The Rrazz Room in San Francisco has launched its inaugural “Season of Giving,” which runs through December 30. Here’s the lowdown:
Patrons will be asked at the end of each performance to donate whatever they can, in the spirit of love. This year’s “Season of Giving” benefits the Bay Area nonprofit organization Bread & Roses. Founded in 1974 by singer-songwriter Mimi Fariña (sister of Joan Baez), Bread & Roses brings hope and healing through live music to isolated individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Every day, it brings the healing power of live music to children undergoing chemotherapy, teens battling substance abuse, families in homeless shelters, seniors needing the end of life transition and others living apart from friends and family while facing challenging times. During the past year, with the help of 1,500 volunteers, they uplifted 28,000 individuals being cared for in 120 Bay Area facilities by presenting more than 600 live performances.
Suffice it to say, the Rrazz Room will be busy through the month. The December lineup includes Maria Muldaur’s Christmas show (Wednesday), Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra (Dec. 9-11), Kim Nalley’s Gospel Christmas concert (Dec. 22-23) and the pairing of Nalley with sax great Houston Person (Dec. 27-30).
The Napa Valley Jazz Society has long made a priority to present top-flight jazz up there in wine country, with Silo’s in downtown Napa serving as the venue of choice. The organization has a particularly packed calendar this weekend and, as the following e-mail explains, they’re looking for the region’s jazz fans to turn out in support.
Have you noticed the recent improvements to our favorite little jazz club? And we are told more are on the way. With the guidance and support of Harry and the management of Sara and Keith, Silo’s has become the kind of small club in which many of us learned to love live jazz. There are a couple of reasons why Silo’s is the most frequent venue for presentations of the Napa Valley Jazz Society – audiences and artists love the place and Silo’s has supported the Society from day one. Let’s show our gratitude to Silo’s by supporting the shows of three very talented women on consecutive days.
Tonight: Anna Wilson
Saturday: Kellie Fuller
Sunday: Pamela Rose
Finally, if you don’t mind a bit of travel, let me recommend two must-see gigs next week in the Sacramento area.
First up, this Sunday brings Oakland-based saxophonist Anton Schwartz to JB’s Lounge, which is located inside the Red Lion Inn in Sacramento. He’s bringing with him some dynamite players: Dave Scott (trumpet), Joe Gilman (piano), Dan Feiszli (bass) and Greg Wyser-Pratte (drums).
Then there’s Tia Fuller, who will be in residence Wednesday through December 10 at University of California, Davis. She will perform two sets nightly beginning at 8 p.m. at the Mondavi Center for the Arts’ Vanderhoef Studio Theater.
I caught Christian McBride and his band in the same venue about a decade back and can attest that it is as intimate a setting for jazz as you will find on a major Northern California college campus. Seeing as how Fuller’s no slouch either, it should make for a great four-night stand. Tickets run $19-$38.
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