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Stories related to: jazz

Canadian Jazz Star Bria Skonberg Keeps Strong Ties To Sacramento

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.


Joe Gilman Deconstructs Dave Brubeck's Explorations In Time

April 14, 2017 | Paul Conley

This weekend the Joe Gilman Quartet will commemorate jazz great Dave Brubeck's famous recording "Time Out" with a concert featuring all of the selections that appeared on the groundbreaking album. Gilman helps explain what made the record so unique.

60's Cool: Sergio Mendes And The Timeless Sound He Created

January 26, 2017 | Gary G. Vercelli

Fifty years ago, as British rockers were descending on the American music scene, Sergio Mendes mounted his own Brazilian invasion, delivering a sound that became the epitome of “60’s cool.”


Tony Adamo: Hipper Than Hip

January 25, 2017 | Gary G. Vercelli

Tony Adamo has been described as a beatnik who arrived sixty years late, but if you ask him, he’s just a raconteur who describes his environment. Adamo celebrates urban life and the jazz masters with "hip-speak" over intense rhythms.

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Pianist Dave Bass: From Jazz To Jurisprudence And Back Again

January 19, 2017 | Gary G. Vercelli

Injury stalled jazz pianist Dave Bass' music career and forced him to pursue another course. He became a successful attorney, but jazz never left him. Recently retired from law, he's refocusing on jazz. And his rejuvenated music career is taking off.

Jazz Singer James Tormé: Giant Shoes Comfortably Filled

December 1, 2016 | Paul Conley

Making a career as a jazz singer is tough, but when you're the son of one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time, the challenge comes with unfair but inevitable comparisons. Thankfully James Tormé inherited what he calls his dad's "circuitry."

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