Jazz Piano Giant, Return To Forever Founder Chick Corea Dies at 79Chick Corea, a towering jazz pianist with a staggering 23 Grammy Awards who pushed the boundaries of the genre and worked alongside Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, has died. He was 79.
Jimmy Cobb, Last Surviving Musician On Miles Davis Jazz Classic 'Kind Of Blue' Dies, At 91Jimmy Cobb, a percussionist and the last surviving member of Miles Davis’ 1959 “Kind of Blue” groundbreaking jazz album which transformed the genre and sparked several careers, died Sunday.
Legendary Jazz Pianist McCoy Tyner Dies At Age 81Jazz piano giant McCoy Tyner, who made his name as a member of saxophonist John Coltrane's classic quartet during the 1960s, has died at age 81, according to social media posts.
Metal Guitarist Turned Crooner Sings With Big Band On Valentine's DayA longtime figure on the Bay Area's rock and metal scene explores a different side of music when vocalist Sven Söderlund and his Masterful Orchestra help couples celebrate Valentine's Day at the Verdi Club Friday.
Jazz Powerhouses Bring Tandem Tour To Berkeley's Greek TheatreTwo of the leading lights of modern jazz world bring their co-headlining tour to Berkeley Friday when piano legend Herbie Hancock and rising saxophonist giant Kamasai Washington play the Greek Theatre.
Joao Gilberto, 'Father Of Bossa Nova' Dies, At 88Legendary Brazilian singer, guitarist and composer Joao Gilberto, who is considered one of the fathers of the Bossa Nova genre, has died.
Don't Miss The Healdsburg Jazz FestivalGayle Sullivan, Vice Chair of the Board for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival talks to Bay Area Focus host Michelle Griego about the 2019 all-star lineup, including Carla Bley and more.
Oakland Councilwoman McElhaney To Accept Degree On Behalf Of Slain SonOakland City Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney and her husband Clarence McElhaney will accept a degree from the USC Thornton School of Music on Friday the behalf of their son Victor McElhaney, who was fatally shot in Los Angeles on March 10.
USC Holds Memorial For Victor McElhaney, Slain 'Son Of Oakland'USC is holding a memorial Tuesday evening for Victor McElhaney, an Oakland man who was fatally shot during a failed robbery in Los Angeles.
Don't Miss Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Violinist Mads Tolling At Yoshi'sGrammy Award-winning jazz violinist Mads Tolling stopped by the studio to give Bay Area Focus a sneak preview of his show.
Powerhouse Young Saxophonist Brings Band To San FranciscoSaxophonist Kamasai Washington brings his talented group to the Warfield in San Francisco this Friday night for an evening of intense, forward-thinking electric jazz.
Jazz Pianist Sarah McKenzie Brings Paris To The Lesher CenterSarah McKenzie talks to Bay Area Focus Michelle Griego about music and her upcoming world premiere concert, 'San Francisco Paris of the West.'
Bass Maestro Holds Forth At SFJAZZ CenterOne of the most important musicians to emerge from the British jazz scene during the 1960s, legendary bassist Dave Holland comes to the SFJAZZ Center for four nights of music starting Thursday.
South African Jazz Musician Hugh Masekela Dies At 78Hugh Masekela, the legendary South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist, has died after a decade-long fight with cancer. He was 78.
Groundbreaking Instrumental Hip-Hop Trio Returns To MissionExperimental turntable-jazz trio Live Human featuring scratch legend DJ Quest plays songs from its brand new effort 'scratchBop' when it plays Amnesia in San Francisco's Mission District Friday night.