Season 2 Staff Picks

Tina Leinenweber

This Festival, yet again, fills the fall with more opportunities for more amazing music than any one person can hear; unless you have nothing else going on in life. For the rest of us, including me, below are five shows that heaven and earth should be moved to hear.

      Thursday, December 12, 7:30pm      
      at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

As a vocalist, I'm definitely biased when I say: Buika! BUIKA, BUIKA, BUIKA! Seeing her sing is watching madness. Take part in the madness.

      Sunday, September 22, 7:00pm      
      at Davies Symphony Hall

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club at Davies...enough said!

      Wednesday, March 26, 7:30pm      
      at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

I'm amazed by the talent and individuality Hugh Masekela!

      Saturday, May 3, 7:30pm      
      at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

I was absolutely amazed by Regina Carter's virtuosic playing, and stellar personality--a woman truly dedicated to her instrument, and passionate about expanding the opportunities for music education in the community and for the youth. Southern Comfort is a must with Regina!

      Saturday, March 15, 7:30pm      
      at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Watching her play is ridiculous! Mix that with a clear death metal drum kit and I'm in for Hiromi.

Picks - Tina Leinenweber - S2 - Buena Vista

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2
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Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club at Davies...enough said!

Picks - Tina Leinenweber - S2 - Buika

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2
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Excerpt Body: 

As a vocalist, I'm definitely biased when I say: Buika! BUIKA, BUIKA, BUIKA! Seeing her sing is watching madness. Take part in the madness.

Picks - Tina Leinenweber - S2 - Hugh Masekela

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3
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Excerpt Body: 

I'm amazed by the talent and individuality Hugh Masekela!

Picks - Tina Leinenweber - S2 - Regina Carter

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4
Excerpt Body: 

I was absolutely amazed by Regina Carter's virtuosic playing, and stellar personality--a woman truly dedicated to her instrument, and passionate about expanding the opportunities for music education in the community and for the youth. Southern Comfort is a must with Regina!

Picks - Tina Leinenweber - S2 - Hiromi

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5
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Excerpt Body: 

Watching her play is ridiculous! Mix that with a clear death metal drum kit and I'm in for Hiromi.

Fall 2011 Staff Picks

Felice Swapp

      Friday, October 28, 8:00pm      
      at Paramount Theatre

Talk about a global party! Had friends in town for the 2009 show and we are still talking about it - it felt like being home for Carnival. Felt so connected with a crowd of strangers... sang along in a language I don't speak, but which I felt and I understood... basked (and danced) happily in the real and sincere feel of the music...

           

India.Arie has a few songs that have lingered in my soul for years - ever since I bought her first CD in 2001. Idan's music is rich and moving, and during his riveting show at SFJAZZ a few years ago, the percussionist did a gourd-water drumming sequence that was incredible! Experiencing these two together, live, will be complete bliss.

      Thursday, December 1, 7:30pm      
      at Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

I absolutely love listening to these ultra-talented and ultra-motivated young musicians play. They definitely fuel my "hope for the future" flame — probably because they play so amazingly well right now, in the present! The Combo and the Jazz Orchestra shows are both a must see on my list.

      Sunday, November 13, 7:00pm      
      at Herbst Theatre

This was one of the first SFJAZZ shows that I attended — loved it! I think I was tapping my feet with such focus that I had to force myself to remember to breathe.

      Sunday, October 16, 7:00pm      
      at San Francisco Conservatory of Music

I'm looking forward to becoming a new fan of Huun Huur Tu — I've got a feeling that I'll sit there entranced through the whole thing, acutely aware of every cell in my being, every note gliding by, and every molecule of air floating happily through my lungs.

Picks - Felice Swapp - F11 - Huun Huur Tu

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5
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Excerpt Body: 

I'm looking forward to becoming a new fan of Huun Huur Tu — I've got a feeling that I'll sit there entranced through the whole thing, acutely aware of every cell in my being, every note gliding by, and every molecule of air floating happily through my lungs.

Picks - Felice Swapp - F11 - Dorado Schmitt

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4
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This was one of the first SFJAZZ shows that I attended — loved it! I think I was tapping my feet with such focus that I had to force myself to remember to breathe.

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