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"How To Play for the People": SFJAZZ Dialogues w/ Howard Wiley
Resident Artistic Director Howard Wiley: Playing for the People

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Howard Wiley

Tonight on Fridays Live, we broadcast a recent performance of SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Howard Wiley and an all-star ensemble of musicians celebrating the West Coast-rooted sounds of soul-jazz, funk, gospel, and R&B. Wiley is joined by a cadre of groove masters including guitarist Jubu Smith, organist Lionel “LJ” Holoman, bassist Eric Smith, drummer Dante “Taz” Roberson and special guest trombonist Robin Eubanks, trumpeter Tatiana Tate, pianist/ keyboardist Kev Choice, vocalists Martin Luther McCoy and China Moses, and host/comedian Chris Riggins.

The most prodigious Bay Area saxophonist of his generation.
Berkeleyside on Howard Wiley


Having been mentored by Bay Area great Jules Broussard and sharing formative bandstand experiences with the likes of Clark Terry, Jason Moran, Orrin Evans, and Lauryn Hill, Berkeley-born saxophonist and composer Howard Wiley is a constant presence on SFJAZZ stages and venues around the country as both a bandleader and collaborator with former Tower of Power and Santana organist Chester Thompson, Ethio-folk vocalist Meklit, and as drummer with jump-blues chanteuse Lavay Smith’s Red Hot Skillet Lickers. He’s released a trio of masterful solo recordings, including two that were inspired by Dr. Harry Orster’s famous field recordings of spirituals performed by Angola Penitentiary inmates in the 1950s, and has performed SFJAZZ Hotplate tributes to Ornette Coleman and Coleman Hawkins.

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