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Music Review: Jacqui Naylor’s The Color Five and Some Notes on Doing-It-Yourself

Just like my grandfather and Ohmer's Hardware, Naylor is doing it for herself. Read More »

Jacqui Naylor Live at Berkeley’s Jazz School: Shades of Blossom

It is exciting to follow the development of an artist who balances Blossom Dearie's world in one hand and a lotus blossom in the other. Read More »

TV Review: Project Runway

Project Runway -- the most compelling piece of aesthetics ever presented on television. Read More »

SOME NOTES ON TAKING A HOLIDAY IN LOUISIANA

Periodically I receive commentary from Silicon Valley Bank with opinion pieces. The following opinion piece comes from Jim Anderson, their Chief Investment Officer with the following disclaimer “Investment Strategy Outlook is published each week to highlight issues we hope you find relevant and topical. The views expressed in this newsletter are solely those of its authors and do not reflect ... Read More »

SOME NOTES ON THE MUSE OF SAN FRANCISCO: JACQUI NAYLOR AT “CHEZ HANNY”

Chez Hanny is “a longstanding Jazz Salon in the historic Fillmore District.” Laid out like a college flat, its bookshelves are filled with books of the oddest variety from Ellery Queen to Auden to pulp horror. The shelves are also lined with a pawn shop variety of odds and ends: a collection of the “Capitol Jazz Sessions,” a picture of ... Read More »

SOME NOTES ON DEXTER GORDON, ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT, AND JAZZ MOODS

To appreciate the spectacle that is Dexter Gordon I highly recommend the Sony BMG release of their Jazz Moods – ‘Round Midnight.” For aficionado’s this release will play like a slideshow of Gordon’s best moments from the movie Round Midnight. The release provides a compressed capsule of all the sounds that fill out Gordon’s unique repertoire of 7ths, 9ths, 11ths ... Read More »

Some Notes on ZYZZYVA’S 20th Anniversary Issue Contributor Reading

Attended the ZYZZYVA 20th anniversary, Spring 2005 issue contributor reading on April 28, 2005 at the San Francisco Public Library bookstore… The reading as well as the poems in ZYZZYVA represented everything right about literary magazines. Howard Junker, the editor, always manages to be the first person to publish many young writers. But he also mixes up the jukebox with ... Read More »

Some notes on The San Francisco International Film Festival, & The Axe by Costa-Gavras

THE AXE by Costa-Gavras Sipping my bottle of water and snacking on mini-crab cakes during the San Francisco International Film Festival “after party” at Ghirardelli Square down by the wharf made me a little queasy. I’m a bit of black sheep. I attended the opening of the San Francisco International Film Festival by my lonesome and didn’t know what to ... Read More »

Soulful Sound Open to the World: Some Notes on Stanley Turrentine

Stanley Turrentine’s sound opens the ear to what music and ultimately art is all about. Turrentine’s riffs at times allude to TV ad jingles, to classical music, to pop tunes, to nursery school songs, and to his own jazz fusion and be-bop tradition. Turrentine’s sound is one that opens itself to everything. Turrentine makes for a great choice in the ... Read More »

SWING IS A VERB, ARTIE SHAW, JAZZ MOODS–HOT

Married eight times, often to movie stars. Retired at the top of his Jazz career in 1954. Scholar, lecturer, artist, world class marksman, Artie Shaw fascinates the public. One wonders what took Sony BMG so long to add a few of his recordings to their Jazz Moods collection. Click here for more details about the entire Jazz Moods series. These ... Read More »