Berkeley’s Bursting with Ray Obiedo’s Latin Jazz

Article & Photos by Walter Atkins Ray Obiedo & Guests Latin Jazz Project Volume 1 CD Release Party Freight & Salvage Berkeley California February 22, 2017 The San Francisco Bay Area music fans that braved   seriously nippy Wednesday night weather   for Ray Obiedo’s Latin Jazz Volume 1 cd release party were well rewarded for their efforts. The prominent Richmond CA native and his hi octane band provided a full evening of Latin flavored jazz bursting with percussive polyrhythms and special guest performances. This lethal [...]

Con Brio New Years Eve

Con Brio New Years Eve Show The Chapel San Francisco CA December 31,2015 By Walter Atkins   “The seven-piece group had the audience grooving and moving to their music and high-voltage showmanship”-Walter Atkins Con Brio (With Spirit) helped to bring in 2016 with a two night stand that included a sold out New Years Eve show at The Chapel in San Francisco. The crystal clear but cold night air did not discourage the full capacity crowd from gathering on this exciting night. The former [...]

My Life With Orrin Keepnews

My Life With Orrin Keepnews Interview With Martha Egan November 29,2015 By Walter Atkins   “The private Orrin who I fell in love with had a huge heart and was very sentimental. —Martha Egan” The prolific record producer and label founder Orrin Keepnews passed away at his El Cerrito CA home on March 1,2015, a day before his 92nd birthday. The November 2015 memorial and benefit concert was a time for friends and family to come together to celebrate his full life and acclaimed 60 [...]

Madeleine Peyroux at Yoshi’s Oakland

Madeleine Peyroux Yoshi's Oakland Oakland California October 27, 2015 By Walter Atkins   Madeleine Peyroux flew into the comfortable confines of Yoshi's Oakland for a two-day mid week stand. On this Tuesday evening, she featured hit songs from her first anthology album Keep Me in Your Heart for a While: The Best of Madeleine Peyroux (Rounder, 2014). The opening night's second set showcased her personalized blend of blues, jazz and country. Her trio included veterans Jon Herington and Barak Mori on electric guitar and double [...]