Spoilt for choice: The precocious North Country Blue at The Back Room; the infectious Bollywood Blues at Ashkenaz; and the soul-filled Alaya Project at the California Jazz Conservatory’s Rendon Hall.
Brilliant pianist, accomplished drummer and dauntless improviser Art Lande is a jazz giant who flies under the radar.
Some of Spain’s greatest flamenco performers will be at this 14th annual event which highlights the way a densely interconnected array of Andalusian clans continues to define the art form; also: other recommended gigs.
An Oakland pianist leading one of the Bay Area’s most exciting swing bands performs Saturday at Ashkenaz; while reimagining swing era forms is what the Freight's Django Reinhardt Birthday Festival is all about.
Drawing on her mother’s Native American heritage and her father’s African-American culture, Martha Redbone is one of the most powerful voices in American music. She performs in Berkeley on Wednesday.
These musical offerings provide plenty of motivation to get out of the house.
The vocalist and songwriter who looks like a R&B diva, sounds like a soul queen, and performs with the self-possessed cool of a prime-time veteran, plays the Freight Thursday and Mill Valley Dec. 28-29.
When the Grammy Award-winning vocalist performs Sunday night at Freight & Salvage, he arrives as a trailblazer rather than an anomaly.
The drummer, composer, bandleader and sake lover will perform with a stripped-down quartet version of his Grammy-nominated Asian American Orchestra.
Recommended: Mariam Diakité and Orchestra Gold which is devoted to the surging, horn-driven sound that made Mali a creative force; and clarinetist Ben Goldberg premieres a new evening-length work.
The singer/songwriter performs Friday at the California Jazz Conservatory’s Rendon Hall on a double bill with the excellent Bay Area band, Negative Press Project.
Berkeley's own Benny Green makes his Freight debut on Sunday.