Arts and Entertainment

Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
12:56 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Behind The SFJAZZ Collective's Original Approach To Joe Henderson

The SFJAZZ Collective: (L-R) Avishai Cohen, Matt Penman, Obed Calvaire, Miguel Zenón, David Sánchez, Robin Eubanks, Warren Wolf, Edward Simon.
Jay Blakesberg Courtesy of SFJAZZ

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 12:37 am

The SFJAZZ Collective, an all-star octet representing the SFJAZZ institution in San Francisco, has an intriguing approach to repertoire. Each year, each member writes a new piece for the Collective, and also rearranges a composition by a modern jazz master. For the 2014-15 season, that master was tenor saxophone titan Joe Henderson, a longtime San Francisco resident.

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Children's Books
2:11 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

An Astronaut Uses Books To Launch Kids Into Science

Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly wants to encourage children to dream big and maybe even dream of launching into space. Pictured, a nighttime scene of the eastern North Atlantic taken from the International Space Station on Mar. 28, 2012. (NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 1:45 pm

Mark Kelly and his twin brother Scott were both NASA astronauts. Scott is scheduled to embark on a year-long mission to the International Space Station later this month.

Mark retired from NASA to spend more time with his wife, Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was shot at a public appearance in 2011.

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Monkey See
10:46 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Does Fox's 'Empire' Break Or Bolster Black Stereotypes?

Terrence Howard (center) stars in Empire with (from left): Jussie Smollett, Serayah McNeill, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Gray, Grace Gealey, Trai Byers and Kaitlin Doubleday.
Chuck Hodes Fox TV

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 6:51 pm

As its freshman season ends Wednesday night, Fox's hip-hop family drama Empire has emerged as that rarest of birds in the broadcast TV industry: a show where the viewership is always going up.

When the series debuted Jan. 7, it drew a respectable 9.8 million viewers, according to the Nielsen company. But then the show about a family-run music empire achieved something few others have ever managed: It increased its audience every week, growing to 14.9 million viewers on March 4.

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Recipes
1:39 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Kathy Gunst Does Breakfast

(vastateparkstaff/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 1:22 pm

Do you skip breakfast? Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst used to. But then she worked on a book about breakfast and became a convert.

Gunst brings us recipes for granola bars, smoothies, and an open face smoked salmon sandwich for Jeremy Hobson to sample.

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Music
4:19 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Albert 'Tootie' Heath, Drummer Extraordinaire, Turns The Tables

Albert Heath
Michael Perez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 5:36 pm

Albert "Tootie" Heath is one of the most accomplished jazz drummers of the past 60 years. The 79-year-old has played with everyone from John Coltrane to Ethan Iverson, the piano player for The Bad Plus. Iverson and bassist Ben Street join Tootie Heath for his new album, Philadelphia Beat, named for the fertile jazz city of Heath's upbringing — where, as a young man starting out, he once piloted a group consisting only of the drums and two horns.

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Code Switch
6:48 am
Sat March 14, 2015

These Nightclub Entertainers Paved The Way For Asian-Americans In Showbiz

Mai Tai Sing dances with her husband, Wilbur Tai Sing, in 1942.
Courtesy DeepFocus Productions Inc.

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 1:27 pm

As a kid growing up in San Francisco, filmmaker Arthur Dong often walked by a nightclub just outside of Chinatown. "I remember distinctly looking at the marquee and looking at the glass display case [with] all these wonderful black and white photos of Chinese people, but dressed in zoot suits and 1940s kind of gowns and tuxedos," he says. "And I had never seen Chinese dressed like that."

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
4:19 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Mercer Ellington On Piano Jazz

Mercer Ellington.
David Redfern Redferns

Copyist, arranger and musician Mercer Ellington worked for his father, Duke Ellington, as a horn player before becoming manager of the group. He took on additional duties, including composition, resulting in his original tune "Things Ain't What They Used To Be."

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Song Travels
3:01 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Somi On Song Travels

Somi.
Devin Doyle Courtesy of the artist

American vocalist and songwriter Somi combines the music of her African heritage with American-style jazz, pop and soul. After her parents left Rwanda and Uganda, Somi spent 18 months living in Lagos, Nigeria; that time provided the inspiration for her 2014 album The Lagos Music Salon.

On this episode of Song Travels, Somi and host Michael Feinstein discuss the cultural roots of her music. She performs her original "Last Song" and joins Feinstein for "Embraceable You."

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OneSix8
9:49 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Staycation? Spring Break Entertainment At Metro Libraries And Museums

This photo is one of 100 works on display with Madonnas of the Prairie: Depictions of Women in the American West, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum through May 10.
Mort Rode Forth Boldly toward the Sod House by Frank Schoonover (1877-1972) Oil on canvas, 26” x 36” circa 1926. Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Harald de Rapp, 1971

Spring break begins today for area college students and most public schools. The chickweed and clover are spreading across yards and byways, and as soon as that last bell rings we will run out into the sunshine to celebrate the first buds of spring. We’ve rounded up some fun activities to enjoy over the break if you are willing to step out of the sunshine for a few moments to enjoy curated exhibits and happenings. Metro libraries host a series of fan fiction, tech and arts events for teens.

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Jazz Night In America
3:34 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Two Greats From Seattle, 'One Of The Most Important Jazz Cities'

Ernestine Anderson performs at the Windsor Jazz Festival in 1966.
David Redfern Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 12:02 pm

Jazz bassist and composer Christian McBride recently finished a week-long West Coast tour in Seattle. It reminded him of how great a town it was for jazz, both historically and presently.

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