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

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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

Howard Wiley Quartet At 57th Street Gallery Aug. 12th

Howard Wiley’s remarkably passionate sound moves from bold and brash to soft and sensuous yet remains rooted in soul, while  incorporating classic, traditional and contemporary esthetics to form his own original voice. Having recorded and performed with the likes of Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Dayna Stephens, Lavay Smith, and Norman Brown as well as receiving numerous … 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 ZaDell: Zoe & Dave Ellis

One of the most noteworthy recordings of the past few years is Zoe Ellis LIVE at ANNA’S JAZZ ISLAND, an intricate blend of Jazzy melodies and funky grooves which not only captures the smoldering  passion of Zoe’s soul stirring vocals, but also marks the producing debut of Dave Ellis, renowned saxophonist and Zoe’s big brother. … Continue reading

Reflections with Kev Choice

One of the most dynamic musicians today is pianist/emcee/bandleader Kev Choice who combines the dexterity of his masterful piano skills with Hip Hop aesthetic to create a signature sound that moves the body and mind. Recently I had the pleasure to speak with Kev about his views on various aspects of the music, artist responsibility, … Continue reading