The last time I wrote about saxophonist Mike Phillips (in a July 22, 2016 blog about the Oakland Jazz Festival), I forgot to mention I first saw him live at a Jill Scott show. It also was my first time seeing Jill live (at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA circa 2001. The exact date… Read More Jamming with saxophonist Mike Phillips
I was in the middle of reading this Billboard article about the 20-year anniversary of Erykah Badu’s Baduizm, when I stopped, turned on my rarely-used stereo, and popped the CD in the 5-disc changer. Damn the neighbors; I needed to vibe to the album made by the singer who has grown to be my all-time… Read More Baduizm: Still the Love of My Life 20 years later
The day I popped Who Is Jill Scott into my CD player, I instantly became a fan of not only Jill Scott’s music, but the woman as well. I’m the kind of fan that’s seen her in concert no less than 15 times since 2001 (on a few occasions, I saw her twice in the… Read More Jill Scott brings the music (and much more)
Last Saturday (July 16), my day began early because the doors opened at 10 a.m. for lawn seats at the Oakland Jazz Festival (OJF), which was being held on the campus of Cal State University East Bay in Hayward, CA. Why the Oakland Jazz Festival takes place in Hayward is something several of us couldn’t… Read More Oakland Jazz Festival: A great mix of jazz and soul
This may sound slightly nutty, but I have list of famous people (in my head) who I think are never going to die. Yes, I’m quite clear that death will eventually come for all of us, but my mind just can’t process a world without certain individuals. Maya Angelou was one of them. Stevie Wonder… Read More Prince: Another legend gone too soon
A few weeks ago, my sister/friend Tracey and I were discussing Beyoncé. I wouldn’t call us die-hard Beyoncé fans – we don’t follow her every move and we’re not a part of the Beyhive, but we do appreciate her overall talent. You can’t deny that she is one of the best artists, songwriters and overall… Read More Mary’s London Sessions: The Evolution of a Queen
There were many expectations I had for Usher Raymond IV’s performance at the SAP Center in San Jose on Nov. 24. Highest among them, of course, was him dancing his ass off. But higher than that was him not wearing a shirt for at least some portions of the show. I actually would have preferred… Read More They call him U-S-H-E-R . . .