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  • Myra Melford’s alluring melodies and lapidary textures

    When pianist/composer Myra Melford left New York City for Berkeley in 2004, she was in thick of the jazz action, a mid-career master with a tangled skein of creative relationships linking her to at least a dozen of the Downtown scene’s most formidable improvisers. For many jazz musicians, relocating to the West Coast from the Big Apple would put a serious crimp in their career, but, coaxed to Cal by a tenure-track position in the music department, Melford hasn’t missed a beat.