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The scene that spawned such jazz legends as Joshua Redman and David Murray ( still thrives, thanks, in part to such incubators as the Khalil Shaheed's Oaktown Jazz Workshops ( and the Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble (, a three-decades-old institution that produced student bands and combos good enough to perform at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz festivals in Europe. Berkeley High's recent emeriti include trumpeter drummer Justin Brown (, and pianists Michael Aaberg ( and Julian Waterfall Pollack (, and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, who will be this fall's Artist-in-Residence at the Berkeley Jazzschool ( and is widely considered to be one of the best young brass players in the world. ... Other faithful East Bay torchbearers include legendary singer Faye Carol (, who still offers workshops at the Black Repertory Theater. She's now featured on several new albums, including the two-disc orchestral work Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman by Marcus Shelby, who said he wrote the first aria with Carol's raw, gravelly vocals in mind. She and daughter Kito Gamble are both now featured in The Angola Project, a reinterpretation of old prison songs by saxophonist (and drummer) Howard Wiley (, a young musician who's garnered fans with his singular cutting tone and inspired compositions, becoming a legend in his own right. ... But the East Bay isn't merely fixated on young lions; pianist and cabaret singer Diamond Dave Hosely ( has held court at Petar's Restaurant and Pub in Lafayette for decades, while vocalist Ed Reed ( released his first full-length album at age 78. ... Intergenerational sensibilities aside, we're also into freeing up everything, be it a twelve-bar blues or a triplet figure, or the melody line for "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Among the most well-established and notable innovators are ROVA Saxophone Quartet (, an all-sax group whose repertoire runs the gamut from standards to folk songs to improvised numbers that free up both the melody and the meter. Having done away with rules since its 1977 inception, ROVA has since risen to international renown. ... If you're seeking free jazz by musicians who've taken the concept of "free" and turned it into a lifestyle choice, look no further than the Devin Hoff Platform ( Aside from being one of the best bass players on the West Coast, Hoff is also a committed anarchist. The East Bay jazz scene may embrace old styles, but we're clearly not beholden to tradition.

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