Category Archives: Music

Circle of drums

TOP: Nora Duffy plays the congas in a weekly drum circle with a group of other percussionists at DeCarli Waterfront Square in downtown Stockton. MIDDLE LEFT: Raymond Vega plays the timbales in a weekly drum circle at DeCarli Waterfront Square. MIDDLE RIGHT: Ricky LaTour plays the congas at DeCarli Waterfront Square. BOTTOM: A group of [...]

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Random photo #73: Cold play

Despite a cold wind and approaching storm clouds, Edgar Mangato of Stockton takes time to practice his 12-string guitar on a bench at the Weber Point Events Center in downtown Stockton.

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Jazzed

The University of the Pacific’s 2014-2015 Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet has been named the best undergraduate college small jazz combos in DownBeat magazine’s 39th annual Student Music Awards. In addition, the group’s vibraphonist Joel Ross was named best Soloist in Undergraduate College Outstanding Performances and drummer Jalon Archie was named best Jazz Soloist, Undergraduate College [...]

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All that Jazz

Photography, especially news photography is a lot like Jazz. There is a formula to Jazz. Basically, it contains a theme and musicians improvise around that theme. In news photography we often have to cover events that we’ve covered before. Like the improvisation in Jazz, photojournalists look for new ways to photograph whatever the event is. [...]

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“I gotta have more cowbell”

The Pacific Pep Band, part musical group, part cheerleading squad,  perform at men’s & women’s basketball games, playing tunes such as “Eye of the Tiger” and “Hey Baby” and doing chants and cheers to rattle opposing teams. For as long as I can remember, there has always been at least one person playing the cowbell. [...]

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Improvisation

The Wynton Marsalis concert at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton was a part of the week-long Brubeck Festival. Before the concert, honoring Marsalis’ New Orleans roots, the Blue Moon French Quarter Street Fair was held in the block in front the theater. For the fair, the street was closed off to traffic. Several [...]

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Blocked at nearly every turn

When I covered Winton Marsalis and his big band in concert on March 22 at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton, I had just the first two songs to photograph him playing (which is normal at most big concerts). I, as well as the three other photographers, expected him to be at the front [...]

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Three songs

When shooting most professional concerts photographers usually only get to shoot the first two or three songs and then are hightailed out of the venue. We never get to see a majority of the show, let alone all of it. The Carrie Underwood/Hunter Hayes concert at the Stockton Arena, for example, allowed the four photographers [...]

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Not just another pretty face

The day after singer Beyoncé’s spectacular halftime show during this year’s Super Bowl, the Website BuzzFeed posted a gallery of pictures entitled: “The 33 Fiercest Moments From Beyoncé’s Halftime Show.” Of those 33 photos posted, several featured the pop diva (who is considered by any standard one of the most beautiful women in the world) [...]

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The power of pop culture

Between opening acts and headliners at concerts it’s customary to play recorded music for the fans to listen to. Various artists are usually played mostly as background music as the roadies change around the stage. The Carrie Underwood/Hunter Hayes concert at the Stockton Arena was no different. Hayes opened with a rousing set, but when [...]

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