An ever-changing cast of jazz luminaries makes up the SFJAZZ Collective, who this week pay tribute to the late saxophonist Joe Henderson. Henderson himself had a great affair with San Francisco in general and SFJAZZ in particular (the small room at the SF JAZZ Center is designated as the 'Joe Henderson Lab'), and his landmark album Page One remains a Blue Note classic. Joining David Sánchez in the tenor saxophone role are such players as Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone and other great players from the collective. Expect Henderson compositions alongside collective originals in this unique run.
Presenting their Salon Series programs around the Bay Area, the Cypress String Quartet will perform Beethoven: Op.18 No.2, Beethoven: Op.95 ‘Serioso’, and Arnold Schoenberg's Transfigured Night, with the SF Symphony's Jonathan Vinocour on viola and Jean-Michel Fonteneau on cello.
In the Bay Area, there are far too many Day of the Dead celebrations to conceivably count. But for 20 years, one of the hands-down best has been in Oakland. On Sunday, the Oakland Museum of California celebrates the 20th anniversary of the celebration with live music, face painting, chalk art, local arts and crafts and, of course, a plethora of food. If you’ve been waiting for the perfect day to visit the museum’s current exhibition Songs and Sorrows: Días…
Cuban piano star Roberto Fonseca has been thrilling audiences since his debut at age 15. Now, 10 years later, after touring the globe with Ibrahim Ferrer and the Buena Vista Social Club, and having released a number of well-received records, he returns to SFJAZZ's Miner Auditorium for a super-charged appearance with his own trio.
Supporting her brand new album, Lonely in a Crowded Room, Pegi Young kicks off her tour in the Bay Area with a set at San Francisco's The Chapel.
Bottom of the Hill hosts a show to celebrate the recently released album by local duo Paul Myers & John Moreman (full disclosure: Moreman had the foresight to marry Do List producer Suzie Racho). The straight-up power-pop Inner Sunset was produced by the Allen Clapp of The Orange Peels (also appearing).
It's not uncommon for local bands to "dress up" on Halloween as other, more famous bands, but this year's Total Trash Halloween Bash promises a very large tongue in the proverbial cheek. Shannon and the Clams appear as "Metallica"; Yogurt Brain as "Smashing Pumpkins"; Pookie and the Poodles as "The Donnas" and more. Hosted by Hunx (pictured) as "Gayracula," the two-night shindig takes place in two venues in the East Bay: Leo's Music Club (Oct. 31) and Eli's Mile High Club (Nov. 1, with headliners the Phantom Surfers).
You couldn’t pick a better date than Oct. 31 to attend a reading by William Gibson, because in the modern world, the horror which he imagines is entirely possible. The celebrated author of such work as Neuromancer and the Wired feature Disneyland With the Death Penalty has a new book out, The Peripheral, his first in four years.