Suggestions for Week of 04/13-04/19

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

Monday April 13th

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 perform with passion and always entertaining.. Highly recommended!!!!!!! No Cover Charge.

Tuesday April 14th

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. London-based alternative indie/soul singer/songwriter Nilüfer Yanya is on tour promoting her debut album, Miss Universe. Yanya uniquely blends elements of soul and jazz into intimate pop songs with electronic flourishes and a newly expressed grungy guitar sound. She is extremely talented. Highly recommended!!!!!! $18 Cover Charge..

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. The Randy Rogers Band is a really good country music band out of San Marcos, Texas. I first became aware of this group when they toured with and opened for Willie Nelson. Randy is a good songwriter and arranger. The band is composed of Randy Rogers on lead vocals, Geoffrey Hill on guitar, Jon Richardson on bass, Brady Black on fiddle, Les Lawless on drums and Todd Stewart on guitar, fiddle, mandolin & keyboards. Opening the show is singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Parker McCollum. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 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!!!!! No Cover Charge.

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. One of my favorite local pianists Adam Shulman has been a creative force on the San Francisco jazz scene for the past decade. Adam will be joined by bassist
John Wiitala and drummer James Gallagher. Highly recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge..

Wednesday April 15th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Singer/songwriter and guitarist Anna Calvi has an operatic voice and virtuosic guitar skills that makes powerful, passionate music influenced by flamenco, goth rock, and classical. Anna is on tour promoting her new album “Hunter”, a galvanizing record which explores freedom. It’s about the female protagonist being the hunter; it goes beyond gender, it is visceral and primal. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime..
Lulu & The Rent Party is one of my favorite bay Area bands. They play an eclectic selection of jazz, latin, and pop tunes. They are really fun. 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

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!!!! 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 New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Seun Kuti is the youngest son of legendary Afrobeat godfather Fela Kuti. At the age of nine, Seun expressed a wish to sing to his father. A short while later Seun started performing with his father and the band, until his father’s untimely death in 1997. Seun, then only 14 years old, assumed the role as leader of the Egypt 80. Ever since, Seun has followed the political and social ethos of his father. Along the way, he began to add his own twist to the music, digging deep into various African traditions to reflect the continent’s struggles and cultures. About three quarters of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti, but often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement. Highly recommended!!!!!! $35 Cover Charge.

Thursday April 16th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Described as “a national treasure” by NPR the Maria Schneider Orchestra is one of the pre-eminent big bands of our time. Led by the five-time GRAMMY award winner, this 18-piece orchestra remains steeped in the jazz tradition, delivering Maria’s compositions with fire and swing. Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, making her long list of commissioners quite varied, stretching from Jazz at Lincoln Center, to The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to collaborating with David Bowie. She is among a small few to have received GRAMMYS in multiple genres, have received the award in both jazz and classical categories, as well as for her work with David Bowie. Highly recommended!!!!!! $35/$55/$75/$95 Cover Charge..

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalists known today as one of the world’s most celebrated musician Louis Cole is on tour with his live big band show experience Louis Cole’s Big Band featuring LA’s best instrumentalists in a weird, wild and wonderful night to remember. Opening up for the band is multi-instrumentalist female producer title Salami Rose Joe Louis who draws influences from jazz, soul, hip-hop, Shuggie Otis, Captain Beefheart, Stereolab, and R. Stevie Moore creating a blend of experimental dreamy sounds with jazz influenced vocals and piano. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

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..
Junk Parlor‘s influences range from Louis Armstrong, Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt to Fats Domino, Howling Wolf and Elvis. This is one of the best and most creative Bay Area bands. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge..

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:30 PM Showtime.. From Memphis to Motown Blues, Early Rock ‘n’ Roll, Soul, and Motown On The Avenue plays the hits of Al Green, Otis Redding, Aretha, Ben E. King, Ike & Tina, Stevie Wonder, Albert King, Maceo Parker, Dion & The Belmonts, Bobby Darin, Sam Cooke, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Amy Winehouse, Ann Peebles, The Nite-Liters, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Eddie Floyd, Fontella Bass, Etta James, Martha Reeves, The Supremes, The Temptations, Sam & Dave. Highly recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge..

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..

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime..
The Ragin Cajun
Doug Kershaw is truly a master performer, musician, songwriter and a legend. Kershaw is a key player in the promotion and revival of the formerly disappearing Cajun Culture and is considered by most to be the king of the cajun fiddle players. Since his early days on a Louisiana bayou, he still takes a fiddle beyond what most what most people think possible. Kershaw, with the energy of a nuclear bomb, plays so incredibly fast that clouds of rosin soar from his horse hair bow, giving the impression that it is smoking!Often, he will wear out two or three bows per song – playing, dancing and singing at the same time. Songs such as “Diggy Diggy Lo,” “Cajun Joe,” and “Rita Put Your Black Shoes On,” are familiar tunes to Doug Kershaw fans, but none of his works reached the fame of his 1961 autobiographical recording of one of the many songs he wrote, “Louisiana Man”. Opening the show is Fog Holler who first arose in the foothills of Echo Mountain, the product of an intense love of bluegrass and traditional American music shared by banjoist Casey Holmberg, guitarist Tommy Schulz, and bass fiddler Noa Laniakea. Highly recommended!!!!!! $32-$37 Cover Charge..

Friday April 17th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.
Seun Kuti is the youngest son of legendary Afrobeat godfather Fela Kuti. At the age of nine, Seun expressed a wish to sing to his father. A short while later Seun started performing with his father and the band, until his father’s untimely death in 1997. Seun, then only 14 years old, assumed the role as leader of the Egypt 80. Ever since, Seun has followed the political and social ethos of his father. Along the way, he began to add his own twist to the music, digging deep into various African traditions to reflect the continent’s struggles and cultures. About three quarters of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti, but often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement. Highly recommended!!!!!! $35 Cover Charge.

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. Fusing traditional country with a rich variety of rock, pop, and Latin influences, The Mavericks are masters of country-Latin rock’n’roll, born in the rich cultural mix of Miami then tempered in Nashville’s country hothouse and one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups of the early ’90s. Lead singer/songwriter Raul Malo is one of rock’s great vocalists. Opening the show are a really good country/western band out of the Seattle area Brent Amaker & The Rodeo. Highly recommended!!!!!! $39.50 Cover Charge..

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 5:30 PM-8:00 PM Showtime..
The Scott Foster Quintet has been performing regularly for the last several years and compiled a large repertoire. Joining Scott on guitar will be Shunzo Ohno on Trumpet, Bob Kenmotsu on saxophone, Surya Prashanka on drums and Aaron Germain on bass. Scott is a great jazz guitarist and this band really cooks. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime..
The 2020 Noise Pop Festival presents singer/songwriter and self-professing “pop noir” sounding Nicole Atkins. Leonard Cohen said of Nicole that she was “born with the gift of a golden voice, but somewhere along the way she misplaced it”. Her influences include 1950s crooner music, 1960s psychedelia, soul music, and has been compared to Roy Orbison and singers from the Brill Building era. She is a gifted songwriter and I love her vocal arrangements. Highly recommended!!!!!! $18 Cover Charge..

Boom Boom Room 601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:15 Showtime..
Scott Pemberton Electric Trio‘s sound is freaky, fun and just the right amount of weird. Scott’s mastery of his guitar playing combined with the fun recklessness of his songwriting show that the rules of songwriting and playing the guitar no longer exist for him. The Portland native plays with the uninhibited joy and intensity of someone who recognizes that every time we make music is an honor and a gift. Highly recommended!!!!! $12 Cover Charge..

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

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

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 9:00 PM Showtime.. The supergroup Emerald Quintet featuring saxophonist Skerik, drummer
Stanton Moore, bassist Andy Hess keyboardist Robert Walter and guitarist
Scott Metzger formed in 2018 for a performance at Jazz Fest that marked the 20th anniversary of Skerik and Moore’s first time playing the renowned New Orleans JazzFest. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $42-$47 Cover Charge..

Saturday April 18th

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Brother and sister duo Sean and Sara Watkins are on tour promoting their new album release the Watkins Family Hour featuring some great musicians including Fiona Apple, Greg Leisz on pedal steel and dobro player, keyboardist Benmont Tench, drummer Don Heffington and bassist Sebastian Steinberg. The album covers a wide spectrum of music from Jenny Lewis to Lindsay Buckingham to Roger Miller. Opening the shoe is indie singer/songwriter Courtney Hartman. Highly recommended!!!! $22-$52 Cover Charge..

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 7:30 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 truly great jazz vocalist Karina Denike fronting the group. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Brick and Mortar 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. A great show tonight featuring three great local bands. Headlining tonight is LoCura whose music is a blend of Latin American and Iberian rhythms such as rumba, cumbia, salsa and flamenco influenced by punk rock, ska, rap, dub, reggae, dancehall with local and global lyrical themes. Namarodas Da Lua, translated from Portuguese as “Moon Lovers”, is the newest Brazilian band to hit the Bay Area. The band unites Brazilian(South American),North American, European and African musicians showcasing a beautiful blend of diverse styles, incorporation musical influences from reggae, jazz, pop, rock and funk as well as Brazilian samba, forró, and Axe carnival music. Peruvian first generation immigrant Anais Azul is a Boston and San Francisco based singer-songwriter and composer who incorporates jazz harmonies, classical melodies, and latin American traditions. Highly recommended!!!!!! $12 Cover Charge.

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..

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

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Pianist Tamir Hendelman and pianist/saxophonist Morgan Jones will perform a musical tribute to George Gershwin and Oscar Peterson with special re-imaginings of Oscar Peterson’s 1964 Canadiana Suite and Gershwin’s classic 1924 Rhapsody in Blue. The program will also include other musical surprises, from Garner to Jobim to originals. Highly recommended!!!!!! $30 Cover Charge.

The Monkey House 1638 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. A great show in store featuring the absolutely wonderful Americana rockabilly/honky-tonk/early rock and roller Laura Benitez and one of the Bay Area’s great purveyors of hokum, old timey jazz and blues Bryan Kilgore. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 9:00 PM Showtime.. The supergroup Emerald Quintet featuring saxophonist Skerik, drummer
Stanton Moore, bassist Andy Hess keyboardist Robert Walter and guitarist
Scott Metzger formed in 2018 for a performance at Jazz Fest that marked the 20th anniversary of Skerik and Moore’s first time playing the renowned New Orleans JazzFest. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $42-$47 Cover Charge..

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 9:00 PM Showtime. Flor De Cana, a septeto from Santa Cruz, plays high energy dance music, including Cuban Son, Colombian Cumbia and various other Caribbean styles. They blend obscure with the known, old time with the new, keeping true to the roots while creating their own sound. The impressive rhythm section, comprised of upright bass, guitar, cuban tres, button accordion, congas, bongo, timbales, maracas, guiro and bell is sure to get you moving. Add to that mix a solo trumpet, lead vocal, strong coro section and you have a sound that will inspire all audiences who want to see, hear and experience vibrant music. Candela! Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Sunday April 19th

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Graham Parker was one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters to emerge from England’s pub rock scene in the early ’70s. Parker and his group Graham Parker & The Rumour were formed in the summer of 1975 and instantly received worldwide critical acclaim with the release of their first two albums “Howlin” and “Heat Treatment”. He is currently on tour with his group The Rumour. Highly recommended!!!! $28-$58 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. Three really great up and coming bands. Headlining tonight is a joyful psychedelic country/pop reggae band from Los Angeles Earth Girl Helen Brown. Rounding out the show is a free jazz psychedelic punk rock band out of New York City Sunwatchers and San Francisco based Bridget Dawson & The Mothers Network. Highly recommended!!!!!! $14 Cover Charge..

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 4:30 PM-6:30 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). Howell Devine 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!!!! $20 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. Highly recommended!!! N/C

The Monkey House 1638 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. A really good show tonight featuring beloved Bay Area singer/songwriter
Michael McNevin and up and coming indie folk singer/songwriter Juliette Gobert. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime. Composer and saxophonist Michael Zilber and his all-star Bay Area big band perform selections from his latest release, East West: Music for Big Bands. This big band features Michael Zilber and Danny Zinn on tenor sax, Sheldon Brown and Larry Delacruz on alto sax, Rob Sudduth ob baritone sax, Marvin McFadden, Mike Olmos, Max Miller-Loran, and Erik Jekabson on trumpet, Doug Beavers, John Gove and Jeff Cressman on trombone, Rich Lee on bass trombone, John R. Burr on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Jeff Marrs on drums, Jeff Maanari on guitar and Joe Bagale on vocals. This should be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $35/$45 Cover Charge..

Video Pick Of The Week.

One of the greatest and most influential soul singers of our time Al Green turns 74 this week. In honor of this occasion I want to recommend
The Gospel According To Al Green a fascinating 1984 documentary about soul music’s most insinuating singer. Directed by Robert Mugge, it captures an expansive Green talking about his career and performing in front of a military crowd in a hotel ballroom. Green’s high, seductive voice, passionate performing style, and sinewy stage presence make the musical sections of the film compelling–even if you’re not a fan of gospel music. Because, at this particular juncture in his career, that’s what Green was performing, though the songs have the slow-boiling insistence of his best soul songs. In the interview segments, Green talks about how he wrote his songs and the religious conversion experience he underwent that caused him to put his pop-music career aside and serve the Lord–and how, when he gets cooking onstage, people don’t seem to care that when he’s singing about “Love and Hate”.

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