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Ryan Brown Mingles Sound and Surgery

The Oakland composer uses Richard Selzer’s book on surgery as a musical muse.

John Schott’s Actual Trio Gets Bigger

A Symphonic Coming of Age

Berkeley Youth Orchestra offers an enriching “harmonic progression” into musical maturity.

Manifest Destiny, the East Bay Hills, and Show Business

Revisiting the Donner Party, East Bay hills history, and Tom Heyman.

It Takes a Little Village

Stacey Hoffman Keeps Jazz More Than Alive

In the Name of Love represents the manifestation of a grassroots music movement for Living Jazz.

The Alley Enters a Post Rod Dibble-Era

Jef Labes and Bryan Seet become the ivory ticklers at one of Oakland’s longest-running bars.

A Quintessential Collaborator

Greg Landau hones his production skills in Alameda.

Yippies, Ukuleles, and Rad Women

A biography, a solo debut, and an empowerment journal deserve attention.

Guns n’ Roses Rock Oracle Arena

Axl Rose, Slash, and the gang ramp up the Not in This Lifetime tour.