One of the swell things about jazz is how inclusive it can be. Guitarist Bill Frisell still occupies a lofty perch in the jazz hierarchy, for example, event though he's been leavening his jazz instincts with everything from hillbilly music to Buster Keaton movies for several decades.
It'll be a suitably diverse affair, then, when Frisell hosts his second residency this week at the SFJAZZ Center. He begins Thursday by stretching out with two of the most adventurous and rewarding players on the New York scene, pianist Geri Allen and saxophonist Greg Osby. Friday, he's joined by supremely inclusive (Green Day, Beck, proud papa Charlie Haden) violinist Petra Haden. Saturday, he switches to visual collaboration for a show in which he and cartoonist Jim Woodring will improvise off each others' work. Frisell wraps it up Sunday with a kind of overview show that includes Haden, Osby and more. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $65.
Also worth noting on the Bay Area jazz scene this week:
- Multi-kulti jazz explorers Freddy Clarke & Wobbly World dig into a global array of influences, 8 p.m. Wednesday at Yoshi's San Francisco. $15-$19
- Hard-blowing bugle boys Randy Brecker, Eddie Henderson, Jeremy Pelt and Leon Jordan, Jr., band together in the United Trumpet Summit, performing 8 and 10 p.m. Thursday at Yoshi's San Francisco. $20-$25
- Drummer Mike Clark, best known for his work with Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, jams with top Bay Area players, 8 p.m. Thursday at Berkeley's Jazzschool. $15-$20
- Top Bay Area Latin jazz players celebrate the release of the new "Salsa de Bahia" CD with a dance party, 8 p.m. Thursday at Yoshi's Oakland. $22
- The Buenos Aires-based Gonzalo Bergara Quartet plays gypsy jazz and more, 8 p.m. Friday at 142 Throckmorton in Mill Valley. $25-$40
- Adventurous young singers Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens unite as Tillery, performing 8 p.m. Saturday at Berkeley's Jazzschool. $20-$25
- Knockout torch singer Laura Ellis charms, and astronomer Raja Guha Thakurta educates, in a "Music of the Spheres" event, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Lick Observatory in the South Bay. $40-$150
- Charnett Moffett, one of the most engaging and hard-working bassists in contemporary jazz, surveys tunes from sources ranging from Thelonious Monk to Adele, 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society near Half Moon Bay. $35 public, free (!) for members.
- Mesmerizing singer Clairdee focuses on the music of the great Lena Horne, 2 p.m. Sunday at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland. $10-$15
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