Welcome to Quarterly Report, a look at the must-see live shows scheduled for Northern California over the next three months
April 8-11 – Bill Frisell: Yoshi’s has dubbed the New York guitarist’s run a “residency,” but at four nights it’s the same length as a standard weekend engagement. So be it. There is no denying that Frisell has programmed these shows to be something out of the ordinary. Working with his own quintet anchored by the violinist Jenny Scheinman, Frisell will be joined by Kenny Wollesen, Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr, Marc Ribot and Jason Moran. Yoshi’s, Oakland.
April 11, 13-15 – Terence Blanchard Quintet: The trumpet great is on the road this spring and his West Coast dates include performances April 11 in Half Moon Bay for the Bach Dynamite and Dancing Society followed by three nights at Yoshi’s in San Francisco. With Brice Winston (saxophone), Fabian Almazan (piano), Michael Olatuja (bass) and Kendrick Scott (drums).
April 16-19 – Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars: Easily one of the highlights of the 2009 festival, this ensemble packs jazz firepower to spare. After all, we’re talking the talents of Regina Carter (violin), Kenny Barron (piano), Russell Malone (guitar), Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass) and Johnathan Blake (drums).Click here to read more. Catch them, respectively, at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, Gallo Arts Center in Modesto, Napa Opera House and Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz.
April 24-26 – Pat Metheny: The guitarist is touring in supporting of his latest album, “Orchestrion.” He’ll play on the aforementioned dates in Berkeley, Napa and Santa Cruz, respectively.
April 27-May 2 – Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway: Here’s a sister act that’s tough to beat. Expect these singing siblings to bring a jazzy touch to material ranging from originals to the Great American Songbook. Rrazz Room, San Francisco.
April 30-May 2 – Hiroshima: The pioneering fusion band is back in Northern California for the first time since its successful holiday run in San Francisco. Yoshi’s, Oakland.
May 13, 19 – Sonny Rollins: The saxophone colossus turns 80 this month but remains among the most inventive and fearsomely powerful performers in jazz. You’ve got your choice of UC campus gigs, first in Berkeley and then in Davis.
May 16 – Sheila Jordan and Steve Kuhn: This SFJAZZ double bill pairs the veteran vocalist with the always tasteful and passionate pianist. YCBA Forum, San Francisco.
May 30 – Kurt Elling with the Count Basie Orchestra: Having garnered a Grammy for his take on the classic John Coltrane-Johnny Hartman collaborations of the ‘60s the Chicago-based vocalist revisits such Sinatra-Basie projects as “It Might As Well Be Swing.” Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.
June 4 – Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabacki: Love will be in the air for sure as these two married couples share the spotlight through the good graces of SFJAZZ. Herbst Theatre, San Francisco.
June 11 – Marcus Miller: The bassist takes the stage with “Tutu Revisited,” a look at that mid-‘80s Miles Davis album. Trumpeter Christian Scott is featured. Herbst Theatre, San Francisco.
June 30-July 3 – Kim Nalley and Houston Person: Another dynamic duo. Nalley needs no introduction to Bay Area jazz fans while Person is a saxophonist of the first order who, in my opinion, has not received his due. Rrazz Room, San Francisco.
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