There may be places with better acoustics or fancier seating, but no jazz venue is more thoroughly and delightfully Californian than Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society. Nestled in a classic beachside home near Half Moon Bay, the organization has been presenting carefully curated national and regional jazz talent for a full half-century. Yet it still feels improvised and intimate, somewhere between a professional enterprise and a grand beatnik impulse.
Leading Bay Area musicians -- pianist Larry Vukovich, singer Kim Nalley, flautist Roger Glenn and more -- celebrate the BD&DS legacy and help ensure the future this week with a fundraiser show, starting 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $50.
Also worth noting on the Bay Area jazz scene:
- Bay Area bass ace and multikulti hero Kai Eckhardt celebrates the release of a new CD with a quartet performance, 8 p.m. Monday at Yoshi's Oakland. $15
- Le Jazz Hot, the Bay Area's premiere purveyors of Django Reinhardt's swinging legacy, get the joint jumping at SFJAZZ Center, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday. $15-$20
- Saxophonist Jacam Manricks, an energetic player who's collaborated with artists ranging from Charlie Haden to Jane's Addiction, presents his distinctive take on modern jazz, 8 p.m. Thursday at Berkeley's Jazzschool. $12-$15
- Fiery guitarist James Nash, bassist Bobby Vega and drummer Scott Amendola stir up a fusion/club jazz storm, 9:30 p.m. Friday at Duende in Oakland. $10
- Dynamic pianist Art Lande and polished trumpeter Erik Jekabson play originals and re-imagined standards, 8 p.m. Friday at Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. $15
- Trumpeter Clifford Brown III and Hammond B3 maestro Brian Ho offer a fresh and grooving take on the organ trio, 8 p.m. Saturday at Berkeley's Jazzschool. $12-$15
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