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Marco Diaz Steps Forward

With his multi-instrumental prowess the San Francisco-born musician is often referred to as a double threat, but that’s selling him short. He’s also an arranger, composer, and now he’s a recording leader, too.
July 25, 2019

Folktronica, Plums, and Relationships

Hear new music by Frank Harris & Maria Marquez and read Ruth Reichel’s memoir and Robyn Carr’s romance novel.
July 9, 2019

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra Is Sure to Impress

In the midst of a long run of Sunday afternoon performances, the band celebrates the release of its third album joined by the special guests featured on the project.
June 28, 2019

Love Songs by Kitka Honor the Solstice

Kitka, the nine-piece Oakland women’s choir originally devoted to Balkan choral music, celebrated 40 years in March and manages to keep its repertoire fresh.
June 19, 2019

Ticks, Golden State, and Musical Artistry

Kris Newby spins a conspiratorial tale about Lyme disease in Bitten; Marcus Thompson II goes deep on Kevin Durant in KD; and Barbara Higbie presents music for healing and renewal.
June 19, 2019

Pacific Boychoir Academy Survives a Major Financial Crisis

A major donation of apparently forged art resulting in a financial crisis has made the nation’s only nondenominational boy choir school stronger than ever.
June 11, 2019

Rainbow Kitten Surprise Brings Surprises to the Fox

The Boone, N.C., indie rockers with a quirky sound and deep lyrics is donating funds for LGBTQ rights.
June 3, 2019

Susan Muscarella Expands the Horizons of Jazz Education

Thanks to Susan Muscarella, California Jazz Conservatory has a storied rep as an independent music school devoted solely to the study and performance of jazz.
May 20, 2019

Tony Sales and The Ardent Sons Release a Debut CD

One of Oakland’s most in-demand jazz session drummers, Sales has a new CD, No More Than This, that shows off an appealing range of styles.
May 9, 2019

Mulatu Astatke, the Patriarch of Ethio-jazz, Plays UC Theater

Mulatu Astatke created a new sound by melding of Amharic scales and Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz instrumentation and improvisation.
May 9, 2019