Fall 2011 Staff Picks

Felice Swapp

      Friday, October 28, 8:00pm      
      at Paramount Theatre

Talk about a global party! Had friends in town for the 2009 show and we are still talking about it - it felt like being home for Carnival. Felt so connected with a crowd of strangers... sang along in a language I don't speak, but which I felt and I understood... basked (and danced) happily in the real and sincere feel of the music...

           

India.Arie has a few songs that have lingered in my soul for years - ever since I bought her first CD in 2001. Idan's music is rich and moving, and during his riveting show at SFJAZZ a few years ago, the percussionist did a gourd-water drumming sequence that was incredible! Experiencing these two together, live, will be complete bliss.

      Thursday, December 1, 7:30pm      
      at Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

I absolutely love listening to these ultra-talented and ultra-motivated young musicians play. They definitely fuel my "hope for the future" flame — probably because they play so amazingly well right now, in the present! The Combo and the Jazz Orchestra shows are both a must see on my list.

      Sunday, November 13, 7:00pm      
      at Herbst Theatre

This was one of the first SFJAZZ shows that I attended — loved it! I think I was tapping my feet with such focus that I had to force myself to remember to breathe.

      Sunday, October 16, 7:00pm      
      at San Francisco Conservatory of Music

I'm looking forward to becoming a new fan of Huun Huur Tu — I've got a feeling that I'll sit there entranced through the whole thing, acutely aware of every cell in my being, every note gliding by, and every molecule of air floating happily through my lungs.

Picks - Felice Swapp - F11 - Huun Huur Tu

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I'm looking forward to becoming a new fan of Huun Huur Tu — I've got a feeling that I'll sit there entranced through the whole thing, acutely aware of every cell in my being, every note gliding by, and every molecule of air floating happily through my lungs.

Picks - Felice Swapp - F11 - Dorado Schmitt

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4
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This was one of the first SFJAZZ shows that I attended — loved it! I think I was tapping my feet with such focus that I had to force myself to remember to breathe.

Picks - Felice Swapp - F11 - HSAS

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3
Excerpt Body: 

I absolutely love listening to these ultra-talented and ultra-motivated young musicians play. They definitely fuel my "hope for the future" flame — probably because they play so amazingly well right now, in the present! The Combo and the Jazz Orchestra shows are both a must see on my list.

Picks - Felice Swapp - F11 - India.Arie

Ranking: 
2
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India.Arie has a few songs that have lingered in my soul for years - ever since I bought her first CD in 2001. Idan's music is rich and moving, and during his riveting show at SFJAZZ a few years ago, the percussionist did a gourd-water drumming sequence that was incredible! Experiencing these two together, live, will be complete bliss.

Picks - Felice Swapp - F11 - Goran Bregovic

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1
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Talk about a global party! Had friends in town for the 2009 show and we are still talking about it - it felt like being home for Carnival. Felt so connected with a crowd of strangers... sang along in a language I don't speak, but which I felt and I understood... basked (and danced) happily in the real and sincere feel of the music...

All of us at SFJAZZ offer our deepest condolences to the family of San Francisco drumming legend Eddie Marshall, who passed away September 7th from a heart attack at the age of 73.

Eddie has been a fixture and guiding light of the Bay Area jazz scene for over 40 years, having been the house drummer at the legendary Keystone Korner in North Beach and working with artists including Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bobby McFerrin, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, John Handy and the Kronos Quartet. He had a decades-long association with vibraphonist, jazz icon and former SFJAZZ Collective member Bobby Hutcherson, with whom he recorded a number of classic albums, including his latest release, Wise One. Eddie led a pair of wonderful sessions, Dance of the Sun for the Timeless label, and his more recent self-released CD, Holy Mischief.

In 2000, Eddie was the recipient of the first SFJAZZ Beacon Award, honoring Bay Area musicians for their contributions to the local jazz scene. His tribute concert at the Masonic Auditorium featured the Holy Mischief band, his reformed electric project, Fourth Way, and vocalist Bobby McFerrin.

The jazz world has lost a tremendous artist in Eddie Marshall, and we are thankful to have known him. He will be greatly missed.

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"The biography and resume of this versatile drummer helps one to understand the whole evolution of modern jazz. "
All About Jazz

"Marshall extended jazz in the Bay Area into exciting new areas and inspired countless other musicians."
Randall Kline

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News articles regarding Eddie’s passing:
San Jose Mercury News
SFGate.com
JazzTimes
Ottawa Citizen

Website
eddiemarshall.com

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Fall 2011 Staff Picks

Mark Zitter

      Monday, October 10, 7:30pm      
      at Herbst Theatre

Local Berkeley boy makes good! Monk was the first and most profound jazz influence on Benny Green, who will celebrate Monk’s birthday in this performance with a terrific bassist and drummer.

      Saturday, October 22, 7:00pm & 9:00pm      
      at Herbst Theatre

One of today’s best sax players teams up with one of the best pianists. It’s enough to see either of these guys perform; this will be a double treat.

      Saturday, October 1, 8:00pm      
      at Paramount Theatre

Rising star, bass-playing female vocalist, passionate performer, Grammy Award winner – she’s one of a kind.

      Sunday, October 16, 7:00pm      
      at Herbst Theatre

A living legend whose playing remains fresh. This guy can swing!

      Thursday, October 27, 7:30pm      
      at YBCA Forum

Bluesy jazz with witty lyrics. Gotta love his laid-back voice and wry sense of humor.

Picks - Mark Zitter - F11 - Mose Allison

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5
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Bluesy jazz with witty lyrics. Gotta love his laid-back voice and wry sense of humor.

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