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 Sunday, 21 December 2014
SF Bay Area
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!”

New Collaborations in World Music Spur Bay Area Arts Programs Print
Written by Ken Vermes   

Toure' - Raichel (photo: Jason Marck)

Recently two concerts in the Bay Area revealed a thrilling development in the San Francisco music scene. Two individuals, one the director of music programs at a local institution of learning, the other the founder of a dance company, are creating directions and experiments in world  music that are new and daring. The fact that these experiments are coming from corners of the Bay Area music scene not usually associated with such adventures is not entirely surprising.

Joey DeFrancesco Trio at Yoshi's in Oakland, 12/11 Print
Written by Don Berryman   
Joey DeFrancesco Andrea Canter

Joey DeFrancesco, the 'Baddest' jazz organist on the planet, has been touring all aound the world non-stop for decades with his own groups, and has also toured and recorded with some of the greatest musicians in the world (Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, etc.). Once again, he was voted best jazz organist in the 2014 Downbeat Magazine readers poll, for those who are counting that is ten years in a row, but that's no surprise since nobody does it better. Joey DeFrancesco is trio featuring Jeff Parker on guitar and George Fludas on drums have been touring the world and have just released Joey's first ever holiday album, a doulbe CD entiltled Home For The Holidays. Come hear Joey DeFrancesco perform with his trio at Yoshi's in Oakland on December 1st with sets at 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
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