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 Monday, 01 September 2014
SF Bay Area
Thrilling Performances Bring Magic to the Dedication of SFJAZZ's Joe Henderson Lab Print
Written by Ken Vermes   

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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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The Roy Hargrove Quintet at Yoshi's, SF, 8/27-30 Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   

“…with a straight-ahead group, everyone has to contribute, (both) opening things up compositionally (and) keeping the program well-rounded.” -Roy Hargrove


Roy Hargrove © Andrea Canter

One of the finest trumpeters in the world, Multiple Grammy-Award winning jazz trumpeter/composer Roy Hargrove has always explored diverse music, from Afro-Cuban to funk, even venturing into pop mainstream. A major force on the jazz scene since his teens, Hargrove continues to stretch his musical boundaries. A collaborator in recent years with Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, and McCoy Tyner, Hargrove plays hard-swinging trumpet and lush flugelhorn. He leads his straight-ahead quintet in further explorations of post-bop modern jazz.  Hargrove performed with his quintet at Yohi's in San Francisco on Wednesday, August 27th through Saturday, August 30th.

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Jacqui Naylor Group at SF Jazz: The Power of Giving, Sharing, and Crafting Song Print
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Jacqui Naylor (Photo by Oliver Heinemann)
 

This summer, SFJAZZ is running a series called the Summer Sessions, and if the show presented by Jacqui Naylor and her group was any indication, these concerts are worth serious consideration. The rule of jazz is that there are hundreds of artists in the idiom that must be seen live. Usually the reason for this is that they are not only great performers, but their very presence in person is a special sort of experience that usually cannot be captured solely by studio productions. Many jazz musicians have argued for years that the recording art is not the real experience of seeing and participating in a jazz. For that, it is said, an audience is required. And then there are those musicians who are especially inspired by a crowd and when things are right, everyone has a special time, and truly fantastic music is created by a performer who thrives in front of a responsive group of listeners.

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Larry Coryell Wows Audience at Piedmont Piano Show Print
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Larry Coryell (photo by Ken Vermes)
 

Guitar has certainly been the most popular instrument in American music for many years. So it is very hard to imagine that the instrument would be taken for granted or ignored in this day and age. But in music stores, one sees the emergence of the ukulele as the instrument of choice for string instrument fans, just by the number of models of this instrument on display. This could be a major shift for fans of the older style of guitar itself. On top of this development, visibility of rock n’ roll, has been greatly diminished recently with the disappearance of rock on the radio, the lack of rock bands on television shows or in movies, and the lack any great rock band leaders to lead the next generation of this style of music.

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