SFJAZZ Season Rolls Into Third Week With Coltrane Tribute

By Dave Pehling

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — SFJAZZ continues its 2017-2018 season this weekend with a celebration of the music of saxophone giant John Coltrane that will feature his Grammy nominated son and heir apparent… 936 more words

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Aug 10-13: Nufonia Must Fall in San Francisco!

Always a pleasure to be back on the road with these fine people, puppets, and robots.

A little peek "backstage":

Our hosts at SFJAZZ were amazing (thank you for the delicious tacos!), and San Francisco was just the right city for our weird little puppet robot love story silent film thing. 32 more words


'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