Osaka, Japan’s second largest metropolis, boasts a vital scene that’s produced some of the jazz-loving nation’s finest improvisers. Get a taste locally, starting Wednesday.
The 11-piece soul/jazz/reggae/gospel collective Alma Matters, a group built on BUSD alumni, performs Friday at Oakland's Uptown Nightclub.
We talk to violinist Shaina Evoniuk who plays the California Jazz Conservatory Wednesday; also next week: fingerstyle guitar wizard Duck Baker performs at the Freight Tuesday.
Creative frisson can come when two large communities converge and create a new style. In the East Bay, where no one group dominates," innovation is the child of muchas madres."
The jazz singer is joined in Berkeley by a distilled version of her Prohibition Mob Band. Also: four other recommended gigs, including the songs of 'Lady Bird.'
With the start of Women’s History Month, check out all the great options locally to enjoy music made by women over the next few weeks.
Friday’s gig at the Back Room celebrates the release of the trio's second album, which couldn’t be more 'locasonic' than if they'd whipped it up in the kitchen of Chez Panisse.
Ayaléw Mèsfin, a giant from Ethiopian music’s golden age of the '70s, performs at Cornerstone Sunday with Boston’s Debo Band. And catch Oakland's Lisa B Saturday at The Back Room.
For Black History Month, venues around Berkeley will be presenting an amazing array of music.
Over the past decade, Zina Bozzay has immersed herself in traditional Hungarian culture, seeking out ancient music from far-flung Hungarian communities across the Carpathian basin.
Singer-songwriter Holland performs Sunday, as does the label and anti-Trumpian initiative Minus Zero which is presenting Musical Action for Planned Parenthood at the Ivy Room.
Spanish pianist Marta Sánchez makes her East Bay debut Saturday at the California Jazz Conservatory with a quintet featuring three Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble alumni.