The SFJAZZ Collective has new album set for release March 10, “Live: SFJAZZ Center 2014, The Music of Joe Henderson and New Compositions.” You can preview the track “Fire,” originally recorded in 1973 by Henderson and featuring Alice Coltrane at SoundCloud. The ensemble includes Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone), David Sánchez (tenor saxophone), Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Warren Wolf (vibraphone), Edward Simon (piano), Matt Penman (bass) and Obed Calvaire (drums).
Healdsburg Jazz celebrates Black History Month with a tribute to Duke Ellington and Langston Hughes. Set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg, the even features the Healdsburg Jazz Freedom Jazz Choir and Marcus Shelby Quintet with Tiffany Austin. Admission is with donations gratefully accepted to support the organization’s music education efforts. Here are the details.
Marcus Shelby, the multi-talented composer, musician and bandleader who last year presented his oratorio about Harriet Tubman at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, will compile this year’s program from Duke Ellington’s extensive oeuvre of song and orchestral works, and Langston Hughes’ poetry and prose pieces. This will be the third year of the Freedom Jazz Choir’s participation in Shelby’s Healdsburg performances. Approximately 60 adult members of the local amateur choir have already begun rehearsals in preparation for the concert.
The Student Jazz Choir and Ensemble will be drawn from Healdsburg area 5-8th graders who participate in the Healdsburg Jazz Black History Month education program, when Shelby will conduct Civil Rights-themed assemblies at eight Healdsburg and Geyserville schools the first week in February. Those schools will attend concert performances during the day on Feb. 27, with all area residents invited to the evening concert, starting at 7 pm.
And then there’s Jazz at the Hacienda, which raises money for the Monterey Jazz Festival’s education programs.
Monterey Jazz Festival and Santa Lucia Preserve are thrilled to present jazz singer and pianist Dena DeRose, with bassist Peter Barshay and drummer Akira Tana, in an intimate dinner show starting at 5:30 pm March 21 in the Great Room of the Hacienda at The Preserve in Carmel Valley.
This extraordinary evening will begin with a reception featuring Scheid Family Wines and hors d’oeuvres with music provided by Monterey Jazz Festival student musicians. The evening’s main program will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $250 per person and include the reception, dinner, jazz, wine pairings, tax and service. Net proceeds will benefit Monterey Jazz Festival’s Jazz Education Program.
Get ready for an onslaught of Frank Sinatra TV specials, albums and the like as 2015 marks the centennial of the singer’s birth. Even the Giants are getting in on the act by scheduling a Frank Sinatra 100th Birthday Celebration for May 7.
The year 2015 serves as what would be the 100th birthday for one of the world’s most beloved entertainers, Frank Sinatra, and the Giants are honored to invite you to join them in celebrating the “Chairman of the Board.” Members of the Sinatra family will be in attendance, so what better way to give them a San Francisco welcome than to celebrate Frank’s 100th birthday together! Your Special Event ticket package includes a ticket to the game against the Marlins and a limited-edition Frank Sinatra/Giants commemorative item. A diehard baseball fan and a personal friend of Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, Sinatra was a frequent guest of the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park. All fans attending the game will be treated to pre-game entertainment, along with in game activities themed around Sinatra and his legendary music.
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