Suggestions for Week of 9/02-9/08

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

Monday September 2nd

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime…
The High Tide Trio is a sensational super instrumental band featuring Mitch Polzak on guitar and bass, Hank Maninger on guitar and bass, and Les James on drums. Les will not be playing guitar. Hank and Mitch will switch off on guitar and bass. Mitch and Hank will not be playing the drums. The band plays all sorts of interesting guitar instrumentals, including surf, country, jazz, bluegrass, and movie and TV show themes. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

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.. Highly recommended!!!! 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

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-Midnight Showtime..
The Fil Lorenz Orchestra is a high-voltage, crowd-pleasing big band born of the blues, with a sound defined by a searing, relentless horn section. Saxophonist/arranger Lorenz has assembled a musical cast of the highest standard, bringing some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most accomplished and adventurous jazz veterans together with some of the fertile San Francisco scene’s most promising up-and-coming players. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge…

Tuesday September 3rd

7 Mile House 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. One of the Bay Area’s best jazz groups , the popular Al Molina Jazz Sextet is playing tonight led by Al Molina on trumpet with Al Bent on trombone, Tod Dickow on sax, title Larry Chin on piano, Peter Barshay on bass and the great Vince Lateano on drums. This is a great ensemble playing music by Chick Corea, Woody Herman, Horace Silver, Duke Ellington, Monk, Miles and even Blue Mitchell. Highly recommended!!!!!! No 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

People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series lineup includes San Francisco’s classic surf music ensemble the Hiwatters performing at Rincon Center located at 121 Spear Street; The traditional jazz sounds of West Grand Brass Band perform at One Bush Street.

Wednesday September 4th

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.

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..
The Midnight Moods are one of the Bay Areas best kept secrets. This is a wonderful classic jazz trio led the amazing Jacqueline Corona on vocals with Alex Farrell on bass and Julian Shipp on piano. Highly recommended!! N/C

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-Midnight Showtime..
Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums is one of the fun bands in the Bay Area performing vintage jazz, pounding boogie woogies, sultry ballads, and funky-swinging New Orleans R&B. Tonight they focus on giving you the beat to move your feet. Highly recommended!! No Cover Charge..

The Lucky Horseshoe Bar 453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco 8 PM-Midnight Showtime… Ed Ivey’s Weekly Blues Jam gets the bar rocking. His weekly jam is really fun. N/C

People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series lineup includes a great traditional jazz ensemble the Clint Baker Hot Five at performing at 405 Howard Street; title Ritmojita is a great all star latin salsa dance band performing at 101 California Street; Blues musician Matt Baxter will perform at Salesforce Park 425 Mission Street; The funky smooth jazz sounds of The Eastside Tribe perform at 555 California Street.

If you live near Santa Cruz check out

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz, CA 7:00 PM Showtime..
The Hot Sardines are mischief-makers of hot jazz. This talented New York based ensemble is steeped in music made famous decades ago and makes that music come alive through the Sardines brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies and vocals from a chanteuse who transports audiences to a different era with the mere lit of her voice. Bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol met in 2007 and bonded over their love of Fats Waller, Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. Be sure to check this band out. Highly recommended!!!!! $42 Cover Charge…

Thursday September 5th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Living Jazz Legend, pianist Ahmad Jamal has long been recognized as one of the most influential figures in jazz history. Jamal brought a sense of space and subtlety to jazz improvisation that deeply affected Miles Davis and countless other jazz musicians inspired by them both. “He knocked me out with his concept of space, his lightness of touch, his understatement,” said the trumpeter, whose lyrical less-is-more style was indebted to the elegant pianist who rose to international fame with the success of his 1958 live date At the Pershing: But Not for Me – a timeless and iconic session containing the definitive version of Jamal’s theme song, “Poinciana.” Now a youthful 88, Jamal continues to refine and expand his approach, composing new music and exploring fresh harmonies and sonorities. Highly recommended!!!!! $45/$65/$85/$125 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes. 24-year-old vocalist Veronica Swift has set the jazz world on fire after her second-place finish at the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, in which she wowed judges Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau and Patti Austin with her evocative takes on “This Bitter Earth” from the Dinah Washington songbook and the classic standard “September in the Rain.” The prodigious Swift made her recording debut at age 9 with saxophonist Richie Cole and has followed her muse ever since. Her most recent recording projects are in collaboration with saxophonist Jeff Rupert and pianist Benny Green. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $35/$45 Cover Charge…

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-Midnight… The Hot Sardines are mischief-makers of hot jazz. This talented New York based ensemble is steeped in music made famous decades ago and makes that music come alive through the Sardines brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies and vocals from a chanteuse who transports audiences to a different era with the mere lit of her voice. Bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol met in 2007 and bonded over their love of Fats Waller, Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. Be sure to check this band out. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge…

Mountain Winery Concert Series 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime..One of the great American guitarists singer/songwriter & entertainers Chris Isaac brings his renown signature 1950s rock & roll style and crooner sound to the winery. I love his soaring falsetto and reverb-laden music. Chris has a great band and puts on a wonderful rocking show. Highly recommended!!!!!! $76-$844 Cover Charge..

People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series lineup includes Pure Brazil playing the music of Jobim, Menescal, Djavan, Marcos Valle and more at 303 Second Street.

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime.
The Funkin Truth is Grammy Lifetime Awardee and title Meters co-founder Leo Noccentelli‘s latest project featuring an all-star lineup with Jason Crosby on keyboards, Felix “D’kat” Pollard on drums and Michael Warren on bass. Leo is one of my very favorite guitarists and one of the great funk guitarists. I saw this band at Jazz Fest and they were great. Highly recommended!!!!!! $32 Cover Charge..

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. King Crimson established themselves as one of the great English progressive rock bands of the late 60’s. King Crimson have been influential both on the early 1970s progressive rock movement and many contemporary artists.Highly recommended!!!!! $65-$149 Cover Charge..

Friday September 6th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Living Jazz Legend, pianist Ahmad Jamal has long been recognized as one of the most influential figures in jazz history. Jamal brought a sense of space and subtlety to jazz improvisation that deeply affected Miles Davis and countless other jazz musicians inspired by them both. “He knocked me out with his concept of space, his lightness of touch, his understatement,” said the trumpeter, whose lyrical less-is-more style was indebted to the elegant pianist who rose to international fame with the success of his 1958 live date At the Pershing: But Not for Me – a timeless and iconic session containing the definitive version of Jamal’s theme song, “Poinciana.” Now a youthful 88, Jamal continues to refine and expand his approach, composing new music and exploring fresh harmonies and sonorities. Highly recommended!!!!! $35/$45/$75/$105 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes. 24-year-old vocalist Veronica Swift has set the jazz world on fire after her second-place finish at the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, in which she wowed judges Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau and Patti Austin with her evocative takes on “This Bitter Earth” from the Dinah Washington songbook and the classic standard “September in the Rain.” The prodigious Swift made her recording debut at age 9 with saxophonist Richie Cole and has followed her muse ever since. Her most recent recording projects are in collaboration with saxophonist Jeff Rupert and pianist Benny Green. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $35/$35 Cover Charge…

People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series lineup includes New Orleans blues inspired Gumbo West performing at 555 Mission; World music ensemble La Gente will perform at 425 Market Street.

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime.
The Funkin Truth is Grammy Lifetime Awardee and Meters co-founder Leo Noccentelli‘s latest project featuring an all-star lineup with Jason Crosby on keyboards, Felix “D’kat” Pollard on drums and Michael Warren on bass. Leo is one of my very favorite guitarists and one of the great funk guitarists. I saw this band at Jazz Fest and they were great. Highly recommended!!!!!! $32 Cover Charge..

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. King Crimson established themselves as one of the great English progressive rock bands of the late 60’s. King Crimson have been influential both on the early 1970s progressive rock movement and many contemporary artists.Highly recommended!!!!! $65-$149 Cover Charge..

Concord Pavillion 2000 Kirker Pass Rd, Concord 7:00 PM Showtime.. Two iconic bands Heart & Joan Jett & The Blackhearts headline the Pavillion tonight. Soul, rock and blues singer/songwriter Elle King round out an epic night of music. Highly recommended. $85-$688 Cover Charge…

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio 7:30 PM Showtime. French Manouche meets New Orleans Swing with the French Oak Gypsy Band a wild-around-the-edges band, melding French jazz manouche and chanson, New Orleans jazz, Roma traditionals, and global folk. North Bay native and vocalist Stella Heath leads the band which also features French/American guitarist Gabriel Pirard, reed player James Inciardi, standup bassist Skyler Stover, and percussionist Jamie Foster. With their French-inspired global panoply of sounds spotlighting Heath’s magnetic vocals and the band’s tight rhythms, they transport their audience to lands unknown. Highly recommended!!!!! $10 Cover Charge..

Saturday September 7th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Living Jazz Legend, pianist Ahmad Jamal has long been recognized as one of the most influential figures in jazz history. Jamal brought a sense of space and subtlety to jazz improvisation that deeply affected Miles Davis and countless other jazz musicians inspired by them both. “He knocked me out with his concept of space, his lightness of touch, his understatement,” said the trumpeter, whose lyrical less-is-more style was indebted to the elegant pianist who rose to international fame with the success of his 1958 live date At the Pershing: But Not for Me – a timeless and iconic session containing the definitive version of Jamal’s theme song, “Poinciana.” Now a youthful 88, Jamal continues to refine and expand his approach, composing new music and exploring fresh harmonies and sonorities. Highly recommended!!!!! $40/$60/$80/$110 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes. 24-year-old vocalist Veronica Swift has set the jazz world on fire after her second-place finish at the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, in which she wowed judges Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau and Patti Austin with her evocative takes on “This Bitter Earth” from the Dinah Washington songbook and the classic standard “September in the Rain.” The prodigious Swift made her recording debut at age 9 with saxophonist Richie Cole and has followed her muse ever since. Her most recent recording projects are in collaboration with saxophonist Jeff Rupert and pianist Benny Green. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $40 Cover Charge…

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 2:30 PM-5:30 PM Showtime.. Banda Sin Nombre is an outstanding five-piece street band performing folk music from around the world. Mixing rich vocal harmonies with acoustic instruments including guitar, fiddle, charango, cajon, and bass, the band’s inspirations range from Peruvian Chicha to Catalan Rumba and Appalachian old time to Cumbia. This is one of the best live performance bands in the Bay Areas!! N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime..
Howell Devine is the massively talented NorCal trio featuring Joshua Howell (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica)Pete Devine (Drums & Washboard) and Joe Kyle Jr. (Upright Bass). HowellDevine breaks from the norm, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than simple backing for a soloist. The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge.. N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-1:00 AM Showtime. The Americano Social Club plays music for “la dolce vita”: a mix of romantic and eclectic melodies from all over the world including pop, jazz, folk, classical, rock, opera, the music of Brazil and Europe’s cafés as well as some great original pieces. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:30 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

Fifth Street Farms 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley 7:30 Showtime..
Teslim features founders Kaila Flexer on violin, Gari Hegedus on oud, Turkish saz, mandocello and tarhu, Elana Brutman on Cretan lyra with sympathetic strings and Joshua Mellinger on percussion frame drum, zarb, tabla, cajon and darabuka. All four musicians also compose contemporary modal music. The quartet performs these compositions as well as Turkish classical pieces, Turkish and Greek folk music as well as repertoire from the Balkans. Highly Recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge…

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..
Junior Brown’s music combines the soul of country and the spirit of rock n’ roll. There’s usually a wide-eyed look accompanying one who witnesses Junior’s unique instrumental prowess for the first time… or the second, or third, for that matter. Junior invented his own guitar, one that combines the standard 6-string guitar and the steel guitar. In Junior’s hands, the guit-steel is an amazing tool, a means to creating some of the hottest, most heartfelt playing heard in years (and in a town like Austin, that’s saying something). His talents have led major magazines like Musician to herald Junior as a genius. Life Magazine honored him as the only contemporary musician included in their “All Time Country Band,” and Guitar Player magazine’s 1994 “Best of…” listings made him their #1 lap steel player, #2 Country Artist, and #3 country album (Guit With It).”A lot of people tell me they don’t like country music, but they like what I am doing,” says Junior Brown. “I hear that line more than anything else,” which is ironic because a couple of licks is all it takes to erase any doubts concerning Junior’s stylistic allegiance. If you have never Seen Junior I highly recommend Seeing this genius of the guitar. Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $34 Cover Charge.

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 8:00 PM Showtime.. It’s party time with Handsome Hawk’s Rockin Rumble featuring one of the premier Bay Area Rockabilly bands Mitch Polzak & The Royal Dueces. Also on the bill are The Dalharts playing traditional rockabilly, country, and early rock and roll music. Opening the show are a Sun Records influenced band from Santa Cruz The Haywoods. DJ Kelp gets the music started. Highly recommended!!!!! $12 Cover Charge..

Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:00 PM Showtime…
The Billie Holiday Project led by Stella Heath celebrates the music of Lady Day! Featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest Jazz musicians, The Billie Holiday Project evokes the electric and intimate feeling of experiencing Lady Day live in a 1930s Jazz Club. Drawing from some of Billie’s most recorded tunes, such as Blue Moon, Billie’s Blues, God Bless the Child, and Strange Fruit, to name but a few, the band also revives some of the earlier and lesser-known tunes that Billie interpreted. In performance, interspersed with the music, are stories of Billie’s life and musical artistry. The band features Stella Heath, invoking the vocal stylings of Billie Holiday; Neil Fontano, piano virtuoso from Sonoma County; Jason Bellenkes, rich and inventive on tenor saxophone and clarinet; Trevor Kinsel, interchanging between upright bass and cornet, and Spike Klein holding down the beat on the drums. Highly recommended!!!!!! $18 Cover Charge..

Sunday September 8th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime. Living Jazz Legend, pianist Ahmad Jamal has long been recognized as one of the most influential figures in jazz history. Jamal brought a sense of space and subtlety to jazz improvisation that deeply affected Miles Davis and countless other jazz musicians inspired by them both. “He knocked me out with his concept of space, his lightness of touch, his understatement,” said the trumpeter, whose lyrical less-is-more style was indebted to the elegant pianist who rose to international fame with the success of his 1958 live date At the Pershing: But Not for Me – a timeless and iconic session containing the definitive version of Jamal’s theme song, “Poinciana.” Now a youthful 88, Jamal continues to refine and expand his approach, composing new music and exploring fresh harmonies and sonorities. Highly recommended!!!!! $35/$55/$75/$105 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes. 24-year-old vocalist Veronica Swift has set the jazz world on fire after her second-place finish at the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, in which she wowed judges Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau and Patti Austin with her evocative takes on “This Bitter Earth” from the Dinah Washington songbook and the classic standard “September in the Rain.” The prodigious Swift made her recording debut at age 9 with saxophonist Richie Cole and has followed her muse ever since. Her most recent recording projects are in collaboration with saxophonist Jeff Rupert and pianist Benny Green. 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

The Riptide 3639 Taraval St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..
The Cottontails are one of the Bay Area’s best vintage jazz ensembles playing a wide range of styles ranging from 20’/30’s Gatsby-era jazz, classic 40’s swing, and vintage 50’s/60’s r&b featuring a truely great jazz vocalist Karina Denike fronting the group. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge..

Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:30 PM Showtime.. A great show tonight featuring one of the great and most influential grunge and sludge metal bands of the 1980’s and a personnel favorite Melvins. Americana alternative rockers Redd Kross and Swedish rockers Shitkid round out the night. Highly recommended!!!!!!$34 Cover Charge…

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime. World-renowned pianist George Colligan performs with his an all-star trio that includes Grammy award winning bass legend Buster Williams with 3 time Grammy award winning, former Return To Forever drummer and founding father of fusion, Lenny White. Band leader George Colligan is not only one of the great jazz pianists of his generation, but an artist who has earned an international reputation as a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $35/$45 Cover Charge…

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:00 PM Showtime..
Junior Brown’s music combines the soul of country and the spirit of rock n’ roll. There’s usually a wide-eyed look accompanying one who witnesses Junior’s unique instrumental prowess for the first time… or the second, or third, for that matter. Junior invented his own guitar, one that combines the standard 6-string guitar and the steel guitar. In Junior’s hands, the guit-steel is an amazing tool, a means to creating some of the hottest, most heartfelt playing heard in years (and in a town like Austin, that’s saying something). His talents have led major magazines like Musician to herald Junior as a genius. Life Magazine honored him as the only contemporary musician included in their “All Time Country Band,” and Guitar Player magazine’s 1994 “Best of…” listings made him their #1 lap steel player, #2 Country Artist, and #3 country album (Guit With It).”A lot of people tell me they don’t like country music, but they like what I am doing,” says Junior Brown. “I hear that line more than anything else,” which is ironic because a couple of licks is all it takes to erase any doubts concerning Junior’s stylistic allegiance. If you have never Seen Junior I highly recommend Seeing this genius of the guitar. Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge…

Video Pick Of The Week..

September Songs: The Music Of Kurt Weill.. German music-theater giant Kurt Weill is paid tribute in “September Songs,” a performance omnibus that, despite elegant 35mm lensing, feels like a series of musicvid clips. Broadcast earlier this year on PBS’ “Great Performances,” pic is currently making fest rounds, and could score select theatrical engagements on the strength of its all-star performing roster despite previous TV exposure.

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