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10/28 The Sound of Oaktown Brass

Posted by novoscene on October 27, 2008

Ambrose Akinmusire is one of those Oakland home town hero’s people can brag about when people talk smack about The Town.  The 26 year old trumpet player has been blowing professionally since before he could vote and last year took first place at two of the world’s most prestigious Jazz competitions-the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition.

He’s played sideman for some of the coolest of the current big gunners including Ron Carter, Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman, and Steve Coleman and experimented with the newer crop of young lions including Esperanza Spaulding, Vijay Iyer and hip hop/fusion artist Mike Ladd.  Seems like a bit of an understatement, but young dude is amazingly badass with a horn.

He’s got gigs lined up around the world for the rest of the year, so catch him in all his badassness at Yoshi’s Oakland Tuesday night.  Then go tell all your friends how great Oakland musicians are.-kwan

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9/30-10/5-“The most important living composer in jazz”

Posted by novoscene on September 30, 2008

So says the New York Times about sax player, composer and bandleader Wayne Shorter.  Shorter is one of the last living jazz giants, one of the mythical circle of players from the 60’s and 70’s that totally shaped and reshaped America’s ideas on not just Jazz but on music in general-what it should sound and feel like, how we should think about and move to it.

Throughout his 40 plus year career Shorter has lent his mix of cool jazz, free jazz, bebop and latin grooves to nearly 100 albums with every jazz great around and provided sax sounds to some of the most important albums in the genre.    From exploring the edges of jazz and fusion with Miles Davis on album like Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way to Weather Report’s jazz/rock forays to sides with Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Joni Mitchell and fellow living legend Ron Carter, it’s no understatement to say that Shorter’s been a part of some of the most significant musical movements in the last half century.  Most important living compose-yeah, we’ll grant him that.

From tonight through Sunday Shorter and his quartet (an accomplished group of players in their own right-Brian Blade on drums, John Patitucci on bass and Danilo Perez on piano) will be laying down the jazz law at Yoshi’s in Oakland. Check him out for a trip though music history.-Kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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12-15 Novoscene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on December 15, 2007

Saturday, Dec. 15


The Crucible Presents A Gifty Holiday Celebration and Art Sale

Looking for the last minute out of the ordinary gift ideas? Something that’ll stand out from all the techie bling and fruitcakes? Well it might be a good idea to roll over to the Crucible for their annual “Gifty Holiday Art Sale”, one of the more unusual holiday shopping extravaganzas in the area.

Expect Santa to roll in in typical style accompanied by giant elves and “flamedeer,” to preside over the tables of blown glass, jewelry, sculpture, clothing, and ceramics from over 50 Bay Area artisans including Carla Hall, Kristy Alfieri and April Zilber.

Crucible staffers will be on hand demonstrating the various classes offered at the West Oakland fire arts center. Participants from the Crucible’s Bike Frame

Alteration program will be showing off their creations as will artist-in-residence Githinji Wa Mibre.

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