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Amoeba Music Interviews John Pizzarelli At The Monterey Jazz Festival

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 17, 2011 10:00pm | Post a Comment
Today at the Mini-Amoeba at the Monterey Jazz Festival we were lucky nab an Interview with John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer, after he signed autographs in celebration of his latest album Rockin’ In Rhythm. Thanks to Bennett Jackson for joining us for this fun conversation with a true great.

Today At The Monterey Jazz Festival: A Full Day Of Amazing Signings At The Mini-Amoeba!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 17, 2011 01:41pm | Post a Comment
It’s Saturday, our second day at the 54th annual Monterey Jazz Festival where we are onsite with a Mini-Amoeba store! Our tent has been jumping with festival goers who can’t get enough of the pianist Hiromi, whose newest release, Voice, has been flying off our shelves after her two performances at the festival yesterday. It’s Hiromi Mania! If you’d like to check out the piano magic, check out her albums on our site. Other hot items at the Mini-Amoeba include Richard Bona’s Ten Shades of Blues and Raul Midon’s Synthesis


Today we have a full roster of signings and it’s sure to be an amazing day for fans, who will have the opportunity to meet their heroes inside the Mini-Amoeba tent.

Donny McCaslin -- 3:30pm
Jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin got his start after attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, when he joined Berklee professor Gary Burton’s quintet, with whom he toured for four years. McCaslinDonny McCaslin Monterey Jazz Festival Amoeba Music moved to New York in 1991, working with bassist Eddie Gomez and then joining the group Steps Ahead, with whom he made the 1995 disc Vibe. McCaslin began to turn heads with his solo work in larger ensembles like Ken Schaphorst’s Big Band and Maria Schneider Orchestra, where his performance on the album Concert in the Garden received a Grammy nomination for “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo” in 2004.

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Poncho Sanchez & Terence Blanchard Visited The Mini Amoeba At The Monterey Jazz Festival!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 16, 2011 11:00pm | Post a Comment
 As you have probably already heard, Amoeba is an official sponsor of the 54th annual Monterey Jazz Festival and is onsite with a Mini-Amoeba store! Tonight – Friday, September 16th at 8:00pm – we hostedPoncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard Amoeba Music Monterey Jazz Festival the first of many of our scheduled signings and kicked it off with percussionist Poncho Sanchez and trumpeter Terence Blanchard!

Amoeba Music and the line of smiling fans were lucky to chat with Sanchez and Blanchard before they had to leave to gear up for their 11:00pm show on the Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage where they will appear with their new project, Cubano Be Cubano Bop, a tribute to the legacy of the Original Conga King Chano Pozo and his co-conspirator in Latin jazz, Dizzy Gillespie.

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…And We’re LIVE At The Monterey Jazz Festival!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 16, 2011 06:00pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba is overjoyed to be an official sponsor of the 54th annual Monterey Jazz Festival and to be onsite with a Mini-Amoeba store! We’ve been setting up for three days at the Monterey Fair Grounds and the doors have just officially just opened to the public. Business is already brisk at the Mini-
Amoeba as folks who have been standing in line for hours are streaming in through the gates to the sound of bands warming up and the delicious smoky smells of fair foods.

The Monterey Jazz Festival runs September 16th - 18th and we’ll be here everyday offering rare and popular CDs and vinyl, special edition jazz t-shirts, AND signings with some amazing artists!

Just check out this line-up!

Friday
Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard -- 8pm

Saturday
Donny McCaslin -- 3:30pm
Mitch Woods -- 4:30pm
Soul Rebels & Kermit Ruffins -- 5:30pm
John Pizzarelli -- 7pm

Sunday
Joshua Redman -- 2:30pm
Vince Mendoza -- 3:30pm
Erik Telford -- 4:30pm
Wil Blades -- 5:30pm
Robert Glasper -- 6:30pm
Tia Fuller -- 7:30pm



Amoeba Music LIVE from the Monterey Jazz Festival
Amoeba Music Monterey Jazz Festival

September 13th Proclaimed JIMI HENDRIX - WINTERLAND DAY By City of San Francisco…And It Happened At Amoeba SF!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 14, 2011 04:28pm | Post a Comment
In honor of the release of Jimi Hendrix Experience Winterland, the four-CD box set documenting the
jimi hendrix winterland day band’s historic performances at San Francisco’s legendary Winterland Ballroom over the course of six concerts in just  three nights in October of 1968, September 13th was proclaimed JIMI HENDRIX - WINTERLAND DAY by the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco! As the site of the former Winterland Ballroom at Post and Steiner Streets (where legends such as The Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane once presided) is now covered in condominiums, the ceremony was held at the next best beacon of Bay Area rock and roll glory…Amoeba San Francisco!

As scheduled, a limo arrived right at 7:00pm to 1855 Haight Street that 
Jimi Hexdrix & Jamie Hendrixnight carrying the funk legend Bootsy Collins and Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s half-sister and Experience Hendrix CEO, who were present to accept the honor on Jimi’s behalf.  Bootsy and Janie were accompanied by the glamorous Patti Collins (Bootsy’s wife), and a few friends and relatives. The crowd went wild as Bootsy and Janie were introduced from the Amoeba stage by publicist Bob Merlis, and then the JIMI HENDRIX - WINTERLAND DAY proclamation (see below for full text) was delivered by progressively hip District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, who also spoke on the legacy of San Francisco’s music scene.

Janie Hendrix thanked Supervisor Wiener, Bootsy, and the crowd of fans for keeping Jimi’s spirit alive and, obviously overwhelmed with the support, wondered what Jimi would think of all this. “He would probably just say WOW.” She said. “He was a man of few words.”

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