[Dixielandjazz] Jazz in San Francisco

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Sun Sep 7 09:37:46 PDT 2003

Hi List mates:

Saw this in the NY Times today. Couple of questions.

1) Are all the other jazz bands in SF, not serious?

2) Is the author's contention that SF had little jazz pre late 1940s

3) Is "modern jazz" also going back to the past now also via this type
of band?

Actually, though it is not OKOM, it is an indication that the interest
in "JAZZ" is alive and well in other parts of the USA than NYC. The
below listed musicians are all excellent.

Steve Barbone

A Serious Jazz Band Rises in San Francisco


LAST spring, SF Jazz — the organization behind the San Francisco jazz
festival for 20 years, which is now programming events year-round,
announced the formation of its own band, the SF Modern Jazz Collective.
It will be an imposing eight-piece group led by the saxophonist Joshua
Redman; it includes Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone), Miguel Zenon
(saxophones), Renee Rosnes (piano), Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Joshua
Roseman (trombone), Robert Hurst (bass) and Brian Blade (drums).

As a repertory band, its emphasis will be postwar jazz, a fitting choice
for San Francisco, which had hardly any jazz until the late 40's. It
will play original music as well, commissioned from the members of the
group, who are all composers. The band starts performing in San
Francisco in March. In the spirit of healthy competition, it will be
good for this group to be finding some cohesion just as Jazz at Lincoln
Center opens its new complex in New York.

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