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Doug Carn and Black Jazz Reunion 

When: Wed., Feb. 3, 8 & 10 p.m. 2010
Price: $10-$18

Florida-raised jazzman Doug Carn began making records at an interesting cultural moment: Miles Davis was hooked on James Brown, Afrocentrism was all the rage, and artists were pillaging ideas from mysticism and numerology. Naturally, Carn fit right in. Trained in reed instruments, he played alto sax throughout childhood and studied oboe at JacksonvilleUniversity while serving as a church organist every Sunday. In the 1970s Carn released a spate of albums on the Oakland-based Black Jazz label, some with vocals by his former wife, Jean Carne. He also collaborated with filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles on a spoken-word LP called As Serious as a Heart Attack (Carn backed Van Peebles on keyboards). Though most of Carn's work was reissued in recent years, he remains more of a musician's musician -- someone you learn about by digging in bins or talking to record store clerks. But his contributions to modern music are undeniable. Carn performs at Yoshi's (510 Embarcadero, Oakland) on Wednesday, Feb. 3. 8 p.m. ($18) & 10 p.m. ($10). Yoshis.com

— Rachel Swan

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