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…

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…