Suggestions for Week of 03/09-03/15

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

Monday March 9th

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…

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 might want to check out

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 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 creat 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!!!!!! $37.50 Cover Charge..

Tuesday March 10th

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.

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime.. Cosmo Alleycats is one of my favorite Bay Are jazz ensembles. The Alleycats are so good and so much fun and one of the better jazz bands in the Bay Area. Highly recommended. N/C

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. For almost tow decades Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco Jazz scene. He is a great pianist, composer and arranger. Adam will be performing with his trio. Highly recommended!!!!! No cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.
Ricky Scaggs & Kentucky Thunder is one of the great bluegrass band in the known universe led by one of the great string instrument virtuosos of his generation. The band features an all star lineup that includes Ricky on mandolin and vocals, Paul Brewster on tenor vocals and rhythm guitar, Russ Carson on banjo, Jake Workman on lead guitar, Mike Barnett on fiddle, Dennis Parker on baritone vocals and guitar and Jeff Picker on bass and bass vocals. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $56-$64 Cover Charge..

Wednesday March 11th

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.. Highly recommended!!!!!! 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. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

The Valencia Room 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco 9:30 PM-Midnight Showtime.. Cosmo Alleycats is one of my favorite Bay Are jazz ensembles. The Alleycats are so good and so much fun and one of the better jazz bands in the Bay Area. Highly recommended!!!!! N/C

Amados 998 Valencia Street San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. One of the Bay Area’s best original rock and rollers Scruffy Pup is making a rare appearance. 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…

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.
Cherish The Ladies is the Grammy Award nominated Irish-American supergroup that formed in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Celtic music scene. Celebrating their 35th anniversary, Cherish The Ladies has shared timeless Irish traditions and good cheer with audiences worldwide. They’ve brought their signature blend of virtuosic instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, and stunning step dancing to the White House, the Olympics. I became aware of them watching their PBS television special An Irish Homecoming, which received an Emmy Award. This is a truly great band. Highly recommended!!!!!! $16-$24 Cover Charge..

Thursday March 12th

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..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM 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..

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:45 PM Showtime. The Cottontails are one of San Francisco’s most exciting musical groups, 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. This is a great intimate setting to see this outstanding ensemble with the great Karina Denike on vocals, Michael McIntosh on piano, Sam Rocha on bass, and the irrepressible Randy Odell on percussion. Highly recommended!!! $10 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…

Cafe Claude 7 Claude Lane, San Francisco. 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime.
Jinx Jones is one of the great guitar virtuosos of the Bay Area. I love the way he seems to move seamlessly from rockabilly to jazz to twang and back again, sometimes in the same song. Highly recommended.. N/C

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime. Portland based Tumbledown House, a self described modern speakeasy, saloon jazz, parlor pop and Tom Waits in a cocktail dress ensemble. Whimsical, story-based songs are delivered by velvety vocal powerhouse Gillian Wolfe over a blend of vintage jazz, blues, tango, and klezmer. Tumbledown House has supported acts such as Crooked Still, Brandi Carlile, and Keller Williams, and recorded their second album with members of New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $12-$20 Cover Charge..

Friday March 13th

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

The New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 9:00 PM Showtime..
Metalachi is the world’s first and only metal mariachi band and one of the great heavy metal bands in the known universe.. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.
Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey carry on the tradition of the renowned folk music group Peter, Paul and Mary, a union that lasted 50 years. No American folk group lasted longer or amassed a more loyal following than Peter, Paul and Mary. During their legendary career, the trio won five Grammy’s, produced 13 top 40 hits of which six ascended into the top 10, and earned eight gold and five platinum albums. Highly recommended!!!!!! $56-$75 Cover Charge..

Stanford Bing Concert Hall 327 Lasuen St, Stanford 7:30 PM Showtime….
Two-time GRAMMY winner Cecile McLorin Salvant is the most celebrated young vocalist in jazz. Possessing a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise, and a sublime feel for the blues. Highly recommended!!!! $30-$86 Cover Charge..

Saturday March 14th

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes. Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game celebrates the popular roots of jazz. It honors the groove, the conversation, the game, and the women that made jazz a social music. It features four musicians that have been at the forefront of American music for nearly 20 years Jenny Scheinman on violin, Carmen Staaf on piano, Tony Scherr on bass and Allison Miller on drums. They have bending genres, creating new ways of playing, mixing it up. Now they get to groove. Highly recommended!!!!! $35 Per Show Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM 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…

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime..
The Megaflame Big Band & Cabaret is a six-piece band from San Francisco that deftly re-imagines some of our favorite music from ’20s through the ’00s into our own swinging sound. Drawing on favorites from Billie Holiday to Tom Waits, the Cure to Count Basie, and also it’s own original material, the sextet embodies more than just a retro jukebox, it creates a memorable live show experience. This is a fantastic band!!! Highly recommended!!!! N/C

Amados 998 Valencia Street San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime..
The Bogues are a San Francisco based 8-piece Pogues celebration band led by noted Bay Area musician and British Isles expat Paul Griffiths. Highly recommended!!!!! $10 Cover Charge..

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime… Huarango is a contemporary proposal of Afro-Peruvian music, with influences of classical music, jazz and funk, anchored in the strong presence of Afro-Peruvian percussion such as cajón, cajita and quijada de burro (donkey’s jawbone). The band features Pierr Padilla on vocals, Javier Trujillo on guitar, Kyla Danysh on violin, Pedro Rosales on percussion and Alex Farrell on bass. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 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 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

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..
The Russian Moscow-based activist art collective Pussy Riot is known for their provocative and radiant live music performances and actions that they keep doing since 2011 despite all the dangers coming from the harsh Putin’s regime. Pussy Riot performance on stage is a radical audio-visual live act touching topics like gender identity, personal freedom, climate change, transgression and how activism can help us to shape the better world. Highly recommended!!!!!! $31 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.
Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey carry on the tradition of the renowned folk music group Peter, Paul and Mary, a union that lasted 50 years. No American folk group lasted longer or amassed a more loyal following than Peter, Paul and Mary. During their legendary career, the trio won five Grammy’s, produced 13 top 40 hits of which six ascended into the top 10, and earned eight gold and five platinum albums. Highly recommended!!!!!! $56-$75 Cover Charge..

The Monkey House 1638 University Ave, Berkeley 7:30 PM Showtime..
Larry Kassin & the Medicine Ball Trio is an exciting Bay Area ensemble performing a rich blend of spicy Americana heavily influenced by New Orleans. Featuring the eclectic vibes of violinist Anton Patzner (of the hit duo Laura & Anton), “Mr. Clarinet”, John Stafford, also on sax and flute, exudes the spirit of The Big Easy infused with guitarist David Sturdevant’s driving and sensitive rhythms. Renowned for their intricate vocal harmonies and incendiary harmonica/clarinet duets, the trio appeals to all ages and demographics, creating inspired music with spontaneous impromptus that deliver big fun and memorable concerts for everyone.Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. The outstanding jazz pianist/composer Michael Wolff performs with his trio with Michael on piano, Peter Barshay on bass, and Jason Lewis on drums.. They will be playing music from Michael’s album Bounce, newly released on Sunnyside Records. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Sunday March 15th

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 6:00 PM & 7:30 PM Showtimes. Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game celebrates the popular roots of jazz. It honors the groove, the conversation, the game, and the women that made jazz a social music. It features four musicians that have been at the forefront of American music for nearly 20 years Jenny Scheinman on violin, Carmen Staaf on piano, Tony Scherr on bass and Allison Miller on drums. They have bending genres, creating new ways of playing, mixing it up. Now they get to groove. Highly recommended!!!!! $30 Per Show Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 2:30 PM-5:30 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 Bandare 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..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime..
Mission Hot Club Mission Hot Club is an eclectic acoustic band playing Gypsy Jazz and Dixieland with forays into Musette, Klezmer and related genres. They are an international ensemble with members hailing from France, Eastern Europe and beyond. We bring our music to bars, restaurants, parks, art galleries, book stores and homes around the Bay Area.

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

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime. Terrance Blanchard & The E-Collective is the revolutionary ensemble that thrives off the perfect mixture of Blanchard’s genius and the innovations of the four young musical pioneers in the quintet. It was while recording scores for Spike Lee films that Blanchard first dreamt of a band that layered grooves teeming with funk, r&b and blues colors. The bands performers include Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Charles Altura on guitar, Fabián Almazán on piano and keyboards, David Ginyard, Jr. on bass and Oscar Seaton on drums. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $45/$55 Cover Charge..

Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:30 Showtime… Singer/songwriter & entertainer Robert Earl Keen is now 30 years and 19 albums into a career that grew from a self-funded and -produced debut album into an acclaimed run of songwriting that’s begotten plenty of beauty. Keen has struck an unusual balance between sensitive story-portraits and raucous barroom fun unified by a mordant sense of humor that strongly influenced the early practitioners of what would become known as alternative country music. Keen just wants to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible. Highly recommended!!!!!! $34/$44 Cover Charge..

Fifth Street Farms 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley 7:30 Showtime..
John Reischman & The Jaybirds put their own particular stamp on bluegrass, old time and acoustic roots music, with a blend of traditional and modern styles. They also give the impression that they really enjoy playing together. There’s plenty here to please both bluegrass traditionalists and lovers of modern American folk music, especially for those with an appreciation of great harmony singing as well as masterful instrumental playing. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Video Pick Of The Week.

Ornette Made In America is Shirely Clarke’s documentary about jazz innovator Ornette Coleman capturing his evolution over three decades. Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas in 1983, it chronicles his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon. Highly recommended!!!!!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s