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Music, All Shook Down SFJAZZ Announces Fall Season

SFJAZZ Announces Fall Season

SFJAZZ has announced its 27th season, which kicks off October 10 with a Thelonious Monk birthday party and ends November 21 with a "Double-Barreled Blues Bash" featuring Keb' Mo and Solomon Burke. Highlights include October 22's show, "Afro-Cuban Keystones,"…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sax and Dancing

Sax and Dancing

Leaving behind the staid tropes and easy grace that have been fodder for traditional ballet companies for decades, choreographer Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet creates pieces that resound with a nearly spiritual tenor. King and ensemble delve into global themes, collaborating…
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Calendar, Night&Day King Taps Zakir

King Taps Zakir

Alonzo King's LINES Ballet has taken a circuitous, strange, yet ultimately inevitable road toward greatness. King, an innovator of modern dance, whose pet projects include collaborations with jazz legend Pharoah Sanders and obscure African tribes, has never been content to…
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Music, Reviewed Kronos Quartet and Asha Bhosle

Kronos Quartet and Asha Bhosle

It's ironic that the big zinger for Kronos Quartet's latest CD -- teaming up with famed "Queen of Bollywood" vocalist Asha Bhosle -- is actually its weakest link. While longtime fans naturally expect the S.F.-based classical-music innovators to push the…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Early in his career Bay Area saxophonist George Brooks (left, with Zakir Hussain) explored a range of disparate genres, from traditional and avant-garde jazz to roadhouse blues and modern classical. But in recent years he's become most at home with…
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Music, Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em

Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em

"Percussion is one aspect of musical culture that needs to be highlighted," insists Marin-based Indian tabla player Zakir Hussain. He's speaking on the phone from his Peoria, Ill., hotel room, only minutes after arriving from a sold-out stop on his…
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Hear This

Zakir Hussain Top 10 Reasons to See Percussionist/Composer Zakir Hussain at Yoshi's World Music Festival: 10) He comes from a deep musical family: His father is Ustad Alla Rakha, the original master tabla player in sitarist Ravi Shankar's groundbreaking '60s…
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Shakespeare in the Suburbs II Richard III. By William Shakespeare. Directed by Mark Booher. Starring David Ellenstein, Deanne Lorette, Lisa Paulsen, and Molly Mayock. At the Bruns Memorial Amphitheater, Gateway Boulevard in Orinda, through Oct. 4. Call (510) 548-9666. Richard…
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Quashing Analysis

"Silk Road: Asian Concepts in Jazz" At the Herbst Theater, Thursday, Oct. 24. The first noticeable thing about the people who'd come to the Herbst to see "Asian-American jazz" (an iffy hybrid in concept, but a good one in practice)…
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