder and guiding light Randall Kline have been selected as 2013's local "Jazz Hero" award from an international organization of jazz journalists as part of April's "Jazz Appreciation Month"...

Jazz on the Hill Returns to San Mateo Campus After a Nine-Year Absence

After a nine-year hiatus, KCSM's popular (and free) outdoor "Jazz on the Hill" returns to the College of San Mateo campus on June 1 with a dazzling lineup of music, including pianist Taylor Eigsti (left), Adam Theis and the Jazz Mafia, guitarist Terrence Brewer's Citizen Rhythm, and more...

Diana Krall, Wayne Shorter, George Benson Headline 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival

Grammy-winning singer and pianist Diana Krall (left), saxophonist Wayne Shorter (celebrating his 80th birthday), vocal gymnast Bobby McFerrin, Bob James and David Sanborn, guitarist George Benson and more are among the headliners at the 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival, set for September 20-22...

Haden, Charles Lloyd, Geri Allen Set to Star at the 2013 Healdsburg Jazz

Charlie Haden, the Charles Lloyd/Jason Moran Duo and the Fred Hersch Trio are set to headline the 2013 Healdsburg Jazz Festival, May 31-June 9, along with performances by guitarist Bill Frisell, pianists Geri Allen and Gonzalo Rubacalba, saxophonist Lee Konitz, and more artists TBA soon...

24th Annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest Set for Aug. 9-11 in downtown San Jose

San Jose Jazz sets the stage for the 24th annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, Friday, August 9 through Sunday, August 11 in and around downtown San Jose. This year's line-up includes acclaimed artists such as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Pink Martini, Arturo O'Farrill, Charlie Hunter and more...

Jazz Singer Tierney Sutton Entrances Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society Audience

Vocalist Tierney Sutton's dynamic range and vocal mastery brought a refreshing, delightful display of beauty and emotion to the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in the company of keyboardist Mitchel Forman and guitarist and bassist Kevin Axt. The Result? Intrepid jazz critic Bill Leikam reports...

Stanford Streams 400+ Hours of Jazz "Riverwalk" Radio Broadcasts 24/7

Stanford's Archive of Recorded Sound has begun continuous web streaming of more than 400 hours of historic "Riverwalk" radio broadcasts in a partnership with jazz veteran Jim Cullum, originator and co-host of Riverwalk Jazz, Public Radio International's popular weekly radio show, who donated the series...

Mondavi Winery, Napa Valley Jazz Society Join Forces for 2013 Concert Series

The Mondavi Winery and the Napa Valley Jazz Society have announced a new series of live jazz performances, Jazz@RMW, in the winery's Vineyard Room. To entice jazz lovers even more, each concert will be preceded by a wine, cheese and charcouterie reception for ticket holders hosted by the winery...

Dori Caymmi Seduces Bach D&DS Audience with Heartfelt Set of Brazilian Music

Brazilian guitarist, singer, composer, and arranger Dori Caymmi engaged the audience at the Bach with some of the most heartfelt songs of all time sung in Portuguese. The two-time Grammy award-winner focused upon his recent "Poesia Musicada," an intimate memoir to his late father, Dorival Caymmi...

2012 San Jose SummerFest Sizzles with Jazz, Blues, R&B, Salsa and More!

More than 1,000 artists and 100,000 music lovers converge for a weekend chock full of music at SummerFest, Aug. 10- 12, in the heart of downtown San Jose. This year's headliners include Dianne Reeves, Terence Blanchard (left), Tia Fuller, Boney James, The Spinners, and Morris Day & The Time...

Dr. John Calloway Honored as Local "Jazz Hero" June 20 at Jazz Journalists Event

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator Dr. John Calloway was honored June 20 when he received a "Jazz Hero" award from the Jazz Journalists Association, presented in conjunction with the organization's 2012 Jazz Awards honoring significant achievements in jazz music and journalism...
Fillmore Jazz Festival Announces 2012 Lineup: Kim Nalley, CJO and More!

Jazz, blues and more return to Fillmore Street in the heart of San Francisco July 7-8 for the 2012 Fillmore Jazz Festival, the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast.
This year's featured performers include Kim Nalley, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, the Mark Rapp Group, and Dana Leong...
JazzWest.com, Yoshi's San Francisco Team Up for Local Jazz Artist Concerts

Yoshi's San Francisco and JazzWest.com announced a new collaboration that brings Bay Area jazz musicians to the stage of the world-class jazz club in a new "showcase" concert series. The first concerts featured violinist Mads Tolling, pianist Eric Muhler and Rebeca Mauleón's Afro Kuban Fusion...
Monterey Jazz Announces 2012 Festival Line-Up with 38 Concerts and 100 Artists

Esperanza Spalding, Tony Bennett, Pat Metheny, Trombone Shorty and Ambrose Akinmusire headline the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival, September 21-23, 2012. Also performing at the long-running jazz fest: Melody Gardot, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Bill Frisell and Benny Green...
Stanford Jazz Festival Celebrates 40 Years with 38 Concerts and 100 Artists

The 40th annual Stanford Jazz Festival begins June 22-24 with Danilo Pérez, Bobby Hutcherson and the Joey DeFrancesco Trio, and guitarist Lionel Loueke. Also appearing this year: Charles McPherson, Houston Person, Poncho Sanchez, Luciana Souza, Taylor Eigsti and Romero Lubambo...
Roy Haynes, Kenny Burrell, Adam Theis, Vijay Iyer Headline Healdsburg Jazz 2012

Legendary drummer and NEA Jazz Master Roy Haynes takes center stage at this year's Healdsburg Jazz Festival, June 1-10 in the heart of the North Bay's wine country. Also performing this year: Kenny Burrell, Vijay Iyer, Adam Theis' Shotgun Wedding, and Michele Rosewoman with Julian Priester...
In Memoriam: Bay Area Trumpeter and Educator Khalil Shaheed, 1949-2012

Jazz trumpeter, educator and Oaktown Jazz Workshop founder Khalil Shaheed passed away on Saturday, March 23, after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 63. Born Tommy Hall on January 19, 1949 in Pittsburgh, PA, Shaheed moved to Chicago as a small child. By the time he was a senior in high school...
SFJAZZ Announces 2012 Spring Concert Season with 40+ Concerts

SFJAZZ celebrates its 13th annual Spring Series in 2012 with 40+ concerts, including performances by Charles Lloyd, Chucho Valdés, Dave Holland, Bill Frisell, Lizz Wright (left), Michael Camilo, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dan Hicks, and the SFJAZZ Collective...
San Jose Jazz Presents 2012 Winter Fest Line-Up March 9-11, 2012

San Jose Jazz has announced its 2012 Winter Fest concert series, March 9-11, featuring a variety of established players and exciting jazz upstarts, including big band vocalist Jamie Davis (left), NY-based saxophonist Grace Kelly, and a collaboration with Ambrose Akinmusire and Gerald Clayton...
"Jazz at the Chimes" Rises from the Ashes with Sunday Afternoon Concert Series

Singer Ed Reed kicked off the revived jazz concert series at the beautiful Julia Morgan-designed Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland with a sold-out performance. Next up: The Hot Club of San Francisco on March 18...
Review: Miguel Zenon Showcases Puerto Rican Composers at the Bach

Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón brought his quartet to the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, showcasing music from some of Puerto Rico's most renowned composers and spotlighting the saxophonist's newest Grammy-nominated album, "Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook." Bill Leikam has more...
Review: Scott Hamilton with the Larry Vuckovich Quartet at the Bach

Saxophonist Scott Hamilton traveled from Italy to perform at pianist Larry Vuckovich's CD release concert for "Somethin' Special." And the concert (highlighted by Vuke's stellar ensemble) was something special, as reviewer Bill Leikam reports... especially with the addition of singer Jackie Ryan to the mix.
Review: The Bob Sheppard Quartet at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

From the chatter before the show, many had heard Bob Sheppard play as a sideman, but very few had heard him as bandleader in his own right. Reviewer Bill Leikam has more
about Sheppard's afternoon concert, which also featured Larry Koonse (guitar), Jeff D'Angelo (bass) and Mark Ferber (drums)...
Free Chamber Music Day 2011 Features Jazz, Classical Music at the de Young

San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music presents the fourth annual Chamber Music Day, a free day-long concert series featuring 33 of the Bay Area's top jazz and classical groups, including the Marcus Shelby Trio, the Sarah Wilson Ensemble, VidyA and the Claudia Villela Quartet...
Tribute Concert for Beloved "Jazz Crusader" Merrilee Trost Slated for Nov. 1

"A Tribute to Bay Area Jazz Crusader Merrilee Trost" with music by some of her favorite performers and friends is set for Tuesday, November 1, in Berkeley. Featured artists include the Marcos Silva Quartet, the Mimi Fox Trio, vocalist Dee Bell, and a very special All-Star Group. Tickets are on sale now...
Albany Trombonist Wins Scholarship Award to Boston's Berklee College of Music

Trombonist Calvin Barthel of Albany is the 15th annual Jimmy Lyons Scholarship winner to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Barthel is the first trombonist to receive the Lyons Scholarship, which is awarded each year to one music student in recognition of outstanding talent...
In Memorium: Jazz Drummer Eddie Marshall (1938-2011)

Drummer and Bay Area jazz legend Eddie Marshall passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2011, following a heart attack. He was 73 years old. Marshall has been acknowledged as a leading figure in the evolution of San Francisco's contemporary jazz sound as well s a teacher, inspiration and friend...
Berkeley's Popular Birdland Jazzista Social Club Shut Down by City Officials

The popular renegade Birdland Jazzista Social Club in Berkeley, shut down in late July by the Berkeley police department, has found a new home at Café Yesterday in Berkeley, where the Friday night music series continues unabated, according to owner Michael Parayno
Yoshi's Artistic Director Peter Williams Takes Napa Valley Opera House Gig

The historic Napa Valley Opera House has announced that Peter Williams, who's been booking shows at Yoshi's since 1999, has been hired as the new Executive and Artistic Director at the landmark downtown Napa venue. Williams replaced Chris Smith, who has served as interim director since March 2011...
Free Summer Jazz Shows at the Clock Tower Plaza, Stanford Shopping Center

The Stanford Shopping Center's 25th annual Summer Jazz Series includes free Thursday evening shows by Maria Volonté (left), Times 4, Weather Wayne with Michael Zilber, and Le Jazz Hot. The evening concerts at the Clock Tower Plaza begin at 6 pm, and run through the summer (through August 18).
Oaktown Jazz Workshops Opens New Home in Oakland's Jack London Square

On July 16, Khalil Shaheed's Oaktown Jazz Workshops celebrated the Grand Opening of its new home and performance space at 55 Washington Street in Oakland's Jack London Square. OJW have been teaching and nurturing young jazz musicians in the Oakland community for 17 years...
San Jose Jazz Announces 2011 Downtown Summer Festival August 12-14

More than 1,000 artists and 100,000 music lovers will converge for the 22nd annual San Jose Jazz Festival, August 12- 14, in downtown San Jose. Among this year's headliners: Dave Koz, Trombone Shorty (left), Mavis Staples, Octobop, and DMS with George Duke, Marcus Miller and David Sanborn...
Jazz in the Plazz Warms Los Gatos Evenings with Free Concerts in the Plaza

Los Gatos Music & Arts, Inc. presents its ninth annual Jazz on the Plazz, a free Wednesday night summer series that kicks off June 22 and runs through August 24. Among this year's stars: Pamela Rose (left), Nellie McKay, Kendra Shank, Barbara Morrison, Giacomo Gates, and the incomparable Jack Jones...
Stanford Jazz Celebrates 40th Season June 24 to August 6 with 100+ Artists

The Stanford Jazz Festival showcases upwards of 100 of the world's greatest jazz artists in the comfortable and convenient setting of the Stanford University campus. Among this year's performers: Allen Toussaint, Oscar Castro-Neves, George Cables, Milton Nascimento, Bill Frisell, Irvin Mayfield and more...
East Bay Jazz Singer Ed Reed Honored by Jazz Writers as a "Local Jazz Hero"

East Bay jazz singer Ed Reed was honored with a "Local Jazz Hero" award by the Jazz Journalists Association. The 82-year-old Reed was honored on Saturday, June 11 in a "satellite" celebration at The Jazzschool in Berkeley as part of the 15th annual JJA Jazz Awards at the City Winery in New York City...

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Review: African Guitarist Lionel Loueke Explores New Directions in Jazz

Guitarist Lionel Loueke took listeners on a scintillating journey through jazz with deep African influences at a recent performance at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay, and it's no wonder that pianist Herbie Hancock has dubbed Loueke a "musical painter." Bill Leikam has the story...
Healdsburg Jazz Festival Returns for a "Lucky" 13th Year in 2011

After a harrowing near-death experience, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival returns bigger and better than ever June 3-12, 2011, with a roster of jazz giants on the bill including Charles Lloyd, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, Geri Allen, Bobby Watson, Denny Zeitlin, John Santos (left) and Arturo Sandoval...
Review: Jazz Vocalist Clairdee Delights Mother's Day Audience at the Bach

Jazz singer Clairdee — who crosses the boundaries of jazz, pop and blues — delivered an entertaining set of songs for her May concert at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay, creating a seamless, wonderful tapestry of music and stories. Bill Leikam reports on Clairdee's showcase performance...
Monterey Jazz 2011 Showcases the Old Masters and the Fresh Faces of Jazz

Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins (left), Geri Allen, James Farm (featuring 2011 artist-in-residence Joshua Redman), Poncho Sanchez, Hiromi, India.Arie, John Pizzarelli, and a tribute to the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans headline this year's Monterey Jazz Festival, September 16-18...
Review: Pianist Geoffrey Keezer and Vibraphonist Joe Locke at the Bach

There are times when great jazz music is performed at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, but on rare occasions such as this — with pianist Geoffrey Keezer and vibraphonist Joe Locke — sheer magic takes place. Bill Leikam catches this magical duo in March at the Bach...
Yoshi's San Francisco Hosts Japan Tsunami Relief Benefit Saturday, April 9

Yoshi's San Francisco will host a benefit concert and dining extravaganza on behalf of the American Red Cross' relief efforts for Japan on April 9 from 1-4 pm. Along with a host of celebrated Bay Area chefs, the benefit also features music from Anthony Brown's all-star Asian American Jazz Orchestra...
Review: Pianist Josh Nelson Showcases Sensitivity in Concert at the Bach

At age 32, not only is Josh Nelson an accomplished pianist, he also has the unique ability to pick the right team to back him: Dave Robaire on bass, Dan Schnelle on drums and featured guest Dayna Stephens on tenor saxophone. Bill Leikam catches Josh in February at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society...
Review: Singer, Composer and Lyricist Tessa Souter Performs at the Bach

There are times when a singer like Tessa Souter comes in and subtly moves the audience to a deeper attention than might otherwise be the case. "We're going to do a lot of love songs for you this afternoon, and tell love stories, too," Souter told the pre-Valentine's Day audience at the Bach. And so it was...
SFJAZZ Announces Spring 2011 Concerts: Newman, Bennett, Kidjo, Jones & More

Tony Bennett, Rickie Lee Jones, Yasmin Levy (left), John Scofield, Randy Newman and Angelique Kidjo are among the headliners for the 12th annual SFJAZZ Spring Series February 24 through June 25. Other performers include Lee Ritenour, Roy Hargrove & Cedar Walton, Madeline Peyroux and more...
Ron Hudson: Legendary Jazz Photographer, Author & Bon Vivant (1940-2011)

Ron Hudson, jazz photographer, author, graphic artist and bon vivant, died Tuesday morning, February 22, 2011 at his Seattle home after a long illness. He was 71. Over four decades, Mr. Hudson photographed more than 900 jazz artists at concerts, nightclubs, and festivals from Monterey to Montreux...
Jazz Photographer James Knox Featured in "Jazz Moments" Photo Exhibit

Jazz photographer James Knox will be exhibiting photographs from his series "Jazz Moments" at the Berkeley Public Library in downtown Berkeley, through April 30. Over the years, his images have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, and JazzWest.com...
Kuumbwa Jazz Center Unveils Landmark New "Jazz Alley" Mural

Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz has announced the completion of "Jazz Alley," a mural celebrating jazz music, the history of Kuumbwa, and the contribution the nonprofit organization has made to the cultural arts in our community. The mural was created in 19 days by artist Marvin Plummer...
Esteemed San Francisco Jazz Trumpeter and Educator Allen Smith (1926-2011)

Allen Smith, a prolific jazz trumpeter who helped break the color barrier in San Francisco nightclubs and served as a local schoolteacher and administrator, died on February 3 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Francisco. Mr. Smith, who performed frequently with Lavay Smith and Kim Nalley, was 85...
San Jose Jazz Names Veteran Arts Administrator as New Executive Director

San Jose Jazz has selected Michael Miller, a veteran arts administrator, as the 23-year-old organization's new Executive Director, replacing outgoing ED Geoff Roach. Miller is a highly-regarded arts leader who has designed, directed, and managed large-scale arts events in national and international venues...
2010 San Francisco Jazz Festival Ranges from Jazz Giants to the Leading Edge

From "Jazz Giants" to the "Leading Edge," the 28th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival (September 14 thru November 20) includes the Manhattan Transfer, Henry Threadgill, Arturo Sandoval (left), The Yellowjackets, Omara Portuondo, Vijay Iyer, Ledisi, Kenny Barron, Marcus Shelby and more...
San Francisco's Coda Jazz Supper Club Goes Dark January 1, 2011

The latest casualty on the San Francisco jazz scene is Coda Jazz Supper Club in the Mission District, which closed its doors on January 1, 2011 after a New Year's Eve blowout performance from RayBand, 8-Legged Monster and Mike Olmos. In the works: a West Coast outpost of NOLA's Preservation Hall?
Jessica Felix Reinstated as Artistic Director at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Jessica Felix, founder and artistic director of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival since its founding 12 years ago, has been reinstated at the helm of the non-profit wine country jazz fest after being fired by the cash-strapped festival's board of directors, who all resigned from the organization...
Kendra Shank Teams with Pianist Geoff Keezer for a Dazzling Performance

Kendra Shank is an adventuress when it comes to her music. She and pianist Geoff Keezer possess the virtuosity to let the music happen, and it was that originality — and Shank's ability to stretch — that made the Sunday afternoon concert at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society such a roaring success...
San Jose Jazz Festival Showcases Jazz, Blues, Salsa, Latin Jazz & More

The sounds of jazz return to downtown San Jose August 13-15 with the 21st annual San Jose Jazz Festival. From Friday afternoon to Sunday evening, more than 100,000 music lovers will converge on the heart of Silicon Valley to enjoy three days of jazz, blues, salsa, Latin jazz, R&B, and more...
Wally Schnalle Drums Up A Four-Star Performance at the Bach D&D Society

Wally Schnalle and his quartet made its debut at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society (aka the Douglas Beach House) and, once the band settled in, everyone in the house knew that a hard hitting jazz-fusion band had arrived. Bill Leikam has a review of the Sunday afternoon show...
Legendary Jazz Producer Orrin Keepnews Honored as 2011 NEA Jazz Master

Orrin Keepnews — like the music he's loved, nurtured, cultivated, produced and ultimately brought to the ears of jazz fans around the world for more than 50 years — has a long and celebrated history that simply can't be told in one sitting. In fact, it could — and undoubtedly will — take a lifetime...
SJFAZZ Announces New Jazz Center in S.F.: "A Beacon for the Future of Jazz"

SFJAZZ has announced plans to build a transparent, 35,000 square- foot free-standing structure designed by award-winning San Francisco architect Mark Cavagnero. Led by an anonymous gift of $20 million, the ongoing capital campaign will raise $60 million toward construction of the new SFJAZZ Center...
Stanford Jazz Fest 2010: Joshua Redman, Dave Douglas, Luciana Souza and More

One of our favorite summer jazz concert series, the Stanford Jazz Festival, showcases a stellar line-up of legendary jazz masters and "rising stars." Among this year's headliners: Joshua Redman, Luciana Souza (left), George Cables, Dave Douglas, Mose Allison, Fred Hersch, and more...
Pianist and Composer Billy Childs Brings a "Scary Depth of Talent" to the Bach

The packed Douglas Beach House near Half Moon Bay on Sunday, May 2 was a testament to the musical reputation of Billy Childs' Jazz Chamber Ensemble, featuring Bob Shepard (sax and flutes), Smitty Smith (drums), Larry Koonse (acoustic guitar) and Hamilton Price (bass). Bill Leikam reports...
Jazz Heritage Center Hosts Herman Leonard "Jazz Giants" Photo Retrospective

The Jazz Heritage Center in San Francisco has announced a special exhibit for Jazz Appreciation Month: "Jazz Giants: The Photography of Herman Leonard," a collection of some of the greatest jazz photographs ever taken by one of America's greatest living photographers...
Wayne Wallace Headlines Gala Benefit and Silent Auction in San Francisco

Bay Area trombonist, composer and educator Wayne Wallace headlines "All That Jazz," a Benefit Gala and Silent Auction on Wednesday, May 26 in San Francisco. Writer Brian Johns chats with Wallace about his jazz roots, passion for Latin music, and all his non-profit work here in the Bay Area...
Legendary Saxophonist "Kidd" Jordan Takes Audiences On A Free Jazz Voyage

Jazz saxophonist Sir Edward "Kidd" Jordan and his quartet (Eddie Gale on trumpet, Warren Smith on drums, and William Parker on bass) took his audience on a voyage into the rarefied stratosphere of free jazz at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society. Bill Leikam has more on the performance...
Cuban Drummer Berroa Ignites Jazz Fans at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

Sometimes you think you've heard it all, but then something comes along to let you know that there's even more. This was the case when Cuban drummer Ignacio Berroa and his quartet performed at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay back in January 2010. Bill Leikam reviews the show...
San Jose Jazz Presents its 22nd annual Winter Concert Series Jan-March 2010

San Jose Jazz begins its annual winter season of Sunday afternoon jazz concerts through a final March 21 performance with Antonio Sanchez. Also on the Winter concert series schedule: Pamela Rose and her "Wild Women of Song," "The Latin Side of Duke Ellington" and more...
Anna's Jazz Island in Downtown Berkeley Goes Dark, Seeks New Location

Anna's Jazz Island, a long-standing popular venue for jazz in Berkeley, has closed its doors, effective immediately. Owner Anna de Leon attributed the sudden closure of her downtown Berkeley jazz club to rowdy neighbors and an offer she "couldn't refuse" to terminate her Gaia Arts Center lease early...
SFJAZZ Announces 11th annual Spring Series Concerts February 19-June 12

The San Francisco Jazz Festival celebrates its 11th annual Spring Series February 19 through June 12, 2010, with more than 40 concerts, featuring a line-up of international and national jazz masters, including a special gala performance honoring Bay Area vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson (left)...
Sonoma Valley Jazz Celebrates 20 Years

The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society was started by a few jazz lovers in the Northern California town of Sonoma who wanted to bring quality jazz to town. In 1989, they formed a non-profit to continue presenting jazz around town, and it's been going strong every since, funded by memberships and local businesses...
Concert Review: Brubeck Brothers at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

With their opening tune, "West of One," it was clear that the Brubeck Brothers quartet was one of the tightest to appear at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in a long time. The musicians knew their music, says Bill Leikam in a review of their October 25 performance at the Half Moon Bay jazz venue...
Concert Review: z_Bug Comes on Strong at Oakland's Flux 53 Theater

"An Intimate Evening with z_Bug" filled Oakland's Flux 53 Theater on August 25, 2009 with eloquent textures of sound: sometimes hypnotic, sometimes sonorous as though rising from the depths of a volcano, and sometimes teetering just on the edge of silent space. Bill Leikam has a review of the performance...
SFJAZZ Presents an International Array of Jazz in its Fall 2009 Concert Series

This year's annual San Francisco Jazz Festival features jazz concerts October 10 to November 21, with Ornette Coleman, Mark Murphy, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Milton Nscimento, Zakir Hussain, and John Handy (left), who receives this year's Beacon Award for a lifetime in jazz...
Yerba Buena Gardens Showcases Jazz in Free Outdoor Summer Concerts

The 2009 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival features over 100 free events, including an international array of jazz from the likes of Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, John Worley (left) and WorlView, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Akira Tana's Sound Circle, and Yosvany Terry...
Fillmore Jazz Fest 2009 Showcases Jazz, Art along S.F.'s Fillmore Street

It's an annual tradition for the July 4 weekend... the Fillmore Jazz Festival, July 4-5 in the heart of San Francisco.. This year's two-day jazz fest features Sila and the AfroFunk Experience (left), Lavay Smith, Kim Nalley, Norman Bautista, Lloyd Gregory, Spencer Day, Marcus Shelby and more...
New San Jose Jazz Orchestra Performs August 9 at the San Jose Jazz Festival

San Jose Jazz and West Valley Jazz have announced a new collaboration to provide performance and education programs to music fans throughout Silicon Valley. As part of the collaboration, the West Valley Jazz Orchestra will be renamed the San Jose Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Gus Kambeitz...
"Smooth Jazz" KKSF Vanishes from Airwaves... Replaced by "Classic Rock"

With virtually no warning to its loyal listeners, the San Francisco-based "smooth jazz" radio station KKSF (103.7 FM) went off the air at exactly 3 pm Wednesday, May 18, switching from its familiar and pioneering mix of adult instrumentals and mainstream jazz and R&B to a "classic rock" music format...
NEA Announces Recipients of the Prestigious 2010 "Jazz Masters" Awards

Bay Area vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson has been names as one of the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters, along with Cedar Walton, Yusef Lateef, Kenny Baron, Annie Ross, Bill Holman and Muhal Richard Abrams. The eight recipients will each receive a $25,000 grant award and be publicly honored early next year...
Stanford Jazz Fest Celebrates 38th Year with a Full Summer of Live Jazz

One of our favorite summer jazz concert series, the Stanford Jazz Festival, kicks off its 38th season on Friday, June 26 with a stellar line-up of legendary jazz masters and "rising stars" of today's jazz scene: James Moody with Benny Green, Regina Carter, Paulo Bellanati, The Heath Brothers, and more...
20th Annual San Jose Jazz Festival: 1,000+ Musicians to Perform August 7-9

The sounds of jazz return to downtown San Jose August 7-9 with the 20th annual San Jose Jazz Festival: three days of jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, R&B, and more, featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, SambaDa, Wild Magnolias, Karabali, Bettye Lavette, Lionel Loueke (left), and more. Get the full schedule...
"Jazz Ambassadors" Exhibit Opens at Jazz Heritage Center in San Francisco

The Jazz Heritage Center in San Francisco hosts a new exhibit, Jam Session, that celebrates jazz musicians as the nation's front-line cultural diplomats. "Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World," opens May 17 and showcases nearly 100 photographs from archives across the country...
Jazz Singer Brings the Gift of Music to Alzheimer's Patients in San Francisco

The Fillmore District is no stranger to jazzy melodies, but one San Francisco musician is bringing jazz to a different audience — Alzheimer's patients. Marlina Teich's nonprofit organization — Jazzheimers — performs at convalescent homes to entertain and connect with seniors experiencing memory loss...
2009 Monterey Jazz Festival: Legendary Icons, Classic Tributes And More!

The Monterey Jazz Festival launches its 52nd year with a variety of legendary jazz and blues performers, from Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis and DeeDee Bridgewater to Pete Seeger, Kenny Barron, Jason Moran, John Scofield, and the jazz triumvirate of Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke & Lenny White...
Do You Hear What I Hear? Notes and Thoughts from One Singer to Another

Vocal technique and emotional content... two essential ingredients for any jazz singer working today. Learn more about the art and craft of jazz singing from Alexa Weber Morales in this two-part series. Part One explores the technical side of vocal jazz; Part Two discusses the expressive and emotional content...
Jazz-Rock Saxophonist "Reverend" Ron Stallings (1947-2009)

San Francisco jazz/rock saxophonist Ron Stallings passed away on Monday, April 13, after a long struggle with cancer. Stallings was a member of the North Bay's Huey Lewis & The News for the past 15 years, and a "first-call" session musician. There's a memorial concert on April 26 at La Peña in Berkeley...
SFJAZZ Announces 2009 SummerFest Line-Up with Stanford Plaza Concerts

SFJAZZ celebrates its 26th anniversary with SummerFest, a summer season of free jazz concerts at Union Square Levi's Plaza, and the Stanford Shopping Center. Announced so far: Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Latin jazz trombonist Doug Beavers, Mo'Fone, the Tri-Tip Trio, and more...
San Jose Jazz Presents Free Lecture Series for Jazz Appreciation Month

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the folks at San Jose Jazz and the Tech Museum are teaming up to present series of free events for fellow music enthusiasts. Every Tuesday in April, San Jose Jazz will present a panel discussion on a different aspect of jazz. Learn more about this free series...
Paul Vieregge, Monterey Jazz Festival Stage Manager Emeritus (1922-2009)

Paul Vieregge, stage manager emeritus for the Monterey Jazz Festival and founder of the Big Sur Jazz Festival, passed away on the morning of March 30, 2009 following a long battle with cancer. Here's a profile of Paul by Beth Peerless that ran on the JazzWest website back in March 2002...
Pete Douglas: 45 Years of Live Jazz, Dancing & Dynamite  in Half Moon Bay

On the verge of his 80th birthday, Pete Douglas — the single-minded force behind the celebrated Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society — chats with jazz singer Alexa Weber Morales about his 45-year career, his philosophy about booking music, and why he has an unapologetic bias for East Coast musicians...
Concert Review: Paula West at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco

Paula West comes across onstage as she does in person, says Alexa Weber Morales (who caught Paula's recent show at the Rrazz Room in S.F.): contained, thoughtful, even reserved. But her repertoire showcases the unique qualities of her voice and the dramatic, often lonely songs that appeal to her....
San Jose Jazz Kicks off 21st Annual Sunday Concert Series

San Jose Jazz celebrates its 21st annual "Sunday Series" jazz concerts with performances by Kim Nalley, The Latin Jazz All Stars, Jeff Lorber (with the West Valley Jazz Orchestra), Claudia Villela, the Amina Figarova Sextet, David Sanchez, and Wayne Wallace & John Worley. Get the full schedule...
Pianist Denny Zeitlin Releases "Bookend" CDs Spanning a 45-Year Career

The simultaneous release of two titles documenting the early and present day music of pianist/composer Denny Zeitlin refocuses attention on one of music's most interesting instrumentalists... an individual whom the Los Angeles Times has called as "the jazz world’s most visible Renaissance man." Read on...
SFJAZZ Announces 10th Anniversary Spring Season with 40+ Concerts

SFJAZZ celebrates its 10th anniversary Spring Season March 7 through June 22 with more than 40 concerts, featuring a line-up of international and national jazz masters, along with artists representing the cutting edge in jazz. Get the full Spring Season schedule...
"Harlem of the West... Revisited" Exhibit at Jazz Heritage Center in San Francisco

The Jazz Heritage Center, San Francisco's only permanent cultural and educational complex dedicated to jazz, has announced its first major exhibition, "Harlem of the West... Revisited," that celebrates art and photography from the bustling Fillmore jazz era of the 1940s and 1950s...
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