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December 2016

Originals For The ORIGINALS: Michael Zilber and Friends

December 10, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618 United States
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This performance is part of Jim Bennett's In The Moment Concert Series for KCSM, presented by Jazz In The Neighborhood and Musically Minded Academy Originals For The ORIGINALS A tribute to saxophone giants, one of the Bay Area's leading saxophonists Michael Zilber performs all original music from his upcoming ORIGIN CD, Originals for the ORIGINALS, written in homage to John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Dave Liebman, Michael Brecker, Sonny Rollins, Paul Desmond and Joe Henderson. The recording features New York jazz…

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January 2017

John R Burr and Jenna Mammina: “James Taylor; 6 Degrees of Separation”

January 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618 US
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Grammy-nominated songwriter/pianist John R Burr and renowned singer songwriter Jenna Mammina will be joined by John Shifflett on bass, Jason Lewis on drums and Scott Sorkin on guitar to present a tribute to the music of beloved singer-songwriter James Taylor. This special concert celebrates the enduring and vast musical legacy of James Taylor, as well as the music of other artists who have been a part of his career. Featuring Jenna and John R’s new arrangements of many of Taylor’s…

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February 2017

Terrence Brewer celebrates Wes Montgomery’s “Full House.”

February 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618 US
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For this performance of the In The Moment Concert series, produced by KCSM's Jim Bennett, guitarist Terrence Brewer presents a reimagining of his favorite Wes Montgomery album Full House. Full House is the seventh album and first live jazz album by American jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, released in 1962, on the Riverside record label. It was recorded live at Tsubo in Berkeley, California on June 25, 1962. The Tsubo had been opened by entrepreneur Glenn Ross in September 1961 with…

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The Lorca Hart Organ Trio

February 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618 United States
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Jazz in the Neighborhood is pleased to announce that the musicians at this event will be paid in part through the Guaranteed Fair Wages Fund, a pilot program being undertaken by Mario Guarneri to ensure that performers receive guaranteed compensation regardless of ticket sales (and with no tip jar!) The Lorca Hart Organ Trio - featuring Brian Ho on organ, Mike Scott on guitar and Lorca on drums - is rooted in the classic Jazz organ sound (Jimmy Smith, Larry…

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March 2017

Pianist Erika Oba Presents the Music of Carla Bley

March 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618 United States
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This performance is the first of three in March featuring women in Jazz, as part of Jim Bennett's In The Moment Concert Series. Jazz in the Neighborhood is pleased to announce that the musicians at this event will be paid in part through the Guaranteed Fair Wages Fund, a pilot program being undertaken by Mario Guarneri to ensure that performers receive guaranteed compensation regardless of ticket sales (and with no tip jar!) Pianist Erika Oba will be joined by electric bassist…

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A Tribute to Kenny Kirkland with The Anne Sajdera Quintet

March 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618 United States
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Harvey Wainapel, saxAnne Sajdera, pianoGary Brown, bassDeszon Claiborne, drumsAmi Molinelli Hart, percussion Though he only recorded one album as leader (1991), Kenny Kirkland's genre-spanning work with major modern artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Miroslav Vitous, & Sting among others, gives him a uniquely honored place in the world of jazz and music in general. In this concert, pianist/composer Anne Sajdera and her Quintet will perform compositions from his 1991 recording as well as representative samples from the wide…

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A Tribute to Helen Merrill with Vocalist Suzanna Smith

March 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618 United States
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Suzanna Smith, vocalsIan Carey, trumpetLee Bloom, pianoAdam Gay, bassJon Arkin, drums Vocalist Suzanna Smith and her band celebrate the work of Helen Merrill, giving special focus to Merrill’s debut classic ‘Helen Merrill with Clifford Brown.’ Arranged and produced by Quincy Jones and released in 1955, the album features a fine collaboration between Merrill and Brown. The album had a direct influence on Smith’s early repertoire, as did Merrill’s warmth of timbre, acute sense of phrasing and soulful quality on Smith’s…

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April 2017

Celebrating Duke’s Birthday Part 1: Stray Horns play Ellington

April 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618 United States
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Named for Duke Ellington’s protege and intimate collaborator Billy Strayhorn, this little big band will explore corners of the ducal canon that still resonate in modern music. Trends like Exotica and the Bebop revolution will be shown to have clear precedent in the repertoire of the great Ellington Orchestra. Duke’s unique mastery of song form will be displayed in mash-ups, straight readings and updated approaches. David Slusser - arranger, conductor, soprano and baritone saxophoneAnnelise Zamula - alto saxophoneSheldon Brown -…

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Celebrating Duke’s Birthday Part 2: Clarinet Thing plays Ellington

April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618 United States
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On Duke Ellington's 118th birthday, Clarinet Thing concludes our two week celebration of his musical legacy, as part of the In The Moment Concert Series at Musically Minded Academy in Oakland. Sheldon Brown, clarinetsBeth Custer, clarinetsBen Goldberg, clarinetsHarvey Wainapel, clarinets Clarinet Thing is a quartet of renowned jazz clarinetists featuring Sheldon Brown, Beth Custer, Ben Goldberg, Harvey Wainapel. Clarinet Thing performs arrangements of unusual jazz works and originals on the entire family of clarinets, from the small Eb clarinet up…

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May 2017

FREE Event!!! Celebrating Sun Ra’s 103rd Birthday with A Joyful Noise!

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618 United States
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For our second Sun Ra birthday event at Musically Minded Academy, we'll be hosting a free party, that will include from 6-8 PM: In The Moment Concert and Radio Producer Jim Bennett, spinning Sun Ra vinyl, and playing back live performances of Sun Ra material from last year's birthday celebration, featuring The Stray Horns, led by David Slusser. Refreshments will include Sun Ra's recipe for Moon Stew, and an out of this world concoction tentatively named Saturn Punch.  At 8PM,…

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