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RIP Jazz Producer Orrin Keepnews, 1923-2015



"I accept the fact that, in all probability, sooner or later I will split. And I haven't really thought about [an epitaph]. But I hope it would have to do with recognizing that I did understand the music, and I did do everything I possibly could, by fair means or foul, to advance the cause of the music and the people who play it." (read more in an article about Keepnews)

     — Orrin Keepnews (1923-2015)

This Week in Jazz


Now Online... the most complete jazz calendar in Northern California. So don't just sit there... get some jazz!

This week's featured concerts:


 3/2: Laurie Antonioli at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz

 3/3: Al Molina Jazz Ensemble at 7 Mile House in Brisbane

 3/4: A WinterFest Tribute to Clark Terry at the Hedley Club in San Jose

3/5: Vortex Tribe Fusion at Angelica's in Redwood City

 3/6: "An Evening of Brazilian Guitar" with Ricardo Peixoto and  at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco

 3/7: The Adam Theis, Wil Blades & Joe Bagale "Mega Trio" at the Joe Henderson Lab in the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco

 3/8: Kenny G at Yoshi's in Oakland

View today's full calendar...

The Directory Spotlight

Our most recent additions to the JazzWest Directory:

 ·  Grant Levin (piano)
 ·  Russ Gold (drums)
 ·  Groove Dragon
 ·  Tony Saunders (bass)
 ·  Ren Geisick (vocals)
 ·  Mary Jenson (vocals)

Take a look to see who's new...

News & Feature Articles
In Kim Nalley's Blog...

Kim NalleyWednesday, February 4, 2015

Singing the Truth for Trayvon & Dr. King

Kim travels to Florida for a celebration of Dr. King's birthday, and has a life-changing experience along with performing her own song, "Blues for Trayvon"...

Listen to the SFJAZZ Collective's New Single

"Fire," originally recorded in 1973, is the first single released from the SFJAZZ Collective's new album "Live: SFJAZZ Center 2014, The Music of Joe Henderson" 

Listen now to this exclusive SoundCloud track...

San Jose's "Winter Fest" Showcases Jazz, R&B

Otis Brown III, Taylor McFerrin (left), Kendrick Scott and the Mads Tolling Quartet with Tierney Sutton are among the highlights, Feb. 27-March 8 in San Jose...

2,500+ New Live Jazz Listings in the Calendar

We're kicking off 2015 with a full slate of live jazz around the Bay Area. From dinner jazz to the cutting edge of creative improvisation, we've got you covered...

The Addition (formerly Yoshi's SF) Goes Dark

The Addition (formerly Yoshi's San Francisco) Goes DarkAfter slightly more than six months, The Addition (formerly Yoshi's San Francisco) has closed its Fillmore District doors due to what new owners call "financial reasons"...

SFJAZZ Announces Full 2014-2015 Season

Esperanza SpaldingJoshua Redman, Charles Lloyd and a 50th anniversary celebration of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" are all part of SFJAZZ's 2014-15 concert season...

JazzWest Takes You to Monterey Jazz 2014

Cecile McLorin Salvant performs at the 2014 Monterey Jazz FestivalBrowse our complete coverage of the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival, featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charles Lloyd, The Roots, Christian McBride and more...

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