The Joy Of Jazz Music

The fact the Super Bowl is still two weeks off means we are nowhere near summer, the prime season for jazz festivals, both in Northern California and around the world. Personally, I find myself these days in the same position I always occupy in late January – decidedly over the whole winter thing and pining for any sign of approaching spring.

Sade is a music superstar and the greatest selling female British singer in history. That is saying a lot. Sade is actually a band and Helen Adu is the vocalist in the band. The band includes: Stuart Matthewman on guitar and saxophone, Paul Spencer Denman on bass and Andrew Hale on keyboards. They were with Sade when she was in college in a band called Pride. Some of Sade’s songs have that funky guitar and bass sound. The band continues to sell out concerts around the world. Sade remains popular after more than 25 years.

The club’s mission is to teach area students the game and life lessons. Members have won state, regional and national competitions. People wanting to learn how to play chess should show up between 4 and 6 p.m. There will be no teaching between 6 and 8 p.m., but visitors can play chess.

The Show Must Go On by Queen. In spite of what kind of year we may have just experienced, we have to pick ourselves up, wipe off the dust and go on. This is the perfect song to remind us. Here’s a great video, of the song, featuring Freddie Mercury at his best.

Friends and fans have left flowers and letters of condolences outside the legendary rock club where Springsteen and Clemons formed their rock n roll union four decades earlier.

Marge in the novel does not confront Ripley with Dickey’s murder as she did in the movie, and Dickie never said he was going to marry her. In the book Tom’s gayness is not as open as it is in the movie, but it is certainly there. In the novel Ripley commits “only” two murders, whereas in the movie he commits three.

Kenny Werner Quintet: Impressive as composer, leader and sideman – the pianist’s credits include working with Charles Mingus, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell – Werner comes to Northern California in the company of Randy Brecker (trumpet), David Sanchez (saxophone), Scott Colley (bass) and Antonio Sanchez (drums). 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Douglas Beach House, Half Moon Bay. $35; 7 p.m. Mon., Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 321 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25-$28; 8 p.m. Tuesday, Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore, San Francisco. $18.

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