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  1. Mel Martin - RIP

    SFJAZZ We are truly heartbroken to learn of the passing of saxophone great and Bay Area treasure Mel Martin. A Sacramento native and San Francisco State alum, Mel led a charmed musical life, heading his longstanding band Bebop & Beyond as well as the Mel Martin Band, Benny Carter Tribute Band, Tenor Conclave, and Big Band. He collaborated with artists ranging from jazz masters John Handy, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, and Dizzy Gillespie, to rock artists including Boz Scaggs, Carlos Santana, and Tom Waits. Mel’s relationship with SFJAZZ goes back to the very beginning, with Bebop & Beyond performing at the first Jazz in the City event in 1983. We have presented Mel innumerable times over the years, including the dedication of our Joe Henderson Lab in 2014 and a 2016 Hotplate performance celebrating Joe Henderson. Mel's contributions to music and culture will live on through all we do at SFJAZZ. photo of Mel Martin and his quartet at the Joe Henderson Lab dedication, 8/14. 📷: Ross Eustis
  2. Ben Riley has died.

    WBGO: Ben Riley, a Jazz Drummer Who Made Accompaniment His Art, Has Died at 84
  3. I still have about 3 1/2 weeks until my show.
  4. ECM Press Releases for New Items

    14.11.2017 PRESS RELEASE: ECM AND STREAMING Over the past week we have begun the process of entering the world of streaming, and from November 17th, the full ECM catalogue will be available to subscribers to services including Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Tidal and Qobuz. This simultaneous launch across the platforms – facilitated by a new digital distribution agreement with Universal Music – invites listeners to explore the wide range of music recorded by our artists in the course of nearly five decades of independent production. Although ECM’s preferred mediums remain the CD and LP, the first priority is that the music should be heard. The physical catalogue and the original authorship are the crucial references for us: the complete ECM album with its artistic signature, best possible sound quality, sequence and dramaturgy intact, telling its story from beginning to end. In recent years, ECM and the musicians have had to face unauthorized streaming of recordings via video sharing websites, plus piracy, bootlegs, and a proliferation of illegal download sites. It was important to make the catalogue accessible within a framework where copyrights are respected. ECM Press Office Munich, November 14, 2017
  5. Chasing the Trane documentary release date

    I DVR'd it on PBS last week.
  6. Wow - practically doubled in price! Must have been a pre-order special.
  7. Great review - thanks! I'm seeing them here in SF in December.
  8. Big Ears Festival

    Big Ears Festival Announces Jazz-Heavy 2018 Line-Up - Rolling Stone
  9. Big Ears Festival

    I'm definitely going. Should be great!
  10. I belong in that group, too. I'll take pre-Jaco any day. His contribution to the band wore out quickly for me.
  11. Blakey and the Jazz Messages at the Keystone Korner.

    Hmmm. I saw Dexter there again on 12/2/77, but w/George Cables, Rufus Reid, Eddie Gladden. The show in May was with the Woody Shaw, Louis Hayes band. He must have come back (AGAIN!) for the holiday shows.