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"The Sleeping Bear" Awakens: The Revival of the Hammond B-3 Organ
August 16, 2018

"The Sleeping Bear" Awakens: The Revival of the Hammond B-3 Organ

Journalist Richard Scheinin traces the legacy and revival of the Hammond B-3 organ in jazz, before SFJAZZ's exclusive B-3 Organ Festival running September 20-23, featuring organ royalty Dr. Lonnie Smith, Chester Thompson, Joey DeFrancesco, Ronnie Foster and Reuben Wilson, as well as newcomers Cory Henry, Lionel “L.j.” Holoman and Tammy Hall.

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Bill Evans' Kind Of Blue Liner Notes
August 17, 2018

Bill Evans' Kind Of Blue Liner Notes

You will hear something close to pure spontaneity in these performances. The group had never played these pieces prior to the recordings and I think without exception the first complete performance of each was a "take."

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"The Sleeping Bear" Awakens: The Revival of the Hammond B-3 Organ
August 16, 2018

"The Sleeping Bear" Awakens: The Revival of the Hammond B-3 Organ

Journalist Richard Scheinin traces the legacy and revival of the Hammond B-3 organ in jazz, before SFJAZZ's exclusive B-3 Organ Festival running September 20-23, featuring organ royalty Dr. Lonnie Smith, Chester Thompson, Joey DeFrancesco, Ronnie Foster and Reuben Wilson, as well as newcomers Cory Henry, Lionel “L.j.” Holoman and Tammy Hall.

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Bill Evans' Kind Of Blue Liner Notes
August 17, 2018

Bill Evans' Kind Of Blue Liner Notes

You will hear something close to pure spontaneity in these performances. The group had never played these pieces prior to the recordings and I think without exception the first complete performance of each was a "take."

Read
Ronnie Foster's Mystic Brew
August 15, 2018

Ronnie Foster's Mystic Brew

The laid-back tune “Mystic Brew” from Ronnie Foster’s landmark 1972 Blue Note Records debut "Two-Headed Freap" has been sampled by a number of artists including A Tribe Called Quest, Childish Gambino, J.Cole, Logic, and Madlib, and was covered by Vijay Iyer and Canadian trio BADBADNOTGOOD. Here’s a look at just a few of the multiple lives this jazz-funk gem has lived, before Foster and Reuben Wilson, the two greatest organists of the soul jazz movement of the 60s and 70s, share a double bill at SFJAZZ on 9/23 to close out a four-night "B3 Organ Festival."

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Nat "King" Cole In 5 Songs
August 8, 2018

Nat "King" Cole In 5 Songs

With an eye toward vocalist Gregory Porter's heartfelt tribute to Nat "King" Cole (who Porter calls his "surrogate father") on August 18 at Davies Symphony Hall in the closing weekend of SFJAZZ Summer Sessions 2018, we look at Cole's monumental legacy through five songs.

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Ronnie Foster's Mystic Brew
August 15, 2018

Ronnie Foster's Mystic Brew

The laid-back tune “Mystic Brew” from Ronnie Foster’s landmark 1972 Blue Note Records debut "Two-Headed Freap" has been sampled by a number of artists including A Tribe Called Quest, Childish Gambino, J.Cole, Logic, and Madlib, and was covered by Vijay Iyer and Canadian trio BADBADNOTGOOD. Here’s a look at just a few of the multiple lives this jazz-funk gem has lived, before Foster and Reuben Wilson, the two greatest organists of the soul jazz movement of the 60s and 70s, share a double bill at SFJAZZ on 9/23 to close out a four-night "B3 Organ Festival."

Listen
Nat "King" Cole In 5 Songs
August 8, 2018

Nat "King" Cole In 5 Songs

With an eye toward vocalist Gregory Porter's heartfelt tribute to Nat "King" Cole (who Porter calls his "surrogate father") on August 18 at Davies Symphony Hall in the closing weekend of SFJAZZ Summer Sessions 2018, we look at Cole's monumental legacy through five songs.

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Playlist: Bay Area Soul
August 9, 2018

Playlist: Bay Area Soul

The rich legacy of soul music in the Bay Area, immortalized by Sly & The Family Stone and Tower of Power, is in good hands today. Trace the legacy, from classics to emerging artists, before the "Bay Area Soul" series at SFJAZZ – featuring The M-Tet, Otis McDonald, Martin Luther McCoy, and Sal's Greenhouse – on August 16-19 helps close out Summer Sessions 2018.

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Taj Mahal In 5 Songs
August 8, 2018

Taj Mahal In 5 Songs

Three-time GRAMMY winner and American music icon Taj Mahal is far more than a blues artist. Over his five-decade career, Mahal has freely embraced influences from jazz and country as well as Caribbean and African traditions, creating a wealth of recordings that runs the gamut of styles and approaches. In preparation for his week of performances (8/16-19), we take a look back at five memorable moments from his discography.

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Playlist: Bay Area Soul
August 9, 2018

Playlist: Bay Area Soul

The rich legacy of soul music in the Bay Area, immortalized by Sly & The Family Stone and Tower of Power, is in good hands today. Trace the legacy, from classics to emerging artists, before the "Bay Area Soul" series at SFJAZZ – featuring The M-Tet, Otis McDonald, Martin Luther McCoy, and Sal's Greenhouse – on August 16-19 helps close out Summer Sessions 2018.

Listen
Taj Mahal In 5 Songs
August 8, 2018

Taj Mahal In 5 Songs

Three-time GRAMMY winner and American music icon Taj Mahal is far more than a blues artist. Over his five-decade career, Mahal has freely embraced influences from jazz and country as well as Caribbean and African traditions, creating a wealth of recordings that runs the gamut of styles and approaches. In preparation for his week of performances (8/16-19), we take a look back at five memorable moments from his discography.

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Jazz Moves Into Every San Francisco & Oakland Middle School

October 19, 2017

Jazz Moves Into Every San Francisco & Oakland Middle School
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Jazz Meets Hip Hop: Soweto Kinch's Singular Path

June 8, 2018

Jazz Meets Hip Hop: Soweto Kinch's Singular Path
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Jazz Moves Into Every San Francisco & Oakland Middle School

October 19, 2017

Jazz Moves Into Every San Francisco & Oakland Middle School
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Jazz Meets Hip Hop: Soweto Kinch's Singular Path

June 8, 2018

Jazz Meets Hip Hop: Soweto Kinch's Singular Path
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Liner Notes: SFJAZZ Collective's "Original Compositions & The Music of Ornette Coleman, Stevie Wonder & Thelonious Monk"

April 24, 2018

Liner Notes: SFJAZZ Collective's "Original Compositions & The Music of Ornette Coleman, Stevie Wonder & Thelonious Monk"
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Kid Koala

June 20, 2018

Playlist: Jazztronic
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Liner Notes: SFJAZZ Collective's "Original Compositions & The Music of Ornette Coleman, Stevie Wonder & Thelonious Monk"

April 24, 2018

Liner Notes: SFJAZZ Collective's "Original Compositions & The Music of Ornette Coleman, Stevie Wonder & Thelonious Monk"
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Kid Koala

June 20, 2018

Playlist: Jazztronic
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Jazz Moves Into Every San Francisco & Oakland Middle School

October 19, 2017

Jazz Moves Into Every San Francisco & Oakland Middle School
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Jazz Meets Hip Hop: Soweto Kinch's Singular Path

June 8, 2018

Jazz Meets Hip Hop: Soweto Kinch's Singular Path
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Jazz Moves Into Every San Francisco & Oakland Middle School

October 19, 2017

Jazz Moves Into Every San Francisco & Oakland Middle School
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Jazz Meets Hip Hop: Soweto Kinch's Singular Path

June 8, 2018

Jazz Meets Hip Hop: Soweto Kinch's Singular Path
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Liner Notes: SFJAZZ Collective's "Original Compositions & The Music of Ornette Coleman, Stevie Wonder & Thelonious Monk"

April 24, 2018

Liner Notes: SFJAZZ Collective's "Original Compositions & The Music of Ornette Coleman, Stevie Wonder & Thelonious Monk"
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Kid Koala

June 20, 2018

Playlist: Jazztronic
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Liner Notes: SFJAZZ Collective's "Original Compositions & The Music of Ornette Coleman, Stevie Wonder & Thelonious Monk"

April 24, 2018

Liner Notes: SFJAZZ Collective's "Original Compositions & The Music of Ornette Coleman, Stevie Wonder & Thelonious Monk"
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Kid Koala

June 20, 2018

Playlist: Jazztronic
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