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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • At Slim's, folk singer William Elliott Whitmore alternately tore out our heart with his songwriting and made us laugh out loud with his banter. After performing the painful "Pine Box," the singer shouted "Fuck you, robot tuner!" at…
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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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Music, Hear This He Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts

He Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts

One of today's most respected and successful jazz saxophonists, Joshua Redman nonetheless has a haunted career. Ghosts of legends like Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, or Dewey Redman (Joshua's father) constantly poke listeners whenever the younger Redman plays — which is…
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Music, Tenor Madness

Tenor Madness

When it comes to Sonny Rollins, it doesn't take much prompting to solicit superlatives from jazz stars. Joshua Redman, the 33-year-old Berkeley Wunderkind and popular Warner Bros. recording artist, says, "I don't think there's a tenor player playing today who…
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Music, Hear This The Week's Can't-Miss Performance

The Week's Can't-Miss Performance

Though Sonny Rollins dominates the accolades of the current jazz cognoscenti, fellow tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd merits props as well. At 63, his lifelong commitment to the music is irrefutable. Coming of age in the Flower Power era, Lloyd stunned…
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Riff Raff

End of an Era Next week, Peter Pastreich will relinquish his post as executive director of the San Francisco Symphony. After 40 years as an orchestra manager, 21 of which were spent with the SFS, the 60-year-old Pastreich says he…
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King Sonny

Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is arguably the greatest living jazz musician. Over the course of his long and illustrious career, he has worked with most of the seminal figures of modern jazz, often leading the way to the next step…
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