.Lee Hildebrand

Aug 6, 2014

Committed to Oakland

Fast-rising Oakland soul singer Dee Dee Simon had the audience in the palm of her hand by the third song of her June salute...
Jul 9, 2014

Mali Music

Kortney Jamaal Pollard — "Mali" for short — is the most innovative and refreshing singer, songwriter, and rapper to have emerged in mainstream R&B...
Jun 25, 2014


Singer, songwriter, model, and actress Lira has been a star in her South African homeland since she released her debut CD eleven years ago,...
Jun 17, 2014

Gospel Music’s Revolutionary

Edwin Hawkins has been praising Jesus Christ in song ever since he was a kid growing up in a large East Oakland family. As...
Jun 11, 2014

Lenny Pickett with the UMO Jazz Orchestra

Most people may be unfamiliar with Lenny Pickett's name, but millions have heard his tenor saxophone soaring into the stratosphere during Saturday Night Live's...
May 21, 2014


Living to love and loving life, worry won't be my nine-to-five, Avery*Sunshine sings on "Time to Shine" over a Motown-style shuffle, her glowing alto...
Apr 23, 2014

Alfredo Rodriguez

Pianist Alfredo Rodriguez may have left Cuba for Southern California five years ago, but the rhythms and melodies of his homeland continue to profoundly...
Mar 26, 2014

Miles Davis

Between the 1967 breakup of his classic quintet and the 1970 recording of the 31 selections that now appear in unedited form on the...