Billy Cobham at Yoshi’s, 2018

Legendary drummer Billy Cobham’s Crosswinds Project quintet played to a sold-out crowd Tuesday during the first of two nights at Yoshi’s in Oakland, the second stop on a nationwide tour.   Seventy three years young, Cobham still plays with the same level of energy and musicianship he displayed 45 years earlier as the propulsive engine…

John McLaughlin, San Francisco, 2017

Guitar guru John McLaughlin’s inner mounting flame burned white hot at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco Friday night. During the next-to-last stop on what’s said to be the final North American tour by the maestro of musical metaphysics, Mr. McLaughlin both performed and looked like someone decades younger than his 75 years, first with…

San Jose Summer Jazz Fest, 2017

From jazz legends to rising stars, this year’s San Jose Jazz Summer Fest offered more than 100 performances during its three-day run ranging from jazz and blues, to salsa and beyond. As with any world-class music festival, it’s impossible to be in more than one place at a time, but we gave it our best…

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…