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Percussionist John Santos drums up interest in Afro Latin Jazz

Sep 18, 2014

Percussionist and band leader John Santos still considers himself a student of the drum even as most consider him a master.

Santos, 59, was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District and now lives in the East Bay, but he has traveled the world researching the...

Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso kicks off new season at the Mondavi

Sep 17, 2014

Brazilian superstar vocalist and songwriter Caetano Veloso helped revolutionize the country’s pop music by bringing in elements of rock and social commentary in the late 1960s, helping to create the movement known as Tropicália. A progenitor of world music before there was such a term, Veloso is an...

Flugelhorn player Dmitri Matheny in Sacramentoon Sunday

Aug 21, 2014

The expansive career of flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny should have made his late mentor, the flugelhorn pioneer Art Farmer, extremely proud.

Matheny came up in the 1990s under the tutelage of Farmer, who was a major figure throughout his years as first a bebop trumpeter in the ’50s and ’60s. Farmer later...

JB’s Jazz Lounge series goes on hiatus

Aug 21, 2014

Vivian Lee, co-founder of the long-running, Sunday-night JB’s Jazz Lounge series, is suspending the weekly event after the Aug. 31 show.

Lee sent a letter Tuesday night to musicians booked for the series through the end of the year notifying them that shows beginning in September have been canceled.

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Catherine Russell is taking her time with song

Jul 31, 2014

Singer Catherine Russell could make her job look harder than she does. As a subtle but expressive jazz and blues vocalist, Russell communicates more through restraint than flashy histrionics. Perhaps she takes her time with a song simply because she also has taken her time making a musical career despite being born into the...

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.

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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.

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