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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Soul Slam SF 10th Anniversary: Prince & Michael Jackson, 7/11

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 1, 2015 06:41pm | Post a Comment

Soul Slam SF

Amoeba Music is proud to join Massive Selector, fresco, and Keistar Productions in celebrating Soul Slam SF's 10th Anniversary at Mezzanine on Saturday, July 11th. If you've danced your booty off at Soul Slam in the past, then you know it’s more than just a party...It’s an experience! At Soul Slam, New York's DJ Spinna transforms the song books of Michael Jackson and Prince into a dream like journey – part history lesson and part love letter. Also spinning the masters that night are Proof (Massive Selector), Hakobo (fresco), and King Most (SF). Get your tickets NOW!

The Jackson 5 Post Cereal Alpha Bits Free Flexi Record

Posted by Billyjam, July 1, 2015 01:15pm | Post a Comment

They say when you cut down an old tree, that you can tell how many years old it is by the number of "growth" rings it has in its cut diameter. Same is kinda true of when you do construction or clearing of an older house and find relics from the past whose timeline can be traced back. I had this experience this morning while helping a neighbor remove an old metal sheet tightly nailed to her garage window. We figured it had been covering the older building's window for maybe 25 or 30 years. Turns out it was an even longer period than that as confirmed by the half-rotted remains (see pic left) of the 43-year-old Jackson 5 flexi disc that had been jammed behind the metal sheet since, most likely, its 1972 release when it came free in, or rather on, a 13-ounce box of Alpha Bits breakfast cereal. That was when the Post Cereals company, who manufactured such other popular breakfast cereals as Super Sugar Crisp and Frosted Rice Krinkles, released The Jackson 5 flexi record in conjunction with Motown Records .

The one-sided, five track Jackson 5 disc (that had to be cut out of the back of the cereal box) included the then hugely popular family group's hits  "ABC," "I'll Be There," and "Never Can Say Goodbye," as well as the slightly lesser known but still excellent tracks "Darling Dear" and "Maybe Tomorrow."  Those Jackson 5 flexis, which you can find on eBay (in good to VG condition - not rotted like the one I found today) for about $5 these days, were the most popular for the cereal maker. And while, compared to a regular record, the sound quality and durability (they tended to easily warp and scratch) wasn't so great to the young fans getting them at the time (often the first record they would own) it was all good. Besides it was a free record with a box of cereal that cost approximately 38 cents in 1972. In addition to featuring Michael Jackson's family group as a cut-out flexi record, the cereal maker also hired the group to make a series of 30 second TV commercials for their Alpha Bits cereal.  Below is one of those TV spots featuring the young members of The Jackson 5 in 1972 that note is wrongly ID'ed on the YouTube video as 1974.

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Trannyshack Presents Michael/Janet Jackson Tribute with Special Guest MILK, Friday 8/15

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 11, 2014 07:55pm | Post a Comment

This Friday, August 15th, Trannyshack, San Francisco's biggest and most fabulous drag performance night club, honors the two most famous Jackson siblings, Michael and Janet! This month, Trannyshack welcomes special guest star Milk (RuPaul's Drag Race)!

This soon-to-be legendary night will also feature performances by Heklina, Miss Rahni, Chaka Corn, Holy McGrail, Kegel Kater, Cookie Dough, Sugah Betes, Bea Dazzler, Mahlae Balenciaga, Gurleen, Bay Area Flash Mob, and more!

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The Music Of Prince and Michael Jackson Continues To Draw New Generations Of Fans, Dave Paul Confirms

Posted by Billyjam, August 9, 2014 08:14am | Post a Comment
                                                            Prince "Anotherloverholenyohead" (1986)

Prince Current Top Five Favorites:

  "17 Days"
  "When You Were Mine"

Michael Jackson Current Top Five Favorites:

  "Leave Me Alone"
     "Will You Be There"
   "Rock With You

The above are the top three personal favorite Prince and top three favorite Michael Jackson songs from the current playlist of longtime Bay Area DJ Dave Paul's non-stop/traveling Prince & Michael Experience party. The busy interstate commuting DJ, who brings his ever popular homage to the King of Pop and the Purple Prince to some different US city most weekend nights (last night he was at the Howard Theater in Washington DC, tonight he's at DROM in New York City) messaged me these  picks between flights over the past 24 hours. Yesterday morning back in the Bay Area he had his  suitcase packed and his alarm set for 4am for what has become a typical hectic weekend schedule for the music renaissance man who started out as a DJ thirty years ago spinning records by, amongst other artists, his two favorite artists: Prince and Michael Jackson.

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