Picks - Mark Zitter - F11 - McCoy Tyner

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4
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A living legend whose playing remains fresh. This guy can swing!

Picks - Mark Zitter - F11 - Esperanza Spalding

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3
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Rising star, bass-playing female vocalist, passionate performer, Grammy Award winner – she’s one of a kind.

Picks - Mark Zitter - F11 - Redman Mehldau

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2
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One of today’s best sax players teams up with one of the best pianists. It’s enough to see either of these guys perform; this will be a double treat.

Picks - Mark Zitter - F11 - Benny Green

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1
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Local Berkeley boy makes good! Monk was the first and most profound jazz influence on Benny Green, who will celebrate Monk’s birthday in this performance with a terrific bassist and drummer.

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Fall 2011 Staff Picks

Greg Stern

This is shaping up to be another outstanding festival -- from jazz icons to local heroes. Here are my top picks:

      Saturday, October 1, 8:00pm      
      at Paramount Theatre

She continues to amaze, redefine and challenge expectations. It's wonderful to see her get the broad recognition she deserves. And good to know SFJAZZ was presenting her 'back in the day.'

      Friday, September 23, 8:00pm      
      at Swedish American Hall

A local hero who remains one of the finest contemporary jazz guitarists on the scene.

      Monday, October 10, 7:30pm      
      at Herbst Theatre

Another local hero. The special treat here is that Benny will be performing on Monk's birthday, in his honor.

           

First, it's pretty great that SFJAZZ presents India.Arie. To present her with Idan Raichel, the Israeli keyboardist, showcasing their new collaboration is inspired.

      Saturday, September 17, 8:00pm      
      at Herbst Theatre

Booker T. is a seminal influence in soul music.  And now he's  put out new music.  Well worth seeing what he's been up to.

Picks - Greg Stern - F11 - Booker T

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5
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Booker T. is a seminal influence in soul music.  And now he's  put out new music.  Well worth seeing what he's been up to.

Picks - Greg Stern - F11 - India.Arie & Idan Raichel

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4
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First, it's pretty great that SFJAZZ presents India.Arie. To present her with Idan Raichel, the Israeli keyboardist, showcasing their new collaboration is inspired.

Picks - Greg Stern - F11 - Benny Green

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3
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Another local hero. The special treat here is that Benny will be performing on Monk's birthday, in his honor.

Picks - Greg Stern - F11 - Mimi Fox

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2
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A local hero who remains one of the finest contemporary jazz guitarists on the scene.

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