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Music, Jazz With a Laugh: The Silliness Ahead in this Fall's SFJAZZ Season

Jazz With a Laugh: The Silliness Ahead in this Fall's SFJAZZ Season

Most jazz venues probably wouldn't let skateboarders ride a mini-ramp in front of the stage during a show. But when pianist Jason Moran wanted to do it during his residency at the new SFJAZZ center, organizers said yes — allowing…
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Music, All Shook Down Jason Moran Brings Live Skateboarders into the Fold at SFJAZZ, 5/5/13

Jason Moran Brings Live Skateboarders into the Fold at SFJAZZ, 5/5/13

Jason Moran Sunday, May 5, 2013 SFJAZZ Center Better than: A skate video soundtrack, especially one that isn't jazzy. Midway through the final night of his residency at SFJAZZ Center, pianist and composer Jason Moran stood before a crowd of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Jazz on the Half Pipe

Jazz on the Half Pipe

When we think skateboard soundtrack, bands like JFA and RKL still immediately spring to mind. Early on, the speed and rebellion of punk were the aural embodiment of the skaters’ innate disregard for life and limb. But recently, we saw…
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Calendar, Night&Day Soulfully Cerebral

Soulfully Cerebral

Soul and extreme technicality are rare companions in the art world, perhaps because the brain and the gut speak fundamentally different languages. There exist some rare artists, however, who are fluent in both. By most counts, jazz pianist Jason Moran…
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Music, Paying Homage to a Master

Paying Homage to a Master

Monk is wild. Monk is smart. Offbeat yet sophisticated, Monk is bent-beautiful. Twenty-five years after his death and nearly twice that long since his heyday as the pianist-composer of the bebop and postbop eras, Thelonious Sphere Monk is universally respected…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Featuring an extraordinary double bill -- an all-star trio of veterans Sam Rivers (saxophone, pictured above) and Reggie Workman (bass) plus renowned young-blood Jason Moran (piano), along with the William Parker Quartet, one of New York's leading-edge groups of the…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

The name Cecil Taylor is synonymous with the concept of avant-garde jazz piano. One of the few genuine living legends of the art form, Taylor has vigorously blazed a path of innovation for more than four decades by combining fist-over-fist…
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