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  • Miscellaneous
    Jazz news and notes from across the region
    The San Francisco All-Star Big Band headlines an American Cancer Society benefit November 12 at Yoshi’s in San Francsico. Tickets range from $10-$25. Here is some additional information.Trumpeter David Hardiman has been fronting a jazz-based...
  • Jazz News and Notes
    Jazz news and notes from across the region
    It’s always a pleasure to seeBenny Green back in Northern California. The Berkeley-raised pianist-composer has both deep roots here and an impressive fan base.You can catch Green – with Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington ...
  • At the Blackhawk
    Jazz news and notes from across the region
    Berkeley-based Myra Melford has been tapped for an important honor. Here is the press release.Pianist-composer Myra Melford is the winner of the 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts for Music presented by the Herb Alpert Foundation and California...
  • Jazz News and Notes
    Jazz news and notes from across the region
    The Napa Valley Jazz Society presents its annual Duke Ellington Birthday celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday at Silo’s in downtown Napa. The lineup features Ed Reed (vocals), Peck Allmond (saxophone), Dan Zemelman (piano), Michael Bordelon (bass)...
  • News and notes
    Jazz news and notes from across the region
    Four of the Bay Area’s most talented vocalists will pool their talents Sunday for an evening benefitting San Francisco’s Black Coalition on AIDS. Dubbed “Night With the Divas,” the concert features Paula West, Denise...
  • UC Davis
    Jazz goes to college at Mondavi Center in Davis
    Back in May, I posted the jazz dates on the 2011-12 Cal Performances schedule. Plenty of impressive names involved, including Herbie Hancock (Sept. 21), Keith Jarrett (Oct. 29) and Dianne Reeves (May 4). The concerts are all set for UC Berkeley...
  • Oakland Art and Soul
    Plenty of jazz to be found at Oakland Art and Soul
    Another weekend, another summer in the city music festival. Last weekend, the focus was in the South Bay as San Jose Jazz presented its rather thin on jazz SummerFest. This weekend, the focus shifts to the East Bay for Oakland Art and Soul. The...
  • Barbara Higbie
    Yoshi's Oakland names Barbara Higbie first Artist in Residence
    The news this morning is that Yosh’s in Oakland has just announced that Barbara Higbie as its first Artist in Residence. The press release is below and there’s no doubt in my mind that Higbie, a veteran of the Bay Area music scene,...
  • "Play the Blues"
    Marsalis and Clapton bring 'Blues' to Northern California theaters
    Entire books have been written on the cross-ties between jazz and blues but if you’re looking for a succinct and accessible demonstration, have I got the event for you. On September 7, Fathom Events will be broadcasting to theaters...
  • Sophie Milman
    Jazz news and notes from across the region
    San Jose Jazz’s Summer Fest is set for August 12-14. As usual, the weekend’s musical lineup features more than just jazz – blues, world beat and more will be represented. There’s even some heavy-duty, unabashed, Old School...
  • Survey
    New report offers cautiously upbeat appraisal of jazz audience
    SFJAZZ and the Monterey Jazz Festival were among the organizations involved in the Jazz Audiences Initiative Ticket Buyer Study. Conducted between August 2 and October 31, 2010, the study involved the random sampling of several thousand jazz...
  • Rising Stars! series
    Jazzschool summer series showcases top young talent
    This being summer, you might think school’s out at Berkeley’s Jazzschool. In reality, the EastBayinstitution takes advantage of the summer months to present top-flight young talent as part of its Rising Stars! series. The concerts get...
  • SFJAZZ
    SFJAZZ announces fall lineup
    SFJAZZ has just announced its fall season lineup. Here are the details from the press release. JAZZ GIANTS Atowering figure in jazz,Wayne Shorterbrings his stellar quartet (10/2). Master pianistMcCoy Tynerpays tribute to his legendary collaborator...
  • Fillmore Jazz Festival
    Fillmore Jazz Festival announces 2011 lineup
    The Fillmore Jazz Festival bills itself as the largest such free event on the West Coast. What that boast fails to take into account is the fact the festival maintains that distinction through a lineup that emphasizes plenty of straight-ahead jazz...
  • Updates
    Updates on 2011 San Jose and Monterey festivals
    Well, it’s good to be back. Your humble correspondent has been off the grid these past two weeks, having traded life in Northern California for Central Europe and a bout of serious tourism. Came back in one piece, stuffed full of great...
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