Suggestions for Week of 12/10-12/16

Another great week of live in the Bay Area. Here are some suggestion for this week..

Monday December 10th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime… Mike Olmos Presents The Sessions. Mike is a such a great trumpet player. He leads his all star Sessions for a great night of jazz.. N/C

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Le Hot Jazz.. The spirit of Django is alive and well in San Francisco. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! N/C

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:55 PM Showtime.. The Bow Ties are back at the Amnesia playing great traditional bluegrass. Highly recommended. N/C

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell Street, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime… A great night of music showcasing three talented singer/songwriters. Headlining the evening is ambiant folk/post rocker Emma Ruth Rundle. Rounding out the night is Woodie Gunthrie inspired Jaye Jayle and Oakland basedsinger/songwriter/ multidisciplinary artist Hether Fortune. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge..

If you live in and around Santa Cruz you may want to check out

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes.. Having cut his teeth in Miles Davis’s 1980s comeback band, guitarist Mike Stern is a six-time Grammy nominee who first jumped on the scene as a member ofBlood, Sweat & Tears and through his work with legendary drummer Billy Cobham. Stern is a true virtuoso capable of dreamy, emotive ballads and searing jazz-rockers. Co-leading the band is powerhouse drummer Dave Weckl rounded out by saxophonist Bob Malach and bassist Tom Kennedy. I will be checking this band out at Yoshis this week. This should be one rockin’ show. Highly recommended!!!! $47.50 Cover Charge.

Tuesday December 11th

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:30 AM Showtime. Vibrason.. I saw this band recently. They are another great band out of the Bay Area. Very reminiscent of some of the Cal Tjader bands. Highly recommended.. $10 Cover Charge.

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. Le Hot Jazz.. The spirit of Django is alive and well in San Francisco. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! N/C

7 Mile House 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Dave Bendigkeit‘s “Keepers Of The Flame” continues the traditions of the “Giants of Jazz” with an allstar lineup with Dave on trumpet, Akira Tana on drums, Chris Amberger on bass & David Udolf on piano. This is a great quartet and an opportunity to see some of the Bay Area’s best jazz masters. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Having cut his teeth in Miles Davis’s 1980s comeback band, guitarist Mike Stern is a six-time Grammy nominee who first jumped on the scene as a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears and through his work with legendary drummer Billy Cobham. Stern is a true virtuoso capable of dreamy, emotive ballads and searing jazz-rockers. Co-leading the band is powerhouse drummer Dave Weckl rounded out by saxophonist Bob Malach and bassist Tom Kennedy. I will be checking this band out at Yoshis this week. This should be one rockin’ show. Highly recommended!!!! $29-$59 Cover Charge.

If you live in the North Bay you might want to check out

Luther Burbank Center For The Arts 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa 8:00 PM Showtime.. No one in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence than Tony Bennett. Bennett is one of only a handful of artists to have new albums charting in each of the last seven decades. In the last ten years alone he has sold ten million records. He has introduced a multitude of songs into the Great American Songbook that have since become standards, and has received 19 Grammy Awards including for his signature song, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”. Highly recommended!!! $89/$119/$149 Cover Charge..

If you live in and around Santa Cruz you may want yo check out

The Rio Theatre For The Performing Arts 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 7:30 PM Showtime. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, the king and queen of the banjo, have a musical partnership like no other. Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. . They will be performing pieces from their Grammy-winning self-titled debut as well as their new record, Echo in the Valley. Highly recommended!!!! $42-$63 Cover Charge..

Wednesday December 12th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime. The Patrick Wolff Bebop Quartet is deeply rooted in the bebop tradition established by Bird, Clifford Jordan and Dexter Gordon. Patrick is absolutely my favorite Bay Area tenor player and he leads an outstanding group of musicians..N/C.

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Bay City Blues featuring Chris Cain is a weekly showcase of world class Blues music and superb instrumental talent. This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Hosted by the nationally recognized Chris Cain & his All-Star cast of Musicians, every week they invite a new special guest to accompany them on stage and present new, upcoming, & old talent from the blues world! Bay City Blues is our tribute and exploration into the Blues genre, it is a special event in which we all get to help, share, & “Preserve the Blues.” Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge.

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Having cut his teeth in Miles Davis’s 1980s comeback band, guitarist Mike Stern is a six-time Grammy nominee who first jumped on the scene as a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears and through his work with legendary drummer Billy Cobham. Stern is a true virtuoso capable of dreamy, emotive ballads and searing jazz-rockers. Co-leading the band is powerhouse drummer Dave Weckl rounded out by saxophonist Bob Malach and bassist Tom Kennedy. I will be checking this band out at Yoshis this week. This should be one rockin’ show. Highly recommended!!!! $29-$59 Cover Charge.

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 8:00 PM Showtime.. Damn Skippy featuring Three members of the 1990’s Bay Area acid-Jazz supergroup T.J. Kirk Scott Amendola, Will Bernard & John Schott are joined by Jenny Scheinman & Todd Sickafoose making for a special night of grooving musical mayhem and feverish East Bay-centric Jazz and Funk. Highly recommended!!!! $10 Cover Charge..

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Philadelphia’s lo-fi, psychedelic/classic rockers Kurt Vile & The Violators headlines a great show which also features Los Angeles based operatic soprano singer/songwriter Jessica Pratt.. Highly recommended!!! $36 Cover Charge..

Thursday December 13th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime….Gary Hoey‘s annual “Ho Ho Hoey Rockin’ Holiday Tour” has become a tradition with radio stations and families coast-to-coast. It’s a must see show for adults and kids alike. Hoey has been a driving force behind instrumental rock Christmas music since 1995 after his version of “The Twelve Days Of Christmas” hit the airwaves with its crunchy guitars and metal flavor. Gary Hoey is a classic rock guitarist with a blues bent. His style is tasteful, melodic and in the pocket. Hoey is one of the hardest working guitarists in rock blues. Highly recommended!!!!! $30 Cover Charge…

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. 15-year-old Joey Alexander is the brightest light in jazz piano – a bona fide star whose expressive range and musical maturity confounds the stereotypical definition of a jazz prodigy. He performs material from his 2017 Motéma release Eclipse and a few holiday tunes from his new EP A Joey Alexander Christmas, Joey is joined by Kriss Funn on bass & Kendrick Scott on drums with special guest saxophonist Chris Potter. Highly recommended!!!! $35/$55/$75/$95 Cover Charge..

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. Award-winning jazz guitarist Leni Stern leads her trio project featuring original compositions written with reverence to the rhythms and tonalities of Mali and Senegal. Stern’s performance celebrates her most recent release, 3, an authentic exploration of the interplay between traditional West African music and American jazz. A show not to be missed!!!! Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime… San Diego’s great instrumental progressive hard rockers CHON will have the Cornerstone jumpin’. Opening the night is the Japanese four piece edgy instrumental rock band LITE. Highly recommended!!!! $34 Cover Carge..

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 8:00 PM Showtime.. Damn Skippy featuring Three members of the 1990’s Bay Area acid-Jazz supergroup T.J. Kirk Scott Amendola, Will Bernard & John Schott are joined by Jenny Scheinman & Todd Sickafoose making for a special night of grooving musical mayhem and feverish East Bay-centric Jazz and Funk. Highly recommended!!!! $10 Cover Charge..

If you live in and around the North Bay you may want to check out

Blue Note 1030 Main Street, Napa 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes. The Manhattan Transfer have become the cornerstones of contemporary music. Originally launched by Tim Hauser in 1969, Hauser, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Laurel Masse were the group by 1972. Cheryl Bentyne joined the group in 1979 after Laurel Masse left. Known for their amazing harmony and versatility, incorporating pop, jazz,R&B, rock and roll, swing,symphonic, and acappella music. They are incredibly entertaining. Highly recommended!!!! $49-$110 Cover Charge..

If you live in and around Santa Cruz you may want to check out

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM Showtime.. Pianist Adam Shulman reprises his tribute to Bay Area jazz legend Vince Guaraldi and his soundtrack to Charles Schulz’s 1965 holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Among the most beloved holiday albums of all time Shulman will be joined by bassist John Wiitala and drummer James Gallagher. Highly recommended!!!! $31.50 Cover Charge..

Friday December 14th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. 15-year-old Joey Alexander is the brightest light in jazz piano – a bona fide star whose expressive range and musical maturity confounds the stereotypical definition of a jazz prodigy. He performs material from his 2017 Motéma release Eclipse and a few holiday tunes from his new EP A Joey Alexander Christmas, Joey is joined by Kriss Funn on bass & Kendrick Scott on drums with special guest saxophonist Chris Potter. Highly recommended!!!! $35/$55/$75/$95 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime… Mitch Polzak is a master guitarist and he and The Royal Deuces has been one of the premier Rockabilly bands since staring in 1999. I am a huge fan. Highly recommended!! N/C

Biscuits and Blues401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes…. Tony Lindsay & The Soul Soldiers featuring powerhouse vocalists Fred Ross, Nicolas Bearde and Will Russ will be performing the hits from Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Lou Rawls, Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway. This powerhouse soul band also features Allen Leong on keyboards, Davd Shul on guitar David Jones on bass and Deszon Claiborne on drums. Highly recommended!! $24 Cover Charge.

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:15 PM Showtime.. The Switch Hitters is an Allstar funk/soul ensemble featuring Nigel Hall Bass & Vocals from Lettuce, Robert “Sput” Searight drums- Snarky Puppy & Ghost Note, Nate Werth Percussion- Snarky Puppy & Ghost Note Wil Blades on the B3 and Stevie Redstone on guitar… How much fun is this show going to be!!..Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. Flamenkeando Flamengo Meets Gypsy Jazz…Caminos Flamencos, an award-winning flamenco troupe, collaborates with members of gypsy jazz group Barrio Manouche to present two special nights of flamenco, jazz manouche, and Latin vibes on December 14 and 15. Seven artists improvise and explore between their musical worlds to create a blend of sounds rooted in flamenco dance and music, yet open in a free-style form much like a chamber jazz ensemble. The show features Jason “El Rubio” McGuire – acoustic guitar Felix de Lola – vocals. Javi Jimenez – guitar, Luis Jimenez – percussion, Yaelisa – flamenco dance, Fanny Ara – flamenco dance & Marina Elana – flamenco dance. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge..

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Chris Robinson Brotherhood are on tour in support of their latest studio album ‘Barefoot In The Head’ marking the CRB’s third studio release in just two years. CRB‘s new recording pushes boundaries and breaks new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. Overspilling with stunning musicianship and infectious energy, the album showcases the continued growth of Robinson’s songwriting partnership with his bandmates: guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and bassist Jeff Hill. It revels in the kind of adventurousness that can only come from five artists tuned into the same sonic wavelength. Highly recommended!!! $35 Cover Charge..

The Independant 628 Divisadero Street, San Francisco.. 9:00 PM Showtime.. The Dustbowl Revival is a great entertaining Americana Soul band with eight full-time members who mash the sounds of New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots music, into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. While the band has been known for their old-time and bluegrass roots, they have departed from those styles and evolved more into modern soul music. Americana soul duo Freddy & Francine open the show. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, the king and queen of the banjo, have a musical partnership like no other. Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. . They will be performing pieces from their Grammy-winning self-titled debut as well as their new record, Echo in the Valley. Highly recommended!!!! $64 Cover Charge..

Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime… San Diego’s great instrumental progressive hard rockers CHON will have the Cornerstone jumpin’. Opening the night is the Japanese four piece edgy instrumental rock band LITE. Highly recommended!!!! $34 Cover Carge..

If you live in and around the North Bay you may want to check out

Blue Note 1030 Main Street, Napa 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes. The Manhattan Transfer have become the cornerstones of contemporary music. Originally launched by Tim Hauser in 1969, Hauser, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Laurel Masse were the group by 1972. Cheryl Bentyne joined the group in 1979 after Laurel Masse left. Known for their amazing harmony and versatility, incorporating pop, jazz,R&B, rock and roll, swing,symphonic, and acappella music. They are incredibly entertaining. Highly recommended!!!! $49-$110 Cover Charge..

Saturday December 15th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. 15-year-old Joey Alexander is the brightest light in jazz piano – a bona fide star whose expressive range and musical maturity confounds the stereotypical definition of a jazz prodigy. He performs material from his 2017 Motéma release Eclipse and a few holiday tunes from his new EP A Joey Alexander Christmas, Joey is joined by Kriss Funn on bass & Kendrick Scott on drums with special guest saxophonist Chris Potter. Highly recommended!!!! $45/$65/$85/$105 Cover Charge..

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:15 PM Showtime.. The Switch Hitters is an Allstar funk/soul ensemble featuring Nigel Hall Bass & Vocals from Lettuce, Robert “Sput” Searight drums- Snarky Puppy & Ghost Note, Nate Werth Percussion- Snarky Puppy & Ghost Note Wil Blades on the B3 and Stevie Redstone on guitar… How much fun is this show going to be!!..Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. Flamenkeando Flamengo Meets Gypsy Jazz…Caminos Flamencos, an award-winning flamenco troupe, collaborates with members of gypsy jazz group Barrio Manouche to present two special nights of flamenco, jazz manouche, and Latin vibes on December 14 and 15. Seven artists improvise and explore between their musical worlds to create a blend of sounds rooted in flamenco dance and music, yet open in a free-style form much like a chamber jazz ensemble. The show features Jason “El Rubio” McGuire – acoustic guitar Felix de Lola – vocals. Javi Jimenez – guitar, Luis Jimenez – percussion, Yaelisa – flamenco dance, Fanny Ara – flamenco dance & Marina Elana – flamenco dance. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge..

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Chris Robinson Brotherhood are on tour in support of their latest studio album ‘Barefoot In The Head’ marking the CRB’s third studio release in just two years. CRB‘s new recording pushes boundaries and breaks new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. Overspilling with stunning musicianship and infectious energy, the album showcases the continued growth of Robinson’s songwriting partnership with his bandmates: guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and bassist Jeff Hill. It revels in the kind of adventurousness that can only come from five artists tuned into the same sonic wavelength. Highly recommended!!! $35 Cover Charge..

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Showtime..Westside Jazz Club, lead by the wonderful tenor saxophonist Scott Silverberg, is a collective of innovative jazz musicians performing jazz standards, challenging modern compositions and freshly-updated classics. I have seen this ensemble a number of time and they never dissapoint.. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Barrio Manouche is a great Bay Area ensemble performing a repertoire of original instrumental compositions with a unique sound that it’s difficult to classify but instantly recognizable deeply influenced by a range of musical traditions, from the swing of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, to the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, the gypsy soul of eastern europe, the flamenco of Paco de Lucía to the avant-garde sounds of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane…Highly recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge…

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell Street, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime… The elegiac but warm electro-pop band Haerts is performing tonight with poet/vocalist & multi instrumentalist Vera Sola is on the bill also. I like what I have heard from both performers.. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..

The Lost Church 65 Capp Street, San Francisco 8:15 PM-10:30 PM Showtime… San Francisco string band The Human Condition performs original, modern-day roots music, creating a sound as varied as the world they inhabit. Showcasing various songwriters, each song strains against the confines of style and expectation; as much an homage to the past as a departure from it. T.H.C.’s music is a long ramblin’ drive across an American landscape that is quickly becoming the stuff of memory and imagination. Rowdy barnstormers and driving road songs are offset by calmer, brooding ballads that evoke lazy days and restless nights. Guitars, mandolin, and upright bass are joined by lush vocal harmonies and speckled with harmonica, in a familiar palette which is cast in new light by innovative songwriting and lyrical imagery. Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, the king and queen of the banjo, have a musical partnership like no other. Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. . They will be performing pieces from their Grammy-winning self-titled debut as well as their new record, Echo in the Valley. Highly recommended!!!! $64 Cover Charge..

Bing Concert Hall/Stanford 327 Lasuen St, Stanford 7:30 Showtime.. Two-time Grammy winner Gregory Porter sings the timeless songs of his greatest influence, Nat “King” Cole, in fresh arrangements by fellow Grammy winner Vince Mendoza that recreate the orchestral setting of Porter’s latest Blue Note album Nat “King” Cole & Me. Accompanying Porter will be conductor Mike Galisatus, leading a swingin’ jazz orchestra of Bay Area musicians. Highly recommended!!! $32-$110 Cover Charge..

If you live in and around the North Bay you may want to check out

Blue Note 1030 Main Street, Napa 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes. The Manhattan Transfer have become the cornerstones of contemporary music. Originally launched by Tim Hauser in 1969, Hauser, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Laurel Masse were the group by 1972. Cheryl Bentyne joined the group in 1979 after Laurel Masse left. Known for their amazing harmony and versatility, incorporating pop, jazz,R&B, rock and roll, swing,symphonic, and acappella music. They are incredibly entertaining. Highly recommended!!!! $49-$110 Cover Charge..

Sunday December 16th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 2:00 PM Showtime.. 15-year-old Joey Alexander is the brightest light in jazz piano – a bona fide star whose expressive range and musical maturity confounds the stereotypical definition of a jazz prodigy. He performs material from his 2017 Motéma release Eclipse and a few holiday tunes from his new EP A Joey Alexander Christmas, Joey is joined by Kriss Funn on bass & Kendrick Scott on drums with special guest saxophonist Chris Potter. Highly recommended!!!! $45/$65/$85/$105 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime.. 15-year-old Joey Alexander is the brightest light in jazz piano – a bona fide star whose expressive range and musical maturity confounds the stereotypical definition of a jazz prodigy. He performs material from his 2017 Motéma release Eclipse and a few holiday tunes from his new EP A Joey Alexander Christmas, Joey is joined by Kriss Funn on bass & Kendrick Scott on drums with special guest saxophonist Chris Potter. Highly recommended!!!! $35/$55/$75/$95 Cover Charge..

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 5:00 PM Showtime.. Kim Nalley is an internationally-acclaimed jazz and blues singer. Twice awarded as San Francisco’s Best Jazz Singer, Nalley is a triple threat — a powerful blues singer, a song stylist who can put her stamp on American songbook standards and an assertively lascivious vaudevillian with an entire book of bawdy songs brimming with double entendres. Highly recommended!!! $30-$60 Cover Charge..

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 4:30 PM-6:30 PM Showtime….The Quitters are a powerhouse Americana guitar duo of right-side up finger picking (Stevie Coyle) and upside down flat picking (Glenn Houston). The Quitters deliver a performance spiced with humor and serendipity. Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge…

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Chris Robinson Brotherhood are on tour in support of their latest studio album ‘Barefoot In The Head’ marking the CRB’s third studio release in just two years. CRB‘s new recording pushes boundaries and breaks new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. Overspilling with stunning musicianship and infectious energy, the album showcases the continued growth of Robinson’s songwriting partnership with his bandmates: guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and bassist Jeff Hill. It revels in the kind of adventurousness that can only come from five artists tuned into the same sonic wavelength. Highly recommended!!! $35 Cover Charge..

The Lucky Horseshoe Bar 453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Showtime..Bernal Hillbillies.. A great three hours of bluegrass music at a really great venue reminiscent of the jams at the Old Paul Saloon many years ago. N/C

Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 1:00 PM Showtime.. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, the king and queen of the banjo, have a musical partnership like no other. Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. . They will be performing pieces from their Grammy-winning self-titled debut as well as their new record, Echo in the Valley. Highly recommended!!!! $64 Cover Charge..

Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. Grammy nominated over a dozen times. He will be performing with his quintet. Highly recommended!!! $40 Cover Charge..

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza is one of the most innovative superstars in the world with a 40+ year career spanning from blues to jazz, rock, country, folk and world music. Singing in Hebrew, Spanish, English, and Arabic, he brings together audiences of all cultures, bridging barriers of language through his music. David is joined by the NY based Cuban Trio Havana led by flute virtuoso Itai Kris. Together they bring a unique interpretation to the full spectrum of Broza’s rich repertoire of hits. Highly recommended!!! $35-$55 Cover Charge..

Video Pick of The Week..

I wanted to share this great holiday music documentary with all of you.
Jingle Bell Rocks, directed by Mitchell Kezin, delves into the minds of some of the world’s most legendary Christmas music fanatics and hits the road to hang with his holiday heroes – including hip hop legend Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of RUN-D.M.C., The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne, filmmaker John Waters, bebopper Bob Dorough, L.A. DJ and musicologist Dr. Demento, and Calypso legend The Mighty Sparrow. In his search for the twelve best, underappreciated Christmas songs ever recorded, Kezin both asks and answers the question, “Why, when Christmas rolls around, are we still stuck cozying up with Bing Crosby under a blanket of snow?” Equal parts social history, pop culture pilgrimage, and revealing character study, JINGLE BELL ROCKS! follows this motley crew of merry misfits as they confront the Christmas music mainstream, reinventing the seasonal soundtrack for the 21st century. With rollicking live performances, intimate interviews, and a kaleidoscope of touching and rare archive footage, JINGLE BELL ROCKS! is a cinematic sleigh-ride into the strange and sublime universe of alternative Christmas music. It’s also a mix-tape of twelve of the weirdest, wildest, most poignant Christmas songs you’ve never heard.

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