• As a poet and performance artist, Ursula Rucker has enchanted critics and fans across the globe with her diverse repertoire, captivating vocals and accessible poetic verse. It was a pleasure to share a moment of time and conversation with Ursula, and a pleasure to share these Reflections In Rhythm with you

Annie Jay at Grapes & Grooves March 18th

Grapes & Grooves, presented by Bop Central and Reflections In Rhythm, returns featuring remarkable vocalist Annie Jay Sunday March 18th at 5409 Bancroft Avenue (at Fairfax) in Oakland. Recently crowned Sacramento’s “Queen of the Mic”, Annie Jay delights audiences with captivating performances of original compositions, Jazz standards, contemporary and classic R&B and much more. She … Continue reading

Reflections with Ursula Rucker

Ursula Rucker has been opening ears with her thought provoking poetry / wordsongs for nearly 20 years.  Through her stories, insights, experiences and observations she shares her quest for honesty and truth. Her passionate delivery and wide range of topics has led to collaborations with a vast array of creative sonic architects including King Britt, … Continue reading

Shabaka Henley w/ Muziki Roberson at Grapes & Grooves Oct.16

Bop Central and Reflections In Rhythm present Grapes & Grooves featuring multifaceted, award honored actor Barry Shabaka Henley and Muziki Roberson’s Ensemble Sunday October 16th, 3pm to 6pm at 5409 Bancroft Avenue (at Fairfax) in Oakland. Renowned actor and Jazz fan, Shabaka collaborate with noted pianist Muziki Roberson and his ensemble to celebrate and reflect on … Continue reading

Terrence Brewer at Grapes & Grooves

“I love him. His music is beautiful. Brother Brewer is sayin a whole lot. He has his own sound, his own style. He doesn’t sound like anyone else. When I hear Terrence Brewer, I know its him.” – Legendary Guitarist Calvin Keyes “Brewer has a distinctive guitar sound and his compositions are rooted in classical jazz … Continue reading

Abraham Burton Trio at Eastside Cultural Center

In a very rare and important visit to the Bay Area, saxophonist Abraham Burton along with bassist Eric Revis and drummer Nasheet Waits bring their dynamic trio to the Eastside Cultural Center on Sunday May 22nd. Abraham, a New York City native, is a graduate of the La Guardia High School of Performing Arts. He … Continue reading

Lionel Loueke at Douglas Beach House

Guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke’s meteoric rise continues with his performance Sunday May 22nd at the acclaimed Douglas Beach House in Half Moon Bay. Currently celebrating his sophomore release for Blue Note, Mwaliko, which features a series of searching, innovative, intimate duets with Angelique Kidjo, Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona and Marcus Gilmore, Loueke has been … Continue reading

Reflections with Ise Lyfe

Ise Lyfe has become one of the preeminent spoken word artists of this generation, as well as being a highly regarded emcee, Hip Hop theater writer and performer, and social activist. Through his recordings SPREAD THE WORD and THE PRINCE COMETH, and his stage productions IS EVERYBODY STUPID(?), and WHO’S KRAZY, Ise uses the power … Continue reading

Reflections with Regina Carter

Since first gaining national attention as a member of the multifaceted Jazz group STRAIGHT AHEAD violinist Regina Carter has become recognized as one of the premier artisans of her instrument. Receiving universal acclaim as a solo artist, Regina’s versatility has been appreciated by not only Jazz fans and musicians but also artists as diverse as … Continue reading

Reflections with Marcus Shelby

Marcus Shelby first gained major public attention with the hard swinging unit BLACKNOTE and their debut recording from the indie label of rhythm master Billy Higgins (World Stage Records) in 1991. After four recordings from Blacknote the bassist/composer began seeking different avenues for his  musical expressions. From writing and recording with poet D Knowledge, Savage … Continue reading

Reflections with Larry Graham

Since his introduction in 1966 with Sly & the Family Stone, bassist Larry Graham has become one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. His innovative style of bass playing impacted not only his contemporaries, but has had major effect on every electric bassist to follow. From his success as a member of … Continue reading