Groovin’ Around The Bay – May 20, 2011

My Picks for the Weekend:

Sonoma Valley Jazz Society Presents SF Jazz Giants – Friday @ 8pm (Frank Jackson, Larry Vuckovich, and Al Obidinskl)
Ranzel Merritt Quartet on Friday at 8pm and Stephanie Crawford on Saturday at 8pm at 57th Street Art Gallery in Oakland
John Santos Sextet – Birdland Jazzista Social Club – Friday @ 11pm and the Brian Ho Trio f/t guitarist Calvin Keyes on Saturday @ 9:30pm
Malcolm X JazzArts Festival – San Antonio Park Oakland – Saturday 11am – 7pm
Valerie Troutt Soul & R&B Quartet – Disco Volante – Saturday @ 9pm
4 Generations of Miles Featuring Mike Stern, Sonny Fortune, Buster Williams & Jimmy Cobb – Yoshi’s Oakland – Thru Sunday
Ambrose Akinmusire – SFJAZZ – YBCA Forum – Sunday

Other Notables:

Poncho Sanchez – Yoshi’s SF thru Sunday
Family Day @ Museum of the African Diaspora – Saturday
Sonoma Jazz + Festival – Thru Sunday – Hiromi on the Main Stage. Be sure to check out the Wine and Jazz events in Downtown Somona featuring live jazz and blues during the day.
Sugar Pie DeSanto – Yoshi’s SF – May 24 @ 8pm
Joe Warner Quartet – Kaleidoscope – Mission District SF – May 25 @ 8:30pm

If I forget something, forgive me!!! Enjoy your weekend!!!

Photo of Ambrose Akinmusire at the Malcolm X JazzArts Festival 2008 by James Knox

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