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 Saturday, 29 August 2015
SF Bay Area
San Jose' Jazz Festival: Near-Perfect Afternoon of Jazz and Fusion Print
Written by Ken Vermes   

Going to any kind of music festival is sometimes a risk. Beside the hassles of parking, staying fed, and getting around, there is the sometimes-terrible feeling that you are missing something, even while enjoying what is right in front of your eyes. Such has often been the case at the San José Jazz Festival, founded in 1986. As the festival has grown and matured, it has expanded to the point that quick decisions by participants are a requirement. The festival program illustrated the problem: Should I see Sylvia Cuenca or John Pizzarelli? Shall I check out Etienne Charles playing the “San José Suite” or see newcomer Natalie Cressman? And this was just one day, Saturday, August 8.

Rock and Jazz in the Bay Area: Smith Dobson, Larry Coryell and Steely Dan Print
Written by Ken Vermes   


Smith Dobson İ Ken Vermes

Jazz music has been shaped by many influences over more than one hundred years. And for those jazz musicians who grew up during the 50s, 60s and 70s, there is probably no more defining influence than the many rock artists and groups that dominated the airwaves. But the manner in which these influences manifest themselves for players is varied and endlessly fascinating.

Jazz With International Dimensions: Filloli and Stanford Jazz Festivals Print
Written by Ken Vermes   

Larry Vukovich and Rob Roth İKen Vermes

The Bay Area is full of musical surprises. Part of that is a result of the international diversity of the area. Musicians come here from all over the world, and not just on tours. Two recent festivals, and three particular performances, highlight the global flavors and impact of music in the Bay Area.

Summer Jazz Explosion - The Bay Area Festival Scene Print
Written by Ken Vermes   

Dafnis PrietoİKen Vermes

It seems like only a few months ago that everyone was talking about the death of jazz and the end of the Bay Area urban music scene due to gentrification. There still are major problems on the club level, for sure, with soaring rents and a lack of excitement in some quarters. But in the midst of disintegration on that level of music, no one seems to have noticed that the Bay Area is growing into a region with one of the most exciting and varied group of music festivals in the world. From the North Bay’s Healdsburg Festival to a stunning show at the Yerba Buena Garden Festival to three thrilling shows at SFJAZZ to a very strong series starting at the Stanford Jazz Festival, there seems to be a new energy and a higher level of musical events in every corner of the Bay. And that doesn’t include the very strong San Jose Jazz Festival coming up in August and the Monterey Festival that closes the summer jazz events in September. Some recent highlights:

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