Suggestions for Week of 03/02-03/08

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

Monday March 2nd

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 AM Showtime…
The Pleasure Palace is a wonderful trio where Hammond Organ, Electric Guitar, and Drums make a crazy melange of greasy 70’s soul, sparkling teen beat favorites, once folks enter the palace, they never return the same…The band features the guitar wizardry of Ned Boynton, Lorenzo Farrell on hammond organ, Rolf Wilkinson on drums and sitting in special guest jazz legend title Jules Broussard 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…

Amados 998 Valencia Street San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. One of San Francisco’s great chamber music ensembles Classical Revolution performs with passion and always entertaining.. Highly recommended!!!!!!! No Cover Charge..

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

Kuumbwa Jazz 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM Showtime.. In this intimate concert pairing, described as a “simpatico merging of two great musical minds and four talented hands” violinist Regina Carter and pianist Xavier Davis bring an electric connection to the stage. Hailed as the foremost jazz violinist of her generation, Carter’s quest for beauty, combined with her passion for excellence, earned her a prestigious Genius Grant fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. Carter has a very special musical relationship with Davis, known as one of the most accomplished jazz pianists in the world and a virtuoso in his own right. We can expect a deeply moving and exciting performance. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $47.50 Cover Charge..

Tuesday March 3rd

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Another great night of music featuring from Tokyo doom psychedelic rockers Church Of Misery, from Vancouver, BC heavy metal/hard rockers Black Wizard and from Portland scrap metal rockers Wizard Rifle. Highly recommended!!!!!! $23 Cover Charge..

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-Midnight Showtime.. Manteca Salsa-Jazz Combo features some of the finest Latin Music musicians in San Francisco, several of whom are Grammy-Winners… With passionate vocals, percussion, and horn riffs, they can make the evening a party. Bailar! Highly recommended!!! No 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!!!!! No Cover Charge.

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, 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.

Terrapin Crossroads 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael.. 8:00 PM Showtime..In the more than 25 years that Leo Kottke has been composing, arranging and playing guitar music, his style has evolved from the blindingly fast and aggressive to the rhythmically delicate and intricate. He is always reinventing and reinterpreting his own music and that of others. Kottke is not just a remarkable guitarist, songwriter and arranger, he also has a rich baritone singing voice, often underrated. He also has a capacious sense of humor that can be heard in his lyrics and experienced in his concert performances and is much a part of his style as is his guitar. I highly recommend seeing this American treasure.. $49 Cover Charge….

Wednesday March 4th

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. Jacknife is currently my favorite Bay Area Jazz ensemble. Jacknife explores the music of the legendary post bop alto saxophonist Jackie McLean playing tunes from McLean’s seminal early- and mid-1960s Blue Note albums including “Jacknife” for which the group got its name. Jacknife brings together a formidable cast of rising talent including Steve Lugerner on alto, trumpeter JJ Kirkpatrick, drummer Michael Mitchell, bassist Josh Thurston-Milgrom and pianist Malcolm Campbell. Highly recommended!!!!!!! No Cover Charge..

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:30 PM 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…

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime. Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are just a superb internationally recognized swing big band in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s as the band. Lavay the reigning “Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues” pays tribute to the swingin’ Kansas City tradition, featuring the music of Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Lester Young, Jay McShann, Walter Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Myra Taylor & Big Joe Turner! Highly recommended!! $10 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

Thursday March 5th

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. Another great night of music featuring a great soul/rock band from Shreveport, LA Seratones. Also on the bill is San Francisco’s own electric soul band Varros and San Francisco indie rockers Wholesome Bangs. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM Showtime..
Buena Vista Jazz Band follows the in the style and instrumentation of guitarist Eddie Condon’s classic bands of the 1950s: Bass, Drums, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Cornet, Trombone and Clarinet.The selections played by the Buena Vista Jazz Band are the classic songs of the New Orleans jazz age, along with selections from America’s blues and Tin Pan Alley traditions. The Buena Vista Jazz Band features the vocals of Ms.Darlene Langston. Highly recommended!!!No Cover Charge..

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…

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. The Steve Lucky Carmen Getit in a rare performance without the “Rhuba Bums”. I love the trio because it showcases the great musicianship of Steve and and Carmen’s vocals are reminiscent of Dina Washington, Ruth Brown and Etta James. Highly recommended!!!! N/C…

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. One of the true pioneers in American music dobro master and 14-time GRAMMY winner
Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar, elevating, transforming, and reinventing the instrument in countless ways. Additionally, Douglas is a freewheeling, forward-thinking recording and touring artist whose output incorporates elements of country, bluegrass, rock, jazz, blues, and Celtic into his distinctive musical vision. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $34 Cover Charge…

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM- 8:30 PM Showtimes.. In the more than 25 years that Leo Kottke has been composing, arranging and playing guitar music, his style has evolved from the blindingly fast and aggressive to the rhythmically delicate and intricate. He is always reinventing and reinterpreting his own music and that of others. Kottke is not just a remarkable guitarist, songwriter and arranger, he also has a rich baritone singing voice, often underrated. He also has a capacious sense of humor that can be heard in his lyrics and experienced in his concert performances and is much a part of his style as is his guitar. I highly recommend seeing this American treasure.. $42 Cover Charge….

Friday March 6th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.
Midtown Social is a nine-piece tour-de- force. I just saw them for the first time last Friday at the Independant and they immediately became one of my favorite Bay Area bands. The musicianship and fresh vocal arrangements of ranging from funk, rock hip hop and soul had the place rockin’. Opening the show are Le Vice and disco/pop band Mild Universe.. Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Cafe Claude Cafe Claude 7 Claude Ln, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime…

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. Another great night of music featuring California based indie rockers Floral, San Leandro based indie rockers Wander, Los Angeles based indie band Standards and from Los Altos rock/rapper Elaine The Singer. Highly recommended!!!!! $14 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM 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..

Amados 998 Valencia Street San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:30 PM Showtime.
Instanbul Connection draw their inspiration from the Turkish Maqam, Flamenco, Rumba, Balkan, and Cumbia they are are so deeply rooted in. Old school Balkan Latin folk music in a funky Bay Area context. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 7:00 PM Showtime.. Thundercat is the alter ego of virtuosic bassist / singer Stephen Bruner. Adopting the moniker in reference to the cartoon much loved since his childhood and an extension of his own wide-eyed, vibrant, often superhuman approach to his craft, he is a mercurial talent and GRAMMY Award winner. Highly respected and much in-demand with his peers, Thundercat has previously worked with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, N.E.R.D., Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Childish Gambino, Mac Miller, Anderson .Paak, Janelle Monáe, Travis Scott, BADBADNOTGOOD, Moses Sumney, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Wiz Khalifa, Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Little Simz, Louis Cole, and Shabazz Palaces in addition to his longtime writing partner title Flying Lotus. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $37.50-$52.50 Cover Charge..

Saturday March 7th

The Lost Church 65 Capp Street, San Francisco 8:15 PM-10:30 PM Showtime. Indie alternative country/soul American bluesy singer/songwriter PI Jacobs is someone definitely worth checking our. Great voice good band as well. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 6:30 PM Showtime..
California Women’s Music presents the 2020 Women’s Day Celebration featuring Nashville based singer/songwriter Olivia Jean, East Bay based jazz influenced country pop/rock/r&b singer/songwriter Kat Van Morgan, Modesto based rockers CallBox, San Francisco based indie folk rockers Maayan and Palo Alto based indie rockers Doll Parts. Highly recommended!!!!!! $30 Cover Charge…

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:30 PM Showtime.. One of the Bay area’s best Django inspired ensembles The French American Quartet plays a mix of gypsy jazz as well as standards by Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and Gershwin. The group is lead by a great guitarist Steve Froberg supported by Hanna Mingano on violin, Fabrice Urrizalqui on drums, François Egron on bass. Highly recommended!!!!! N/C

Brick and Mortar 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 10:00 PM Showtime.. A great show tonight featuring Rumbahia whose music brings a unique flavor of authentic rumba flamencatalana with a hint of latin vibes. Opening the show is Dos BandOleros a Spanish Rumba Duo founded by Raul Vargas (Makrú) and Muchacho Mandanga (La Mandanga) who mixes Spanish covers and originals compositions offering a really danceable fun show, full of energy and positives messages. Highly recommended!!!!!! $12 Cover Charge..

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

Sunday March 8th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime. A great night of music is in store featuring two amazing bands. Davina & The Vagabonds have carved their own niche in the blues world with their high-energy live performances and rollicking compositions that combine elements of boogie-woogie, ragtime, early rock and Basin Street, anchored by the prodigiously talented pianist and singer Davina Lozier. With a musical signature that marries Sowers’ barrelhouse piano and gutsy, sweet vocals with a loose-limbed rhythm section and boisterous brass, Davina and Vagabonds bring an irrepressible energy. Hot Club Of Cowtown take equal inspiration from Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering gypsy jazz Quintette du Hot Club de France and the Western Swing of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys to create a seamless and delightful hybrid that has built a global fan base and earned them a place on stage in performances with Bob Dylan, Roxy Music, Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers, and more. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25/$45/$65 Cover Charge..

Cafe Claude Cafe Claude 7 Claude Ln, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime…
Jon Frank Jazz Quartet play a mixture of original jazz and standards. JFJQ released their debut album “Syncopated Strut” in 2016. Their leader drummer Jon Frank has been gigging in the Bay Area since 1974.with jazz luminaries such as Woody Shaw, Eddie Henderson, and Bobby McFerrin. Highly recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge…

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist Patti Smith & Her Band will be rocking the house. The punk poet laureate, Patti is one of the most influential components of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses . Highly recommended!!!!!! $55 Cover Charge…

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 5:30 PM-7:30 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

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. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 6:00 PM & 8:00 PM Showtimes….. Internationally renowned violinist, composer, and two-time Grammy award-winner Mads Tolling will be performing with his amazing group The Mads Men and special guests Kim Nalley and Kenny Washington. Highly recommended!!!!!! $26-$54 Per Show Cover Charge..

Video Pick Of The Week.

I want to highly recommend a movie from 1979 The Last Of The Blue Devils which is an affectionate backward glance at the Kansas City “blues” scene of the 1930s. Established as a mecca for jazz musicians during the Prohibition Era, K.C. spawned some of the best musical talent of the era. The film’s nostalgia is leavened with mild outrage in noting that, while many of the best blues men were permitted to strut their stuff before white audiences, none were allowed to utilize anything other than “colored only” facilities. Count Basie is the biggest “name” represented in the film, though this should not diminish the contribution of such dynamos as Big Joe Turner, Walter Page and Jay McShann.

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