Picks - Jen Utsey - F11 - Booker T

Ranking: 
5
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"Green Onions" still taste good mixed in with turnip and mustard greens and a piece of hot water cornbread! Y'all just don't understand....

Picks - Jen Utsey - F11 - India.Arie

Ranking: 
4
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Okay, I just took those DARN braids outta my hair.... Now I know what Indie was really alluding to!!! I AM NOT MY HAIR!

Picks - Jen Utsey - F11 - Mose Allison

Ranking: 
3
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All I'm sayin' is, Everybody's talking bout the 7th son....

Picks - Jen Utsey - F11 - Mary Mary

Ranking: 
2
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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
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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!

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