Will Calhoun performed at the International Jazz Day at the San Jose Hammer Theatre sponsored by San Jose Jazz and San Jose State University on Sunday April 30, 2017. One of the highlights of his performance was him performing the Japanese folk tune “Doll of the Bride” during his tribute to Elvin Jones. Will Calhoun is a talented and charismatic drummer based in the Bronx, New York. He received the Buddy Rich Jazz Master Award and was recognized as the best drummer by Rolling Stone Magazine. Mr. Calhoun is not like a typical jazz drummer and incorporates rock, as well as, hip-hop and ambient sounds into his music which probably differentiates him from other contemporary drummers. In addition to rock band Living Colour, Will has toured and recorded with B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Harry Belafonte, Pharoah Sanders, The Allman Brothers, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Wayne Shorter. And he recorded with Run-DMC and Public Enemy.
A persimmon tree during the springtime
In San Francisco on March 10, 2017, hundreds of Native people from different Nations and their supporters boisterously stood up for indigenous Native Rights and sovereignty. The nationwide protest was part of the four days of prayer, lobbying and demonstrations at the Nation’s Capitol. When President Trump gave the DAPL pipeline an approval for completion on January 2017, they showed the government wasn’t honouring any Native treaties. Most Native treaties were developed from 1774 to about 1832 to establish borders and behaviour between the government and Nations. These protests show that the struggle against DAPL will continue.
Over 200 bicycle riders showed up on the San Jose Mural bike ride on Saturday March 4, 2017. The bicycle ride was basically a way to learn about San José’s diverse, vibrant, and rich culture traversing the communities of Gardner, Down-town, East Side, Mayfair, and Japan-town.
The starting point was the Aztec Calendar mural at the Gardner Community Center painted by Antonio Nava Torres in 1995. Nearby we visited the Washington Elementary mural designed by 3rd and 4th graders and painted by local artists.
Afterwards we rode to the East Side to see “The Mural de la Raza” by Jose Meza, one of the oldest murals in San Jose on Story Road, and is about history of the Chicano community. It was highlighted by a talk by “The Homeboy Mad” or Jose Valle.
Heading towards Japan-town we visited Guadalajara Market on Empire Street in San Jose and is the site of 2 murals. It was be the new site of Empire 7 Studios in the future. The highlight of the tour was the exquisite Nosego mural Nichi Bei Busan in San Jose Nihonmachi which we took a group photo.
The San Jose Mural Bicycle ride was organized by Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, De-Bug, and Empire Seven Studios.
Alviso Slough Trail at the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso (San Jose) 1-2017
There were many rainy and gray days of January and February. It was good for our drought and agriculture but bad for flooding and landslides. Was it caused by global warming? Only the future will tell.
Photograph taken by Haruya Kono from Yokohama, Japan who was on a business trip to Singapore on December 2016. Singapore with a population of only 5.61 million, has a strong global economy, a high GDP, low unemployment, and a diverse population. It is the world’s only island city-state.
A fervent Women’s March crowd of over 30,000 women and supporters marched from San Jose City Hall to Plaza de César Chavez in San Jose on January 21, 2017. It was one of the largest marches in San Jose history. They marched to denounce the attitudes and beliefs of new President Donald Trump. Trump is threatening to overturn abortion rights, shut down Planned Parenthood, and nominate anti choice Supreme Court Justices. The Women’s March brought many new activists forward and re-energized the movement to protect human rights, civil liberties, and social justice.
An exuberant rally and march fighting for immigrant rights started at the San Jose City Hall and ended at the Plaza de César Chavez on January 17, 2017. It was the national and international day to demand protection against criminalization, deportations, and hatred resulting from the election of Trump. They were fighting to defend DACA (it allows young undocumented immigrants a deferred action from deportation), immigrants, LGBTQ, Muslims, and refugees.