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…

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…