Reason number 1,743 why I love the Bay Area would be the sheer volume of great music we have access to here. Spring has sprung, and with it come the spring season of SF Jazz. This year, there is a veritable cornucopia of musical plenty, certainly more than my wallet will allow. It all began last night. We spent a soul rewarding evening bathing ourselves in the most deliciously thick, bumpin’ and bubbly funk I have heard in a loooong time. It was Will Bernard and his band, composed of keyboard madman John Medeski, drum god Stanton Moore, and bassist Andy Hess. The show was at the Great American Music Hall, a true SF musical landmark. But this is just the beginning…
Dipping back to our old days, we are embarking on a 3-shows-in-3-nights weekend of musical bliss. Tonight, we see the Five Peace Band as part of Cal Performances. This band is a “super group” in the truest sense of the word. Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, and Vinnie Colaiuta!!!!! Whoa.
Then tomorrow, on to the place that is my idea of heaven – Yoshi’s (sushi and jazz, come on!) for the man who continually takes the banjo where none have gone before, Bela Fleck, and Toumani Diabate, an extraordinarily gifted Mali kora harp player.
Wait, listen…Ahhhh… that was my soul sighing. I love music!