Jazz Music Director
August 4, 2017 | Paul Conley
Jazz trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg was born in Canada and now lives in New York, but she's been playing and teaching in Sacramento since 2001. She’ll be doing both here this week, while also celebrating the release of her new CD, With A Twist.
July 26, 2017
The jazz pianist's latest album with his go-go backing band features a powerful song he wrote in tribute to the young Baltimore man who died in 2015 of injuries sustained in police custody.
July 24, 2017
Tepfer sees jazz as the pursuit of freedom within a framework — a premise that underlies his work with improvisational algorithms and a Yamaha Disklavier. He unpacks the project in this video.
July 21, 2017
Drummer Stanton Moore — a founding member of the funk band Galactic — has a new release with "Here Come the Girls" on a tribute album to the late songwriting producer Allen Toussaint.
July 19, 2017
The Late Show bandleader explains how he made a quintessential American anthem forged in national divisions new and how it speaks to the strength and diversity of our own society.
July 19, 2017 | Paul Conley
Bay area vocalist Sandy Cressman loves Brazilian music. Her sensitive, studied approach has won praise from Brazilian musicians and has earned her invitations to perform in that country. This week Cressman performs in Sacramento, supporting a new CD.
July 17, 2017
A group of NOLA music lovers has created "A Closer Walk," an interactive map of landmarks like the birthplace of jazz, a recording studio-turned-laundromat and the home of a legendary cornetist.
July 13, 2017
Jazz music director Gary Vercelli examines fresh new releases by an Italian pianist, a Brazil-loving vocalist, an Argentine saxophonist, and an iconic jazz fusion group paired with a German big band.
July 12, 2017
The jazz-vocal superhero moved to Michigan when she was only 3, but the city of her birth left an indelible impression. Hear it in the first single from her forthcoming album, Memphis.
July 11, 2017
Former State Deputy Attorney General Dave Bass is taking his talents out of the legal world and back into music. He discusses his pivotal accident, his longtime in law and his passion for jazz ahead of a performance this weekend.