.Sheldon Alexander Quartet in San Jose

Drummer Sheldon Alexander’s turning point in music arrived when he came across the 1973 breakthrough jazz-funk fusion album Head Hunters by Herbie Hancock. The young musician was living in Arizona at the time and felt instantly captivated by the narrative richness Hancock achieved, thinking of it as “storytelling music.” He would go on to immerse himself in African American rooted genres as an undergrad at the California Jazz Conservatory, studying with jazz luminaries like Gerald Cleaver. After his graduation last year, Sheldon is set to release a live octet album bringing together his diverse influences from gospel to hip hop.

Sheldon Alexander Quartet

Thu, 6pm, Free

Mama Kin, San Jose

Sheldon Alexander Quartet perform “Naima” at Bird and Beckett
Addie Mahmassanihttps://www.addiemahmassani.com/
Addie Mahmassani is a poet based in Santa Cruz. She holds a PhD in American Studies from Rutgers University-Newark and is currently an MFA student in creative writing at San Jose State University. There, she is a Teaching Associate as well as the lead poetry editor of Reed Magazine, California's oldest literary journal. She also surfs, sings and loves a part-sheepdog named Lou.


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