Saxophonist Emery Mesich Wins 2014
Berklee 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...
Dancing & Dynamite Society Founder Pete Douglas: 1929-2014
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
Chick Corea, Kenny Barron, Yellowjackets, Meklit Headline 2014 Stanford
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...
the entire 2014 schedule!
T. Jones, Charles Lloyd Star at Monterey Jazz
Herbie 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...
Gatos Celebrates "A Cole Porter Summer" with Free Wednesday Concert Series
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...
Melissa Morgan Inspires, Seduces at the
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
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...
Institute Jazz Quintet Wins Top Honors in Annual Downbeat Poll
The 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
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...
Herb Wong, Jazz Advocate and
"Renaissance Man," 1926-2014
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...
Carol Honored as 2014 "Jazz
by Local Jazz Journalists Association
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...
Chuck Gee, 1949-2014
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...
Disappear Incompletely Jazzes Up Radiohead
Songbook at the Bach
The 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
Says 'Thanks' to Listeners and Fans with
Free Daylong "Jazz on the Hill"
Vocalist 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
Set to Protest Lack of Female Musicians in Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
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...
Jazz: An Exclusive Excerpt from the New Cal Tjader
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...
DJ, Drummer, Producer and Engineer Robert
"Bud" Spangler, 1938-2014
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...
Jarreau, Eddie Palmieri, Terri Lyne
Carrington Headline 2014 Brubeck Festival
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
Names Former KQED Executive Donald Derheim as New CEO
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...
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...
Area Jazz Drummer
Donald "Duck" Bailey, 1934-2013
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
Swing Jazz Legend George Barnes and the "Last Quartet"
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
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
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
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
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
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...
Streams 400+ Hours of Jazz "Riverwalk" Radio Broadcasts
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...
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...
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,
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...
Jazz Festival Announces 2012 Lineup:
Kim Nalley, CJO and More!
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...
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
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...
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
Memoriam: Bay Area Trumpeter and Educator
Khalil Shaheed, 1949-2012
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...
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...
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
at the Chimes" Rises from the Ashes
with Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
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...
Scott Hamilton with the Larry Vuckovich Quartet at the Bach
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...
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...
Trombonist Wins Scholarship Award to Boston's Berklee College of Music
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
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
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...
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).
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
OJW have been teaching and nurturing young jazz musicians in the Oakland community for 17 years...
San Jose Jazz
Announces 2011 Downtown Summer Festival
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
Jazz in the Plazz
Warms Los Gatos Evenings with Free Concerts in the Plaza
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...
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
Cables, Milton Nascimento, Bill Frisell, Irvin Mayfield and more...
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...
Online Exclusive: Download a free song from Ed's new CD, "Born to Be Blue,"
in the JazzWest MusicMix
African Guitarist Lionel Loueke Explores New Directions in Jazz
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...
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...
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
Monterey Jazz 2011 Showcases the Old
Masters and the Fresh Faces of Jazz
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...
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...
San Francisco Hosts Japan Tsunami Relief Benefit Saturday, April 9
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...
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...
Singer, Composer and Lyricist Tessa Souter Performs at the Bach
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...
Announces Spring 2011 Concerts: Newman, Bennett, Kidjo, Jones & More
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
Ron Hudson: Legendary
Jazz Photographer, Author & Bon Vivant (1940-2011)
Ron Hudson, jazz photographer, author, graphic artist and bon vivant, died
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
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
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Unveils Landmark New "Jazz Alley" Mural
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
San Francisco Jazz Festival Ranges from Jazz Giants to the Leading Edge
"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
Jazz Supper Club Goes Dark January 1, 2011
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?
Felix Reinstated as Artistic Director at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival
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...
Jose Jazz Festival Showcases Jazz, Blues, Salsa, Latin Jazz & More
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...
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...
Jazz Producer Orrin Keepnews Honored as 2011 NEA Jazz Master
— 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...
Announces New Jazz Center in S.F.: "A Beacon for the Future of Jazz"
SFJAZZ has announced plans to build a
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
Jazz Fest 2010:
Joshua Redman, Dave Douglas, Luciana Souza and More
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
Jose Jazz Presents its 22nd annual Winter Concert Series
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...
Jazz Island in Downtown Berkeley Goes Dark,
Seeks New Location
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...
Announces 11th annual Spring Series Concerts February 19-June 12
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
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...
Brubeck Brothers at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
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...
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...
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...
Jazz Fest 2009 Showcases Jazz, Art along
S.F.'s Fillmore Street
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...
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...
Jazz" KKSF Vanishes from Airwaves... Replaced by "Classic Rock"
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"
Announces Recipients of the Prestigious 2010 "Jazz Masters"
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...
Jazz Fest Celebrates 38th Year with a Full
Summer of Live Jazz
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,
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,
Magnolias, Karabali, Bettye Lavette, Lionel
Loueke (left), and more. Get the full
Ambassadors" Exhibit Opens at Jazz
Heritage Center in San
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...
Singer Brings the Gift of Music to Alzheimer's
Patients in San Francisco
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...
Monterey Jazz Festival: Legendary Icons, Classic Tributes And
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...
You Hear What I Hear? Notes and Thoughts
from One Singer to Another
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.
One explores the technical side of
vocal jazz; Part
Two discusses the expressive and
Saxophonist "Reverend" Ron
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...
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...
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
more about this free series...
Vieregge, Monterey Jazz Festival Stage
Manager Emeritus (1922-2009)
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...
Douglas: 45 Years of Live Jazz, Dancing &
Dynamite in Half Moon Bay
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
Review: Paula West at the Rrazz Room in
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
Jose Jazz Kicks off 21st Annual Sunday Concert
Jose Jazz celebrates its 21st annual
"Sunday Series" jazz concerts
with performances by Kim Nalley, The
Latin Jazz All Stars, Jeff Lorber
West Valley Jazz Orchestra), Claudia
Villela, the Amina Figarova Sextet, David
Sanchez, and Wayne Wallace & John
Get the full schedule...
Denny Zeitlin Releases "Bookend"
CDs Spanning a 45-Year Career
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
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...
of the West... Revisited" Exhibit at Jazz
Heritage Center in San
Jazz Heritage Center, San Francisco's only permanent
cultural and educational complex dedicated to jazz, has
announced its first major exhibition, "Harlem of the
that celebrates art and photography from the bustling Fillmore jazz era of the
1940s and 1950s...
Coming some day... the JazzWest Archives —