San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 2015

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.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Announcing San Francisco’s Newest Music Venue
“The Addition” Launches in SF’s Fillmore District

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA)—Fillmore Live Entertainment Group LLC (“FLEG”) is proud to announce The Addition; the music venue nestled between Lower Fillmore and the Western Addition—from which it draws its name. The name change will officially take place on November 1, 2014; followed by the brand opening on November 21 with a special performance by Roy Ayers.

The Addition will present a diverse collection of musical genres.  The music programming, handled by industry veteran, Peter Williams, will reflect an expansive approach to the music calendar. World music, singer-songwriters, classic and Indie rock, R&B and jazz will all be part of what you can find at The Addition.  A glance at the musical offerings over the next few months offers an indication of the variety:  Singer-songwriter, Jon McLaughlin; jazz singer, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Brian McKnight, and Richie Kotzen, guitarist from 80’s glam rock band, Poison.

Some of the other great shows on the calendar are: R&B powerhouse Mint Condition, Grammy-award winner, Dee Dee Bridgewater; the Christian McBride Trio, Dan Hicks, and a New Year’s Eve concert with R&B crooner, Eric Benét.

The Addition will now offer reserved seating, an all-new club menu and inspired cocktail offerings.  The music, food and cocktails will be indicative of the global musical influence of the new lineup.

FLEG is lead by, Managing Partner, Michael E. Johnson; a real estate developer and owner of San Francisco-based, UrbanCore Development LLC. Urban Core originally developed the Fillmore Heritage Center mixed-use facility, which houses the venue, in 2007. The ownership of the The Addition also has made a commitment to the community, both locally and city wide; and is in the process of forming a non-profit affiliate to promote emerging musical artists, as well as engage the community in various outreach efforts.

In 2015, FLEG will unveil a new restaurant concept to complement The Addition.  The inception of The Addition gives the first look at what will soon become a completely re-envisioned space. Music lovers and restaurant-goers alike can now celebrate the next great Addition to San Francisco’s entertainment landscape.



Address/Phone: 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco CA 94115 /

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

RemoteJazz CD title : Through The Eye Of The Storm


RemoteJazzCD title : Through The Eye Of The StormGenre: Smooth JazzCountry: USA

"Through the Eye of the Storm" by Remotejazz (Smooth Jazz Contemporary Jazz, Electronica) is a musical journey to obtain peace and contentment by utilizing personal faith.
"As I have Loved You" features Dave Jarvis on Saxophone
Produced by Robert L. Bryant For Key Music Productions, LLC. Copyright 2013, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED CD released December 19, 2013 available on
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Jazz Café Exclusive: Hiroshima, Cassandra Wilson Shine at Oakland Yoshi’s and San Francisco Story and Photos by Shelah Moody

It is rare that a band achieves a high level of success and still remains humble and accessible to their audience and fan base.
 The weekend of May 3-4 marked the return of the Asian-American jazz/funk/fusion band Hiroshima, consisting of core members June Kuramoto (koto), Dan Kuramoto (wind instruments, keyboards), Kimo Cornwell (keyboards), Dean Cortez (bass guitar) and Danny Yamamoto (drums).

Hiroshima performed tracks from their latest release “J-Town Beat,” including “Da Kitchen,” “Meiji Mambo,” “State of Mind” and “Cruisin' J-Town.” Formed in 1974, Hiroshima is known for their Far East melodies fused with KBLX/quiet storm/smooth jazz rhythms. Hiroshima closed their ebullient set with the funky “One Wish,” the 1985 composition that established them on the Adult Contemporary charts. I remember seeing Hiroshima perform this track at the pristine Waikiki Shell, the venue where I first saw Anita Baker, Ziggy Marley, Steel Pulse and Miles Davis live, in Honolulu, HI,

June Kuramoto’s koto virtuosity is indeed one of the highlights of Hiroshima’s performances. The koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument imported from China. Wikipedia cites June Kuramoto as one of the first performers to popularize the koto in a non-traditional fusion style. Born in Japan, Kuramoto became heavily influenced by the Motown sound and has recorded with the likes of Angela Bofill and George Duke to name a few. Kuramoto has released three solo albums and added her koto radiance to A Taste of Honey’s 1981 pop/soul ballad “Sukiyaki.”
After the show, Hiroshima hosted a meet and greet backstage for media and fans. Dan Kuramoto (June’s ex-husband) was heavily influenced by Ornette Coleman and James Moody (no relation to this writer). In fact, Moody would give Kuramoto private saxophone lessons.
“I have a way of playing over D-minor, and I got this 20 minute saxophone lesson from (Moody) on a long distance phone call from New Zealand,” Kuramoto reminisced. “He was my mentor, my visionary; he taught me everything. He always told me to be true to myself and not to listen to anybody about what you do—words of wisdom.”
In 1990, a year before his passing, Hiroshima opened for Miles Davis on his world tour.
“Miles was the coolest,” said Kuramoto. “He was terrifying at first, but we realized that it was because he was about what he was about. Once you got that Miles was the coolest cat, the nicest guy. He loved to see how you reacted to him. He loved June as a world class musician. He was always blown away.”

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