Phase Two completes its ‘beta’ phase of streaming live concerts from around the world today.  We have streamed over three hundred concerts from San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Seal Beach, New York, Seattle, London, Milan, Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro.  Some of the great names in jazz, blues, funk, folk and rock have participated in this critical phase in our development. We are now working on closing our next round of funding and development of something bigger, better and even more exciting. If you want to be kept abreast of our plans, email us at  Till we introduce our new user experience and offering, thanks to all of our venues, artists, supporters, contributors and, most of all, to you for making this phase of development the terrific ride it’s been .

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Patricia Barber and DW3 Halloween Bash This Week on

PatriciaBarber_Photo_by_Jimmy_KatzFrom her early days leading a jazz trio in small Chicago nightclubs, Patricia Barber has drawn extravagant accolades. The praise came at first from local writers, impressed by her unique arrangements and coolly composed piano improvisations. As she added vocals to her repertoire, the praise poured in from national reviewers. And when, after years of international touring, she began to focus on her own compositions, kudos arrived from new fans, besotted by her lapidary lyrics and indelible imagery.

Since Barber doesn’t consider herself a poet – and since she didn’t want to be a jazz pianist in the first place – you’d have to say things turned out pretty well.

Barber wrote (in Poetry Magazine, in 2005): “I am a songwriter, which is not the same thing as a poet. Poetry is a passion, my ever present guide and inspiration. Though I indulge in very little of the lingua franca of the art. . . . I cannot talk about poetry, but I know poetry. Alone, with logic and diligence, I have studied, but for me art can be created neither by logic nor diligence. Like music, poetry is created in the mouth, in the ear, and in the air.”

That’s an especially nuanced explanation; then again, the gleaming successes of Barber’s art lie in the nuances, the nooks and crannies, of conventional performance. When the veteran music writer Don Heckman (in the Los Angeles Times) called Barber “one of the most utterly individual jazz performers to arrive on the scene in years,” he wasn’t referring to the virtuosic spectacle that comes all too easily to today’s jazz artists; he had homed in on the quiet audacity with which Barber has redefined the role of the singer-songwriter for 21st-century jazz.

Now with Smash, her January 22, 2013 debut on Concord Jazz, Barber proves that her poetry continues to search ever deeper, even as her music grows all the more magical.

Watch her live from Yoshi’s on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 8pm Pacific/ 11pm Eastern.

Then, on Thursday, join us live from Spaghettini in Seal Beach for a Halloween party with DW3 at 7:30pm Pacific. Here’s a sample of their LA-based funk sound.

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Brazilian Guitarist Live From Rio and The Dramatics in San Francisco

Juninho de Sá - ShowGoJoin us for Brazilian guitarist, composer and arranger Juninho de Sá Thursday night, October 17th at 6:50pm Pacific/ 9:50pm Eastern.  Besides reinterpretations of Brazilian standards such as “Wave” (Tom Jobim),  he will be releasing his first solo CD entitled “My Story”, an album of  his original compositions that feature the participation of renowned Brazilian musicians such as Marcio Bahia (drums) and Aeneas Xavier (bass) in a collection of works influenced strongly by nuances of Brazilian instrumental music and world music.

Juninho de Sá – Acoustic Guitar, Cassio Oliveira – Sax and Flute, Lúcio Vieira – Drums, Ney Conceição – Bass, Tiago Guimarães-Piano and Keyboard.


The Dramatics Come to Yoshi’s Saturday night, October 19th at 8pm Pacific/ 11pm Eastern

For over four-decades, the Dramatics, with their rich, dazzling vocal blend has wowed audiences all over the world. With over 38 charted hits to date, the Dramatics have displayed a distinctive sound that has transcended time, music genres, and generations alike.The-Dramatics-feauring-L.J-2013-A

Founded in 1962, the original group was comprised of members of Rob Davis, Ron Banks, Larry Reed, Robert Ellington, Larry “Squirrel” Demps and Elbert Wilkins. After releasing two singles on the Wingate record label and after the departure of Ellington, the Dramatics were signed by the Sport record label in 1967, releasing their first hit single, ‘All Because of You,’ reaching No. 42 on the R&B Charts. In 1968 William “Wee Gee” Howard replaced lead singer Larry Reed and bass singer Willie Ford, formally of the Capitols replaced Rob Davis. Soon after the group began to collaborate with producer Tony Hester for what would be a string of hits that would begin to define the Dramatics’ distinctive harmonies and dynamic blends of lead and background vocals.

In 1969, the Dramatics signed with the record label Volt – then a part of Stax Records out of Memphis. They re-signed in 1971, and with Hester’s production, released their first national hit, ‘Whatcha See is Whatcha Get.’ The songs reached number 3 on the R&B charts and they soon followed up with another top ten hit, ‘Get Up and Get Down.’ ‘In the Rain,’ released in 1972, proved to be their first number one single, topping the R&B charts for four weeks as well as reaching the top five on the pop charts. It was during this same year that L J. Reynolds, previously of the Chocolate Syrup, met Ron Banks at the Apollo Theater. Following the release of another hit single, ‘Hey You, Get Off My Mountain,’ William “Wee Gee” Howard and Elbert Wilkins left the group making room for new members, L.J. Reynolds and Lenny Mayes.

With the fresh addition of Reynolds’ powerful tenor and the charismatic energy and the raspy soulful, delivery of Mayes, the Dramatics’ star continued to climb. What ensued was a cascade of hits and fan favorites that include the top 10 ‘Fell For You’ (A Dramatic Experience, 1973), ‘And I Panicked’ (Dramatically Yours, 1974), ‘Door To Your Heart’ (The Dells vs. The Dramatics, 1974), ‘(I’m Going By) The Stars In Your Eyes’, ‘Me And Mrs. Jones’ (The Dramatic Jackpot, 1975), ‘Just Shopping (Not Buying Anything)’, ‘Come Out Of Your Thing’(Drama V, 1975), ‘Be My Girl’, ‘I Can’t Get Over You’ (Joy Ride, 1976), ‘Do What You Wanna To Do’,’ Shake It Well,’ ‘Stop Your Weeping’ (Do What You Wanna To Do, 1978), ‘That’s My Favorite Song’ and ‘Welcome Back Home’ (Any Time, Any Place, 1979), ‘It Ain’t Rainin’ (On Nobody’s House But Mine)’, and ‘Be With The One You Love’ (10 1⁄2, 1980), as well as countless other great musical masterpieces.

The Dramatics lost Lenny Mayes in 2004 and Ron Banks in 2009, yet the group continued to replenish their talent, record new hits and perform for the millions of fans, old and new who still enjoy the unmistakable Dramatics sound. Still driven by the vocals of lead singer L.J. Reynolds, The Dramatics continued to create and recreate musical magic into the 21st century.
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Saturday Night: Live From Rio and Seal Beach

Pascoal Nelson e MattosaoJoin us tonight for two excellent events. Our Rio de Janeiro affiliate TribOz presents a live webcast with Brazilian jazz musicians Pascoal Meirelles, Nelson Faria, Daniel Garcia and Augosto Matoso.  The show starts at 6:50pm Pacific Time/ 9:50 Eastern and 10:50pm live in Rio.

Pascoal Meirelles is known as one of the best drummers in Brazil. Also a composer and arranger, he has worked extensively as session musician for performers such as Tom Jobim, Gonzaguinha, Hélio Delmiro, Wagner TisoChico BuarqueDanilo CaymmiEdu LoboPaulo Moura, Maysa, Wilson Simonal, João Bosco, and Ivan Lins. His first solo album was Considerações a Respeito (1981), followed by four others (in 1983, 1987, 1992, and 1998), and a compilation (1995). Pascoal Meirelles is one of the founders of the group Cama de Gato, one of the most successful instrumental groups in Brazil, which has recorded several albums and toured Brazil, Spain, France, Belgium, and the United States. Starting as a self-taught drummer, he became a professional at 18 in his hometown. In 1966, he formed his group Tempo Trio, with which he recorded his first album through Odeon. In 1967 he moved to Rio de Janeiro RJ, joining Paulo Moura‘s group as well as recording and performing shows with Maysa, Wilson Simonal, João Bosco, Ivan Lins, and other artists. He toured Mexico in 1972 and the U.S. in 1974 with the group Festa Brasil (which also employed Simone, Tenório Jr., Fernando Leporace, Chiquito Braga, and João de Aquino). In 1975 he received a scholarship for the Berklee College of Music (Boston) where stayed until 1979. He also performed in jazz clubs in the U.S. and performed the show Saravá in New York. During that stay he also contributed to Tom Jobim’s double album Terra Brasilis. Returning to Brazil, he performed for over ten years in Gonzaguinha‘s band, having also recorded with Hélio Delmiro (“Emotiva”), Wagner Tiso (“Coração de Estudante”), Chico Buarque (“Ópera do Malandro”), Danilo Caymmi (“Cheiro Verde”), and Edu Lobo, among others. As an educator, he started workshops in Europe and released a book in 2000.

Nelson Faria started his guitar lessons with Sidney Barros (Gamela) in Brasilia. At the age of 19 moved to Los Angeles and studied at the G.I.T. (Guitar Institute of Technology) with Frank GambaleJoe Pass and Scott Henderson. He has played and recorded with João BoscoIvan LinsGonzalo RubalcabaLisa OnoMilton NascimentoEdu LoboCássia EllerJerzy MilewskiPaulo MouraToninho HortaAntonio AdolfoCarlos MaltaFatima GuedesLeila PinheiroNivaldo OrnelasAna CaramMauricio EinhornNico Assumpção, Gustavo Tavares and Wagner Tiso, among others, and is part of Nosso Trio. Nelson has played at the most important jazz festivals around the world, including Montreux Jazz FestivalJakarta International Java Jazz FestivalNorth Sea Jazz FestivalMontreal International Jazz Festival.

Daniel Garcia (saxophonist). In 1980, Daniel joined foces with pianist Osmar Milito and  the Globo TV orchestra.  He worked in concert and on recordings with numerous Brazilian artists, such as Cesar Camargo Mariano, Luis Eca, Maria Bethania, Roberto Carlos, Marcos Valle Pascoal Meirelles, Ed Motta and Toninho Horta.

Watch on our front page on in the video window (just hit play) or on our YouTube Live channel at


Just as the Rio show is winding down, we will be streaming live from Spaghettini in Seal Beach, California.

With three hit albums already to his name, and the distinction of being named by legendary broadcaster Art Good as his debut artist of 2011, one might wonder what is next for Swedish American composer and keyboard player Jonathan Fritz. Well, wonder no more as he is back, and then some, with a brand new CD, the appropriately titled ˜Magical”. With featured performances from the likes of Boney James, Paul Brown, Jackiem Joyner, Darren Rahn and Vincent Ingala. ˜Magical” seems certain to build on the success of Jonathan’s previous release, Diamonds, which not only enjoyed extended success at, but also helped him reach #1 on both the Billboard and charts. In addition, with a tour schedule that is currently spanning the globe, there has never been a better time to experience the magic of Jonathan Fritzen.

The show is scheduled to begin tonight, Saturday, at 7:30pm Pacific, 10:30pm Eastern, right here on Catch it also on YouTube Live at

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Brazilian Guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria, Jazz Diva Karrin Allyson and Art Blakey’s Messengers Tribute

ViniciusCantuariaWe are big fans of Brazilian music, having streamed dozens of shows from clubs in Sao Paulo and Rio, as well as Brazilian artists from US and Italian clubs. Wednesday, October 2nd at 8pm Pacific/ 11pm Eastern, we invite you to enjoy the beautiful sounds of guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria, live from Yoshi’s San Francisco.

We welcome back singer Karrin Allyson, who sings a few wicked good Brazilian standards herself. She’ll be live from Jazz Alley Seattle. When: October 6, 2013 – 7:30 PM PT. Where: On the front page of or at YouTube Live at


And a tribute to Art Blakey, with an all star cast including Donald Harrison. Our interview with Donald, Ron Carter and Billy Cobham backstage at the Blue Note in New York is below. The Messenger Legacy. When: October 11, 2013 – 8:00 PM PT. Where: and or come down to Yoshi’s to see it live.


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Keyboard Legend Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express Live From Milan Saturday Noon PST

brian_Auger_10Get ready for a rocking show live from the Blue Note in Milan, Italy this Saturday at noon Pacific, 3pm Eastern.  The legendary Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express has returned.

The famed B3 and keyboard player  has created a distinct voice that combines jazz, rock, soul and funk, a voice that is clearly recognizable to his millions of fans. With over 20 recordings to his name and lengthy stints on the RCA and Warner Bros. labels, Brian Auger has accumulated a Grammy Nomination, 10 albums charting in Billboards Hot 100, a #1 single, and the title of “The Godfather of Acid Jazz”. Brian’s bands over the years have featured Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll and even Jimi Hendrix. In addition, Brian has recorded with such luminaries as The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Eric Burdon and Down To The Bone. The new incarnation of the Oblivion Express is a family affair featuring Karma Auger on drums and Savannah Auger on vocals.  Both live up to the Auger name and make the Oblivion Express smoke. Rave reviews follow this artist wherever he goes.
Here are some of our favorite Auger videos.
This one from the tiny, but excellent LA jam club The Baked Potato.

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When: September 28, 2013 - 12:00 PM PT