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Excellence In Jazz On Campus: Hannah Oldfield

May 18, 2016

How do young people like saxophonist/vocalist Hannah Oldfield feel about jazz? Find out with our new series Excellence In Jazz On Campus. Guest student DJ's sit in with Gary Vercelli, picking tunes and talking about what the music means to them.

Library Of Congress Opens 'Jazz Singers' Exhibition

May 17, 2016

The new exhibition features the likes of Billie Holiday and other jazz greats, from the 1920s to today. Photos, papers, video and scores are on display and will travel to Los Angeles later this year.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: 50 Years Of Mondays

May 6, 2016

In 1965, the trumpeter, composer and arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis found themselves with a book of big-band music originally intended for the Count Basie Orchestra — and nobody to perform it. So they made their own.

Sound Advice: Jazz Of The Bay Area Figurative Era

April 21, 2016

Every era has a soundtrack, and for the Bay Area Figurative artists, it was jazz. Join us April 21 at the Crocker Art Museum for a discussion of mid-20th century jazz with Beth Ruyak and Gary Vercelli.

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Sacramento Classic Jazz Messengers On Insight

April 19, 2016

In the 1960s, drummer and bandleader Art Blakey revolutionized the music scene with his Jazz Messengers, a rotating cast of allstars with a group-sound that defined an era.

A Remembrance For Chicago's Jazz Record Mart

April 18, 2016

Chicago's Jazz Record Mart attracts visitors from all over the world. At least, it used to: Last month, owner Bob Koester sold the store, saying he was just too old to run it any more.