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Music, Your Resident Latin Expert: John Santos' New SFJAZZ Series

Your Resident Latin Expert: John Santos' New SFJAZZ Series

A conversation with John Santos is like sitting in on a dynamic college course on Afro-Latin music — but there are no lulls and no test afterward. Watch Santos perform live on conga drums with a full band of horn…
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Music, All Shook Down Wynton Marsalis at SFJazz Reminds Us Why We Need Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis at SFJazz Reminds Us Why We Need Wynton Marsalis

​Jazz at Lincoln Center OrchestraDavies Symphony HallSunday, June 19, 2011Look, Wynton Marsalis. You've taken a lot of shit over the years for rankling the people who -- like you -- worry over ideas of authenticity in music almost as much…
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Music, Willie Nelson: The Herbal Hillbilly Sinatra

Willie Nelson: The Herbal Hillbilly Sinatra

There are people who despise country music who will admit to liking him. Notorious honky hater Miles Davis named a composition for him. He's a country star who releases what he wants — even a reggae album and a single…
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Music, OK Then Punk in Drublic

Punk in Drublic

I can always tell when I've had a long night of intense, near-fatal drinking when I wake up in the morning and my testicles are the size of tennis balls. I don't know why this occurs, but it does, and…
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Music, Reviewed Art Ensemble of Chicago

Art Ensemble of Chicago

Four years ago, the jazz world mourned the sudden loss of Art Ensemble of Chicago trumpeter Lester Bowie, one of the genre's great innovators and a consummate showman whose infectious sense of humor made him, in the words of bassist…
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Music, Kind of Code Blue

Kind of Code Blue

Imagine you knew someone who was critically ill and you asked his doctor if he was alive or dead. If the physician said, "That depends on what you mean by "dead,'" you might be a tad unnerved. And yet if…
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Music, Hear This The Week's Can't-Miss Performance

The Week's Can't-Miss Performance

Trumpeter Russell Gunn has the prodigy back-story that armchair critics love: He grew up in East St. Louis just like Miles Davis, got discovered at a 4 a.m. jam at the Blue Note by a scout for Wynton Marsalis, toured…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Jazz fans may know saxophonist James Carter as the brash upstart Wynton Marsalis unceremoniously fired a few years back for stealing his spotlight onstage. With almost always over-the-top solos and an ultra-natty sartorial style, the 31-year-old Detroit native has drawn…
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Music, Tenor of the Times

Tenor of the Times

Tradition for me, in jazz, is not with a capital T, and tradition also is not a backward-looking attitude," explains celebrated saxophonist Joshua Redman. "For me, tradition in jazz is a living, breathing thing. It's the language of jazz as…
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Slave(d) Narrative

Wynton Marsalis' Blood on the Fields Masonic Auditorium Sunday, Feb. 2 A sold-out Masonic Auditorium expected grand-scale musicality from Wynton Marsalis' oratorio on slavery, Blood on the Fields. Nearly three hours long, the 21-part suite did not disappoint in terms…
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SF Weekly Picks

Wednesday, September 18 The Krinkles are something like demonic clowns standing on their heads singing into a running garbage disposal that is actually a tunnel into another universe. Their latest 7-inch, which includes such gorgeous little ditties as "Feelin' Like…
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Unhealthy for the Unwealthy I applaud Lisa Davis' cover story on nursing homes ("Trickledown Health Care," Sept. 11). She put her finger on the fundamental cause of inadequate care: low staffing levels. I am a nursing home ombudsman. I am…
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What Wynton Doesn't Hear

In a recent Utne Reader article, grandly titled "The Music of Democracy," neo-conservative Wynton Marsalis blows off the last three decades in the evolution of jazz. He implies that all new-music developments in the years since Coltrane have been driven…
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