Monterey Jazz Festival, 2016

The 59th Monterey Jazz Festival was a showcase of jazz legends sharing the spotlight with the next generation of music makers. By all accounts, the future of the music looks to be in great hands! From a memorable tribute to Quincy Jones, to Q on stage checking out teenage Indonesian piano prodigy Joey Alexander’s trio,…

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, 2016

The “e” in 2016’s San Jose Jazz Summer Fest most definitely stood for eclectic. Case in point: Within earshot of Grammy award-winning vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant on the festival’s main stage, one could stumble upon the straight ahead jazz of Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun’s tribute to Elvin Jones held in a venue normally reserved for customers of…

Henry Robinett Group Reunites

Where has 20 years gone? It’s been two decades since Sacramento jazz guitarist/composer Henry Robinett and his trio have played in a spot they use to play every week for some nine years: On Broadway in downtown Sacramento. The venerable jazz club that hosted local musicians as well as internationally known artists – Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Flora…

Dr. John, Sacramento 2016

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John brought his patented brand of psychedelic New Orleans swamp funk/blues to Sacramento’s Woodlake venue Sunday night. From “Iko” and “Right Place” to “Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya” and “Goodnight Irene,” Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack and The Nite Trippers, featuring trombonist Sarah Morrow, delivered hits from every era dating back…

James “Superharp” Cotton, Sacramento, 2008

Birthday greetings to blues harp legend James “Superharp” Cotton, as seen at Sacramento’s Horsemen’s Club, 2008. Photographs copyright Ken Hunt and Whole Earth Images. By the way, If you like all things jazz and blues, (and other good stuff for your ears and eyes), please check out and consider becoming a fan of The Jazz Wire on…

Jacam Manricks, Sacramento, 2016

Flying way under the music promotional radar, the 2016 edition of the Sacramento Music Festival featured the exceptional straight ahead jazz of Jacam Manricks, a world-class composer/arranger/educator and saxman, well-respected on the New York music scene and lecturer at UC Davis. Your Jazz Wire editor considers Mr. Manricks’ sets at the Embassy Suites hotel one…