Articles by Andrew

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  • Bass clarinetist Jason Stein’s Hearts and Minds

    The bass clarinetist, and the collective trio he performs with, play the Back Room in Berkeley on Tuesday. Also recommended: Berkeley Festival of Choro and pianist Sarah Cahill.

  • Freight Fest Berkeley — taking it to the streets

    Prepare for an 'international wave of sound' on the streets of downtown Berkeley Saturday; also recommended: Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz at California Jazz Conservatory

  • Getting crazy on the strings with Scott R. Looney

    The pianist's expansive sonic palette and textural resourcefulness has provided a welcome jolt of unpredictable sound to an array of settings. He performs Tuesday at the California Jazz Conservatory.

  • A Night with Cory Wright and his Fellow Hominids

    It's rare to be able to catch the Oakland multi-instrumentalist playing his own music and leading his own ensemble, which is one reason Tuesday’s gig at the California Jazz Conservatory is particularly intriguing.

  • A packed program for a packed up Wil Blades

    The Bay Area jazz scene’s most acclaimed Hammond B-3 player has forged an array of musical relationships. He wants to manifest as many of them as possible at the Freight on Sunday. Also: 2 Brazil Camp gigs.

  • One small story with Gretchen Peters

    One of Nashville's most beloved and respected artists plays the Freight Aug. 13; Other recommended gigs: Sibarg Ensemble and Johnny Talbot and De Thangs.

  • Looking for roots with Adrienne Shamszad

    The Persian-American singer/songwriter performs Saturday at the Freight with a stellar band and her mentor, acclaimed Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat.

  • Dred Scott rides alone, unless he doesn’t

    Dred Scott, never a conventional musician, even within the precincts of jazz, makes a return to Berkeley Sunday performing with a trio at the Back Room.

  • Blowing the blues with Bob Kenmotsu

    The tenor saxophonist and his colleagues form an incredibly distinguished quartet at the Cheese Board most weekends.

  • They sing the body Electric (Squeezebox, that is)

    There is almost too much to choose from on June 30. Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, the saxophonist David Murray and the percussionist Kahil El’Zabar, and Endangered Blood are all playing.

  • Pledging allegiance with Jon Jang

    San Francisco pianist and composer Jon Jang celebrates the release of his latest album, 'The Pledge of Black Asian Allegiance' (Asian Improv) on Wednesday at the California Jazz Conservatory.