Monday, August 31, 2015

Trumpet Star Joins the SFJAZZ Collective
Group will perform new arrangements of music by Michael Jackson

Sean Jones joins the SFJAZZ Collective, replacing long-time member and trumpeter Avishai Cohen, as the group prepares for its 2015 Fall Tour which will feature new arrangements of the music of Michael Jackson and new original compositions.

For the remarkable composer, trumpeter, and educator Sean Jones, the pursuit of jazz is a most serious endeavor. Deeply influenced by his immersion in Gospel music in the church as a youth, Sean had an epiphany at the age of 19 while he was a student at Youngstown State University. The awakening was his first hearing of the magnificent John Coltrane’s masterpiece A Love Supreme. After receiving his Master’s Degree from Rutgers University, Sean performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for six years, participating in two recordings. During that time, Sean started touring and performing regularly with his own ensembles and began his longtime relationship with Mack Avenue Records, for whom he has just released his seventh recording.

SFJAZZ Collective will perform new arrangements of Michael Jackson music and original compositions at the SFJAZZ Center from October 22-25 and will be recording that material for a future release.

"...I know in the end, my body of work is going to show a progression of who Sean Jones is in its most honest form. What I’m hearing, what I believe and what I have to say." — Sean Jones

The Music of Michael Jackson & Original Compositions
SFJAZZ Collective
THU-SUN, OCT 22-25

Miguel Zenón alto sax · David Sánchez tenor sax
Sean Jones trumpet · Robin Eubanks trombone
Warren Wolf vibraphone · Edward Simon piano
Matt Penman bass · Obed Calvaire drums

SFJAZZ’s resident all-star ensemble presents new arrangements of music by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and new compositions by the band. Much like the approach took with Stevie Wonder’s material a few years ago, the Collective brings the same probing intelligence, incisive lyricism, harmonic insight and rhythmic energy to well-crafted pop tunes as to material conceived for jazz settings.

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SFJAZZ’s resident all-star ensemble presents new arrangements of music by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and new compositions by the band. Much like the approach took with Stevie Wonder’s material a few years ago, the Collective brings the same probing intelligence, incisive lyricism, harmonic insight and rhythmic energy to well-crafted pop tunes as to material conceived for jazz settings.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ron Scott Plays The San Jose Jazz Festival August 7th through 9th

San Jose, California as well as the Bay Area, has a lot of talented musicians and bands that are so underrated. My husband says it’s because San Jose Jazz Festival committee, don’t promote its local talent. For several years my husband and the bands he played with would send in CD’s and get turned down. Yet instead play festivals in other cities like San Francisco, Berkeley and Sacramento and get on the main stage opening for artist or head lining. One artist that is playing the San Jose Jazz Festival has deep roots in San Jose. I’m talking about Ron Scott, he was born in San Jose and raised here in the Sunnyhills section of Milpitas. He is a self-taught jazz keyboardist, songwriter and director. Ron as well as his band, The 650 Connection is a mix of urban, smooth, funky, R&B jazz, with fiery Latin rhythms. Ron Scott and his band The 650 Connection has opened for and played with some vary notable recording artist like Chaka Khan, Raheem Devaughn, The O’Jays , Lenny Williams, Whispers, Regina Belle, The DeBarges, Billy Preston and Rose Royce, El Chicano, Lakeside and Bryon Miller. Ron Scott’s latest album ‘In the Keys of Love’ was released in 2014. This album has several songs that are going on my play list like, “Funkin' for Luv (feat. Rasheed Wedlow)”, “My Sweet Diary (feat. Juan Escovedo & Rasheed Wedlow)”, “Last Night Was Amazing (feat. Frank Threadgill Sr.)”, “n the Keys of Love”, “Afro Cuban Blues (feat. Tony Lindsay, Juan Escovedo, Ric Feliciano & Federico Zuniga)” and “Midnight Strut (feat. Rick Warren, Jivoni Jordan, Lucien La Motte, Larry Refu Sanders & Clay Bandy)”. Ron Scott may not be playing on the main stage, in my opinion he should be. He is playing on the YP Gordon Biersch Stage on August 7, 2015 at 8pm. Go check out Ron Scott, you will be happily amazed at his talent and become a fan. Listen to songs from Ron Scott on Streetwise Radio. You can also listen to Streetwise Radio on Pandora, iTunes, Live365, Athena365 and MyGen365.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Billy Cobham's "Spectrum 40"


Billy Cobham's "Spectrum 40"
      Tuesday April 28th & 29th  2015
      510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607
Call For Info and Tickets (510) 238-9200 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Robert “Dubwise” Browne
Robert “Dubwise” Browne is thrilled to announce the release of his latest album “Groovy Love Thing”. The album became available on iTunes Tuesday April 7 2015.

“Groovy Love Thing” is a Smooth Jazz cover album on Electrifying Grooves Records (distributed digitally by Zojak). The album comprises songs that were originally written and performed by Jamaican Artistes. The ten-track album features titles from artistes such as Tessanne Chin, Maxi Priest, Wayne Wonder and Beres Hammond to name a few.

The first official single “No Letting Go” – the Wayne Wonder original, was
released on February 24th and since then it has been added to the play lists of several Smooth Jazz radio stations in the US and UK.

“I’m really excited about the release of this project. A lot of energy and focus was put into it and I’m happy now that the time has come to share it with the world.”
“The album is only available online (digital downloads) at the moment, but I am working on doing physicals (CDs) later this year” 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Taylor McFerrin is Taylor Made

By Amero

Well here we go again people another day another bill to pay! Don't worry
be happy! Easter is right around the corner so get your Chocolate Bunnies
ready. And boil those Easter Eggs. Lol. Today's topic is so cool because the 

artist is super talented, totally original and creative. Taylor Mcferrin an 
american DJ, producer,beatboxer has managed to mix all genres of music 
into a collage of musical mastery. Enter Jazz-Electronica now i admit at 
first I felt as if I was transported to the mythical land of Narnia. I was a bit 
lost in the music but as i just sat back and took it in and was able to grasp 
the vibe or how one would say the motion of the ocean.
Son of popular vocalist Bobby McFerrin Taylor has music in his blood.
Taylor seamlessly plays all the instruments in his productions and goes
his own way musically. Going in a different musical medium than his father
hasn't kept them apart as father and son have collaborated on numerous
projects together. Taylor's first full length EP “Early Riser”, was dropped in
June of 2014 and was highly anticipated. I have never personally heard
music like this so it was a surprise. I imagine going on a long train ride
looking out the window at unknown landmarks and beautiful scenery with
Taylor McFerrin playing on my ipod. With the success of his EP Taylor
is now on tour in Australia but he has already rocked in the states at
numerous venues like Radio City Hall, Apollo, and Lollapalooza. Taylor
has opened for the likes of Erykah Badu, The Roots and even Nas. Now
he gets a chance to be the headliner of his own show. Taylor loves the
use of samples but on “Memory is Energy” the keyboard and bass played by
McFerrin is very distinctive. All i can say is that in a world where musical
originality is at an all time low don't expect to feel that way after listening to
Taylor McFerrin because he wont let you. With chord changes melody flips
Taylor keeps you guessing and wanting more of his musical journeys. Come

check out Taylor McFerrin and other jazz electro artists on the Streetwise 
Radio Jazz Cafe. Brought to you by Streetwise Special Delivery Inc.
 Keep it Lit til next time.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Congratulations Grammy Winners : Photos By Shelah Moody

 Lisa Fischer accepts the Grammy for the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom

The Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner accept the Grammy for Best Traditional R&B performance

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Coming To Yoshi's Oakland LISA FISCHER TRIO

Thu-Fri, Apr 9-10 at Yoshi's Oakland
Featured in the Academy Award winning documentary "20 Feet From Stardom" and backing vocalist forThe Rolling Stones, Luther Vandross and more.