It counts as news nowadays when either Yoshi’s location presents straight-ahead jazz. It particularly deserves our attention when the venue hosts an artist of the stature of Roy Hargrove. And topping all that is the fact the Grammy-winning trumpeter-composer will take up a five-night residency at the San Francisco club.
Tickets are now on sale for Hargrove’s March 26-30 dates. They represent a bargain too at $16-$30. His band includes Justin Robinson (saxophone, flute), Sullivan Fortner (piano), Ameen Saleem (bass) and Quincy Phillips (drums).
Certainly on my short list of much-see and -hear Northern California jazz this week is Thursday night’s performance at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz from the John Hanrahan Love Supreme Quartet.
The ensemble formed in Chicago 20 years ago and each year performs the music from the eponymous, ground-breaking album “in an effort to share Coltrane’s passion for jazz, spirit and the love of live performance.” Suffice it to say, the ensemble should be busier than ever leading up to the 50th anniversary of the album’s recording (December) and release (February 2015).
The quartet includes Brian Gephart (tenor saxophone), Brother John Kattke (piano), Chris Bernhardt (bass) and John Hanrahan (drums).
Healdsburg Jazz Festival continues to find innovative ways to generate the money needed to keep presenting world-class jazz artists in a world-class setting.
The organization last year introduced the Healdsburg Jazz & Wine Club, which offers members four hand-selected Sonoma County wines three times a year along with a CD from a new or familiar jazz artist. There is also the annual Jazz on the Menu fund raiser featuring special meals at 15 Healdsburg restaurants, each with a different jazz performer or group. The 2014 edition is set for February 26.
Now comes A Seat at the Table. This new dining series offers festival supporters the opportunity to choose from Italian or Persian, Spanish or French, even Sonoma-influenced cuisine at private dinners in Healdsburg. The settings are exquisite private homes and the menus come courtesy of the region’s top chefs.
Finally, don’t forget that Sunday brings the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society’s 50th anniversary bash. The event features organizer Larry Vuckovich (piano) with Kim Nalley (vocals), Noel Jewkes (reeds), Josh Workman (guitar), Roger Glenn (flute), Hector Lugo (percussion), Michael Zisman (bass) and Akira Tana (drums).
The show starts at 4:30 p.m., leaving plenty of time for you to watch the 49ers take apart Carolina and still make it out Half Moon Bay. Tickets are a bargain at $50 and there will be a raffle too featuring donated items from the Miramar Beach Restaurant, Pasta Moon Restaurant, Mezza Luna Italian Restaurant, Half Moon Bay Lodge, Comfort Inn-Half Moon Bay and Omni Foundation.
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