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May 23, 2019

Profile on Kurt Ribak

Berkeley native Kurt Ribak celebrates his recovery with his new recording ONWARD, after an injury that nearly ended his career. Kurt Ribak is a veteran Bay Area jazz bassist who has shared the stage with circus performers and preachers, “but never at the same time,” he notes. He put together a working band under his own name to play his own compositions, playing local venues as well as larger concert halls and festivals.

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May 14, 2019

Marcus Shelby "Black Ball" Preview

Shelby is a baseball freak, an over-the-top fan of the San Francisco Giants, and he intends to combine his love of the game with his passion for history at SFJAZZ. In an extended composition for big band titled “Black Ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues” Shelby draws connections between the barnstorming teams of the old Negro Leagues and the barnstorming territory bands of the swing era.

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May 23, 2019

Profile on Kurt Ribak

Berkeley native Kurt Ribak celebrates his recovery with his new recording ONWARD, after an injury that nearly ended his career. Kurt Ribak is a veteran Bay Area jazz bassist who has shared the stage with circus performers and preachers, “but never at the same time,” he notes. He put together a working band under his own name to play his own compositions, playing local venues as well as larger concert halls and festivals.

Read
May 14, 2019

Marcus Shelby "Black Ball" Preview

Shelby is a baseball freak, an over-the-top fan of the San Francisco Giants, and he intends to combine his love of the game with his passion for history at SFJAZZ. In an extended composition for big band titled “Black Ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues” Shelby draws connections between the barnstorming teams of the old Negro Leagues and the barnstorming territory bands of the swing era.

Read
May 13, 2019

Marcus Shelby Interview

SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Marcus Shelby leads a highly regarded jazz orchestra focusing on the history, present, and future of the African-American experience. Shelby was recently interviewed on Marty Lurie's KNBR SF Giants pregame show and spoke about the history of the Negro leagues and how blues music has a parallel, yet connected history. Listen to the interview below.

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SFJAZZ EDUCATION AT SKYWALKER SOUND
May 9, 2019

SFJAZZ EDUCATION AT SKYWALKER SOUND

This spring, the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars are spending several sessions at California’s crown jewel of sound engineering studios, Skywalker Sound, to record their annual double album. This yearly project involves three days in the studio, and is an amazing professional experience for SFJAZZ’s youth ensemble players; this season, however, marks the All-Stars’ first chance to be guests at one of the top recording facilities in the world.

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May 13, 2019

Marcus Shelby Interview

SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Marcus Shelby leads a highly regarded jazz orchestra focusing on the history, present, and future of the African-American experience. Shelby was recently interviewed on Marty Lurie's KNBR SF Giants pregame show and spoke about the history of the Negro leagues and how blues music has a parallel, yet connected history. Listen to the interview below.

Listen
SFJAZZ EDUCATION AT SKYWALKER SOUND
May 9, 2019

SFJAZZ EDUCATION AT SKYWALKER SOUND

This spring, the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars are spending several sessions at California’s crown jewel of sound engineering studios, Skywalker Sound, to record their annual double album. This yearly project involves three days in the studio, and is an amazing professional experience for SFJAZZ’s youth ensemble players; this season, however, marks the All-Stars’ first chance to be guests at one of the top recording facilities in the world.

Read
Festival Poster
May 8, 2019

PLAYLIST: 37TH SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL

The 37th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival lineup includes an eclectic mix of legacy artists and emerging talent. To get you ready for the festival, we've curated a playlist with over 30 tracks representing the lineup.

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Sasha Berliner
April 19, 2019

Artists on the Rise

What kind of audience member are you? While some of our listeners have their antennae up for that one jazz legend who rarely tours anymore, others may join us for the niche players and styles that they love. Then there are those who just want something new – whether it’s a genre-splicing Grammy nominee, or a force for social justice setting their ideas to original music. For those who love the show-and-tell of the local find and the newly minted voice, we present SFJAZZ’s Artists on the Rise series.

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Festival Poster
May 8, 2019

PLAYLIST: 37TH SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL

The 37th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival lineup includes an eclectic mix of legacy artists and emerging talent. To get you ready for the festival, we've curated a playlist with over 30 tracks representing the lineup.

Listen
Sasha Berliner
April 19, 2019

Artists on the Rise

What kind of audience member are you? While some of our listeners have their antennae up for that one jazz legend who rarely tours anymore, others may join us for the niche players and styles that they love. Then there are those who just want something new – whether it’s a genre-splicing Grammy nominee, or a force for social justice setting their ideas to original music. For those who love the show-and-tell of the local find and the newly minted voice, we present SFJAZZ’s Artists on the Rise series.

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