By Don Heckman
– Mar. 27. (Tues.) Keith Jarrett Solo. It’s improvisation at its most illuminating whenever Jarrett takes one of his remarkable excursions into the world of total creative spontaneity. Disney Hall. (323) 850-2000. There will also be two additional solo dates as part of this Spring tour. The first is Sunday, April 1, at U.C. Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. The second is Wed., April 4 at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center.
– Mar. 27. (Tues.) SFJAZZ Collective plays the music of Stevie Wonder. The all-star SFJAZZ Collective finds the elusive links between jazz and the the unique Wonder catalog. Valley Performing Arts Center. (818) 677-3000.
– Mar. 29. (Thurs.) Slumgum with the Bob Sheppard Trio. Cutting edge group Slumgum roves freely across territory reaching from jazz and classical to world music and wide open improvisation. They share a stage with the equally adventurous saxophonist Sheppard. Curve Line Space. (323) 478-9874. www.slumgum.com
– Mar. 29. (Thurs.) Larkin McLean. She’s a singer/songwriter with a style, an imagination and a wicked sense of humor. Click HERE to check out an iRoM review of McLean’s new CD, If You’re A Wild Girl, Say Aye. Genghis Cohen (323) 653-0640.
– Mar. 29. (Thurs.) Ute Lemper and the Vogler Quartet with Stefan Malzew. Cabaret, reaching from the decadence of Weimar to the brand new decadence of century 21, is alive and well in the musically adept persona of the gorgeous Lemper. A UCLA Live Event. Royce Hall. (310) 825-2102.
– Mar. 29 & 30 (Thurs. & Fri.) Carmen Lundy, Versatile Carmen Lundy is that rarity – an engaging jazz singer who also writes songs that often are as memorable as the standards she sings. She celebrates release of her new CD, Changes. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905
– Mar. 29 – 31. (Thurs. – Sat.) Robben Ford. His roots are firmly embedded in the blues, but guitarist Ford has also firmly established his versatility, moving comfortably across the various jazz fusion areas. Catalina Bar & Grill. (323) 466-2210.
– Mar. 30. (Fri.) Don Menza Quartet. Saxophonist Menza is in the top echelon of everyone’s first-call list. But it’s great to hear him up front and personal, on his own, as he will be here, backed by pianist Ed Czach, bassist Pat Senatore and drummer Kendall Kay. Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. (310) 474-9400.
– Mar. 31. (Fri.) Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble. With the Calder String Quartet. He’s one of the most creatively eclectic artists in the contemporary jazz world. And Childs is especially fascinating when he displays his far-reaching compositions for his Chamber Jazz Ensemble and string quartet. Vitello’s. (818) 769-0905.
– Mar. 30. (Fri.) National Children’s Chorus “Journey of Song,” The talented young voices of the National Childrens’ Chorus take on a combination of old and brand new classical works, reaching over five time periods and two world premieres. The Broad Stage. (310) 434-3200.
– Mar. 31. (Fri.) Chano Dominguez. Spanish pianist Dominguez plays a fascinating blend of jazz and flamenco via selections from his new album, Flamenco Sketches. He’s backed by Omer Avital, bass, Blas Cordoba, vocals and percussion and Dafnis Prieto, drums. Zipper Hall. A Jazz Bakery Movable Feast. (310) 271-9039
– March 31 & April 1. (Sat. & Sun.) The Los Angeles Master Chorale performs J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion. The LAMC is joined by the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra in a performance designed to replicate Bach’s original conception. Disney Hall. (323) 850-2000.
– Mar. 29 – April 1. (Thurs. – Sun.) Hiromi and the Trio Project. After spending some time with Stanley Clarke, keyboardist is back on her own, showcasing her fabulous technique and free-flowing imagination, backed by bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips. Jazz Alley. (206) 441-9729.
– Mar. 31 – April 1. (Sat. & Sun,) Patrice Rushen & Friends. Expect a little bit of every kind of jazz from keyboardist Rushen and her friends, who navigate every area of the art with ease. Ndugu Chancler, Doc Powell, Everette Harp, Freddie Washington. Yoshi’s San Francisco. (415) 655-5600.
– Mar. 27 – April 1. (Tues. – Sun.) Enrico Pieranunzi Trio. Veteran Italian jazz pianist Pieranunzi – who has played with everyone from Chet Baker to Charlie Haden (among dozens of others) — offers selections from his new CD, Permutation, with Scott Colley, bass, Antonio Sanchez, drums. The Village Vanguard. (212) 255-4037.
Mar. 31. (Sat.) Andrea Wolper Trio. Still not as well known as she should be Wolper is a singer who brings songs to life, whatever their source, working in a milieu that begins with jazz and reaches out to embrace an expressive area that is uniquely her own. With long time partners Michael Howell, guitar and Ken Filiano, bass. 55 Bar. (212) 929-9883.
– April 1. (Sun.) Sara Serpa. Vocalist/composer Serpa has been described by pianist Ran Blake as “the magical voice” for a style that is opening new areas in jazz vocal improvisation. The Cornelia St. Cafe. (212) 989-9319.
– April 1. (Sun.) The New York City Chamber Orchestra and Festival Choruses. The forces of two superb ensembles combine for an Easter week performance of the Mozart Requiem. Carnegie Hall. (212) 247-7800.