Picks - Jen Utsey - F11 - Mary Mary

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2
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Excerpt Body: 

I am a God fearing woman who loves to show my true SPIRIT...and Mary Mary gets down like I do...HEY!

Picks - Jen Utsey - F11 - Ahmad Jamal

Ranking: 
1
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In the day when I was a novice relative to JAZZ... I still liked Ahmad Jamal... I had no clue as to what I was listening to but, it was intoxicating, I can't believe that after all these years things have just mellowed....

Season 2 Staff Picks

Ross Eustis

      Thursday, November 1, 8:00pm      
      at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

J Dillalude! Glasper and company breath life into the work of J Dilla and many other Hip-Hop legends. Young as I am, the hip-hop rhythm, perhaps more generally its sound, speaks more directly to my generation than the timeless swing beat.

      Sunday, June 16, 8:00pm      
      at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Most people enjoy the traditional Cuban music--son aka Buena Vista and Co. When I visited Cuba, I discovered rumba, afro-cuban music. This is a rich and raw music tradition. Pedrito came up with Afro-Cuba De Mantanzas. He's pouring his youthful energy and creativity into my favorite Cuban music tradition--la rumba!

      Wednesday, February 26, 7:30pm      
      at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

I really dig what many call the Nordic sound, or perhaps vibe. Tord plays so melodically, with such space, all modal and harmonically open. I only wish we were presenting more Scandinavian groups--they can play!

      Wednesday, March 26, 7:30pm      
      at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

I've been in to Masekela ever since I saw him front a Miriam Makeba (his former wife) tribute group at the 2012 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. What a party! He still has a great sound on trumpet too. But his music goes such much farther! South African music kills me.

      Thursday, February 13, 7:30pm      
      at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

She's back! I caught her at the SFJAZZ Festival this past summer and was blown away. Her taste, phrasing, vocal inflections, and lyrical embellishments are just too damn fresh!

Picks - Ross Eustis - S2 - Cécile McLorin Salvant

Ranking: 
5
Excerpt Body: 

She's back! I caught her at the SFJAZZ Festival this past summer and was blown away. Her taste, phrasing, vocal inflections, and lyrical embellishments are just too damn fresh!

Picks - Ross Eustis - S2 - Hugh Masekela

Ranking: 
4
Event Pick: 
Excerpt Body: 

I've been in to Masekela ever since I saw him front a Miriam Makeba (his former wife) tribute group at the 2012 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. What a party! He still has a great sound on trumpet too. But his music goes such much farther! South African music kills me.

Picks - Ross Eustis - S2 - Tord Gustavsen

Ranking: 
3
Event Pick: 
Excerpt Body: 

I really dig what many call the Nordic sound, or perhaps vibe. Tord plays so melodically, with such space, all modal and harmonically open. I only wish we were presenting more Scandinavian groups--they can play!

Picks - Ross Eustis - S2 - Pedrito Martinez

Ranking: 
2
Event Pick: 
Excerpt Body: 

Most people enjoy the traditional Cuban music--son aka Buena Vista and Co. When I visited Cuba, I discovered rumba, afro-cuban music. This is a rich and raw music tradition. Pedrito came up with Afro-Cuba De Mantanzas. He's pouring his youthful energy and creativity into my favorite Cuban music tradition--la rumba!

Picks - Ross Eustis - S2 - Robert Glasper

Ranking: 
1
Excerpt Body: 

J Dillalude! Glasper and company breath life into the work of J Dilla and many other Hip-Hop legends. Young as I am, the hip-hop rhythm, perhaps more generally its sound, speaks more directly to my generation than the timeless swing beat.

Fall 2011 Staff Picks

Megan Mock

      Friday, September 16, 8:00pm      
      at Herbst Theatre

I'm enamored by this group's unconventional and innovative approach to making music. Their makeshift instruments play off their exuberant and off-kiltered harmonies in a way that's similar to their Crammed Discs label mate Konono N°1 (who I unfortunately missed at SFJAZZ's Fall 2005 Festival). This is a rare treat for San Francisco especially at such an intimate and beautiful venue.

      Saturday, December 10, 8:00pm      
      at Herbst Theatre

If my co-worker Rick Warren says, "this legend is just too kewl for school," I'm there. But seriously, Jamal will be a delight to see at the Herbst Theatre.

      Friday, October 7, 8:00pm      
      at Davies Symphony Hall

I was planning on seeing the Shankars last season, but due to unforeseeable circumstances, the show was cancelled. Fortunately, they've rescheduled to play this fall and I hope to see them in October.

      Sunday, October 16, 7:00pm      
      at San Francisco Conservatory of Music

A friend of mine recently took trip to Asia and shared some stories about her adventures, which included seeing a few throat singers perform at a temple. I was intrigued and curious about this otherworldly experience, and now here's my chance to hear and see this in person.

      Saturday, November 5, 7:00pm & 9:00pm      
      at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

My mom enrolled me in several dance classes at the young age of seven where I learned the basics of ballet and tap. Unfortunately this short-lived extracurricular activity did not carry over to my adult life. That's why I'm jazzed to see Mr. Glover at age 37, dazzle the stage with his taps accompanied by the Bare Soundz. Their collaboration will create both an exciting dance and auditory experience (especially if mom comes along).

Picks - Megan Mock - F11 - Savion Glover

Ranking: 
5
Excerpt Body: 

My mom enrolled me in several dance classes at the young age of seven where I learned the basics of ballet and tap. Unfortunately this short-lived extracurricular activity did not carry over to my adult life. That's why I'm jazzed to see Mr. Glover at age 37, dazzle the stage with his taps accompanied by the Bare Soundz. Their collaboration will create both an exciting dance and auditory experience (especially if mom comes along).

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