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Music, All Shook Down Khalil Shaheed, Jazz Musician and Educator, Leaves a Legacy Enshrined in His Students

Khalil Shaheed, Jazz Musician and Educator, Leaves a Legacy Enshrined in His Students

Khalil Shaheed had unflagging dedication as a trumpet player, composer, and jazz educator. I knew him in all three roles. His death on March 23, at age 63, followed a long battle against lung cancer. His absence leaves a hollow…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ten Points Just for the Name

Ten Points Just for the Name

It takes guts to mix the music of your childhood with music from another time and place. Many of us wouldn't want to: If the music of your people is big band swing, for example, you kind of either love…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Swing and Scarf

Swing and Scarf

FRI 11/26 Nostalgia runs thick in downtown Oakland. For years I lived in a ramshackle building near the old Fox Theater, and I could never shake the 1940s vibe, the itch to wear a felt hat and carry a neatly…
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Music, Making a Noise

Making a Noise

Gertrude Stein, who spent the 1880s living in Oakland as a child, revisited her old neighborhood decades later, and, finding everything changed, remarked innocently, "There's no there there." It's a soundbite from which the city has never entirely recovered, and…
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