Picks of the Week: Jan. 12 – 18

Los Angeles

– Jan. 13. (Tues.) Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Jazz Sextet. The title says it all: Alegria and his players showcase a rhythmically vital Latin jazz that takes a path that is different, but no less compelling, than the more familiar accents of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music. The Jazz Bakery  (310) 271-9039.  www.jazzbakery.com

– Jan. 15 (Thurs.) and 17 (Sat.)  The Alan Parsons Live Project. Parsons, the veteran producer, musican, engineer and hit maker (with the original Alan Parsons Project) performs in a new context, without former partner Eric Woolfson.  On Thurs. at The Grove of Anaheim. (714) 712-2700. http://www.thegroveofanaheim.com; on Sat. at The House of Blues (Hollywood)  .


– Jan. 15 – 17. (Thurs. – Sat.) Pianist Eldar Djangirov, once a child prodigy, now a mature and gifted jazz pianist.  With his trio. The Jazz Bakery  (310) 271-9039.  www.jazzbakery.com

– Jan. 15 – 18. (Thurs. – Sun.)  Cutting edge alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett keeps stretching the improvisational envelope.  With his quartet.  Catalina Bar & Grill.  (323) 466-2210.  www.catalinajazzclub.com

Jessica Molaskey and John Pizzarelli

– Jan. 15 – 18. (Thurs. – Sun.)  John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molasky.  The jazz world’s most entertaining vocal couple cross easily from jazz to cabaret to Broadway.  Samueli Theatre, Orange County Performing Arts Center..(714) 556-ARTS. www.ocpac.org.

– Jan. 16. (Fri.) Fretwork.  Described as “the finest viol consort on the planet,” Fretwork performs a program celebrating the 350th birthday anniversary of Henry Purcell.  Soprano Clare Wilkinson joins the tribute, mostly dedicated to songs, operatic selections and fantasias.  In the sumptuous setting of the Los Angeles City Hall Council Chambers.  The Da Camera Society.  Chamber Music in Historic Places. 213.477.2929.  http://www.dacamera.org.

– Jan. 16. (Fri.)  Interpreti Veneziani.  The chamber ensemble from Venice creates atmospheric settings of music from the Baroque era.  Included in the program – selections from Vivaldi, Geminiani, Corelli and De Falla.  The Cerritos Center.  (562) 467-8818  www.cerritoscenter.com

Justo Almario

– Jan. 16 & 17.  Jazz saxophone weekends at Charlie O’s continues with Justo Almario (Fri)  Don Menza (Sat.), with the John Heard Trio.   Charlie O’s.  (818) 994-30 58.  www.charlieos.com

– Jan. 16 & 17. (Fri. ( Sat.)  Joey DeFrancesco keeps the jazz organ tradition alive and cooking.  Steamers.  (714) 871-8800  www.steamersjazzcafe.com.

– Jan. 17 & 18. . (Sat. & Sun.)  Andy Statman.  A master of both the mandolin and the clarinet, Statman finds common ground between klezmer, jazz and bluegrass.. The Getty. Williams Auditorium.  (310) 440-7300  http://www.getty.edu.

San Diego

Marilyn Crispell

– Jan. 17. (Sat.)  Marilyn Crispell. Exploratory pianist Crispell reaches deeply into boundary-less areas of improvisation. Atheneum Music and Arts Library. (858) 454-5872 www.ljathenaeum.org.  Also at the Jazz Bakery in Los ‘Angeles on Jan. 18.  The Jazz Bakery  (310) 271-9039.  www.jazzbakery.com

San Francisco

– Jan. 13  – 14. (TK)  John Abercrombie Organ Quartet. Straight ahead, down home and swinging.  With organist Gary Versace, tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi and drummer Adam Nussbaum.  Oakland. . (510) 238-9200.  www.yoshis.com

– Jan. 14. (Wed.)  Les Yeux Noir. The dynamic, violin playing brothers Eric and Olivier Slabiak, leading a sextet – named after “The Black Eyes,” a gypsy tune favored by Django Reinhardt – that finds the common ground between gypsy, klexmer and jazz.  Yoshi’s Yoshi’s San Francisco.  (415) 655-5600.  www.yoshis.com

Jeremy Pelt

– Jan. 15. (Thurs.)  Jeremy Pelt. Down Beat’s Rising Jazz Trumpet Star for five years in a row.  Think Freddie Hubbard with traces of Lee Morgan, filtered through Pelt’s own far-ranging musical imagination. Yoshi’s Oakland. . (510) 238-9200.  www.yoshis.com

– Jan. 15 – 18. (Thurs. – Sun.)  Ramsey Lewis. He’s won three Grammys, has seven gold records, four honorary doctorates and was recently named an NEA Jazz Master.  But Lewis is still at his best when he’s digging into the grooves of such hits as “The In Crowd” and “Hang On, Sloopy.” Yoshi’s San Francisco.  (415) 655-5600.  www.yoshis.com

– Jan. 17 – 18. (Sat. & Sun.)  James Moody.  No one swings, sings and brings as much joy to jazz as Moody does.  Yoshi’s Oakland. . (510) 238-9200.  www.yoshis.com

New York City

– Jan. 12. (Mon.)  Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band.  Featuring Slide Hampton (trombone), Jimmy Heath (tenor saxophone), Roy Hargrove (trumpet), Claudio Roditi (trumpet), Antonio Hart (alto saxophone, flute), Steve Davis (trombone), Roberta Gambarini (vocals), Cyrus Chestnut (piano), John Lee (bass), Willie Jones III (drums),  The Blue Note.  (212) 475-8592. http://www.bluenote.net/newyork/index.shtml.

Jeff and John Clayton

– Jan. 13 – 18. (Tues. – Sun.)  The Clayton Brothers Quintet. Bassist John and alto saxophonist Jeff make a convincing jazz case for sibling revelry.  Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. (212) 258-9595.  www.jalc.org/dccc

– Jan. 13 – 18. (Tues. – Sun.)  Delfeayo Marsalis’ “A Tribute to Elvin Jones.”  Trombonist Marsalis recalls the influence of the innovative drummer.  The Blue Note.  (212) 475-8592. http://www.bluenote.net/newyork/index.shtml.

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