5 Bay Area Fall Jazz Events That Need To Be On Your Radar – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Here’s a look at some of the best jazz events happening in and around the Bay Area:

Monterey Jazz Festival

You never have to wonder what the best jazz event will be in Northern California – or, really, anywhere on the West Coast – each fall season. That’s because it’s still Monterey Jazz.

This year’s festival runs September 27-29 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds and features another superb lineup, including Diana Krall, Christian McBride, Kenny Barron, Dave Holland, Pamela Rose, Terrence Brewer, Allison Miller, Eliane Elias and Snarky Puppy.

Details: full weekend passes are $50-$435, single-day tickets are $20-$174, www.montereyjazzfestival.org


Legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal kicks off the SFJazz Center’s 2019-2020 season, presenting four highly anticipated shows (September 5-8) in downtown San Francisco. The season’s lineup also includes such fabulous artists as Veronica Swift (September 5-8), Lizz Wright (September 12), Tierney Sutton and Ann Hampton Callaway (September 15), the Christian McBride Big Band (September 29), Chucho Valdes: Jazz Bata Quartet (Oct. 3-6), Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain (Oct. 12-13), Brad Mehldau and Ian Bostridge (Oct. 15), Larry Grenadier (Oct. 25) and Vijay Iyer Threesome (October 26).

Details: www.sfjazz.org

Diana Krall

The incredibly popular and talented singer-pianist has several dates in Northern California. His current tour stops Sept. 21 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, Sept. 22 at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Sept. 26 at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, and, as mentioned above, Sept. 27 at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Details: www.dianakrall.com

Billy Cobham Crosswinds Project

Cobham, one of the greatest drummers in the history of jazz fusion, celebrates his 75th birthday on this tour, which will take place for two shows in one night (October 10) at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. Trumpeter sensation Randy Brecker joins Cobham on stage.

Details: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; $36.75-$52.50, www.kuumbwajazz.org

Madeleine Peyroux

If you’ve never seen this amazing singer-pianist live, well, it’s time to put that right and catch Peyroux at her four-night stand, Oct. 3-6, at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. .

Details: 8pm Oct 3-4, 7pm Oct 6; $45 to $60, www.thefreight.org

Willie J. Johnson