Picks - Mark Zitter - F11 - Benny Green

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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.

Picks - Greg Stern - F11 - Esperanza Spalding

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1
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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.'

Fall 2011 Staff Picks

Srinija Srinivasan

      Sunday, September 25, 2:00pm      
      at Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. What a perfect treat to hear his gorgeous music in this lovely intimate venue.

      Friday, October 7, 8:00pm      
      at Davies Symphony Hall

A living icon, embodying globalism long before it was fashionable. Can't miss a chance to experience first-hand the stunning virtuosity that has inspired and influenced music and culture around the world.

      Saturday, November 5, 7:00pm & 9:00pm      
      at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

An exhilarating demonstration of the creative freedom made possible from exceptional control. If he can do that with his body, what else don't we know we're capable of?

      Wednesday, October 5, 7:30pm      
      at Swedish American Hall

You had me at Dan Weiss on drums.

      Saturday, December 10, 8:00pm      
      at Herbst Theatre

Mastery, elegance, innovation. A consummate artist and simply a joy to hear.

Picks - Srinija Srinivasan - F11 - Ahmad Jamal

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5
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Mastery, elegance, innovation. A consummate artist and simply a joy to hear.