New Orleans gave birth to jazz and New York turned it into a business and art form. But the Bay Area has also played an important role in the growth and diversity of jazz. Join us as we give a tip of the old porkpie hat to the artists who helped define a West Coast idiom of jazz and continue to make the Bay Area a fertile, vibrant ground for musical exploration.
This week, we give a tip of the old porkpie hat to the string-bending crowd. While the guitar is more associated with rock, folk, blues and other traditions, it has a noble history in jazz, from the swinging gypsy jazz stylings of Django Reinhardt to the Americana-tinged picked of Bill Frisell. These Bay Area pickers honor tradition while exploring new territories: