Even a dedicated jazz cat does not live by swing alone. So this space is off to the boonies for a few weeks to tune into the rhythms of nature. Meanwhile, here's an abridged set of recommendations for top Bay Area jazz events I'll be sorry to miss but you don't have to:
- Say what you will about trumpeter/composer/bandleader Wynton Marsalis, there's no denying the power and swing at his command when he's leading the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The group will celebrate the music of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Count Basie, among others, during a March 20-23 residency at SFJAZZ Center. All shows are sold out, but turn-back tickets sometimes are available the day of the show.
- Kurt Elling, the most influential, creative and inspiring male jazz vocalist of the past couple of decades, celebrates the Brill Building songwriters, 8 and 10 p.m. March 22 and 7 and 9 p.m. March 23 at Yoshi's San Francisco. $24-$28
- New Orleans street jazz legends the Rebirth Brass Band get folks strutting, 9 p.m. March 22 at the Mezzanine. $25
- Percussionist Pancho Sanchez, one of the hardest-driving rhythm-makers in Latin jazz, performs with his biggish band, 8 and 10 p.m. March 21 and 7:30 and 9:30 p.m, March 22 at Yoshi's Oakland. $29-$35
- One of the Bay Area's most accomplished yet easy-going pianists, the masterful Dick Hindman, performs with his trio, 4:30 p.m. March 23 at the California Jazz Conservatory. $12-$15
- Vibraphonist and all-around Bay Area champ Roger Glenn recruits four compadres for a "Battle of the Vibes" celebrating the instrument's great practitioners, 4:30 p.m. March 23 at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society near Half Moon Bay. $40
- The Oakland Jazz Choir, a 14-voice ensemble that shows a large vocal group can swing plenty hard, performs tunes by Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny and more, 8 p.m. March 22 at Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. $15-$20
- Trumpeter Roy Hargrove, a vaunted "young lion" who has gone on to prove himself a performer of tremendous depth and contemporary sensibilities, checks in with his quintet for an extend run at Yoshi's San Francisco, March 26-30. $16-$30
- Widely acclaimed as one of the great performers and composers of the post-bop era, saxophonist Wayne Shorter has lately had a thing for intensely organic forms that seem to have no beginning or end but merely drop in on an extended conversation with the universe, He performs with his hard-hitting quartet March 27-30 at SFJAZZ Center. $35-$75
- Pianist Marco Beneveto, a spirited performer who connects the dots between jazz and indie rock, performs 9 p.m. March 29 at The Independent. $18-$20
- Pianists Deanna Bogart, Doña Oxford, Sue Palmer, and Wendy DeWitt. collectively known as the "Queens of Boogie-Woogie," make the joint jump, 8 p.m. April 2 at Yoshi's Oakland. $19
- Bassist Stanley Clarke, one of the greatest performers and personalities of the post-bop era, shows what a lifetime of listening with open ears can lead to, April 4-6 at Yoshi's Oakland. $25-$35
- Local sax ace and musical explorer Anton Schwartz teams up with dynamic and always surprising vocalist Inga Swearingen for an 8p.m. April 5 show at Oakland's Sound Room. $15-$20
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