Picks - Allison Blomerth - S2 - Cameron Carpenter

Ranking: 
2
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When Season 2 was announced, this show stood out as a must-see. This is his SFJAZZ debut, and if there is any instrument that can go deep into your soul and give you chills, it's the organ (also, sequined shirts). 

Picks - Allison Blomerth - S2 - Robert Glasper

Ranking: 
1
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No way you can sit still in your seat for Robert Glasper…he's groovin' the entire show, and you'll have Black Radio on repeat for weeks.

Fall 2011 Staff Picks

Jen Utsey

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

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....

      Saturday, December 17, 8:00pm      
      at Paramount Theatre

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

      Thursday, October 27, 7:30pm      
      at YBCA Forum

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

           

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

      Saturday, September 17, 8:00pm      
      at Herbst Theatre

"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 - Booker T

Ranking: 
5
Event Pick: 
Excerpt Body: 

"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
Excerpt Body: 

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
Event Pick: 
Excerpt Body: 

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

Picks - Jen Utsey - F11 - Mary Mary

Ranking: 
2
Event Pick: 
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
Excerpt Body: 

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!

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