As I mentioned earlier, SFJAZZ's Spring Season is an embarrassment of musical riches. With 46 concerts to choose from, it's difficult to narrow it down to a dozen or so and I would happily attend at least 30 of these shows. It's like having to choose between a date with Sophia Loren or Marilyn Monroe and not even getting the chance to think about choosing Elizabeth Taylor instead.
My 10 picks:
Marcus Roberts Trio 3/17 Roberts is one today's best pianists and his trio recently released New Orleans meets Harlem. They'll likely hit it hard and hit it smart.
Yasmin Levy 03/20 SFJAZZ brings some of the most arresting international performers to the Bay Area- these shows are usually my favorites. Levy "melds Ladino melodies with vibrant cadences of flamenco, a style with shared roots in Spain’s Moorish past."
Madeleine Peyroux 04/08 Peyroux evokes an ineluctable place somewhere between Billie Holiday and Rickie Lee Jones.
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester 04/09 The Weimar Republic is alive, well and will be present on the stage of the Paramount Theatre.
Gabriela Montero 05/01 Jazz intersects with Classical on solo piano, with improv. As an admirer of Jacques Loussier, I think this show looks really promising.
CéU 05/06 Brazil's latest intriguing singer has a sound that brings samba to places it hasn't been before.
Lionel Loueke Trio 05/20 Guitarist Loueke brings a distinct West African influence to highly intricate arrangements, blurring the line between traditional and adverturous.
Rickie Lee Jones 05/27 She'll be performing her eponymous debut album and Pirates in their entirety for this show. Enough said.
A Night in Treme 06/10 A musical portrait of New Orleans featuring musicians who have appeared on the acclaimed show.
Ana Moura 06/25 Portuguese Fado. Another gig which promises to transport the audience to another place.
Tickets are now on sale.