Jazz Music Director
June 28, 2018
The jazz torchbearer's new record Heaven and Earth represents the relationship between his inner world and outward reality.
June 21, 2018
Jazz Music Director Gary Vercelli previews the Ali Ryerson Quartet's concert at the Crocker tonight as part of this week’s Sound Advice.
June 20, 2018 | Devan Kortan
For Ali Ryerson, a life in jazz was almost preordained. And yet, she has carved out her own distinct identity. She’s a jazz musician who loves being different, from the instrument she plays to the groups she plays with.
June 5, 2018 | Jen Picard
Percussionist Alex Jenkins will record a live album with his quartet this Sunday June 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the CLARA Auditorium, presented by the Midtown Vanguard Jazz Series.
June 3, 2018 | Paul Conley
The inaugural Roseville Jazz Day featured more than 30 performances at seven venues attracting enthusiastic audiences on Saturday, May 26th. The stylistically diverse festival carries on a long, local tradition of live jazz over Memorial Day weekend.
May 25, 2018 | Paul Conley
It’s been 10 years since The Manhattan Transfer released an album. On Saturday, the award-winning vocal ensemble will premiere their brand new recording, “The Junction,” as they headline the inaugural Roseville Jazz Day.
May 21, 2018 | Cody Drabble
Jazz trumpeter Joe Mazzaferro previews his album release show at CLARA Auditorium for his latest record, "In Terms Of…"
May 21, 2018 | Gary G. Vercelli
Jazz trumpeter David Hardiman has led all star big bands for four decades but he began reaching his largest audiences as a solo act, once he was hired as the bugler for Bay Meadows. Now he plays "Call To The Post" every weekend at Golden Gate Fields
April 30, 2018
In celebration of International Jazz Day on April 30, we've plumbed the Excellence In Jazz archives for highlights from features we've done over the years, from interviews with Jimmy Smith and Joey Alexander to the story behind "Take Five."
April 27, 2018 | Cody Drabble
Sacramento jazz fusion group Mino Yanci has performed at SXSW, the San Jose Jazz Festival and across Northern California. The band’s name translates from two African languages into “musical freedom.”