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The Rise Guys return next week to Sacramento radio on ESPN 1320

Jul 21, 2014

This past March when Kevin “Whitey” Gleason and Mark Kreidler, along with their partner, Dan Dibley – collectively known in sports-talk radio as the Rise Guys – were let go by The Game (KGMZ, 95.7 FM) in San Francisco, they were stunned. Sure, in the tumultuous and often mysterious world of radio, anything seems...

Review: Mondavi performance showcases Pat Metheny’s jazz artistry

Jul 16, 2014

Guitarist Pat Metheny Tuesday night enveloped a Jackson Hall crowd at the UC Davis Mondavi Center with a generous swath of the bright modern jazz he has mastered.

With his strong, cohesive Unity Group, Metheny touched on tunes from throughout his consistent and sometimes surprising career in a polished two-hour,...

Pat Metheny brings Unity Group to Davis

Jul 10, 2014

Guitarist and composer Pat Metheny has worked himself into an enviable position.

This year the 59-year-old Metheny was voted into Down Beat magazine’s Hall of Fame, the youngest member and fourth jazz guitarist chosen for the honor. He’s an “A list” mainstream jazz artist with 20 Grammy Awards on his...

Sacramento Live: Thumbscrew at Luna’s Cafe

Jun 19, 2014

Though Sacramento isn’t attracting established big-name jazz artists, we have had a strong run of acclaimed, up-and-coming younger artists dropping in at venues where audience support is loyal. Ross Hammond’s Nebraska Mondays – now nearing its fifth year at Luna’s – continues that string with the heady Brooklyn-based collaborative band Thumbscrew.


Dianne Reeves brings rich jazz vocals to Harris Center

Jun 12, 2014

The key to distinction in jazz has always been in creating a unique sound.

The vocalist Dianne Reeves understands this better than most, and though her rich, regal vocals can be compared to the legendary Sarah Vaughn, Reeves’ voice and approach are very much her own.


Sacramento Black Book Fair welcomes writers, readers

Jun 2, 2014
Sacramento Black Book Fair welcomes writers, readers

Denise Nicholas, well-known for her “Room 222” role, wrote the novel “Freshwater Road.”

In our contemporary era of digital everything, the idea of having a book fair with actual books could be considered naively antiquated or refreshingly daring.

Either way the first Sacramento Black Book...

Sacramento live: Lara Downes

May 15, 2014
Sacramento live: Lara Downes

Lara Downes will perform “But Beautiful: Billie Holiday Remembered” this weekend at UC Davis.

Davis-based pianist Lara Downes has an expansive vision of music, even though she’s mainly identified as a classical artist.

She has recorded historical repertoire by Frederic Chopin, Johann Sebastian Bach and Sergei...

Sacramento Music Festival: Five must-see jazz acts

May 15, 2014
Sacramento Music Festival: Five must-see jazz acts

Mainstream jazz acts used to be hard to find at the Sacramento Music Festival. Not so much anymore as there is a broad range of outstanding performers in different jazz genres through out the festival.

Here are five groups worth seeking out over the long Memorial Day weekend (see...

Music: In the Flow Festival’s driving force is Ross Hammond

May 1, 2014
Music: In the Flow Festival’s driving force is Ross Hammond

Dwight Trible performs with his quintet May 11 as part of Sacramento’s In the Flow Festival. That night’s venue is the Unitarian Universalist Society.

Ross Hammond has become a DIY expert in his still-young career as a jazz guitarist and entrepreneur.

Though the do-it-yourself romance may...

Capital Stage announces choices for 2014-15 season

Apr 21, 2014
Capital Stage announces choices for 2014-15 season

Jonathan Williams, producing artistic director of Capital Stage, selected the theater’s 2014-15 lineup. “You can never get everything to fit exactly right, but you do the best that you can,” he said.

Capital Stage tonight announces its 2014-15 lineup, the midtown theater company’s 10th anniversary season, and its first...

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