Woody Shaw*

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Woody Shaw*

  Dedicated to the artist that are no longer with us: Voices of Silence Born: December 24th 1944 Died: May 10th 1989 In 1977 I purchased my first of many Woody Shaw albums “Rosewood” which led to many more of this jazz giant releases. I was five years out of high school and clearly knew who …

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Joe Henderson*

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Joe Henderson*

Dedicated to the artist that are no longer with us: Voices of Silence Born: April 24th 1937 Died: June 30th 2001 Jazz saxophonists play a heavy roll on the stage and in many cases are the front men for any trio, quartet, quintet, or sextet. The sounds coming from any of the saxes is so distinguishable …

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Art Blakey*

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Art Blakey*

Dedicated to the artist that are no longer with us: Voices of Silence Born October 11th 1919 Died October 16th 1990 It’s hard to think that a jazz front man would be anything other than piano, trumpet, sax, or guitar in general. But and instrument is a voice to be heard regardless. Like the bass, the …

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San Jose Summer Jazz Weekend

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San Jose Summer Jazz Weekend

Ok, so San Jose, Ca didn’t inherit the fortune to be situated around water. Nor does its roots grow deep in cosmopolitan splendor like New York; Chicago; DC; or San Francisco it’s neighbor. Albeit it is the third largest city in California and the tenth in the country with a massive area of 180 square …

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George Duke*

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George Duke*

Dedicated to the artist that are no longer with us: Voices of Silence Born January 12th, 1946 Died August 5th 2013 Today we lost another icon of a great music genre. The funk-master extraordinaire Mr. George Duke has sadly left this heavenly body to soar through the celestial heavens to play a higher performance. I personally …

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Jaco Pastorius*

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Jaco Pastorius*

Dedicated to the artist that are no longer with us: Voices of Silence Born December 1st Died Sepember 21st So it’s another Sunday and pretty much my favorite day of the week. I never really care what the weather is on a Sunday because I can apply just about anything indoors or out to make …

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Zimbabwe To Los Gatos

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Zimbabwe To Los Gatos

I looked forward to meeting some friends after our regular Sunday morning tennis foursome. We decided to meet at 2:00p in Redwood City for the city’s annual Blues Festival. At 1:00p I was home looking for the lineup online when I noticed that the city of Los Gatos was having their Sunday Jazz in the …

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If Jazz Music Dies, We All Die Too

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If Jazz Music Dies, We All Die Too

It was 1976 because my second son was born five years from the first son. I was excited after getting home from the hospital after his birth and turned the stereo volume up to hear one of my favorite musicians new album. The artist was Ahmad Jamal and the album was “Stepping Out With a …

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