Picks - Marshall Lamm - F11 - Booker T

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Nothing like the real thing.

Picks - Rebeca Mauleon - F11 - Daniela Mercury

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Seeing Daniela live is a virtual smorgasbord of sights and sounds. In addition to her use of multi-media, everyone in her band sings, plays and dances – they even throw in a little capoeira! A Brazilian rock star with jazz leanings, Mercury is a powerhouse of a songwriter and bandleader, and a consummate entertainer.

Picks - Rebeca Mauleon - F11 - Eldar Djangirov

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Genius is such a mystery, and more and more elusive in modern music these days. When I first heard Eldar I was dumbfounded, as were most of my fellow pianists. How can someone so brilliant and technically flawless convey such rich emotion? Say what you will about genius and madness – Eldar is not to be missed.

Picks - Rebeca Mauleon - F11 - Esperanza Spaulding

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Undeniably talented and no less a breath of fresh air and inspiration to millions of young women in an otherwise “boys club” of a profession, Esperanza – whose name means “hope” – continues to reinvent herself and the genre she represents. She is, quite simply, a “bad-ass!”

Picks - Rebeca Mauleon - F11 - Wayne Shorter

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Right along with Tyner in crafting a distinct presence in modern jazz vernacular is the dreamy sound of Wayne Shorter. Probably one of my favorite saxophonist-composers, plus he called me "Becky" when I asked for his autograph at the old Tower Records in Northbeach (remember that watering hole??)! Favorite tunes: "Footprints" and "Speak No Evil."

Picks - Rebeca Mauleon - F11 - McCoy Tyner

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As a pianist I would not have evolved were it not for the influence of Tyner and his rich palette of delicious “quartal” harmony and ever-so-cool piano “voicings.” Tyner's compositions also strike a strong Impressionistic chord with me (no pun intended); my favs include "Passion Dance" and "Search for Peace."

Picks - Andrew Goodrich - S2 - Alicia Hall Moran

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November is Alicia Hall Moran & Jason Moran on a rare Monday evening in the intimate Joe Henderson Lab. The show will be well worth it--guaranteed sell out!

Picks - Andrew Goodrich - S2 - Ceramic Dog

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Any and all of Marc Ribot! Ceramic Dog might be the show I'm most looking forward to in Season 2. Though, the experimental jazz trio with Henry Grimes and Chad Taylor could be one of the most rewarding nights of music all year.

Picks - Andrew Goodrich - S2 - Hiromi

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Hiromi: The Trio Project returns in March! She was probably writing this material during her first residency, and the Trio is epic in sound, scope, and chops. Must see for any music fan, and a perfect excuse to introduce that stubborn Rock 'n' Roll friend to the SFJAZZ Center.

Picks - Andrew Goodrich - S2 - Spring Quartet

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Spalding, DeJohnette, Lovano, and Genovese is an obvious pick! If it sells out, bring a smart date to Tord Gustavsen the following week.

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