Ben Allison, one of the most expressive bassists in jazz, plays in Berkeley on Sunday afternoon.
Marcos Silva plays a rare gig Sunday at the CJC with his quartet featuring Zach Pitt-Smith on woodwinds, electric bassist Scott Thompson and drummer Phil Thompson.
The Nile Project's touring ensemble, with musicians from Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt, Burundi and Kenya, returns to UC Berkeley Saturday.
Michael Zilber celebrates the release of his new CD Friday at the California Jazz Conservatory. And we have more recommended gigs.
Drummer Zigaboo Modaliste and funk historian Rickey Vincent kick off Black History Month programming at Ashkenaz on Saturday night.
Drummer Paul Yonemura will celebrate the release of his new album Saturday at the California Jazz Academy.
Scary and unsettling times call for soulful music, and fortunately Berkeley has no shortage of powerful and accomplished singers appearing on local stages in the coming days.
Miriam Peretz and Rachel Valfer, friends since Berkeley High, premiere their new collaboration 'Madre: The Ladino Project' Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Freight & Salvage.
Charles with Molly celebrates the release of a new EP Friday at the Back Room, a concert conceived as a fundraiser for the Berkeley High jazz program.
As a child of divorced parents, singer Lilan Kane came to dread the holidays. Even before the recent spate of aggressively dispiriting news, she planned to produce a concert offering a celebratory space for everyone who might feel conflicted about celebration in the midst of woe. Now more than ever her “All We Need Is Love” concert 7:30 p.m. Sunday night at the Marsh Theater offers a balm for all us who are more than ready to kick this annus horribilis to the curb. Kane is donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds to support the families of people lost in the Ghost Ship fire.
Though Theresa Hak Kyung Cha spent her formative years in Berkeley, the innovative Korean-American artist is most often associated with New York City. It’s where she made an indelible impression as a polyglot writer in the early 1980s, and where her life was so cruelly cut short by a depraved rapist.
Kronos Quartet lives in the vanguard. The celebrated San Francisco string ensemble returns to Zellerbach Hall Saturday for a Cal Performances concert with three new works from Fifty for the Future, a program that turbo charges the group’s longtime practice of commissioning and presenting music by young composers.