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Music, Bouncer Stranger Brew

Stranger Brew

Things that happened in 1849: The execution of Fyodor Dostoyevsky was cancelled at the last second; Zachary Taylor was inaugurated as the 12th president of the United States; Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery; and the Tadich Grill opened in San…
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Calendar, Night&Day Digging in the Garden

Digging in the Garden

Playing quietly: It's cause for suspicion when children do it. We feel sort of the same way about really great Bay Area artists — if we haven't heard from them in a while, we start to suspect they're making something.…
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Calendar, Night&Day For Whom ...

For Whom ...

"Comedian" is a small term for a person who does standup, but also directs, teaches, and wields PowerPoint like a light saber. W. Kamau Bell is all that and a political commentator at his new show, Blacktastic Black History Month…
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Music, Reviewed Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra

Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra

Jazz bassist Marcus Shelby is a composer, bandleader, and Bay Area educator. He combines these talents on the magnum opus Harriet Tubman, a two-CD orchestral tribute to the iconic African-American nurse, Civil War spy, and antislavery activist. While such a…
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Old Story, New Art Form

Using a form he calls a "secular oratorio," jazz musician Marcus Shelby wrote what we call a modern opera. Quilting together bebop, blues, gospel, and more, Harriet Tubman: Bound for the Promised Land is jazz on a grand scale. Written…
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He Just Blew In

Saxophonist Devin Phillips relocated to Portland, Ore. from New Orleans a few years ago. Maybe you can guess why, but here's a clue: His debut solo CD (with his band, New Orleans Straight Ahead) is called Wade in the Water,…
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