Picks - Ronnie Shapiro - F11 - Goran Bregovic

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3
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When I saw him in 2009, he blew the shorts off of the Masonic Center.

Picks - Ronnie Shapiro - F11 - Wayne Shorter

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2
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A legend, paired with Patitucci on bass and Blade on drums this show has the potential to produce a cornucopia of stankface.

Picks - Ronnie Shapiro - F11 - McCoy Tyner

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1
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I love Trane and Chris is as good as it gets on tenor in 2011. I hear McCoy can still burn too.

Fall 2011 Staff Picks

Rebeca Mauleón

Asking anyone to choose only five of these magnificent artists is somewhat of a “Sophie’s Choice” for this music lover. The roster of pioneers and legends, genre-defying young upstarts and global renegades on our fall line-up is akin to a candy store of jazz delicacies, so I will resort to making my choices based on deeply personal connections.

      Sunday, October 16, 7:00pm      
      at Herbst Theatre

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."

      Sunday, October 2, 7:00pm      
      at Herbst Theatre

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."

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

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!”

      Sunday, October 2, 2:00pm      
      at Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

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.

      Friday, October 14, 8:00pm      
      at Paramount Theatre

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.

Mike's F11 pick #5

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5
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Glasper is one of the great young pianists who remains well within the jazz tradition, yet integrates elements of hip hop. And he bridges that gap in a very authoritative way, since he also plays with bona fide hip hop artists like Mos Def and Kanye West. He's had excellent musicians in his band up until now and I'm excited to see the new trio with drummer Mark Colenburg. I have to say, this one is a definite do-not-miss.

Staff Picks - Jeff Umetsu - S2 - Dave Holland's Prism

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3
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The most epic, intense, beautiful experience I've heard in Jazz Progression. An all-star lineup with lots of Jazz IQ, can't go wrong with that.

Mike's F11 pick #4

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4
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This guy is a beautiful trumpeter and always has great bands, in the true ECM tradition. But the main reason not to miss him this year is that he's got the incredible Craig Taborn on piano. Perhaps you've seen Craig in Chris Potter's band -- he is just awesome and has been recognized as a Rising Star in the latest DownBeat Critics Poll.  

Staff Picks - Jeff Umetsu - S2 - Cameron Carpenter

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2
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Bound to be a spiritual experience that I have not yet encountered, or will ever encounter again.

Staff Picks - Jeff Umetsu - S2 - Bill Frisell, Big Sur

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1
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It's always interesting to get inside of Bill's mind, especially when he's there in person. Big Sur is a folk record that celebrates the vastness of California's coast line. It's beautiful yet haunting, spectacular yet humble.

Season 2 Staff Picks

Jeff Umetsu

      Thursday, January 23, 7:30pm      
      at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

It's always interesting to get inside of Bill's mind, especially when he's there in person. Big Sur is a folk record that celebrates the vastness of California's coast line. It's beautiful yet haunting, spectacular yet humble.

      Friday, January 24, 7:30pm      
      at Grace Cathedral

Bound to be a spiritual experience that I have not yet encountered, or will ever encounter again.

      Sunday, October 6, 7:00pm      
      at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

The most epic, intense, beautiful experience I've heard in Jazz Progression. An all-star lineup with lots of Jazz IQ, can't go wrong with that.

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