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2008 Stories by Sam Prestianni

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  • Still Charming

    published November 19, 2008

    Jenny Scheinman's latest release is a self-titled album of captivating blues, roots, and haunting folk songs. This seeming shift in... More >>

  • Cecil Taylor and Marilyn Crispell: the Key Players

    published October 22, 2008

    At 78, Cecil Taylor is the granddaddy of avant-garde jazz piano. He first presented the basic concepts of so-called free improvisation... More >>

  • Doctor Parker

    published May 14, 2008

    New York bassist William Parker believes in music as a healing force, a vehicle for ecstatic transformation, similar to the meditative... More >>

  • Hillstomp defines the down ‘n’ dirty gutbucket blues

    published April 16, 2008

    Born in the gutters of Portland, Oregon, Hillstomp defines the down 'n' dirty gutbucket blues. Guitarist Henry Christian and... More >>

  • Silent Jazz

    published April 9, 2008

    Celebrating Club Foot Orchestra’s pioneering concept of performing live to enduring films from the silent era, SFJAZZ presents the Jazz +... More >>

  • You Kihl Me

    published March 5, 2008

    If confidence and creativity are the cornerstones of sexy, then violinist/vocalist Carla Kihlstedt is the sexiest woman in the avant-garde. In any... More >>

  • Other Minds music fest pushes aural limits

    published March 5, 2008

    In its mission statement, the San Francisco–based Other Minds organization proclaims its commitment "to the encouragement and propagation... More >>

  • Crime pays: OG San Francisco "punks" offer rare live appearance

    published February 20, 2008

    Fishbone is the quintessential hyphenated combo. From its inception in 1979, the spazztastic Los Angeles septet has been mashing genres,... More >>

  • So Smooth

    published February 20, 2008

    Pat Metheny is a complex figure in contemporary jazz. Throughout his extensive recording and touring career of more than three decades, the... More >>

  • Old Jazz Hand

    published February 13, 2008

    Downtown New York City players are known for combining world-class musicianship with avant-garde extremism. Yet even in such company, pianist Uri... More >>

  • San Francisco's Impalers Pursue the Groovy Over the Gritty

    published February 13, 2008

    Next month's Midnight Boom is the third album from London duo the Kills, whose seedy, deconstructive blues have a sensual cool... More >>

  • Mexican six-string superheroes Rodrigo y Gabriela

    published February 6, 2008

    Berkeley resident Sean Smith and the U.K.'s James Blackshaw are part of the underground acoustic guitar network, descending... More >>

  • Bang One Out

    published February 6, 2008

    To kick off its "What's the Big Idea Day" open house, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts couldn't have enlisted a better combo of adventurous... More >>

  • Water Music

    published January 23, 2008

    In jazz, even the most skilled composer-improvisers are often only as good as the company they keep. The give-and-take nature of the art form... More >>

  • Listen to Cassandra

    published January 23, 2008

    Cassandra Wilson is the greatest modern jazz singer who doesn't sing jazz. Her signature sound tends to explore a unique combo of contemporary... More >>

  • Museum-Quality Jazz

    published January 16, 2008

    The de Young Museum launches its 2008 Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young program in style, teaming up with Intersection for... More >>

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