Fred Witt | April 14th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Andre plays a traditional form from Louisiana that’s a mixture of Cajun, Blues, and Rhythm & Blues. The form is known as Zydeco; Andre’s instrument is the accordion. While Andre’s family have long traditions from Louisiana, they migrated to California, and Andre is from Richmond.
Andre has his own band, the Zydeco Magic. Their music is pretty lively, and usually has quite a bit of vocal work in it. Their tour calendar is busy. They have just played in San Jose, San Francisco, Alameda, & Cotati. See their web site for a coming few months of many stops in Louisiana, Texas, and California. Try clicking some of these tracks from his recent CD “Are You Ready To Learn” for a sample of Andre’s music. If his style is for you, you can catch him in person from one of the bookings on their site.
Andre’s interview will be on KCSM’s I’m Talkin’ Jazz this coming Sunday, April 20, with Greg Bridges and you can get the story from Andre himself.
Fred Witt | April 10th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Resonance Band, a set of hard rock players, is a real switch from the jazz listening arena, and from many of our other hard rock players. The band was formed a couple of years ago. Based in Denver, they are now in national touring. Their next stops this month are in Phoenix and San Diego.
Despite their hard rock posture, they exercise notable artistic restraint from driving just on loud playing. Their melody line is open enough to give the lyrics room to be heard, and the instrument mixing is low enough that the vocalists come through clearly. For the most part their singers really put the words out to the audience. In many arrangements, the lyrics and score carry both restraint and energy, respectively, feeding both your appetites. For these relatively new guys, they won’t fry your brain; they accomplish delivering both a message and a mood, and are to be complimented on it.
If you’re up for the hard rock energy with lyrics for the listener, key up some of their tracks from their recent release “Something Better, Something New,” album available from their web site (if not yet from Amazon…).
This coming Sunday morning at 8 am Alica Clancy will interview Resonance for you, for the story on their music.
Ron Lee | March 25th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Chris Cortez will be chatting with Chris Potter. Chris has been playing on the West Coast and was at the Warfield in Feb. In 2013 he released his debut CD “The Sirens” on ECM records. You can hear his music on his web site at
From his bio:
A world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Down Beat called him “One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” while Jazz Times identified him as “a figure of international renown.” Jazz sax elder statesman Dave Liebman called him simply, “one of the best musicians around,” a sentiment shared by the readers of Down Beat in voting him second only to tenor sax great Sonny Rollins in the magazine’s 2008 Readers Poll.
Ron Lee | March 17th, 2014 | 2 Comments »
NYC based drummer Allison Miller and her band Boom Tic Boom were in town and spoke with Alisa Clancy. Allison just released her second album No Morphine No Lillies. From the album description on her web site “Miller calls No Morphine, No Lilies “a journey, meant to be listened to from the beginning to the end. I believe in creating a full album, and not single tracks,” she says. A multi-layered, multi-faceted, unified collection of radiant and energizing songs, the album reveals itself further with each repeated listen.” This sounds like the kind of album you can play and just get immersed into the music. You should check out her Tiny Desk concert video at Allison Miller Boom Tic Boom Tiny Desk Concert where you can see as well as hear her music. Check our her schedule at www.allisonmiller.com and listen to her music.
Ron Lee | March 14th, 2014 | 2 Comments »
Jazz pianist, composer and educator Michele Rosewoman is known for her mixing of jazz and Cuban music. Critics describe her music as a fusion of Afro-Cuban folkloric and post-bop jazz. Listen to her discuss her music with host Chris Cortez this Sunday.
Michele started out here in Oakland playing with her mentor Ed Kelly. In 1978 she moved to New York and founded one of her groups New Yor-uba under a National Endowment for the Arts grant. In 1986 she formed her other group Quintessence. As a leader Michele has recorded eight albums. Michele just finished the premier performance of her piece “Big Bad” at New York’s Symphony space. Prior to that she was teaching workshops at the Jazz School in Berkeley.
Listen to tracks from her latest album is “The In Side Out” on her website at http://www.michelerosewoman.com
Fred Witt | March 12th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
San Francisco’s own jazz singer, Mary Stallings will be on the KSM interview Sunday March 16. Mary was born here in the SF city, and now has been through a 60+ year singing career. Mary has been in America’s jazz history in the company of, among others, our Dizzy Gillespie, Cal Tjader, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billy Eckstein. Her discography runs 50+ years from the 1960′s through the early 2000′s. In Mary’s case, “hearing is believing,” so drift over the web, click on a few of her tracks, and sample the artistry of her singing.
Mary has just recently performed this spring at SF Jazz Center, New Jersey, Oregon, and southern CA. She has a planned European tour this summer. Tune in this Sunday morning, 3/16 to hear our singing lady Mary Stallings in interview with Alisa Clancy on “I’m Talking Jazz” at KCSM.
Ron Lee | March 1st, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
As a guest of San Jose Jazz I attended the Kim Nalley performance tonight. Kim performed with her trio Tammy Hall on piano, Michael Zisman on base and Ken Bryson on drums. Recently she sang with the Mads Tolling quartet and Mads appeared tonight as a special surprise guest. This set the tone for the night as there was a lot of interplay between the two musicians. Kim is one powerful singer. She ran through a set of standards like When the Saints Come Marching In, Dancing Cheek to Cheek, Teach Me Tonight, Someone to Watch Over Me, and more. It was great. Mads would take solos and on Dancing Cheek to Cheek they did a real nice call and response duet. She then turned off the amps and did a full acoustic version of Summertime with Tammy Hall on piano. It was great. She finished off with Chain Gang and All of Me. She sung her way out with All of Me. If Kim is in a club or concert near you check her out.
Ron Lee | February 27th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
At San Jose Jazz Winter Fest Anton Schartz Quintet including Taylor Eigsti will be performing at Theatre on San Pedro Square. Read more about the group at
Winter Fest 2014 Spotlight: Anton Schwartz
Ron Lee | February 26th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
LA Latin jazz band La Santa Cecilia will be performing at San Pedro Market as part of the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest. You can find out more about the group at
Winter Fest 2014 Spotlight: La Santa Cecilia
Ron Lee | February 25th, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
This Sunday 2 mar at 2pm the Amina Figarova Septet will be performing at San Jose Jazz Winter Fest. You can read more about this jazz pianist at:
Winter Fest 2014 Spotlight: Amina Figarova