Fall 2011 Staff Picks

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.