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 Thursday, 30 October 2014
SF Bay Area
Yoshi’s San Francisco: New Management Brings Stellar Line-Up for November Print
Written by Ken Vermes   

Poncho Sanchez©Andrea Canter

Yoshi’s in San Francisco has created a November line-up that features some of the biggest names in jazz. And there hasn’t been a jazz club here with a schedule like this since the days of the Todd Barken’s Keystone Corner in North Beach. One after another, a festival of great players and bands will perform, a number of them with multiple-night appearances, and excitement will be non-stop.

SFJAZZ Collective Recording Live at Miner Auditorium 10/23-26 Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
SFJAZZ Collective, 2014 © Jamie_Tanaka

Every year, SFJAZZ’s acclaimed resident ensemble – whose members have included such great musicians as Bobby Hutcherson, Renee Rosnes, Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano and Brian Blade – creates and performs eight new works and eight new arrangements of tunes by the honored artist, whether it’s Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk or Stevie Wonder. The current octet is a burnished international ensemble comprising alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, trombonist Robin Eubanks, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Obed Calvaire. They’re playing their new pieces and the original music of Joe Henderson, the late tenor saxophone giant and composer on Thursday, October 23rd through Sunday, October 26th at SFJAZZ Center'sMiner Auditorium.

Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio at the SFJazz Center, 9/20-21 Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio at the SFJazz Center, 9/20-21
Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio © Andrea Canter

Chilean-born tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana who seemed to come out of nowhere to win the prestigious 2013 Thelonious Monk Competition. Melissa when she became the first female instrumentalist and first South American to win any of the Monk top honors in the 26-year history of the competition. She  released the album Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio this summer. It is the first recording featuring the three band mates together - Aldana, bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela (click here for a Jazz Police review). SFJazz presents Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio at the  SFJazz Center, Joe Henderson Lab on Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st.
Thrilling Performances Bring Magic to the Dedication of SFJAZZ's Joe Henderson Lab Print
Written by Ken Vermes   

Mel Martin Quartet (photo by Ross Eustis)

The mystery that surrounds jazz is how certain moments are magic. Others are not so special. What makes for great and memorable performance is the secret of an art form that depends on instant reactions of the players and deep communication from all involved. When everything comes together, there is magic in the air. On August 16, the night when the Joe Henderson Lab was dedicated at the new SFJAZZ Center, few people were prepared for the thrilling performance they were about to witness. The music of the great tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson was not only going to be brought to life, it would be recreated in a way that would add to the spirit of the music itself. It would be a night to remember.


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