A lot of the Bay Area's jazz heroes are obvious from their performing, but some work mostly behind the scenes, doing any number of the less glamorous jobs that keep the music vital and dynamic. Among that set, few ranked higher than the late Bud Spangler, who died in January at the age of 74.
Sure, Spangler had a steady and distinguished performing career as a drummer. But his greatest contributions to jazz were of a quieter nature, as a record producer for any number of top-tier acts, as a radio announced on KCSM and the late KJAZ, as a concert organizer and promoter whose legacy includes the Jazz at Filoli series.
The Bay Area owes Spangler a big posthumous "thanks," and top-flight musicians such as Taylor Eigsti, Ed Reed, Dave Ellis and Marcus Shelby will deliver it with style during a memorial concert, 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Yoshi's Oakland. Tickets are $15.
Also worth noting on the Bay Area jazz scene this week:
- Gypsy jazzsters Gaucho celebrate the release of a new CD, "Thinking of You," 8 p.m. Thursday at Yoshi's Oakland. $15
- Guitarist Tom Patitucci, a performer of tremendous range and agility, performs with his trio, 8 p.m. Saturday at the California Jazz Conservatory. $12-$15
- Witty, genre-bending trumpeter Erik Jekabson and friends play music for embroidering (literally) at "ConVerge: Jazz & Stitch," a free event from 4-8 pm. Thursday at Yerba Buena Center.
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