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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman at SFJAZZ Center, December 10-13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 17, 2015 05:17pm | Post a Comment

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor four nights of shows with The Bad Plus Joshua Redman at SFJAZZ Center from December 10 - 13.

Celebrating their new release, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, iconoclastic trio The Bad Plus and modern saxophone giant Joshua Redman present an evening of sublime, spontaneous invention. The Bad Plus earned an unusually broad following among young music fans through poker-faced interpretations of beloved rock and pop tunes like Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” Blondie’s “Heart of Glass,” and Radiohead’s “Karma Police.” The collective trio still traffics in ingenious covers, but pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King are all dedicated composers. Possessing distinct and divergent aesthetics, they channel their music through a radically democratic group sound that erases traditional distinctions between soloist and accompanist. It’s an approach that rarely invites in outsides, but the Berkeley-raised Redman joined The Bad Plus for a European tour a few years back and quickly made himself part of their quirky Midwestern gestalt. He joins forces with the band again, though Anderson hesitates to call it a collaboration, noting that playing with the trio means “dealing with what the Bad Plus does, and Josh really got that and brought this incredible energy. It’s a lot of new personality for the music, but still The Bad Plus.”

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R.I.P. Allen Toussaint

Posted by Billy Gil, November 10, 2015 01:37pm | Post a Comment

allen toussaint

Legendary New Orleans pianist, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint died today. He was 77.

Toussaint died this morning of a heart attack while in his hotel room in Madrid, The Associated Press reports. Toussaint had still been touring and performing at the time of his death.

Toussaint began performing in the 1950s and wrote hundreds of hits for other artists, such classics as “Working in a Coal Mine” for Lee Dorsey and “Lady Marmalade” as performed by LaBelle. His solo career blossomed in the 1970s with releases such as his 1971 self-titled album.

Toussaint was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and 2009, and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. He has performed with everyone from Paul McCartney to Elvis Costello. Toussaint is considered one of New Orleans’ most celebrated artists and often performed as a headliner at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Watch a performance of Toussaint in Madrid from from video taken yesterday below.

SFJAZZ Collective: Music of Michael Jackson, October 22 - 25

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 29, 2015 07:10pm | Post a Comment

SFJazz Collective

Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor SFJAZZ’s resident all-star ensemble SFJAZZ Collective as they present sparkling new arrangements of music by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, plus freshly minted compositions by the Collective at SFJAZZ Center from October 22 - 25th.

Jackson’s celebrity burned so brightly it often obscured the brilliance of his musical mind, a situation that’s only grown more pronounced since his death in 2009. The SFJAZZ Collective puts the spotlight back where it belongs, interpreting lesser known gems as well as epochal hits from his diverse and endlessly inventive songbook. Much like their investigation of Stevie Wonder’s musical treasure trove, the Collective brings the same probing intelligence, incisive lyricism, harmonic insight, and rhythmic energy to well-crafted pop tunes as to material conceived for jazz settings.

Inspired by the full breadth of American music, the octet continues to build on a bold decade-long legacy creating original music and exploring the work of nonpareil composers from Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, and Thelonious Monk to Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver, Chick Corea, and Joe Henderson.

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Amoeba's Monterey Jazz Fest 2015 Wrap Up: Trombone Shorty, Nikki Hill, Dianne Reeves & More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 22, 2015 09:27pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba tent at Monterey Jazz Festival, 2015It's been another amazing year of Jazz in the sun and stellar signings at the Mini Amoeba tent at the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. We couldn't have asked for a more exciting, action-packed schedule of signings with Jazz luminaries for our fifth year onsite at the prestigious and historic three-day festival.

This year we hosted 17 signings (incuding the surprise visit from The Brothers Comatose) in just three days! We are honored to have had the chance to work with these monster talents - all of them legends or soon-to-be legends - and with the gracious staff of the Monterey Jazz Festival.


On Friday night (September 18) we kicked off our all-star roster with a 9pm signing with pianist Geri Allen who arrived fresh from the Jimmy Lyons Stage where she had just presented “The Erroll Garner Project: Concert by the Sea.” This tribute performance marks the 60th anniversary of the recording of Erroll Garner’s Concert by the Sea.

Geri Allen

Glamorous French vocalist Cyrille Aimee joined us at 9:45pm after a smoldering set at the Night Club and signed her major label debut, It's A Good Day.

Cyrille Aimee

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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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