Opening Night at Monterey Jazz Fest: Signings With Geri Allen & Cyrille Aimee

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 18, 2015 07:30pm | Post a Comment

It's opening night here at the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival and we are on site with our Mini-Amoeba store! Our spacious tent is bursting with CDs, vinyl, t-shirts, pins, books, and posters. Plus we are hosting amazing signings with many of the stars of this year's festival. We have a brand new schedule of talent signing every day of the festival (September 18 - 20), so check out our line-up below and visit us often.

Tonight we have signings with Geri Allen at 9:00pm and Cyrille Aimee at 9:45pm.

Pianist, composer, bandleader, educator, and Guggenheim Fellow Geri Allen presents the Erroll Garner geri allenProject: Concert by the Sea tonight at 7:30pm on the Jimmy Lyons Stage, marking the 60th anniversary of the recording of Erroll Garner’s Concert by the Sea. Allen is currently Director of the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a master’s degree in ethnomusicology. For the past 30 years she has recorded, performed, and collaborated with some of the most important artists of our time including Ornette Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, George Shirley, Dewey Redman, Jimmy Cobb, Sandra Turner-Barnes, Charles Lloyd, Marcus Belgrave, Betty Carter, Jason Moran, Lizz Wright, Marian McPartland, Roy Brooks, Vijay Iyer, Charlie Haden and Paul Motion, Laurie Anderson, Terri Lynn Carrington and Esperanza Spalding, Hal Wilner, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano, Dr. Billy Taylor, Carrie Mae Weems, Angelique Kidjo, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, S. Epatha Merkerson, Farah Jasmin Griffin, Howard University's Afro-Blue, and many others.

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The Dead Weather Listening Party at Amoeba San Francisco, 9/23

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 16, 2015 03:23pm | Post a Comment

The Dead Weather Listening Party

The new Dead Weather album Dodge and Burn releases on September 25th, but wouldn't you LOVE a chance to hear it before release day? And wouldn't you just maybe like to win some kool prizes too?

Then head over to Amoeba SF for our Dead Weather listening party on Wednesday, September 23rd at 5pm! Hear Dodge and Burn in its entirety and enter to win limited edition Dead Weather prizes!

The Dead Weather


Fall at the Fillmore 2015 Line-Up Announced

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 8, 2015 05:22pm | Post a Comment

Fall at the Fillmore

Amoeba Music and San Francisco’s historic music venue The Fillmore are pleased to announce the annual Fall at the Fillmore concert series. This year's schedule is packed with over 50 shows on sale now, and new shows with Richard Thompson, Two Gallants, Los Lobos, and The Matches on sale this week!

Follow @AmoebaSF on Twitter for Fall at the Fillmore ticket giveaways!

Check out this line-up:

9/10: BLACKALICIOUS with Lifesavas, Raw G, Rev. Shines, Davey D


9/17: OLD 97'S with Salim Nourallah

9/18: DAWES

9/19: DESTROYER with Frog Eyes

9/23: BEST COAST with Lovely Bad Things


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The Song Is The Thing: New Jazz Recommendations From Donnell

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 6, 2015 04:26pm | Post a Comment

By Donnell Hilton

The song is the thing, at least for me. I seek them out, they are treasure. Not all of them, of course, but Duke Ellington, Black Brown And Beigethere are indeed enough to last a lifetime. I’ve always looked to music to bring color to the world when it didn’t seem to have much and also to accompany its brightest moments, hopefully making them that much more luminous. The search for these Bright Moments (thank you Rahsaan Roland Kirk) continues to be a most worthwhile endeavor. Just recently, whilst listening to an album I love -- Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige (Columbia/Legacy), I found myself drawn to the fifth song on the album and not the fourth. The fourth is one of Ellington’s seminal compositions, “Come Sunday” sung by legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. The fifth song is the same composition with a shorter arrangement and instead of vocals it features one of best Jazz violinists of the ‘40s, Ray Nance. The performance is subtle, beautiful, and yearning…yet another reminder that multiple plays of an album can reveal more over time.

Some songs and albums are so good that they need sharing, especially if I know of someone who would Benjamin Clementine, At Least For Nowenjoy it as much as I. Recently while trolling the internets for music, I stumbled across Benjamin Clementine, a British-born singer, songwriter, poet, and pianist whose voice drew me in immediately. His album At Least for Now (Capitol Records) is all that I hoped it would be and more. After hearing the first single, “Condolence,” I hoped it would be as good and it is. Clementine’s piano playing and vocals, peppered with some strings and percussion, make for a remarkable first outing. The album is populated with line upon line of a poetic sensibility that is passionate, urgent, and revealing, such as “London” with the lyric, “Though my preferred ways are not happening, I won’t under estimate who I am capable of becoming." There are so many good songs: “Adios,” “Nemesis,” “Cornerstone,” “Quiver a Little.” The follow up can’t come soon enough. I’d love to hear him do a rendition of Weill’s “Pirate Jenny.”

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Hiromi's The Trio Project at SFJAZZ Center, September 24 - 27

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 1, 2015 01:23pm | Post a Comment

Hiromi, The Trio Project, SFJazz Center

Amoeba Music sponsors four nights with Japanese-born contemporary jazz pianist Hiromi and her Trio Project at SFJAZZ Center, September 24th - 27th.

Hiromi is an utterly original improviser and composer who turns each piece into a thrilling ride. Her powerful Trio Project features electric bass master Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips, whose resume includes stints with Brian Eno, Jeff Beck, Stanley Clarke, Toto, and The Who. Despite their obvious musical firepower, what’s most impressive about this band isn’t their matchless instrumental technique; it is instead their cohesive group approach in which no instrument is confined to its traditional role.

“I want to treat the three instruments as three pieces of an orchestra, and extend the sound,” says the pianist. She worked with Jackson on her first two albums and had long thought about bringing him into the studio again. After playing several shows as a trio, she knew Phillips was the right drummer for her this incredible trio. “He’s got a very diverse, very unique sound,” Hiromi says. “He has an amazing understanding of all kinds of music, the same as Anthony, and that’s what I was looking for.”

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