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- Dr. Wes Watkins The List, The Jazz & Democracy Project, and UMP contributor

Urban Music Presents Newsletter

Urban Music Presents Newsletter: Summer 2014 Music Calendar 

It has been nearly a year since I have written a full newsletter, and hopefully this receives you well and you are interested in what is happening in the Bay Area music scene over late Spring and early Summer 2014!  Summer is my favorite time of year as there is so much great music happening everywhere  and mostly for FREE, so I thought calendaring it all in one place might help us all stay connected to the music and to each other! 
On a personal note, thanks for continuing to support Live Music and the community that brings it to you. I am thrilled to announce as well this summer, Urban Music Presents will be hosting 1st and 3rd Sabor Sundays at the 50 Mason Social Hall featuring an eclectic mix of Afro Cuban Salsa bands... that include Jesus Diaz y su QBA, Fito Reinoso, Rumbache and many more,  see details below!
While time these days doesn't allow for me to write a weekly live music newsletter, I do plan to touch base on a quarterly basis featuring and highlighting what I think you all might enjoy... Please share this with a friend!
This newsletter is dedicated to one of my true life inspirations, Maya Angelou.

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Edition 310: October 24, 2012 

Another amazing two weeks of not to miss music coming to the Bay Area. Thanks for letting me share what I think are not to miss shows and as always thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC and the community that brings it to you!

Saturday October 27 California Institute of Integral Studies presents
Not in Our Name: Dia de Los Muertos Concert with
The John Santos Sextet
plus special guests, poet Genny Lim
and spoken word artist Rico Pabón

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"Perhaps the most innovative Latin Jazz group playing today outside Cuba...highly innovative, intimately explosive." ~ East Bay Express

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Urban Music Presents Newsletter: Oct. 10, 2012 Edition 309 

Happy Fall All!

As always I appreciate you letting me come into your virtual world to spread the great news of live music in the Bay Area - and this next two weeks some POWERFUL shows are coming our way!

Always be sure to pay attention to my notes in BRIGHT RED as they are your chance to WIN FREE TICKETS!

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Urban Music Presents Newsletter: Aug. 29, 2012 Edition 306 

There is some amazing shows coming up in the month of September - I love the Bay Area this time of year - so get out and enjoy - and also please look for the highlights in RED as these are your chances to win FREE TICKETS OR FREE EVENTS!

Tonight you can catch John Santos 5th lecture in the series CRIOLLA Y SABROSA: LA MÚSICA PUERTORRIQUEÑA presented by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, SFJAZZ and the Museum of African Diaspora. Tonight's discussion: New York: Little Puerto Rico held at the MoAD from 7 - 9pm - Tickets available here. Puerto Rican emigration to New York from the outset of the 20th century had an indelible effect on Puerto Rican music. New York-based companies such as Columbia, Victor, and Brunswick made most of the early recordings of Puerto Rican music in New York.

From Jazz to Soul you can catch Billy White and the Quiet Ones at the Red Poppy Art House tomorrow, Thursday Aug 30. Singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist-producer Billy White has had an interesting musical journey. An award-winning jazz pianist, Ethnomusicologist, collaborator with top-flight jazz musicians, and backup keyboardist for artists like Grammy nominees Maiysha Kai and Bilal, he has been writing, singing and playing original material to great acclaim at venues on both coasts. Fans eagerly await the release of his debut non-jazz EP, expected in September.

Urban Music Presents Newsletter: Aug. 9, 2012 Edition 305 

Lovin' this summer weather ... and one of my favorite weekends for music is here! The San Jose Jazz Festival is happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday happening at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park and in surrounding venues. Known as one of the biggest Latin festivals in the nation, this year's standout music line-up ranges from legendary Grammy® Award-winning musicians and internationally renowned jazz artists to hidden gems in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene.

Featured acts at this year's Summer Fest include Morris Day & The Time, The Jazz Crusaders featuring Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson and Wilton Felder, The Spinners, Dianne Reeves, Terence Blanchard, Boney James, Coco Montoya, Rene Marie, Tia Fuller, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Tony Monaco Group, Jeff Hamilton Trio, Alessandro Penezzi Quartet, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Marcus L. Miller w/Freedom Jazz Movement, Wil Campa y Su Gran Union, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Anthony Blea y su Charanga, Avotcja & Modupue, Gail Dobson and her Vocal Youth Ensemble, Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys, Yoshiaki Miyanoue Tokyo Quartet, Adam Theis & Subharmonic, BlackMahal, Jackeline Rago & The Venezuelan Music Project, Team Bahia, Ben Flocks, Kat Parra Latin World Ensemble, Yesberger Band, Vitchev/Tamburr New Quartet, Girls Got the Blues, La Tenaza Trio, and many other distinguished artists listed in the press release below.
For full line up please click here.

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Edition 302 - June 6, 2012 

Win Tickets! Find out where the FREE Concerts are! Whose Playing at Yoshis, SFJAZZ, Georges Nightclub, JazzSchool and other Bay Area Venues! Jazz and Democracy Project! "The Linda Tillery New Knee Benefit Concert - All-Star Line Up" and so much more!

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Edition 301 May 3, 2012 

It has been more than a minute since my last newsletter, but this week is so exciting for Bay Area music I had to take a few minutes (as that is all I currently have) to tell you what is happening! This week: Kenny Washington, Raices Profundas Direct from Cuba, John Santos Sextet, Omar Sosa, SFSU Afro Cuban Ensemble Spring Concert! Click Here to Read More!

Creating LIVE MUSIC Economy in San Francisco: Musicians and Venue Owners Need Your Help: Open Letter 

 Dear Honorable Mayor Ed Lee, Honorable Supervisors, Legislative Aides, and Urban Music Presents community,

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I am seeking your support to review real solutions to creating LIVE MUSIC ECONOMY and to provide support to our small business venue owners and our working musicians which are the backbone of cultural vibrancy in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

I thought it fantastic to see The Economist Magazine (March 30, 2012) discussing the economy of live music performance featuring the City's own Classical Revolution (www.classicalrevolution.org), started in the Mission District. This goes hand in hand with what I have been researching and writing about regarding creating viable economy to support fair wage to musicians by creating tax break incentives to venue owners who pay fair wage.

Here is the article from the Economist - http://www.economist.com/comment/1340808#comment-1340808

Here is the article I wrote in the March 14 Urban Music Newsletter with links and observations to all the economic impact studies on entertainment from Austin, Nashville, Seattle (all considered "music cities") and the recent study in San Francisco - http://urbanmusicpresents.com/musicianspay.cfm

All the studies indicate two major points:
For every music job created, there are numerous induced jobs created in the community.
The largest revenue of tax revenue comes from food and beverage sales generated from the performances, which the performing musician is never allowed to benefit from those sales, yet are required to bring a full house of patrons if they are to return to perform again.
I have identified fair wage to musicians through numerous surveys and discussion as $100 for 2 hour performance and $25 per hour thereafter as a base wage to negotiate from.

In the San Francisco Economic Study on Entertainment, $55 million is generated for tax revenue, 70% of which stems from Sales Tax from Food and Beverage Sales... The tax break incentive I am proposing is a sales tax break to the venues who pay the musicians the identified minimum base wage, and thus the city recoups the taxes through payroll tax as the musicians are contract 1099 employees.

It is interesting to point out, The SF Study shows a total gross revenue from Entertainment annually at $4.2 Billion dollars, yet only $110,00,000 are paid out to performers (this includes theater, musicians - all performers). As a side note to this, I am curious to know how this data was sourced, as my insights tell me this number is much lower, but again, I would like to know the data source, which the study does not include.

Every economic impact study clearly points out there is direct and indirect job creation from supporting LIVE MUSIC economy. San Francisco and the Bay Area is poised to become a "music city" as we are home to some of the top performing musicians in the country, but with it becoming increasingly more challenging to find performance spaces, and garner reasonable performance fees, our artists may seek other locations to create and live in.

Lastly I have drafted an online petition, which is growing in numbers and seeks support to begin looking at creating legislative policy to support our local working musicians, to support our small business venue owners who are drowning in operating expenses, and to create a local economy that will attract artists, which will attract tourism, and by doing so will bolster the economic overall well being for the City of San Francisco.

I do hope you consider what I am proposing seriously and would love to have support from the San Francisco Supervisors as this proposal is good for small business, good for working artists, good for the residents of San Francisco and good for the overall economy of San Francisco.

Stephanie Dalton

Stephanie Dalton, Founding Partner
Urban Music Presents
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Edition 215 - March 27, 2012 

As always I am excited to share with you some amazing concerts happening around the Bay Area!

Before I get to the music I want to take a moment to dedicate this newsletter to music and life of trumpeter Khalil Shaheed. Khalil passed away on Sunday March 23 after battling cancer for nearly four years. Khalil stood for everything I believe in... love of music, service, kindness and passing on the truth to the youth. I was fortunate to work with Khalil as an assistant on the 2007 World Music and Jazz Festival... I was simply honored to work along side him and it was that experience that inspired me to try to create pathways for music in the community. He always was encouraging of my efforts and so dear Khalil, I will miss you... John Santos wrote a beautiful tribute and letter on the passing of our friend... to read, please click here.

Here is a video performance of the kids from Oaktown Jazz Workshop, led by Khalil Shaheed at Yoshis Oakland, Oct. 2011, with special guest Pete Escovedo, performing Serena. If you would like to make a donation in his memory to keep his legacy of music moving forward you can donate to www.oaktownjazz.org. Thank you Khalil for everything you gave, for the example you set and for your kind and generous heart. The world is surely a better place because of what you gave.

The music is on FIRE this week! SFJAZZ is honoring the great maestro Benny Valarde with the Beacon Award this Saturday March 31 at YBCA Forum. A spectacular line up of musicians and an open dance floor! The musician line up includes: Patrick Morehead - piano, Jorge Pomar - bass,
Ross Wilson - trombone, trumpet, Marty Wehner - trombone, Dr. John Calloway - flute, Orestes Vilató - bongos, John Santos - tumbadoras, Monchi Esteves - vocals and
MC - John Santos!

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Benny Valarde has been on the bandstand since 1950! Has performed with legendary greats such as Cal Tjader and led his own band for nearly three decades in the Bay Area! His last album Viva Valarde

was recorded in 2002 and the Bay Area's Dr. John Calloway composed the title track! To learn more about Benny please read here.

I have 8 pairs of tickets to win - please tell me something about Benny's contribution to the Bay Area Latin Music Scene! Please be the 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 16th, and 18th persons to email me to win the tickets with your answer!

Below the calendar listings feature all the great shows I highly recommend! Be sure to check this calendar out as there are many surprise chances to win tickets! We are fortunate in the Bay Area and to have so much to chose from, but the venues and the artists absolutely need you, so thank you always for supporting live music! PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Edition 214 - March 14, 2012 


There are truly fabulous shows happening this week and next, and I have some opportunities below for you to WIN TICKETS (look for the highlights in red below) to see Chrisette Michelle, The Robert Glasper Experience and Ray Obiedo Group featuring the Horns, Vocal and Percussion of the Carlos Santana Band!

Please be sure to review the calendar listings and thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC and the community that creates it!

Last week, I was fortunate on March 6th to host an internet radio show, Solutions Now Radio. The discussion regarded the Grammy category cuts, the effects on gender and race and the efforts that have been made to restore the diversity and where do we go from here. The panelists included; independent writer and jornalist Sylvia Pfeiffenberger, 3 x Grammy winner, bandleader and composer for Spanish Harlem Orchestra Oscar Hernandez, Ex - Board Governor for NARAS and recording artist Sandy Cressman and professor and grammy nominated artist Benjamin Lapidus.

Please click here to listen to entire discussion that I hope spurs critical thinking, as our national institutions for culture have a responsibility to safeguard our American treasures!

The other day my partner's brother asked me "Why do you do what you do?" This was in regards to my efforts to look at fair wages for musicians and my efforts to stand up to NARAS regarding the cuts to categories for Grammy consideration. I have been asked this question many times over.

Thinking of the why, I have determined, much like most peoples why, it is because of my life's experience. For the most part I have worked for small business and I have always supported the arts and I have experienced the inadequacy and unfairness that I hope to balance in what ever ways I can, as I cannot turn the other way anymore.

I have been fortunate in that I was a bartender in some amazing gems for music and for people and when I look back, nearly all of the venues I have worked at no longer exist and it makes me sad. I can also tell you I have worked at some other venues that I wish were closed as their business practices have taken advantage of their employees, musicians and patrons, but alas they unfortunately are still in business and maintaining their unfair practices. So seeing the good, the bad and the ugly AND knowing the people, this is the WHY.

The list of venues I have worked at that have closed, but certainly not a complete list include: Jazz at Pearls (I worked for Pearl), the 5th Amendment in Oakland (The best juke joint that ever existed), Eli's Mile High Club (worked there with KoKo Taylor performing and was shut down the night Joe Louis Walker was performing) in Oakland, Anna's Jazz Island - Berkeley (Anna fought a good fight with City of Berkeley but to no avail), The OLD Cliff House - the New one just does not have the same character, Coda. Supper Club - even though was relatively new - it had a good vibe with soul and now the Gold Dust Lounge is in jeopardy!  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ MORE