Gertrude Stein, who spent the 1880s living in Oakland as a child, revisited her old neighborhood decades later, and, finding everything changed, remarked innocently, "There's no there there." It's a soundbite from which the city has never entirely recovered, and one that Sally Holloway is well aware of. Over dinner last April, Holloway -- founder and longtime director of the Russian River Jazz Festival -- remarked to jazz writer Nina Hodgson, "Why doesn't Oakland have a first-class jazz festival? It has a marvelous jazz history, going back to the turn of the century, and a wonderful presence on the scene today. It really deserves to have its own no-kidding... More >>>