Jazz Music Director
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.”
April 24, 2018
Dorough spent two decades as a jazz player, singer, conductor and arranger in New York before being approached, at his advertising day job, to explain math to children via music.
April 13, 2018
Known for his contributions to improvised music, Dave Douglas will perform with the Jazz Ensembles as part of The Festival of the Arts.
April 11, 2018
Pianist Jim Martinez continues an annual tradition with a new jazz-focused festival in Roseville that will take the place of the recently canceled Sacramento Music Festival.
April 6, 2018
Over a career that sprawled across six full decades, Taylor maintained an unwavering standard of expedition. And what he discovered — in an endless, boundless process — was a world unto himself.
April 6, 2018
Taylor stretched the beats in a measure and played notes outside the chords of a song. A pioneer of free jazz, the pianist and composer remained true to his vision even through financial struggle.
March 28, 2018
The Big Ears Festival in Knoxville always books a wide range of artists, but this year something particular was afoot.
March 23, 2018 | Cody Drabble
Composer and jazz saxophonist Rent Romus returns to insight with "Rogue Star," the latest album by his Life's Blood Ensemble.
March 16, 2018 | Paul Conley
The late jazz pianist and popular NPR host Marian McPartland will be honored Monday in Sacramento with a concert featuring Bay Area pianist Laura Klein. Like countless other musicians, Klein was influenced, inspired and encouraged by McPartland.