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 Tuesday, 27 January 2015
SF Bay Area
Pharoah Sanders Performs Four Nights at SFJAZZ Print
Written by Ken Vermes   


Pharoah Sanders courtesy of SF Jazz

Pharoah Sanders came to San Francisco for four sold-out shows, January 8-11 at the SFJAZZ Center,  receiving what may be some of the warmest and most appreciative responses from any audience in his career. The love fest for this seventy-four-year-old alum of the early John Coltrane bands and veteran of avant-garde saxophone was of even greater significance, as it followed the recent Coltrane tribute concerts that featured Ravi Coltrane, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the album, Love Supreme.

Christian McBride Trio at The Addition Features New Generation of Stars Print
Written by Ken Vermes   


On a Saturday night (December 27) at the new San Francisco club, The Addition, bassist and bandleader Christian McBride brought a trio to play for a full house. The piano trio was at one time a common configuration at hotels and music venues across the nation.  Audiences appreciated the intimacy of these groups and the fact that, in many of these venues, it was as if the fans were sitting with the pianist. This kind of embrace between listeners and performers still exists at places like the Village Vanguard in New York City. For those at The Addition (the former Yoshi’s San Francisco), there was a similar feel from what certainly was the golden days of piano jazz. And while listening to this group, with the renowned and ubiquitous leader McBride, great players like Errol Garner, Bud Powell, and especially the late Oscar Peterson immediately came to mind.

Ravi Coltrane, Dee Dee Bridgewater Play the Funk Card in San Francisco Print
Written by Ken Vermes   

A Love Supreme

As rock and roll seems to be sliding out of view, with the last vestiges of the music found on the tour buses driving up Haight Street, jazz players are looking back to the era of the 60’s and 70’s for new inspiration and energy. At least that is the trend seen in two recent back-to-back shows in the City by the Bay.

Pamela Rose's "Wild Women of Song": The Neglected Women of the Jazz Era Print
Written by Ken Vermes   

Pamela Rose (photo Jennifer Paschal)

"It's more than a jazz concert. It's a swinging honors course in womankind!" -- Bruce Kelley, San Francisco Magazine

Pamela Rose, the singer, bandleader, researcher, and bicycling one-woman promoter of her show, Wild Women of Song, posted in response to our Facebook comments on the performance. “Ken,” she stated, “I'm so glad you were there. This work somehow has eluded any live press review, although we've performed it many times in the Bay Area. Thank you for standing up for Wild Women!”

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