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  October 2, 2009


SAN FRANCISCO - Ramsey Lewis Trio - Yoshi's Jazz Club. Location: 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA. Call: (415) 655-5600.  read moreOct 02-Oct 04
Ramsey Lewis Trio: Songs from the Heart: Ramsey Plays Ramsey

Friday & Saturday
5:30pm to 10:30pm
Yoshi's San Francisco
1330 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415.655.5600
Jazz Club
Ramsey Lewis Trio: Songs from the Heart: Ramsey Plays Ramsey
Oct 02-Oct 4, 2009

Friday - Saturday 8pm & 10pm shows $35
Sunday 7pm show $35

At the age of 74, Ramsey Lewis has not only continued to be active in the jazz world, but he's also forging ahead with a newly inspired creative instinct as a composer. This re-envisioned artistic sensibility is showcased on his new album, which is a remarkable, refined collection of 12 new originals that he composed over a period of two years. The collection includes music from two commissioned world premiere performances at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, just north of Chicago. Eight songs come from the score of 2007's ballet To Know Her...written for the Joffrey Ballet Company and four pieces come from 2008's Muses and Amusementssuite performed with the Turtle Island Quartet.

Songs From the Heart, Lewis' first trio recording in five years, features eight pieces with bassist Larry Gray and drummer Leon Joyce, and four piano solo performances. To Lewis, the CD marks a turning point in his storied career: he's found new life as a composer.

Joffrey choreography began in April 2007 for the June 2007 performance. A month before the premiere Lewis saw his first rehearsal. The troupe put his recorded demos on and began to dance. “The way they moved brought tears to my eyes," says Lewis. “When I started out in bands when I was 16, people danced to our music. This took me back 50 years, and here I was writing for dancing again."

At Ravinia, the performance garnered a rousing applause from the audience and critical plaudits from the press. Lewis says, “My son pointed out to me that this was the first concert of mine he had seen that got a standing ovation without me having to play the hits. That told me something about focusing more intently on composition."

Kauffman was so impressed that he immediately commissioned Lewis to write new works for Ravinia in 2008. He decided to compose for a string quartet to accompany his trio. On the recommendation of his good friend and fellow pianist Dr. Billy Taylor, Lewis enlisted the Turtle Island Quartet to perform a suite of eight new originals, including the relaxed-swinging “The Spark" and the bowed ballad “The Conversation." Of the former, Lewis says, “I like the energy in this song. I was thinking of a groove-not rock, but something that had an element of excitement and forward motion while at the same time was melodic."

From the ballet score, Lewis explains that the emotive tune “Touching, Feeling, Knowing" is based on a folk melody he heard when he visited Soweto, South Africa. “It's a simple melody that I used as the basis for this song. When we play it, it reminds me of South Africa." In regards to the appropriately titled “The Way She Smiles," Lewis says, “That's one of those songs that just happened. I woke up one morning and was thinking of a New Orleans groove."

One of the added bonuses of Lewis' prolific writing has been an enrichment of his pianistic talent. “The composing has informed my playing," says Lewis. “I'm looking at harmony and melody in a different way. I've noticed that my solos have become deeper and more contemplative." On Songs From the Heart, Lewis takes the solo spotlight four times, including the film noir-ish “Long Before She Knew" and reflective muse “The Glow of Her Charm."

The latter arrived when Lewis was working on an intro to the song “In the Still of the Night" that he was performing one evening in Washington, D.C. He was in his hotel room on a grand piano, determined to find a prelude. Once again, his wife offered her wisdom. “Jan was listening to me and said, 'What's that? That's a song, not an introduction. You've got a new song.' And, if course, she was right."

On Songs From the Heart, Lewis offers graceful music, played with a light, gentle, joyful touch, and focused on melody. Writing in the CD liner notes, Lewis pointed out that in the CD's initial planning stages, all artistic and record company parties agreed that Songs From the Heart should be characterized by “heartfelt, lyrical and inspirational" music “that my fans had come to expect."

In the liners, Lewis also noted, “Our desire was to convey a sense of beauty, joy, simplicity and lyricism...I am extremely proud of the results." He adds, “Looking back at all the music that I've written over the last few years, I think I'm coming up with something unique. I think I'm developing a style."


CARPINTERIA - Avocado Festival. This annual event that runs through the entire weekend celebrates the regions prime crop with food contests, games and lots of bands and live music. Time: 4 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Downtown Carpinteria on Linden, Carpinteria, CA.

HUNTINGTON BEACH Oktoberfest German Celebration. Get out the lederhosen, dirndl and beer stein for a good time with an Oom-pah band from Germany. Beautiful bar maids, scrumptious strudels, and imported draft beers, plus lots of liqueurs to wet the whistle, and plenty of dancing (chicken dance is a must). Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $15, 21+ only. Location: Old World German Village's German Restaurant, Center Ave., Huntington Beach, CA.

JULIAN - Fall Apple Harvest. A San Diego tradition, the Annual Julian Fall Apple Harvest runs through November 15. This year, the Apple Harvest celebrates its 100th birthday as thousands of visitors venture to this historic East County mining town, nestled in the Cuyamaca Mountains, to sample fresh crisp apples, homemade apple pies and ciders. Visitors can also enjoy acres of colorful fall foliage, charming bed and breakfast inns, art shows, quaint antique shops and live entertainment.

LA MESA - Oktoberfest. 36th Annual Oktoberfest expects 200,000 to attend the 3-day event at La Mesa Village with 6 city blocks filled with over 300 craft and commercial booths, 5 food courts, 3 beer gardens and a children’s carnival. You don’t want to miss the Grand Daddy of all street fairs and the largest 3-day Oktoberfest West of the Mississippi. Time: Friday October 2nd. 11am till 11:30pm; Saturday October 3rd.11am till 11:30pm; Sunday October 4th. Noon till 6pm. Location: La Mesa Ave. to Alison Blvd. and Spring St., La Mesa, CA. Take the San Diego Trolley, Orange Line (La Mesa Blvd Stop) which will drop you off right in the middle of the event.

LODI - October Fusion Friday. Fusion blends with authentic, refined Mexican cuisine as one of Lodi ’s newest local restaurants, Revolucion 1910 shares a selection of their inspired creations that leave your old chips and salsa in the dust! Sergio of Midtown Sacramento will serenade you with his acoustic guitar! $10 admission includes wine tasting, appetizers, and souvenir wine glass. Revolucion 1910 will also have dinners available for purchase.. Location: Borra Vineyards, 1301 E. Armstrong Rd., Lodi, CA. Call: (209) 368-2446. [email protected] /

LOS ANGELES - LA County Fair. Time: Opens at 10 a.m. weekends, Noon on Wed.-Fri. Event runs through Oct. 4. Cost: $17 general, $12 age 6-12; Free under 6. Parking: $10 car.  Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. Call: (909) 623-3111.

ORANGE- Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch. Fun for all ages, but designed for kids. Ride the train, play carnival games, hay rides, maze, haunted house, and pumpkins. Pumpkin Patch time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: No admission, parking fee at Irvine Regional Park is $3 weekday, $5 weekend. Location: 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, CA.

PALO ALTO - Great Glass Pumpkin Patch. Marvel at over 8,000 beautiful glass pumpkins hand made by artists. Items are on view on Oct. 1 & 2, and are available for purchase on Oct. 3 & 4. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location:  Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Directions: Take Caltrain to the Palo Alto station, catch Valley Transit Authority (VTA) bus 35 or 86. Buses stop within one to two blocks of the Center. Free parking is located at the Center and on the street. Call: Palo Alto Art Center (650) 329-2366 or Bay Area Glass Institute (408) 993-2244;

PETALUMA - SlaughterHaunts Haunted House. Time: 5:30-7:30 Kid Friendly 7:30pm-11pm Ages 7+. Cost: 5:30-7:30pm $5 Kid Maze; 7:30-11:00pm $16 SlaughterHouse $6 Ghost Tunnels; $19 Both Attractions; Phone: 707-332-6171; Address: 15 Copeland Petaluma, CA.

SAN DIEGO - Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours. Meet to be taken on bus and walk to several of 6 haunted spots in San Diego, including the Whaley House in Old Town which is one of the most haunted places in America. Time: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Cost: $33-35. Location: meets at Best Western Hacienda Hotel Downtown, 4041 Harney, San Diego, CA. Book IT

SAN FRANCISCO - Oktoberfest by the Bay. New location at Pier 48 next to AT&T Park. Chico Bavarian Band will perform. Opening night from 5 p.m. to Midnight. Tickets on sale at

SAN FRANCISCO - Ramsey Lewis Trio.  Yoshi's Jazz Club. Location: 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA. Call: (415) 655-5600.  read more

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Our Land, Our People, Our Mission Art Exhibit. Annual event features original art exhibition and art sale with proceeds benefiting the mission. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Cost: $5-9. Location: 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

SAN RAFAEL - Pacific Pinball Exposition. Hundreds of classic and collector pinball machines will be on display. Fun for the whole family! Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost- Single day admission: $25 for adults, $15 for kids 12 & under. Location: The Exhibition Hall at the Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA.

SANTA ROSA - Sonoma County Harvest Fair. Enjoy Sonoma County Harvest Fair - All-Inclusive Tasting in this Wine Tasting Event. Cost: Both Sessions $60; First Session (Noon – 2:30 pm); $35; Second Session (4:30 – 7:00 pm)  $35.

TEMECULA - Pig Racing, Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze at Peltzer Farms. Open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Located 6 miles east of 1-15, take Rancho California Road Exit to Calle Contento. Peltzer Farms, 39925 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591. Call: (951) 695-1115.





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