Black Experience

Michael Zwiebach - September 26, 2023

The star violinist and entrepreneur arrives in Walnut Creek to play Wynton Marsalis with the California Symphony.

Tom Jacobs - September 5, 2023

The Met Opera trombonist has a bird’s-eye view of the industry from teaching at Juilliard and Santa Barbara’s Music Academy.

Victoria Looseleaf - September 5, 2023

The New York City company founded by two Alvin Ailey alumni is having something of an L.A. moment.

Jason Victor Serinus - August 29, 2023

The high-flying tenor sings works grounded in the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance.

Emily Wilson - August 8, 2023

Oakland Public Conservatory and Living Jazz are centering African American musical heritage for students of all ages.

Jeff Kaliss - August 1, 2023

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol brings the legendary sax player, composer, and educator to Geoffrey’s Inner Circle in Oakland.

Janos Gereben - July 17, 2023

The pianist who broke barriers on national and international stages also had a close connection to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Victoria Looseleaf - July 4, 2023

The bass-baritone, who will appear in Verdi’s Requiem this month, has skyrocketed to success but stays humble nevertheless.

Rebecca Wishnia - June 30, 2023

With Julia Bullock as soloist, the concert scored points with songs by Margaret Bonds and an ambitious work by Reena Esmail.

Andrew Gilbert - June 19, 2023

A jazz festival should honor the tradition and its contemporary practitioners by headlining them.