Fall 2011 Staff Picks

Marshall Lamm

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

Nothing like the real thing.

      Friday, September 30, 8:00pm      
      at Paramount Theatre

I am down with the Queen.

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

I first met Eldar when he was 17 and first performed in the Bay Area at Yoshi's. Spectacular technique, passion and a cool dude.

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

Enough said.

      Saturday, October 29, 9:00pm      
      at YBCA Forum

Whatever they do is cool.

Picks - Marshall Lamm - F11 - Pomplamoose

Ranking: 
5
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Whatever they do is cool.

Picks - Marshall Lamm - F11 - McCoy Tyner

Ranking: 
4
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Enough said.

Picks - Marshall Lamm - F11 - Eldar Djangirov

Ranking: 
3
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I first met Eldar when he was 17 and first performed in the Bay Area at Yoshi's. Spectacular technique, passion and a cool dude.

Picks - Marshall Lamm - F11 - Asha

Ranking: 
2
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I am down with the Queen.

Picks - Marshall Lamm - F11 - Booker T

Ranking: 
1
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Nothing like the real thing.

Picks - Rebeca Mauleon - F11 - Daniela Mercury

Ranking: 
5
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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.

Picks - Rebeca Mauleon - F11 - Eldar Djangirov

Ranking: 
4
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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.

Picks - Rebeca Mauleon - F11 - Esperanza Spaulding

Ranking: 
3
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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!”

Picks - Rebeca Mauleon - F11 - Wayne Shorter

Ranking: 
2
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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."