Suggestions for Week of 11/25-12/01

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

Monday November 25th

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

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…

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:55 PM Showtime..
The Earl Brothers are back. The bad boys of bluegrass, are irreverent energetic and a hell of a lot of fun. 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

Tuesday November 26th

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

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

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime..
Fil Lorenz Swingtet is a tight horn ensemble that packs a bold punch, while channeling a classy and textured sound. Backed by a driving rhythm section, the band plays classic renditions of our favorite swing dance tunes…a dancer’s delight! Highly recommended!!!!! N/C

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:30 PM Showtime..
Tom Rigney and Flambeau is the Bay Area’s preeminent cajun & zydeco band. This is such a fun band. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge..

Jupiter 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime.
Clyde The Blynd and His Trio will be performing his original compositions both old and new, plus songs from Don Cherry, Wayne Shorter and Augustus Pablo in this latest version of Clyde’s unique vision. N/C

Wednesday November 27th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime. Nick Rossi Trio. Nick is a great jazz guitarist. He plays standards, swing, and bebop as well as anyone in the Bay Area. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

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.

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

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:45 PM Showtime..
Steve Lucky and the Rumba Bums perform vintage jazz, pounding boogie-woogie rhythms, sultry ballads, and funky-swinging New Orleans R&B. This band simply gives you the beat to move your feet. This will be a fun show. N/C

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. If you don’t know Johnny Z and the Camaros you should. They are such a fun rock and roll band. They will have Tupelo rockin’ out. N/C..

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 9:00 PM Showtime..
Amy Winehouse Back to Black Tribute Band with Victoria Wasserman recreates all your favorite Amy Winehouse music! Incredible soulful singer and 8 piece band with horn section under the musical direction of Jordan Feinstein with Jacinto Castaneda on guitar, Blake Ritterman on Drums, Andrew Coutiie on bass and the bay area’s premier horn section..Andrew Ferren, Liz Larson and Patrick Byers. Highly recommended!!!!! $10 Cover Charge…

Thursday November 28th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.
Vocalist Darlene Langston shares her selections from the Great American Songbook, as well as her love of the blues. Ms. Langston is accompanied by the all star Saints & Sinners Jazz Band. Join Darlene Langston for an exciting evening of straight ahead jazz, swinging vocals, and soulful blues. Highly recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge…

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Somewhere between Joan Jett and Bonnie Raitt lies GG Amos. This is one badass chick with one badass band. This is one of my very favorite local blues band. Highly recommended!! N/C

Friday November 29th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Legendary Brazilian musician
Sergio Mendes is one of the prime architects of the bossa nova revolution of the 1960s. The Grammy award winning pianist and composer first made an impact in collaboration with Antônio Carlos Jobim and Cannonball Adderley, and came to international stardom with his iconic band Brasil ’66. I saw Mendes a few years ago at Stern Grove and it was a great show. Highly recommended!!! $40/$60/$80/$95 Cover Charge.

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime..
Robert Dehlinger & The Alpha Rhythm Kings is a swinging fun band led by Robert’s vocals and superb trumpet playing. This is a great band. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge..

Chase Center 500 Terry A Francois Blvd Suite 73, San Francisco.. The hot young New York based DJ and production duo consisting of Alexander “Alex” Pall and Andrew “Drew” Taggart AKA The Chainsmokers will be in performance. Highly recommended!!! $41-$159 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. For forty years
Tuck and Patti, the genre-crossing vocal/guitar jazz duo, has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of lovers, the respect of jazz buffs and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists and singers. I can’t think of a better way to spend an evening than with the grammy award winning great jazz duo and two of my favorite performers. Highly Recommended!!!!! $34 Cover Charge…

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes… Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds in jazz. Ornette Coleman once described him as “probably the best tenor player in the world” Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders’ sound can be as raw and abrasive as it is possible for a saxophonist to produce. Yet, Sanders is highly regarded to the point of reverence by a great many jazz fans. Although he made his name with expressionistic, nearly anarchic free jazz in John Coltrane’s late ensembles of the mid-’60s, Sanders’ later music is guided by more graceful concerns. Highly recommended!!!!! $36 Cover Charge per show.

Saturday November 30th

Slims 333 11th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. The American parody heavy metal tribute band Mac Sabbath is the self-appointed founders of “Drive Thru Metal” a parodies the great English heavy metal group Black Sabbath, utilizing lyricism and imagery centered on fast food. Opening the show are Oakland’s The Phenomenauts who combines several styles of music with a futuristic science fiction theme. Their sound uses elements from rock and roll, punk, glam, garage rock and new wave styles of music. They call their style “rocket roll”, Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 3:00 PM PM Showtime. Legendary Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes is one of the prime architects of the bossa nova revolution of the 1960s. The Grammy award winning pianist and composer first made an impact in collaboration with Antônio Carlos Jobim and Cannonball Adderley, and came to international stardom with his iconic band Brasil ’66. I saw Mendes a few years ago at Stern Grove and it was a great show. Highly recommended!!! $40/$60/$80/$95 Cover Charge.

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Legendary Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes is one of the prime architects of the bossa nova revolution of the 1960s. The Grammy award winning pianist and composer first made an impact in collaboration with Antônio Carlos Jobim and Cannonball Adderley, and came to international stardom with his iconic band Brasil ’66. I saw Mendes a few years ago at Stern Grove and it was a great show. Highly recommended!!! $40/$60/$80/$95 Cover Charge.

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..
Robert Dehlinger & The Alpha Rhythm Kings is a swinging fun band led by Robert’s vocals and superb trumpet playing. This is a great band. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge..

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:30 PM Showtime..
Westside Jazz Club, lead by the wonderful tenor saxophonist title 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 disappoint.. Highly recommended!!!

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Celebrating the musical spirit of New Orleans is the all star jazz ensemble the New Squatoolas featuring Jim Peterson on sax, guitarist Scott Foster, bassist Joe Kyle Jr. and drummer Larry Vann. This will be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge.

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes…
Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds in jazz. Ornette Coleman once described him as “probably the best tenor player in the world” Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders’ sound can be as raw and abrasive as it is possible for a saxophonist to produce. Yet, Sanders is highly regarded to the point of reverence by a great many jazz fans. Although he made his name with expressionistic, nearly anarchic free jazz in John Coltrane’s late ensembles of the mid-’60s, Sanders’ later music is guided by more graceful concerns. Highly recommended!!!!! $36 Cover Charge per show.

Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:30 PM Showtime… Rock & blues legend Walter Trout said in a recent interview that “the blues shouldn’t be a museum, the music ought to constantly expand and be alive,”. That sentiment have been expressed again and again by Walter Trout during his 35+ year career as he has become one of blues music’s most beloved interpreters. In the mid-1960’s Trout developed into an ace sideman, befriending and backing California blues artists, often being the only “white boy” in the black neighborhood clubs. His technique accelerated rapidly as he played with Finis Tasby, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulsom, and Percy Mayfield, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thorton and Joe Tex. Trout went onto join the legendary John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, where he became known for his clean, blazing solos. After leaving the Bluesbreakers, Trout went on to form The Walter Trout Band where he has achieved both commercial and critical success especially in Europe. He is out on tour promoting his new release of FULL CIRCLE, where Trout demonstrates his passion for music when he started his career as a teenager more than 35 years ago. He considers the new album a tribute to the people and the times that have helped shape his musical career, demonstrating how the many styles within the blues genre can co-exist and mutually enhance each other without fight for rank or authenticity. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $34 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Bluegrass doesn’t get any better than Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands. She’s won the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year multiple times, not to mention a Grammy for her contribution to title True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe, and her Right Hands are about as talented as a band has a right to be. Laurie sings and plays guitar and fiddle. Tom Rozum sings, swaps jokes, and plays mandolin, mandola, and guitar, Patrick Sauber plays banjo, Brandon Godman plays fiddle, and Sam Grisman plays bass. If you’ve never heard them before, you need to hear them as soon as you can. And if you’ve already heard them, chances are you want to hear them again. Singout! calls Laurie “one of the leading lights of American acoustic music, a genuine national treasure,” and Country Standard Time says that she “has recorded some of the finest folk-inspired music of the past three decades.” Highly recommended!!!!! $24 Cover Charge.

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 9:00 PM-Midnight Showtime..
The Caribbean Allstars are pioneers in the Bay Area reggae scene and longtime regulars at Ashkenaz. The Caribbean Allstars not only play Jamaican reggae with a traditional electric bass-drums-guitars-keyboards lineup, but also add steel drums to bring in South Caribbean calypso and soca styles of Trinidad and Tobago, producing rhythms that drive listeners to the dance floor. Over the years the band has performed with an array of talent sitting in, including Taj Mahal, Narada Michael Walden, and Carlos Santana. Highly recommended!! $18 Cover Charge

Sunday December 1st

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 2:00 PM Showtime. Legendary Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes is one of the prime architects of the bossa nova revolution of the 1960s. The Grammy award winning pianist and composer first made an impact in collaboration with Antônio Carlos Jobim and Cannonball Adderley, and came to international stardom with his iconic band Brasil ’66. I saw Mendes a few years ago at Stern Grove and it was a great show. Highly recommended!!! $30/$50/$70/$85 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

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 4:30 PM-6:30 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 truly great jazz vocalist Karina Denike fronting the group. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime. The West Coast’s fastest rising jazz vocalist Tiffany Austin presents a tribute to
“The High Priestess Of Soul” Nina Simone. Tiffany will be backed up by Matt Clark on piano, David Ewell on bass and Leon Joyce on drums.. Highly recommended!!!!! $32 Cover Charge..

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 4:00 PM Showtime..
The Michael O’Neill Quintet featuring Tony Lindsay brings us a new experience of the American Songbook directly from this group’s creative playground, featuring some of the best Bay Area jazz musicians including saxophonist
Michael O’Neill, trumpeter Eric Jacobson, pianist John R. Burr, bassist Dan Feiszli and drummer Alan Hall. They will be joined by Veteran singer Tony Lindsay, best known for a quarter-century run with Santana that included 11 Grammy Awards. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge.

Video Pick Of The Week..

I wanted to recommend a great music documentary Sing Sing Thanksgiving in which
BB King & Joan Baez and other artists came to New York’s SING SING prison to sing for the inmates. BB King called it one of his best concerts. New York’s Daily News called it one of the greatest moments in live entertainment.
Highly recommended!!!!!

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