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Music, All Shook Down Tickets for the 59th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Go On Sale Today

Tickets for the 59th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Go On Sale Today

Tickets for the 59th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, held in September at the oak tree-studded 20-acre Monterey County Fair and Event Center, go on sale today.  On eight stages throughout the tree day event (which occurs September 16 through 18),…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Margo Hall Plays the 285-Year-Old Aunt Ester in August Wilson's <i>Gem of the Ocean</i>

Margo Hall Plays the 285-Year-Old Aunt Ester in August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean

The language and rhythms in August Wilson’s plays speak to Margo Hall, and she says they have an element of spirituality and deal with families holding onto their traditions while trying to fit into the world today. An incident…
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Music, All Shook Down The Circle Game: Soul Singer Lee Fields is Just as Relevant Now as He Was 40 Years Ago

The Circle Game: Soul Singer Lee Fields is Just as Relevant Now as He Was 40 Years Ago

In the final days leading up to 2016, veteran soul singer Lee Fields mused about a New Year's resolution from his Plainfield, New Jersey home, ultimately deciding he’d make this year one of unprecedented giving. Be it new projects…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Jazz Baby Mother Slayer

Yesterday's Crimes: The Jazz Baby Mother Slayer

Dorothy Ellingson was off to an early start. By age 12, she was already knocking back gin and running with jazz musicians at the New Shanghai Café in Prohibition-era Chinatown. After four years of this, her mother, Anna Ellingson,…
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Music, All Shook Down Louis Armstrong Tribute at SFJAZZ

Louis Armstrong Tribute at SFJAZZ

In a thousand years, people will still be listening to the music of jazz artist Louis Armstrong. At least, so says singer and bandleader Catherine Russell, who will perform Armstrong's music with her band for four nights at the SFJAZZ…
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Music, All Shook Down Reclusive Jazz Legend Charles Lloyd Plays SFJAZZ

Reclusive Jazz Legend Charles Lloyd Plays SFJAZZ

Who doesn't love a good comeback story? And jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd's tale – full of music industry disillusionment and a Zen-seeking retreat to Big Sur for more than a decade – is as intriguing as any other. In the…
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Music, All Shook Down Matt Wong: The Jazz Prodigy

Matt Wong: The Jazz Prodigy

Matt Wong is a 16-year-old high school senior, San Francisco native, and “jazz prodigy,” according to Adam Theis of the Jazz Mafia, who has played with Wong. Wong hit the stage at the world-renowned Blue Note jazz club in New…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: Bill Frisell Transcends Space, Comes Down to Earth at Yoshi's

Live Review: Bill Frisell Transcends Space, Comes Down to Earth at Yoshi's

Bill Frisell Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 Yoshi's Bill Frisell is a transcendent guitarist. I don't mean just that he erases lines between genres, or that his unparalleled technical facility matched with his tendency to loop himself live seems to…
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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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Music, All Shook Down Miles Davis Fusion Music Gets Second Look

Miles Davis Fusion Music Gets Second Look

What is Jazz? What is "jazzy?" Those terms get tossed around a lot, but generally refer to African American music rooted in improvisation, blues, call-and-response, and swing. Beyond those basics, definitions run far and wide. Wynton Marsalis once said that…
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Music, All Shook Down The Best Jazz Jam Sessions in the Bay Area

The Best Jazz Jam Sessions in the Bay Area

San Francisco jazz fans are relatively lucky: a handful of jazz clubs, such as the SFJAZZ Center and Yoshi's in San Francisco and Oakland offer year-round jazz programming that includes big-name acts and up-and-coming talent from around the world. But…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Reasons Why the Monterey Jazz Festival Might Be the Best Music Festival in the World

Five Reasons Why the Monterey Jazz Festival Might Be the Best Music Festival in the World

By RYAN RITCHIE The 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival takes place this weekend at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Organizers bill the event as the "long running jazz festival in the world." What they fail to mention, however, is that it…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: The Uncertain Future of Jazz in the Fillmore, Hieroglyphics Gets a Holiday, and More

In Print: The Uncertain Future of Jazz in the Fillmore, Hieroglyphics Gets a Holiday, and More

A preview of what's in SF Weekly's print edition this week: Is the Fillmore Jazz District Working?: After nearly 14 years, Rassela's Jazz Club on Fillmore Street closed this month -- but not without one last burst of sound. Before…
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Music, All Shook Down Don't You Forget About Molly Ringwald at Yoshi's on Tuesday

Don't You Forget About Molly Ringwald at Yoshi's on Tuesday

No need to remind anyone who Molly Ringwald is -- teenagers (and the rest of us) are still watching those movies, and it's fair to assume they will for another generation or two, at a minimum. But it might…
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Music, All Shook Down The Jazz Age Is Bullshit (A Response to "Punk Rock Is Bullshit")

The Jazz Age Is Bullshit (A Response to "Punk Rock Is Bullshit")

By MANJULA MARTIN Last week, musician John Roderick wrote in Seattle Weekly about how upset he was with his chosen youth subculture, punk. Like John, I have been around the block a bit in a particular youth subculture. For those…
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Music, All Shook Down Dave Brubeck: The Genius Who Made Experimental Jazz Accessible

Dave Brubeck: The Genius Who Made Experimental Jazz Accessible

For a lot of people, jazz is just a stereotype -- a nebulous free-form art that comedians (or any of us, really) will parody without ever knowing what it's really about. Just hit some keys and scat a few syllables:…
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Music, All Shook Down Go See Shirley Clarke's Groundbreaking Ornette Coleman Documentary at the Roxie

Go See Shirley Clarke's Groundbreaking Ornette Coleman Documentary at the Roxie

Shirley Clarke was a trailblazing, staunchly independent filmmaker who fused documentary methods and subject matter with fictional storytelling techniques. Her films often dealt with urban living, jazz music, and American artists. Her 1963 feature, Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel…
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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, All Shook Down Live Review, 9/5/12: The Jack DeJohnette Trio Plays With One Mind at Yoshi's SF

Live Review, 9/5/12: The Jack DeJohnette Trio Plays With One Mind at Yoshi's SF

The Jack DeJohnette Trio, featuring Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 Yoshi's S.F. Better than: The drum solo in Led Zeppelin's "Moby Dick," and probably any drum solo in any rock song, ever. One expects great things…
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Music, All Shook Down SF JAZZ Festival Lineup: Heavy on Big Names, Light on Surprises and Local Talent

SF JAZZ Festival Lineup: Heavy on Big Names, Light on Surprises and Local Talent

Announced this week by SFJAZZ, the lineup for the 30th Anniversary San Francisco Jazz Festival sounds ringingly similar to the lineups of previous San Francisco Jazz Festivals: a combination of jazz legends (Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman), younger innovators (Don Byron,…
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