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Exclusive Interview: Gilles Peterson

February 11, 2019

It can be hard to pinpoint Gilles Peterson’s contributions to modern music because they’re so wide-ranging. Since the 1980’s, he’s run three record labels (Acid Jazz, Talkin’ Loud, and currently Brownswood) and helped curate over 100 compilations; toured the world as a DJ; pioneered a musical movement (acid jazz, a term he comically coined, only for the tag to be widely misconstrued); and carved out a highly respected broadcasting career that includes a weekend spot …

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Interview with Summer Jazz Camp Special Guest Taylor Eigsti

May 18, 2017

This year, SJZ Summer Jazz Camp welcomes Bay Area native Taylor Eigsti as its special guest. Before his appearance on June 29 and 30, we spoke with the New York-based pianist by phone to learn why he connected with music at such a young age. We also asked if he had any advice for our eager campers before they arrive at Valley Christian High School on June 19. What first drew you to the piano? …

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Returning Home: A Conversation with Donny McCaslin

January 31, 2017

Though saxophonist Donny McCaslin made his name in the jazz world after moving to New York, he still has fond memories of growing up in the greater Santa Cruz area, where he cultivated his musical foundation. He recalls traveling over the hill to San Jose to participate in summer workshops, of sitting in with the late Smith Dobson at Garden City, then a South Bay hotbed for jazz. Back in Santa Cruz, he recalls watching …

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(Winter) Fest Five: Amy Anderson

March 4, 2015

You can catch Amy Anderson soaking up live music three or more nights a week–supporting local musicians and the scene is one of her main passions.  Amy has been actively working to enliven downtown San Jose for over a decade as events and promotions manager for the San Jose Downtown Association.  She currently sits on the newly-formed Fountain Blues Foundation Board, working to make sure the long-running Fountain Blues Festival remains a part of the …

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(Winter) Fest Five: Sam Ramirez

March 4, 2015

Born and raised in San Jose, Bar Owner/Operator Sam Ramirez is known for his entertainment expertise spanning over a decade and his work and efforts with some of the most successful nightlife and live music venues throughout the Bay Area. From DB Coopers, Paradise Beach Club, Studio 47, Club F/X, AJAX Lounge and Cactus Club, The Edge, DNA Lounge SF, Townsend Club SF, End Up SF, The Cardiff Lounge, The Branham Lounge, El Guapo’s and …

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(Winter) Fest Five: Ross McMahon

February 24, 2015

Though he’s a newcomer to SJZ’s Board, Ross McMahon has always been involved in the arts, first as an Irish step dancer and later as an ice skater, competing in both disciplines at the national level. He played guitar in bands throughout the bay area while getting his bachelor of arts in American Literature at Santa Clara University, volunteered at campus radio station KSCU and then later, while attending Tulane Law School, at WTUL New Orleans. Ross …

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(Winter) Fest Five: Dandiggity

February 19, 2015

A cultural connoisseur and proud San Jose native, Danny “Dandiggity” Le is a constant collaborator in the art scene here at home and abroad. He is a curator of ideas, a poet, and has been dubbed “The Mayor” by his contemporaries for his involvement in the many different scenes that make up the Bay Area’s creative community. He is a co-owner of PLSTK, a design and consulting agency that specializes in creative solutions for clients …

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Dr. Aaron Lington interviewed on The Kamla Show

November 6, 2014

Dr. Aaron Lington never set a life goal to win a Grammy® Award. The San Jose Jazz High School All Stars Director and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at San Jose State University simply focuses on immersing himself in his music as fully as possible. In a recent interview with Kamla Bhatt on The Kamla Show, Lington shares the secrets behind the 2014 Grammy® win of Pacific Mambo Orchestra, a group Lington performs with and composes …

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Eye on the Scene: Ren Geisick

May 14, 2014

Photo Credit: Carrillo + Decoux For our periodic blog series Eye on the Scene, we take a closer look at some of the local artists helping make an impact on our jazz community. Our newest addition: Ren Geisick, a powerful vocal presence who is using her jazz chops to illuminate songs from a number of styles in fascinating ways. As she mentions in her interview, emotion is at the core of her work. It shows in her …

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Summer Jazz Camp Director Wally Schnalle Helps Students Discover the Possibilities

April 8, 2014

Boasting a catalogue that now stretches eight albums, drummer Wally Schnalle has made quite the career for himself on the Bay Area jazz scene. Referring to himself playfully during our conversation as “the fusion guy,” Schnalle’s work extends to stints both as a bandleader and a supporting player. Equally at home backing a blues band or a jazz quintet, Schnalle’s most recent musical project, Idiot Fish, finds him stretching his vast palette of musical flavors …

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