“Maxwell manages to play those notes which occur in the cracks between piano keys… He is an excellent flautist.”

- Jazz Journal International (London, England)

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Calvin Keys’ Blue Monday Jazz Jam Relocates

Every Monday Night
7-10 pm
The Birdland Jazzista Social Club
4318 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Oakland, CA
(510) 827-5414

Get a jump on your week and be more creative! Come sit in or sing with the one and only Calvin Keys! Forget karaoke! Sing with a live band, with top professional musicians. Google their names, but don’t feel overwhelmed! You can join them, and they will support your efforts!

In the first set, the incomparable guitarist Calvin Keys leads off with his band (including Keith Saunders, piano, Art Maxwell on an array of saxes, flutes, and clarinets, drummer Leon Joyce, Jr, and bassist Heshima Mark Williams) for an eclectic hour of jazz standards and originals. The second set is open to other musicians to sit in. This may be “open” but that doesn’t mean “amateur hour.” The best of the Bay can be seen here! There are Grammy nominees and soon to be Grammy nominees sitting in here. Show up, sign up, play! Or just show up and listen to the the once and future kings and queens of jazz!

$10 for everyone!

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Diane Witherspoon, an accomplished Jazz vocalist with a soulful, personal sound that borrowed elements of gospel and blues, passed on this year. A petite 5ft-tall African American Jazz Singer and performer with a surprisingly booming voice, she was a sister, mother, daughter, grand-mother, and an extremely talented child of God. Diane was also a recognized ambassador of friendship and love to thousands of people throughout the world.

One of 9 siblings, Diane grew up in a family that all sang well. Her First solo performance was at the age of 9 with her church choir.  As a young adult she began singing professionally. Jazz was her genre of choice, because (she said) it gave her the freedom to improvise and interpret melodies and lyrics her own way. Following in the footsteps of older sister Shirley Witherspoon, who sang with Duke Ellington for a couple of years, she was inspired to pursue singing professionally.

Eventually she began traveling all over the world reaching 14 + countries; singing, teaching, maturing, and exploding into the talent we all knew and loved. After touring internationally for many years, she released her 1990 debut album “Thanking You” on Tonal Gravity Records. Diane has 7 CD’s in her name (see Discography), and appears on many more. She has performed and/or recorded with many world renowned musicians such as Billy Higgins, Cedar Walton, Teddy Edwards, John Handy, Calvin keys, Art Maxwell, Kurt Lightsey, Rasul Siddik, Ghasem Batamuntu …. and the list goes on.
 Diane Witherspoon was a vocal force unparalleled among today’s female jazz singers.



“Thanking You”
Tonal Gravity Records 1990

“You May Never Know”
Koch Jazz 1999

“The Very Thought Of You”
Miss Spoon Records 2002

“L. A. After Dark”
Summit Records 2004

“You Called Another’s Name”
Docbil Records 2005

“Love and Respect”
Docbil Records 2007

“Diane Witherspoon “Live””
​ LifeForce Records 2016


Quoting Diane’s Facebook page:

“I am loving life and feeling especially blessed. It gives me something to sing about. I am a professional singer; mostly and especially Jazz; I am also a composer and amateur pianist. I travel each year to other countries to perform so I can support my creative and financial existence. I’ve been doing this for more than 20 years. I am also the proud mother of 3 GREAT young adults; Bill, Asha and Lila (short for “Dalila”). Currently, I am single, living alone and enjoying all that life has to offer me. God is GOOD!”

Favorite Quotes:

“Do Unto Other’s As You Would Have Them Do Unto You”, and “What Goes Around, Comes Around”… so, she adds, “let’s all try to live ‘Good’ lives!”

Diane Witherspoon will be missed by family, friends, fellow musicians and the greater music community – while her music and indomitable spirit continues to uplift us all.


Calvin Keys’ Monday Night Jazz Jam Returns

October 5th, 2015
7-10 pm
Geoffrey’s Inner Circle
410 14th Street
Oakland, CA
(510) 839-4644

Art Maxwell – Saxophone & Flute
Keith Saunders – Piano
Heshima Williams – Bass
Leon Joyce Jr. – Drums

$8.00 Musician’s and Vocalists
$5.00 All Students With I.D.
$15.00 General Admission

Plus Available
Geoffrey’s Famous $5.00 Soul Food Dinner!

Calvin Keys Website: CalvinKeys.com
Press Contact: promarketing00@yahoo.com

Pascal Bokar: Guitar Balafonics

“…Maxwell’s flute floats through the melodies…”
– jazzweekly.com

Calvin Keys: Close Enough For Love

“…stunned by these tracks…”
– dustygroove.com

Sunday – February 2 2014 @ 8:00 pm

1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco CA
Tickets: $14 in advance / $17 at the door

For nearly 50 years, jazz guitarist Calvin Keys has been a leader of bands, producer of recordings and on first call for his exceptional style as an accompanist and soloist by many other legends of jazz. While performing is always a priority for Keys, he has found time to record 15 CDs, including his internationally acclaimed An Evening With Calvin Keys and his new chart topping release, Electric Keys.

Join the Calvin Keys Power Quartet — featuring Art Maxwell on flutes, saxes and bass clarinet, Brian Ho on organ and Leon Joyce Jr. on drums — on SuperBowl Sunday for a classy way to celebrate!

Yoshi’s San Francisco is located at 1330 Fillmore at Eddy on the ground floor of the Fillmore Heritage Center. Yoshi’s is on the ground floor on the front side of the building. Parking is available. Garage entrance is on Eddy Street.

Location : Yoshi’s San Francisco | 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco CA
Tickets & Info: www.yoshis.inticketing.com | 415.655.5600
Website: www.Yoshis.com | Email: daniel@yoshis.com


5701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland CA
$10.00 | FREE for Music Students

Oakland’s 57th Street Gallery welcomes Jazz recording artist Art Maxwell to the lineup for Blue Monday’s Jazz Jam Session. Headed by the great Calvin Keys on guitar, the jam session house band now features Art on flutes, saxes and bass clarinet, Joe McKinley on bass, Keith Saunders on piano and Leon Joyce Jr. on drums. A local Jazz icon, Art has worked with Joe Henderson, Art Blakey, Mongo Santamaria and other jazz luminaries.

Doors open at 5:00pm. Come on out this Monday and sing, play your instrument or just enjoy the music. You can never tell what stars will show up at our Blue Monday’s Jazz Jam Sessions.

Location : 57th Street Gallery | 5701 Telegraph Ave., Oakland CA 94609 | 510-654-6974
Web: www.57thstreetgallery.com | Email: Contact@57thStreetGallery.com

August 26, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

10 Embarcadero West, Oakland CA
Tickets: $14

It was after a 1974 move to Oakland that Calvin Keys’ nearly 20 years with Ahmad Jamal began. This relationship included touring extensively throughout Europe, and stops state side at Carnegie Hall and the JVC Jazz Festival. It was during this same period that Calvin begin his work as music director with Earl “Fatha” Hines. Through the years Calvin Keys has graced the stage with Donald Byrd, Lou Donaldson, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Carmen McCrea, Gloria Lynn, Jackie Ivory, Jackie Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Eddie Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, George Coleman, Jimmy Witherspoon and Hadley Caliman to name a few. Here, Keys is joined by flautist and saxophonist Art Maxwell — a local giant who has worked with Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, Mongo Santamaria and many other jazz luminaries.

Yoshi’s at Jack London Square is located at 510 Embarcadero West between Washington and Clay Streets around the corner from the Jack London Square Cinema Complex on Washington. Yoshi’s is on the ground floor on the front side of the seven-story parking structure.

Location : Yoshi’s Oakland | 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland CA | 510-238-9200
Tickets & Info: www.Yoshis.com/oakland | 510-238-9200
Email: daniel@yoshis.com

July 30, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

Dinkelspiel Auditorium
471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford CA
Tickets: Student $15/Reserved $28/Premium $45

When you spend decades as a sideman with Jimmy Smith, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Freddie Hubbard, Taj Mahal, and Ray Charles, you acquire a special musical power. Pat Metheny wrote the song “Calvin’s Keys” in tribute to him. He flourished in his seven-year touring and recording tenure with jazz legend Ahmad Jamal. And Calvin Keys’ classic 1971 recording, “Shawn-Neeq,” has become a musical landmark for jazz and blues guitar players alike. Whether he’s soloing over hip-hop tracks or digging into a complex be-bop tune, Calvin is always what student, colleague, and jazz guitar great Bruce Forman calls, “a true jazzman.”

Keys is joined by flautist and saxophonist Art Maxwell — a local giant who has worked with Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, Mongo Santamaria and other jazz luminaries. Brian Ho, organ and Leon Joyce, drums.

Location : Dinkelspiel Auditorium | 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford CA | 650-725-2787
Tickets & Info: www.StanfordJazz.org | 650-725-ARTS
Email: TicketOrders@Stanford.edu

The Bay Terrace Theater
51 Daniels Avenue
Vallejo, CA
5pm | $10 ($5 for VJS members)

This Vallejo Jazz Society concert will spotlight Calvin Keys, an extraordinary guitarist who came to prominence performing and recording with the likes of Jimmy Smith, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Oscar Brown Jr. and dozens of other legendary jazz and blues performers.

Keys will be joined by a trio of the area’s finest jazz players, including saxophonist Art Maxwell—a local giant who has worked with Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, Mongo Santamaria and many more jazz luminaries.

Location : The Bay Terrace Theater | 51 Daniels Avenue Vallejo, CA | 707-533-4593
Tickets & Info: www.VallejoJazzSociety.com
Contact: VallejoJazzSociety@yahoo.com


1261 Grove Street (behind Dry Creek Inn)
Healdsburg, CA
7-9pm | $20

When it comes to laying down a groove, guitarist Calvin Keys is the undisputed master. He’s been entertaining Bay Area audiences consistently for decades with his Wes Montgomery-influenced hollow-body stylings, and at 68 he’s not slowing down.

For Healdsburg this year, Keys will be bringing his Organ Quartet— with Brian Ho on the Hammond, Art Maxwell on sax and Leon Joyce on drums—which means old-style funky blues in the house.

See Listing @ HealdsburgJazzFestival.org »

Latest Performance: Yoshi’s SF

Recently performed live with Calvin Keys at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in San Francisco on Monday, Janurary 9, 2012. Calvin Keys’ first album, Shawn-Neeq, originally released on Black Jazz in 1971, is being reissued by Tompkins Square on 180g vinyl.

See Listing @ Yoshi’s.com »

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