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…

Fast Bikes-AMGEN Tour of California

The start of the final stage of the 2016 AMGEN Tour of California took the peloton from the State Capitol over the Tower Bridge into West Sacramento and down to the Delta and back. Approximately 3 hours after the start, the breakaway pack headed back over the Sacramento River via the Tower Bridge toward the finish line.

East Meets West, Sacramento 2016

East met West on International Jazz Day in Sacramento via a sublime 12-string guitar and tabla summit at the Gold Lion Arts featuring guitarist Ross Hammond and Sameer Gupta on tabla. The duo has a new release titled “Upward” which is well worth checking out. I hear echoes of John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussein and Shakti in their…

Happy International Jazz Day!

It’s International Jazz Day hosted this year at the White House. Above are some of my favorite images I’ve shot over the past few years. From left to right, starting at the top row: Herbie Hancock, Cyrille Aimée, Ravi Coltrane, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews & Orleans Avenue,Chick Corea, Cecile McLorin Salvant Music, Wynton Marsalis, Charles Lloyd and Christian…

Brian Auger & the Oblivion Express, Sacramento, 2016

Brian Auger and his Oblivion Express brought Hammond B3 organ jazz and soul to Sacramento’s Torch Club Friday night. Auger’s 1974 “Straight Ahead” LP was part of the soundtrack of my college years in Long Beach and even today I can still hear his haunting take on Wes Montgomery’s “Bumpin’ on Sunset” blaring from my 1965 Chevy Impala’s…

Allison Miller and Boom Tic Boom

Just because a jazz venue is located right across the street from one of Sacramento’s largest cemeteries does not mean the music is headed to the grave any time soon. Not with the likes of drummer/composer Allison Miller and her Boom Tic Boom trio making new music that nearly blew the roof off guitarist Ross Hammond’s Gold…

A Lesson on Impermanence: The End of KGO Radio

Radio news is dead. Again. With the “Black Thursday” blow-out at my former employer, legendary KGO Radio in San Francisco, radio news has been killed. Again. By greed. Again. A former KGO news staffer, Claudia Lamb, writes an insightful post about how the end came to be in this SoundwavesTV.com article. I don’t write or talk much…