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Music, All Shook Down Tonight: The Human Condition Throws Album Release Party at Great American Music Hall

Tonight: The Human Condition Throws Album Release Party at Great American Music Hall

The Human Condition, a San Francisco-based acoustic band which describes its sound as "purplegrass," releases a new album tonight, Oct. 8, at Great American Music Hall. The band consists of Mark Joseph, 32, Nathan Harris, 31, David McEnulty, 33, and Dan…
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Music, All Shook Down SFJAZZ Revisits <i>A Love Supreme</i>

SFJAZZ Revisits A Love Supreme

In 1965, while on tour in Japan, saxophonist John Coltrane told an interviewer "I believe men are here to grow themselves into the best good that they can be. And this is what I want to do," he said. "As…
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Arthouse Movie Listings April 16-22, 2014

Artists' Television Access. Periwinkle Cinema: Bits & Pieces: A night of short films by LGBT artists. Wed., April 16, 8 p.m. $7. facebook.com/PeriwinkleCinema. Sistah Sinema: The cinema series for queer women of color hosts a screening of The New Black,…
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Music, All Shook Down The Great Sonny Rollins on Why Jazz Is "King of All Musics"

The Great Sonny Rollins on Why Jazz Is "King of All Musics"

Long celebrated as one of the greatest tenor players in the history of jazz, saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins has been refining the art of creative improvisation for almost seven decades. A precocious youth growing up in Harlem during the golden…
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Dining, SFoodie Coltrane's Baptism, a Jazzy Number at Yoshi's

Coltrane's Baptism, a Jazzy Number at Yoshi's

We checked out an awesome concert at Yoshi's San Francisco earlier this week, and one of the notes that lingered afterward was the memory of our cocktail. We considered musically-inspired options such as Thelonious Drop, Blueberi Brubeck, and Berry Cannonball…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dancing in the Streets

Dancing in the Streets

Four days in March are super fancy: Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore doesn't just mean the $300 costume contest at the Masquerade Ball on Mardi Gras proper, although it does mean that. But it also means kids' activities (including face…
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Music, Mingus Amungus keeps the jazz great's wild tendencies alive

Mingus Amungus keeps the jazz great's wild tendencies alive

There are few dead jazz players who have managed to transcend the obscurity that comes with dedicating one's life to an art form that will never command a pop audience. Those who have crossed over — Miles Davis, John Coltrane,…
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News, Special Feature: Resolution Guide Happy New Ear

Happy New Ear

Looking for a little more of the real thing for your listening pleasure in the new year? For cultural connoisseurs in pursuit of more authentic listening experiences, the polyglot city of San Francisco can be a goldmine. With its collision…
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Music, Let's Get Killed The Father, the Son, and the Holy Sax

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Sax

Last week was a holy one in segments of the music community, a time to celebrate the passing of a giant to whom followers have pledged loyalty for decades. It was a moment for them to reflect on their personal…
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Music, Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner keeps questing.

Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner keeps questing.

There's no shortage of rock musicians trundling right past retirement age without hanging it up. They're often content to satisfy fans with rote deliveries of greatest hits that have more to do with muscle memory than with inspiration. Conversely, jazz…
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Music, Ravi Coltrane's ascent into history

Ravi Coltrane's ascent into history

Ravi Coltrane was but 2 years old when his father, tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, one of the greatest (and most controversial) figures in jazz history, passed away in 1967. Raised by his mother, the late pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane,…
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Music, Hear This Celestial Septet

Celestial Septet

Los Angeles–based electric guitarist (for Wilco and the Nels Cline Singers) and experimental composer Nels Cline has been called a "guitar god" by Rolling Stone and "the world's most dangerous guitarist" by Jazz Times. This week he teams up with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pharaoh Speaks

Pharaoh Speaks

While being interviewed for the now-defunct Jazz & Pop magazine circa 1969, rock icon Eric Clapton was hailed as the "Pharaoh Sanders of the guitar" by his interviewer -- and Clapton was mos def touched. Tenor saxophonist Ferrell "Pharaoh" Sanders…
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Music, Reviewed

Henry Kaiser/Mike Keneally/Vinny Golia/Aurora Josephson/Joe Morris/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter

An icon of 1960s free jazz, tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler's singularly extreme approach influenced figures disparate as John Coltrane, Peter Brötzmann, and Patti Smith. Healing Force pays tribute to Ayler's oft-reviled late period, including late-'60s albums New Grass and Music…
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Music, All Shook Down CD Review: John Coltrane --<i> Interplay</i>

CD Review: John Coltrane -- Interplay

John Coltrane Interplay (Prestige) In the extensive liner notes that accompany this five-disc set, jazz writer Nat Hentoff quotes John Coltrane as having once said, "I wish I could walk up to my music as if I'd never heard…
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Music, Tenor Sax Player Pharoah Sanders Lives Large at SF Jazz Fest

Tenor Sax Player Pharoah Sanders Lives Large at SF Jazz Fest

"Trane was the father, Pharoah was the son, I was the Holy Ghost," tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler said in the mid-'60s. He was speaking of the free-jazz sax hierarchy headed by John Coltrane and followed by himself and Arkansas-born Pharoah…
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Music, Hear This The subtle arithmetic of My Morning Jacket

The subtle arithmetic of My Morning Jacket

Imagine leaving an iconic-during-its-heyday band — jazz pianist McCoy Tyner did exactly that, departing the John Coltrane Quartet in the mid-1960s. With his pioneering, harrowing style, Coltrane was virtually deified, but his overall methodology — increasingly "out," way beyond conventional…
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Music, Reviewed The Miles Davis Quintet|Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane

The Miles Davis Quintet|Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane

Just because an artist is legendary doesn't make him infallible. Take the two new box sets devoted to Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk's respective collaborations with John Coltrane. Though these essential historic snapshots of the jazz giants actually demystify the…
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Music, Reviewed SFJAZZ Collective

SFJAZZ Collective

Saxophonist Joshua Redman hopes to build his legacy by mainstreaming the music of the jazz adventurers of the '50s and '60s. For his sophomore recording with the SFJAZZ Collective, a repertory ensemble sponsored by SFJAZZ — one of the nation's…
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Calendar, Resolution Guide Recall Why You Stay by the Bay

Recall Why You Stay by the Bay

It's like the bumper stickers say: Regime change begins at home. The sentiment may have political origins, but there's no reason why it shouldn't be applied much closer to home. We're talking about your home, San Francisco, and that sorry…
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