Mike Schwartz

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  1. Having met him on several occasions since moving to the Bay Area, so very dedicated and enthusiastic about the music for a very long time; a class act and very warm & friendly gentleman. An icon who will be sadly missed..... article on Dr. Herb Wong previously unpublished, I've been told. http://www.pajazzalliance.org/Documents/HerbWong.pdf
  2. Bud Spangler RIP

    Bud was an integral part of the SF Bay Area Jazz scene for quite some time, as a drummer, producer, recording engineer, radio host, concert promoter and more. The love & admiration from so many fine musicians in this area pouring in upon the news of his passing.
  3. New ownership for Yoshi's SF

    Yoshi's San Francisco Announces New Ownership: Fillmore Live Entertainment Group Yoshi's San Francisco, the Jazz Club & Japanese Restaurant which opened in the Historic Fillmore District in November 2007, has been sold to a new ownership group, Fillmore Live Entertainment Group, LLC. The new ownership group has infused new capital and is committed to ensuring that this will be a seamless and successful transition from one ownership group to the other. Fillmore Live Entertainment Group, which has retained Bob Burke of Ovation Consulting Restaurant + Hospitality to oversee operations, will take over Yoshi's San Francisco on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Mr. Burke draws experience from a number of other venues which include: Gordon Biersch, Piatti, Pat Kuleto Restaurants, and Forge. The new ownership is expected to keep Yoshi's San Francisco's name for the foreseeable future, and has no plans to make immediate changes in the live music and food & beverage program. All previously paid for show tickets, gift cards and dining vouchers will continue to be honored under the new management as appropriate. “This transition provides the opportunity to implement exciting plans for the future including re-branding the entire concept. This will include more diverse music programming, a new food and beverage menu, and creating a dynamic guest experience,” said Michael Johnson, Managing Partner of Fillmore Live Entertainment Group. “While Yoshi's SF, has achieved substantial success over the last 6 years, this is a tremendous opportunity to build on that, and position this venue in the marketplace for even greater success in the future." Kaz Kajimura, the outgoing Manager of Yoshi’s San Francisco said “I want to thank my management team in San Francisco for their hard work in making Yoshi’s a respected name in the San Francisco restaurant and music business.” We have provided quality food and entertainment to over a million patrons since we opened in 2007.” Yoshi's Oakland will continue to operate unchanged with its current management at its Jack London Square location, offering the same high-quality entertainment and food, as it has for over 40 years.
  4. The teams that win game 5 take the series 2/3 of the time [67%]
  5. Congrats to Steve Coleman!

    Congratulations to Steve Coleman on being awarded a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship! Considering the number of previous winners who cite him as a primary influence (Miguel Zenon, Jason Moran, Dafnis Prieto,Vijay Iyer) his time has finally come! http://www.macfound.org/fellows/class/class-2014/ http://www.macfound.org/fellows/911/
  6. A nagging question about the death of John Coltrane

    McCoy Tyner told me a funny story about the butterscotch lifesavers; that Trane's fingers one time had a problem operating the keys on the sax due to the severe stickiness!
  7. Report that Gerald Wilson has passed away

    Just turned 96 a couple of days ago, 09/04
  8. Report that Gerald Wilson has passed away

    http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-gerald-wilson-20140909-story.html#page=1
  9. Kenny Drew Jr.

    http://jazztimes.com/articles/136046-pianist-kenny-drew-jr-dies-at-56
  10. Kenny Drew Jr.

    Both of those are far from any sort of confirmation. That said Mr. Drew was reportedly physically ill and also depressed; a combination which probably adds to the news trickling out in this manor.
  11. Idris Muhammed RIP

    Was great on Ahmad Jamal Trio!
  12. Pete Douglas RIP

    { didn't know where exactly to post this } Pete Douglas.....music presenter and owner of the Douglas Beach House, Miramar Bay, CA; the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society He was 85 passed 07-12....quite a gentleman, the ultimate cheerleader for music and musicians. Each and every musician I've known to play there LOVED the experience. One of a kind guy...leftover Beatnik! https://www.facebook.com/bachdancingdynamitesociety
  13. Pete Douglas RIP

    For Immediate Release July 17, 2014 www.bachddsoc.org Media Contact: Linda Goetz 650-726-2020 goetz@coastside.net Pete Douglas, Founder of Half Moon Bay’s Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Dies at 85 Legendary Impresario was Inspiration to Local and National Musicians, and Presenters Half Moon Bay, Calif.; July 17, 2014: Pete Douglas, founder of the world-renowned music and jazz club, the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay, Calif., died peacefully in Miramar Beach on July 12, 2014 at age 85. Pete Douglas was born in Waukegan, Illinois, in 1929. He and his family moved to the Los Angeles area in the 1940s after his father died, and his teenage years were spent growing up in Manhattan and Hermosa beaches. Soon, Douglas became engrossed in the city’s jazz scene, hanging out in jazz clubs listening to swing, early bebop and the cool sounds of West Coast jazz at such clubs as the Lighthouse Café. Douglas graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a sociology degree in 1955, after serving in the Army in the Korean War. He married and moved to San Mateo County as an Adult Probation Officer. Pete Douglas soon purchased an abandoned beer joint on the ocean in Half Moon Bay called the Ebb Tide Coffee Shop. By 1958, Douglas was inviting beatniks, local artists and Coastsiders into his joint, hosting private impromptu music jams and ceaselessly renovating his building and music room, which eventually evolved into the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. After becoming a registered non-profit for the musical arts in 1964, Douglas began presenting regular jazz and classical programs to the public. National and local jazz luminaries such as Betty Carter, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Art Blakey, Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi, Etta James, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Carter, and Milt Jackson, to name just several of thousands, played at the Bach over its 50-year history. Notables in the classical music world such as the Kronos Quartet and Mariano Cordoba performed as well. In 1973, Douglas hired the then 19-year-old Tim Jackson, a Santa Cruz resident and musician to take tickets at the door. “Pete gave me my start in the jazz world in 1973 and has always been a mentor to me,” said Jackson, Artistic Director of Monterey Jazz Festival and Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz. “Pete was a pioneer in jazz presenting and presided over one of the longest tenured jazz venues in the country. His passion for quality music and developing audience engagement—or a ‘scene’ as Pete always said—was paramount and never diminished. He was truly unique and was able to develop a venue that expressed his own personal viewpoint. I will miss that chiseled face with the pipe and Greek fisherman’s cap (Etta James called him ‘Popeye’) and will always remember the spirit he brought to any conversation.” Pete Douglas gave the Bay Area and Northern California a much-needed alternative and distinctive venue in which local and touring musicians could perform. As the San Francisco Clubs in North Beach were closing down in the late 1960s, the Bach was a perfect beach experience that reflected the nature of the curator. Saxophonist David Liebman, a frequent performer at the Bach over the years, described Pete Douglas as the “Original Hipster.” “What a perfect ambiance,” Liebman recalled in an email. “A nice meal and drinks; playing jazz for an appreciative audience; a great piano; complete care of the musicians; all with the Pacific Ocean at your doorstep and of course Pete, who knew it all and would sit front and center listening like a hawk. He lived a long, full life and will be missed by all.” Douglas is survived by his daughters, Linda Tichenor, Barbara Riching and Virginia Castillo and grandsons, Tony, Aaron, and Andrew Ackerman and Maxwell Riching and his granddaughters, Chelsea and Tina Castillo, and several great-grandchildren. Additionally, Pete is predeceased by his brother John “Jack” Douglas and survived by his brother Roger Dial. In addition to Pete’s family, Pete was loved by his many jazz supporters, including his right-hand manager, Linda Goetz. A memorial will be announced on the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society’s website at http://www.bachddsoc.org where memorial donations may also be made to the non-profit organization.
  14. Charlie Haden R.I.P.

    from Tina Pelikan, ECM Records Publicity: It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Charlie Haden, born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away today at 10:11 Pacific time in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness. Ruth Cameron, his wife of 30 years, and his children Josh Haden, Tanya Haden, Rachel Haden and Petra Haden were all by his side.
  15. 2015 NEA Jazz Masters announced

    Carla Bley(Willow, New York)—keyboardist, composer, arranger, bandleader George Coleman(Jersey City, New Jersey)—saxophonist, composer, educator Charles Lloyd (Santa Barbara, California)—saxophonist, flutist, composer Joe Segal* (Chicago, Illinois)—jazz presenter and club owner
  16. 2015 NEA Jazz Masters announced

    1982: Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Sun Ra 1983: Count Basie, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Rollins 1984: Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Max Roach 1985: Gil Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Jonathan Jones 1986: Benny Carter, Dexter Gordon, Teddy Wilson 1987: Cleo Patra Brown, Melba Liston, Jay McShann 1988: Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, Billy Taylor 1989: Barry Harris, Hank Jones, Sarah Vaughan 1990: George Russell, Cecil Taylor, Gerald Wilson 1991: Danny Barker, Buck Clayton, Andy Kirk, Clark Terry 1992: Betty Carter, Dorothy Donegan, Harry "Sweets" Edison 1993: Milt Hinton, Jon Hendricks, Joe Williams 1994: Louie Bellson, Ahmad Jamal, Carmen McRae 1995: Ray Brown, Roy Haynes, Horace Silver 1996: Tommy Flanagan, J. J. Johnson, Benny Golson 1997: Billy Higgins, Milt Jackson, Anita O'Day 1998: Ron Carter, James Moody, Wayne Shorter 1999: Dave Brubeck, Art Farmer, Joe Henderson 2000: David Baker, Donald Byrd, Marian McPartland 2001: John Lewis, Jackie McLean, Randy Weston 2002: Frank Foster, Percy Heath, McCoy Tyner 2003: Jimmy Heath,[3]Elvin Jones, Abbey Lincoln[4] 2004: Jim Hall, Chico Hamilton, Herbie Hancock, Luther Henderson, Nancy Wilson, Nat Hentoff 2005: Kenny Burrell, Paquito D'Rivera, Slide Hampton, Shirley Horn, Artie Shaw, Jimmy Smith, George Wein 2006: Ray Barretto, Tony Bennett, Bob Brookmeyer, Chick Corea, Buddy DeFranco, Freddie Hubbard, John Levy 2007: Toshiko Akiyoshi, Curtis Fuller, Ramsey Lewis, Dan Morgenstern, Jimmy Scott, Frank Wess, Phil Woods 2008: Candido Camero, Andrew Hill, Quincy Jones, Tom McIntosh, Gunther Schuller, Joe Wilder 2009: George Benson, Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Toots Thielemans, Rudy Van Gelder, Snooky Young 2010: Muhal Richard Abrams, George Avakian, Kenny Barron, Bill Holman, Bobby Hutcherson, Yusef Lateef, Annie Ross, Cedar Walton[5] 2011: Hubert Laws, David Liebman, Johnny Mandel, Orrin Keepnews, and the Marsalis Family (Ellis Marsalis, Jr.,Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, and Jason Marsalis)[6] 2012: Jack DeJohnette, Von Freeman, Charlie Haden, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Owens[7] 2013: Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson, Lorraine Gordon, Eddie Palmieri 2014: Jamey Aebersold, Anthony Braxton, Richard Davis, Keith Jarrett 2015: Carla Bley, George Coleman, Charles Lloyd, and Joe Segal[8] Jump up
  17. 2015 NEA Jazz Masters announced

    NEA Jazz masters [and other NEA receipients] are for the land of the living only. Dems is da rules
  18. 2015 NEA Jazz Masters announced

    George Coleman was WAY overdue!!
  19. Charlie Hunter Corner

    I like some of his stuff so take him in small doses and not very often any more. After I moved to the Bay Area saw him a lot, and his playing is very limited by the gimmicky nature of it all, from the instruments to the technique, which is unique but limited and extremely repetitive. I like some of his stuff over the years.
  20. FIFA World Cup 2014

    Biting = forfeit FIFA has no balls when it comes to making obvious decisions.
  21. AAJ forums

    Boards the likes of this are quite important in the world of misc. product enthusiasts. If you're a Chevy Corvette nut, or Harley Davidson, or most any type of car the board_type forums are vital. I'm sure this is not exclusive to transportation....just the type I have some familiarity with. Totally independent of the manufacturers, it's where the fanatics gather for all things they love and dislike and come together the get 'the scoop'. Naturally, jazz around here IS the product and it's where fanatics come to find out what's going on and to learn a few things.
  22. Unless I missed a thread did not see this topic. The west is really strong and highly contested at the moment. Boston leads the east at the moment would be 9th in the west right now. They'll play right up to Feb 7th 2014 and take a nearly 3 week break for the Olympics, then resume the push to the NHL playoffs. Anyone else for talkin' pucks?
  23. RIP Jimmy Scott

    Like many here I'm sure, just LOVED Jimmy Scott! Got to spend some time with him on a couple of occasions....taped an interview for radio. My daughter spent and entire evening with him back stage in SF a number of years ago that she'll never forget.. RIP