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Sweet 15

Fifteen years ago, two local jazz musicians were having trouble getting their music produced. Francis Wong and Jon Jang soon discovered they were not alone; many local Asian-American artists were marginalized by the recording industry for creating music that defied…
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A so-called "half-breed" of Apache and Irish-American descent, Perea draws his inspiration from contemporary powwows, the popular intertribal ceremonies where song-On his debut album First Dance, electric bassist John-Carlos Perea stirs up a smooth, fat sound with a lyrical drive…
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Hear ThisThe Oakland-San Francisco hub stands out for its embrace of both intra- and cross-cultural connections, a proactive stance toward self-determination, and an enduring belief that respect for tradition is about forging one's own path by using examples of the…
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Music, Sonic Revival

Sonic Revival

Support for Bay Area creative music has reached a low point. Only three small venues currently feature adventurous jazz, improv, or experimental concerts on a quasi-regular schedule: Luggage Store Gallery (every Thursday), the Clit Stop at the Delivery Room (aka…
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Elliot Humberto Kavee Even hard-core fans tend to hit the john during drum solos at jazz shows. And why not? Some drummers mistake virtuosic self-aggrandizement for an engaging percussion language. It takes a mighty combination of mad skills and vision…
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Jeff Chan The company Jeff Chan keeps on Winds Shifting, his debut on the Asian Improv label, underscores his status as one of the rising twentysomething tenor saxophonists on the local jazz scene. Francis Wong, leading saxophonist of the Bay…
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Miya Masaoka She's improvised with bees and let giant cockroaches creep across her naked flesh. Early next year she plans to "illuminate the commodification of eroticism/the body and music in our society" with the outdoor strip-cum-sound performance of What Is…
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Quashing Analysis

"Silk Road: Asian Concepts in Jazz" At the Herbst Theater, Thursday, Oct. 24. The first noticeable thing about the people who'd come to the Herbst to see "Asian-American jazz" (an iffy hybrid in concept, but a good one in practice)…
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Silkworm Firewater (Matador) Silkworm is supposed to be the Next Pavement, according to Steve Malkmus, since Guided by Voices were last year's Next Pavement but fizzled out. Thing is, on Firewater, their fourth album, these Missoula-by-way-of-Seattle boys sound more like…
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