Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Beth Custer – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – 26 Jan

January 20th, 2014

14_01_13BethCusterSan Francisco’s clarinetist (composer, band leader…) Beth Cluster gives out a smooth, mature mix of jazz, blues, Afro-Caribbean, and contemporary classical. There seems to be something for each of your many moods.

When Beth moved out here from her native New York in the 80′s she started attracting attention right away in her band performances, and since has accumulated a myriad of recordings, compositions, and awards. She has led multiple groups, and has the Beth Custer Ensemble and the Clarinet Thing going right now.  She appeared this last November at our downtown Oakland Duende and was just at SF’s Red Poppy Art House with the Ensemble on Jan 10. You can catch her on 2/15 with the Thing in Berkeley’s Hillside Club.

Click here for a sample of her live work. Listen in Sunday Jan 26 to Beth’s words on her world today, on the KCSM “I’m Talkin Jazz” program with Greg Bridges.

Be A Pledge “Early Bird”

January 19th, 2014

Be An “Early Bird”
Donations made between January 14-21 will receive a limited special gift and be automatically entered in our Winter Raffle.
“Early Bird Special !”
Enter Raffle without donation

Jamie Dubberly – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – 19 Jan

January 11th, 2014

14_01_02DubberlyNorthern California’s Jamie Dubberly is an Afro-Cuban jazz trombonists and composer.  In his years here Jamie has performed and toured with a large circle of bay area jazz groups.  Originally from coastal Georgia, Jamie made it out to California in 2003 after 5 years at NYC.  He now works between his SF performances and his CSU Stanislaus lecturing.

See his 2011 release, “Road Warrior” for a broad view of Jamie’s work.  This was recorded by his own group, “Orquesta Dharma.”  Listen to his version of Caravan (>> select “play hi-fi”). Otherwise click “Read the rest…” for another sample.

Read the rest of this entry »

Yosvany Terry – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – 12 Jan

January 6th, 2014

Cuban born saxist and teacher Yosvany Terry is currently based out of NY. He has been an  instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshops.  You can find him performing regularly around the New York/New Jersey area. His most recent focus has been on his Afro-Cuban roots. Take a look at his current project. You can hear both his jazz and Afro-Cuban music at his web site


Jacqui Naylor – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – 5 Jan

December 30th, 2013

smashed-for-the-holiday500Volcalist Jacqui Naylor released here CD Dead Divas Society earlier this year and has been on tour. Most recently she was in SF in Nov. Her CD is a tribute to many of the great jazz divas. Jacqui was born and raised in Saratoga, CA. Jacqui was a student of local jazz teacher Faith Winthrop and NY jazz teacher Shirley Callaway. In the late 90s she started recording and has produced nine CDs on her Ruby Star record label. You can sample Dead Divas Society and her other CDs on her web site at

David Sanborn – I’m Talkin’ Jazz 29 December

December 23rd, 2013

Sanborn1David Sanborn, veteran saxophone (and piano) player has been rated by several groups as in the countries’ top 100 players in history.  David’s southern & midwestern upbringing, followed by national & global work has led to his current New York residence.

If you’re here for blended pop, R & B, and jazz saxophone, get on this man and get listening !  There is no shortage of listening material as David’s 30+ years’ work has brought out an immense catalog of recordings & show work.  David is not some out-of-control horn player that boggles the every-man brain.   Even better, catch the man himself at the SF Jazz Center this coming February 20-22.  David appeared in the Bay Area November last year at our Yoshi’s – Oakland.

Click here for a great sample, one of David’s classics, “Let The Good Times Roll”, and tune in to KCSM Sunday December 29, “I’m Talkin’ Jazz” to hear David on memorable moments of his jouirney.


Ray Obiedo – I’m Talkin’ Jazz 22 Dec

December 16th, 2013

ray-obiedoBay Area born guitarist Ray Obiedo started playing jazz and R&B. He appeared with Herbie Hancock and local artist Sheila E. He then switched over and released five albums for Windham Hill Records. Recently he has been playing around the Bay Area and has played with Mistua Fina, a Brazilian music group.

Listen to Ray chat with Alisa on his music and current projects.


Regina Carter – I’m Talkin’ Jazz 15 Dec

December 9th, 2013

ReginaCarterOn Sunday Regina Carter will be talking about jazz and her new album Reverse Thread. Reverse Thread was released on May 2010. Currently Regina is touring Toronto and NY. She will be in the Bay Area in May 2014.

From the press release for Reverse Thread:

When preeminent violinist Regina Carter made the decision to record an album primarily of African folk tunes, she created a great challenge for herself: how do you take beautiful traditional music and infuse it with a contemporary feel while remaining true to its past — and then, not compromise its beauty? Her newest release, Reverse Thread, due out on E1 Entertainment on May 18th brilliantly responds to the challenge. To achieve the uplifting and stirring result, Regina added an accordion and kora—the West African harp traditionally played by village storytellers—to her longstanding rhythm section. Kora virtuoso Yacouba Sissoko was brought on board to help recreate the spirit of passing stories from generation to generation. The result—unlike anything previously heard—is a haunting and beautiful compliment to Regina’s sumptuously seductive violin.

In 2006 Regina received a McArthur Foundation grant. This grant is known as the genius award and allow Regina to produce Reverse Thread. From the McArthur Foundation web site:

Regina Carter is a master of improvisational jazz violin.  Though her work draws upon a wide range of musical influences – including Motown, Afro-Cuban, swing, bebop, folk and world music – she has crafted a signature voice and style.  In jazz, bowed string instruments such as the violin are not traditionally featured in the solo role; Carter’s performances highlight the often overlooked potential of the jazz violin for its lyric, melodic, and percussive potential.  Her early training as a classical musician is reflected in the fluidity, grace, and balance of her performance.  Carter’s repertoire retains a firm connection with the familiar while venturing in new, unexpected directions.  On recordings such as Motor City Moments (2000), where she overlays swing with a soulful sound, and Freefall (2001), a collaboration with jazz legend Kenny Barron, Carter taps into a broad musical vocabulary to weave new sound tapestries.  In live performances with jazz veterans and in ensembles, she captivates her audience with the passion and spirit of adventure intrinsic to her approach to music.  Through artistry with an instrument that has been defined predominantly by the classical tradition, Carter is pioneering new possibilities for the violin and for jazz.

Regina Carter studied violin performance at the New England Conservatory of Music and received a B.A. (1985) in music from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.  Her additional solo recordings include Regina Carter (1995), Something for Grace (1997), Rhythms of the Heart (1999), Paganini: After a Dream (2002), and I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey (2006).  Carter has performed at venues throughout the United States and Europe, including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, Italy.


You can find out more about Regina’s current tour and listen to her music at

Bria Skonberg – I’m Talkin’ Jazz 8 Dec

December 2nd, 2013

red1NYC trumpeter Bria Skonberg just finished up a West Coast tour. Her local stop was the Piedmont Piano Company. Bria has won numerous awards and in 2013 was recognized as the “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalist Association. Originally from Chilliwack, BC she play jazz and all kinds of music. She actively teaches clinics all over the US as she tours. Right now she is playing in the NY/NJ area and in Dec she is playing with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks at the Louis Armstrong House. Drop to her web site and listen to her play at

Be sure to look in news and take a look at her 11/19 newsletter for the list of where she is playing. There are some cool concerts in there.

Jon Hancock on Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall – I’m Talkin’ Jazz – 1 Dec

November 29th, 2013

51WCrUpcnFL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The 1938 Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall concert is reaching it’s 75th anniversary next year. This concert on 16 Jan 1928 was the first time a jazz musician played at Carnegie Hall. Throughout the years this album has been reissued and remastered many times. Author Jon Hancock has put together a book that collects all of the details and much new material on this concert. Listen as he chats with Alisa Clancy this past August about Benny Goodman and his book.

Listen to the video and see the details Jon has collected at the website for his book: Also take a look at the Facebook page for the book. Lots of photos and comments. Facebook:Benny Goodman – The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert