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Willie K. At Moe’s Alley This Sunday, Nov. 8th 2015

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Multi instrumentalist, Multi talented Willie K. is blasting into Moe’s Alley Sunday November 8th for 2 blistering sets of blues, a smattering of jazz and perhaps a traditional tune from this virtuoso Hawaiian entertainer. Listen to Wiki Wiki Wednesday on Nov 4 for an interview!

Willie K, from a large musical family, has taken in diverse influences all his life.  As is said in the Islands, he “can play Any Kine,” and he can “sing, small kine,” ~ Willie K., singing ’bout that life; we know this and that he does it wonderfully in his own masterful Willie K. way.

Help welcome this traveling blues man, musician, singer & guitar slinger.  Enjoy yourself as you “het Up” Moe’s Alley on a cool November Sunday evening. The Moe’s Alley door opens at 7:30, the rocking and blues shouting will commence at 8:00 pm. Willie K. comes to us from the middle of Maui, the Valley Isle, which is No Ka ‘Oi, the Best. That’s the way to play …on a Sunday.  For that lil bit of halo, lil bit of horns, get ma’k, get set, GO – Lace your your dancing shoes & let us see ya move your feet!

 

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Sept 16: Joe Louis Walker at Moe’s Alley

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Joe Louis Walker. Photo by Michael Weintrob

Carol’s interview with iconic San Francisco bluesman Joe Louis Walker is available–on demand–in the Test of Time archives, until September 25. He’s played with Lightnin’ Hopkins, BB King, James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Otis Rush, and Mike Bloomfield. JLW plays Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz on Wednesday September 16. This multiple Grammy-winner and 2013 inductee to the Blues Hall of Fame will offer an evening of eclectic music, from gospel and blues to funk and straight ahead rock and roll.

Carol’s interview on The Test of Time, from Friday September 11 covered JLW’s lengthy career–which saw him play with Lightnin’ Hopkins, BB King, James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Otis Rush, and Mike Bloomfield. The interview also traced his early influences and preview his forthcoming CD “Everybody Wants A Piece,” which is due on October 9th.

 

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Bloomfield Box Set Revisits 60’s Icon

In the 1960’s there were few guitarists more prolific and higher profile than Michael Bloomfield. Cutting  his teeth with blues masters like Muddy Waters, session playing for Bob Dylan’s famed Highway 61 and backing him up at the legendary “electric” Newport Folk performance of 1965, then serving an essential role in the white rediscovery of the blues with the Paul Butterfield Band before playing at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival with his own band Electric Flag. What could be considered a career of legendary status for most, it was not a bad decade for Mike. In the 70’s he continued to do session work, collaborating frequently with fellow Dylan alum Al Kooper. Plagued by constant insomnia and personal demons, Bloomfield would die of an overdose in 1981. In an effort to elevate his old friend to the legend status he deserves, Al Kooper put together “From His Head to His Heart to His Hands”, a 3 CD box set showcasing some of his finest work. The DVD documentary, ” Sweet Blues” is included as well, profiling Bloomfield at work through all phases of his professional career. For anyone interested in blues, the San Francisco music scene in the late 60’s or the blues revival in America, this is as good a place as any to start. And when you hear his electric guitar, give a nod to Michael Bloomfield.

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KZSC JAZZ – First of December

The new year is fast approaching! I can’t believe that it’s already December. Here’s the adds and charts for this week at KZSC:

CHARTS:
1    ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT    Black Radio 2    Blue Note
2    AHMAD JAMAL    Saturday Morning    JazzVillage
3    DERRICK HODGE    Live Today    Blue Note
4    GEORGE COLLIGAN    The Endless Mysteries    Origin
5    LISA ENGELKEN    Little Warrior    little angel
6    AUTUMN IN AUGUSTA    Songs My Mama Would Like [EP]    Lucy Smith
7    HARRIS EISENSTADT    Golden State    Songlines
8    JOSHUA SHNEIDER    Joshua Shneider Love Speaks Orchestra    Brooklyn Jazz Underground
9    DAVID BECKER TRIBUNE    Distance Travel    Acoustic Music
10    NICHOLAS PAYTON    Sketches Of Spain    BMF

ADDS:
1    MR. HO’S ORCHESTROTICA QUARTET    Where Here Meets There    Self-Released
2    SERGIO GALVAO    Phantom Fish    Pimenta
3    IRA SULLIVAN PRESENTS THE JIM HOLMAN TRIO    Blue Skies    Delmark
4    ARIEL POCOCK    Touchstone

Have a great week!

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KZSC Jazz, the Charts and Adds – End of November

Whether you’re eating tofu or turkey this year, its normally a time when people from most any background can reflect upon what they’re thankful for. As for me, I’m thankful for having Coltrane’s A Love Supreme to enjoy on vinyl, but also all of the wonderful new and recent releases in KZSC’s Jazz department. Dig this:

Top 10 Charts:

1 AHMAD JAMAL Saturday Morning Jazz Village
2 BEATA PATER Golden Lady Self-Released
3 DAVID BECKER TRIBUNE Distance Travel Acoustic Music
4 HARRIS EISENSTADT Golden State Songlines
5 KENNY GARRETT Pushing The World Away Mack Avenue
6 JOSHUA SHNEIDER Joshua Shneider Love Speaks Orchestra Brooklyn Jazz Underground
7 JEFF LEDERER’S SWING N’ DIX Swing N’ Dix
8 CHARNETT MOFFETT Spirit Of Sound Motema
9 ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT Black Radio 2 Blue Note
10 PINK MARTINI Get Happy Heinz

ADDS:

1 GEORGE COLLIGAN The Endless Mysteries Origin
2 MICHELLE ZANGARA Songs Of Blue MZRecords
3 RALPHIE ARMSTRONG HomeBASS Mack Avenue
4 BOBBY WATSON Check Cashing Day Lafiya
5 MITCH FROHMAN’S LATIN JAZZ QUARTET From Daddy With Love

bOk! From the entirety of staff at KZSC, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgivukkah filled with love and gratitude!

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BLUES With Bleu Aug. 31st

Collectively they call themselves Bleu. Individually it’s Virgil Thrasher and Gil Cadilli and they’ll be performing live at the KZSC/Verve Coffee Summer Music Sale. Check out the blues with Bleu at Verve Coffee’s Seabright Avenue area location (104 Bronson Street) while you’re checking out the blues, soul, rock, jazz, and all kinds of LPs and CDs for sale. Bleu will be playing Saturday, August 31st from 11 AM until 1 PM. Admission to the Music Sale and their live performance is free. You can find out more about Bleu on Facebook.