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Philip Elwood

Philip Elwood

Philip 'Phil' Elwood was born on March 19, 1926 in Berkeley, where his father was a professor of agriculture at the University of California.

As a teenager, Phil was introduced to jazz by photographer Dorothea Lange, prompting a lifelong love of the genre and inspiring him to build a large jazz record collection.

Elwood's love of jazz led to a career in radio and print journalism. From 1952-1996, he hosted a weekly series, Jazz Archives, on Berkeley's KPFA, making him one of the first jazz broadcasters in FM radio.

His work in radio celebrated the resurgence of interest in early jazz and documented what became known as the 'San Francisco Style.' 

1965 while working at KPFA, Elwood joined the San Francisco Examiner as an entertainment critic, where he covered jazz, rock, blues, comedy, and cabaret shows in the Bay Area. After 2000, he continued his newspaper career at the San Francisco Chronicle. Following retirement

Phil passed away in 2006.

(Photo: Philip broadcasting on KPFA in 1959, playing Miles Davis)

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Ace of Cups, The Band, The Sons of Champlin: The Band, Sons of Champlin, Ace of Cups: Winterland, San Francisco SF

Live Review by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 18 April 1969

The Band — Too Little, Too Late ...

The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Capitol SMAS 2653)

Review by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 3 June 1967

Last Respects to Beatles In an Album That Turns on ...

Tim Buckley, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Sunshine Company, Brenton Wood: Tim Buckley, the Sunshine Company, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Brenton Wood: The Circle Star, San Carlos CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 2 March 1968

"Rock and Roll '68" — Good Panorama of the Pop Scene ...

Cab Calloway: Of Minnie the Moocher and a Cab with ciass

Profile and Interview by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 6 September 1976

CAB CALLOWAY, sharp, nimble, full of stories and laughs, moved through the noontime crowd at the Washington Square Bar and Grill and onto the sundrenched ...

John Coltrane, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner: The John Coltrane Quartet: Jazz Workshop, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 15 September 1965

Coltrane, Jones Explode Together ...

Commander Cody: Cody's Airmen On the Way Up

Profile and Interview by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 15 December 1969

THE NATIONAL pop music compass needle has been pointing toward Nashville for over a year and now it is digging into the past of country-and-western ...

Country Joe & The Fish, Led Zeppelin: Country Joe & the Fish, Led Zeppelin: Fillmore West, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 11 January 1969

Impressive New Rock Group ...

Miles Davis, Grateful Dead: Grateful Dead, Miles Davis: Fillmore West, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 10 April 1970

Miles' Marvelous Montage ...

Jerry Garcia, Merl Saunders: Dead Leader Who Is Very Much Alive

Report and Interview by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 11 January 1971

JERRY GARCIA is the principal power plant and instrumental, as well as inspirational, leader of San Francisco's oldest continuing rock band, the Grateful Dead. ...

Judy Garland: Circle Star Theater, San Carlos CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 2 September 1965

Judy's Electric, but Searching Evening ...

Crystal Gayle: She's more than a little sister

Interview by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 17 September 1977

OVER THE last few years, as her own star has been rising high over the country music scene, singer Crystal Gayle has learned to live ...

It's a Beautiful Day: New New Sounds

Interview by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 30 June 1968

BRIGHTEST AND most compelling of the newer local modern music groups, and certainly the one with the most intriguing sounds and name is violinist David ...

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Roland Kirk's Expanding World

Profile and Interview by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 12 September 1968

MUCH OF Roland Kirk's life has been a dogmatic and frustrating crusade to make his listeners realize that the reason he plays two or three ...

Terry Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air (Columbia 7315)

Review by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 24 December 1969

THE WONDERFUL San Franciscan with the strange sounds, Terry Riley, has a second LP out, A Rainbow in Curved Air (Columbia 7315). ...

The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder: Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder: Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 7 June 1972

Rolling, Rocking Stones Gather No Moss ...

Santana: Matrix, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 14 November 1968

Santana Band Up Close ...

Sex Pistols: The Sex Pistols: Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 16 January 1978

Sex Pistols end U.S. offensive bored but richer ...

Sylvester: Old Waldorf, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 21 July 1977

Sylvester: A turn in the right direction ...

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band: Watts 103rd Street Band: Band May Be Wattless, but Powerful

Interview by Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, The, 8 April 1969

WHAT'S THE magic ingredient that makes popular hit records? If anyone knew for sure he'd have a billion dollar industry rotating around him, at 45 ...

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