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 Thursday, 27 November 2014
SF Bay Area
Miguel Zenon Thrills Audience at The Addition in San Francisco Print
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Miguel Zenon ©Andrea Canter
 

When new music appears from improvising musicians, there can be the utter surprise and delight of discovery, and the live performance of Miguel Zenon, at the new Addition club in San Francisco on November 13, delivered just that. Hearing Miguel perform with Jeff Ballard’s group earlier this year at SFJAZZ did little to prepare us for the tidal wave of sound generated by what has to be one of the tightest and most powerful jazz groups we have seen in years.

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Cecile McLorin Salvant Opens The Addition in San Francisco Print
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Cecile McLorin Salvant©Andrea Canter
 

The spate of recent articles in the old media, picking on jazz and the masters of the form, reminds us of a local movie critic who often writes reviews lacking one critical insight. From an audience point of view, the very existence of movies on a big screen can still be a great thrill, in and of itself. How was it made, where did it come from, and how did it move us? Seeing a vocalist on a club stage has the same effect for this listener. There is magic in the very act of someone getting in front of a frosty Monday night crowd and meeting the ultimate challenge: keeping everyone in their seats and, in the end, leaving them wanting more.

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Yoshi's San Francisco: (Now The Addition) New Management Brings Stellar Line-Up for November Print
Written by Ken Vermes   

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Poncho Sanchez©Andrea Canter
 

Yoshi’s in San Francisco, now called The Addition, 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.

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SFJAZZ Collective Recording Live at Miner Auditorium 10/23-26 Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
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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.

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