Picks of the Week: May 5 – 10

By Don Heckman

Los Angeles

– May 6. (Wed.) Seal with Peter Cincotti. Singer, songwriter and international celebrity Seal headlines a bill that also includes young jazz/cabaret artist Cincotti. The Nokia Theatre (213) 763-6030. www.nokiatheatrelalive.com.

– May 6. (Wed.) The John Beasley and Pat Senatore Duo. Beasley’s adventurous excursions combine with Senatore’s solid time and energetic drive in an irresistible piano/bass dialog. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400. www.vibratogrilljazz.com.

Randy Brecker

– May 6 – 9. (Wed. – Sat.) The Randy Brecker Quintet (w. Bob Sheppard, Patrice Rushen, Hamilton Price and Gerry Gibbs). Brecker’s trumpet playing for all seasons is supported by Sheppard’s equally versatile saxophone work and a propulsive rhythm team. The Jazz Bakery. (310) 271-9039. www.jazzbakery.com.

– May 7. (Thurs.) Sing Sing. An unusual concert of rarely heared, indigenous music from the Pacific Islands. UCLA Royce Hall (310) 825-2101. www.uclalive.com.

– May 7 – 10. (Thurs. – Sun.) Rachelle Ferrell. With a four octave range and a capacity to step easily across genres, Ferrell’s performances are always filled with unexpected delights. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210. www.catalinajazzclub.co

The Mingus Big Band, photo by Yuka Yamaji

– May 8. (Fri.) Mingus Big Band. The Mingus legacy is not only preserved, its expanded into the present and the future by this fine ensemble. Cerritos Center. (562) 467-8818. www.cerritoscenter.com.

– May 8. (Fri.) Playboy Jazz Festival Community Concert by the Los Angeles Multi-School Jazz Band. Listen to these kids and know that the future of jazz is in good hands. At the Bradley Senior Center, 10957 S, Central Ave., Los Angles. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Free admission.  (310) 450-1173. www.playboyjazzfestival.com.

– May 8. (Fri.) Tribute to Charles Mingus, Son of Watts. With James Newton, Bennie Maupin, Nolan Shaheed, Steve Cotter Robert Miranda. Buddy Collette reminisces about his association with Mingus, with Bubba Jackson serving as emcee.. The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. (323) 964-9768. www.nhpac.com.

San Francisco

Keiko Matsui

– May 8 – 10. (Fri. – Sun.) Keiko Matsui. Smooth jazz queen Matsui is still at the top of her form. Yoshi’s San Francisco. (415) 655-5600. www.yoshis.com.

– May 8 – 10. (Fri. – Sun.) Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blow Out. With John Hammond, Norton Buffalo, Sugar Ray Norcia and others. Enough harmonica sounds to last for at least a few weeks. Yoshi’s Oakland. (510) 238-9200. www.yoshis.com

– May 9. (Sat.) Ceu. Singer Ceu brings a jazz sensibility to Brazil’s contemporary pop rock styles. SFJAZZ. The Herbst Theater. (866) 920-5399. www.sfjazz.org.

– May 10. (Sun.) Michael Feinstein. “The Sinatra Project.” SFJAZZ. Davies Symphony Hall. (866) 920-5399. www.sfjazz.org.

New York City

– May 5 – 9. (Tues. – Sat.) James Carter with John Medeski, Adam Rogers, Christian McBride and Joey Baron. A firecracker combination guaranteed to create some jazz pyrotechnics. The Blue Note. (212) 475-8592. www.bluenote.net.

– May 5 – 9. (Tues. – Sat.) David Murray. Veteran saxophone eclectic in action, alweays at the cutting edge. Birdland. (212) 581-3080. www.birdlandjazz.com.

Branford Marsalis

– May 5 – 10. (Tues. – Sat. The Branford Marsalis Quartet. With Joey Calderazzo, Eric Revis and Justin Faulkner. More world class jazz saxophone in a New York week filled with busy reeds. The Jazz Standard. (212) 576-2232. www.jazzstandard.net.

– May 7. (Thurs.) Jonathan Batiste and the Imani Winds perform world premiere of Jason Moran’s “Cane.’ Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center. (212) 501-3330. http://kaufman-center.org/merkin-concert-hall.

– May 7. (Thurs.) Shaynee Rainbolt sings the songs of Russ Garcia with the Four Trombone band. The Metropolitan Room. (212) 206-0440. www.metropolitanroom.com.


May 10. Bill Kirchner’s “Jazz From the Archives.” A show dedicated to the work of musician/author Richard Sudhalter. WBGO-FM (88.3). Or on the Internet at www.wbgo.org.



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