'Cosmic Jazz' Big Band Visits San Francisco

By Dave Pehling

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Though their leader may have left this earthly plane almost a quarter of a century ago, the Sun Ra Arkestra continues to spread its namesake’s unique gospel of experimental big-band jazz, theatrical stage performance and his pioneering vision of “Afrofuturism.” Born Herman “Sonny” Blount in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1914, he took to music at a young age, studying classical piano before moving to Chicago while still in his teens. 499 more words

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Muse-Tripper: Yazz Ahmed

Just posted a quick blurb on Yazz Ahmed, a UK-based Bahraini-British jazz trumpet player over on Muse-Tripper. I discovered via, ironically, her article on SFJazz… 101 more words


Con Brio close out SF Jazz Festival in style

By Norm de Veyra //

Con Brio //
SFJAZZ Center – San Francisco
June 18th, 2017 //

Con Brio’s scorching set offered no relief from the heat wave in SF last Sunday as the Bay Area band headlined two nights at the SFJAZZ Center, giving us a healthy helping of funk and soul to close out this year’s SF Jazz Festival. 30 more words


Julian Lage and Fred Hersch at SFJAZZ

Last week I saw Fred Hersch and Julian Lage at the Herbst performing for San Francisco Jazz Fest. The duo delighted a crowd of eager jazz festival goers all of whom were missing an important Golden State Warrior’s game to be there. 724 more words


Reasons to celebrate

We’re just over a week into our summer internships and there’s already so much to celebrate! A few highlights:


Chris Potter at SFJAZZ

This evening I went with my two jazz-loving parents to see Chris Potter at SFJAZZ. Often times my mother will take me and my father to see jazz, but tonight I was taking them. 598 more words