Fall 2011 Staff Picks

Ronnie Shapiro

I could've easily chosen five other shows from our Fall 2011 lineup because it's chock full of heavy hitters, but off the top of my head here are my fab five. All of these shows will most certainly deliver.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Thursday, September 29, 7:30pm      
      at YBCA Forum

Captain cool on the ivory.

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

Funktown, CA?

Season 2 Staff Picks

Andrew Goodrich

      Friday, October 18, 7:00pm & 9:30pm      
      at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

I have to go with the late night Robert Glasper Experiment set at 9:30pm on a Friday. It'll be a special night!

      Wednesday, February 19, 7:00pm & 9:30pm      
      at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Spalding, DeJohnette, Lovano, and Genovese is an obvious pick! If it sells out, bring a smart date to Tord Gustavsen the following week.

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

Hiromi: The Trio Project returns in March! She was probably writing this material during her first residency, and the Trio is epic in sound, scope, and chops. Must see for any music fan, and a perfect excuse to introduce that stubborn Rock 'n' Roll friend to the SFJAZZ Center.

      Friday, May 30, 7:30pm      
      at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Any and all of Marc Ribot! Ceramic Dog might be the show I'm most looking forward to in Season 2. Though, the experimental jazz trio with Henry Grimes and Chad Taylor could be one of the most rewarding nights of music all year.

      Monday, November 25, 7:30pm      
      at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

November is Alicia Hall Moran & Jason Moran on a rare Monday evening in the intimate Joe Henderson Lab. The show will be well worth it--guaranteed sell out!

Staff Picks

Andrew Goodrich

Amy Woloszyn

Tina Leinenweber

Jeff Umetsu

TJ Gorton

Allison Blomerth

Randall Kline

Marshall Lamm

Rebeca Mauleón

Megan Mock

Bannus Hudson

Ross Eustis

Claire Phillips

Andrew Rumer

Ronnie Shapiro

Srinija Srinivasan

Greg Stern

Felice Swapp

Jen Utsey

Rick Warren

Mark Zitter

Picks - TJ Gorton - F11 - Ahmad Jamal

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I was first introduced to Ahmad Jamal just like many other people, with his groundbreaking 1958 album Live at the Pershing. Since then I've come to enjoy many of his other records like Macanudo, Outertimeinnerspace, and Jamal Plays Jamal. There is no doubt in my mind that this will be one of the best shows of the fall!

Picks - TJ Gorton - F11 - Bassekou Kouyate

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As a huge fan of African music, I'm very excited to see Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba. Over the past few years, Kouyate has really started to make a name for himself and his music internationally. It will be great to finally witness and hear his culturally rich and intriguing blend of African music during this live performance.

Picks - TJ Gorton - F11 - McCoy Tyner

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From his work with John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, as well as his solo material, McCoy Tyner is easily one of my all-time favorite jazz pianists. With that being said, it will be an extra treat to see Tyner, on this particular performance, revisit the 1963 Impulse! album John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.

Picks - TJ Gorton - F11 - Wayne Shorter

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It's probably safe to say that Wayne Shorter is in a class of his own. With groundbreaking albums like Juju, Speak No Evil, Schizophrenia, Odyssey Of Iska, and many others to his name, Shorter is easily one of the greatest and most notable jazz artists. If you don't believe me, go listen to the entire Juju record.

Picks - TJ Gorton - F11 - Robert Glasper

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After listening to his 2009 album Double Booked, I've become a fan of Glasper's diverse style of playing. His ability to play both acoustic compositions and funked-out electric jams remind me a bit of seventies-era Herbie Hancock. Definitely a show not to be missed!

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