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Live Jazz Listings Through March

Ehud Asherie, piano, Chuck Redd, vibes, Ken Peplowski, clarinet, Ben Kopf, bass, Steve Homan, guitar and Rick Lotter, drums perform in a tribute to Benny Goodman presented by CapRadio on January 19, 2018 at the Harris Center for the Arts.

 
Lots of great live jazz coming our way. Here's a partial list of events through March with links and notes (further-out dates will likely be added-to as venues add more events. We'll keep updating this list!).  If you have events to share, you can do so as a member of the CapRadio Music Facebook group.

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Date Performer or Event Venue Notes
12/13/2018 "Nutcracker In Jazz" Gallo Center Central West Ballet combine jazz, ballet and tap into creative show-stopping dance numbers. Tonight only: 7:30pm at the Gallo Center, Modesto.
12/13/2018 ARC Instrumental Jazz Ensembles American River College The ARC Studio Jazz Ensembles, directed by Dr. Dyne Eifertsen, will perform a tribute to the music of Miles Davis. The ARC Latin Jazz Ensemble will perform Afro-Cuban charts to cap the evening. 7:30pm. ARC Theatre, American River College, Sac.
12/13/2018 Kurt Elling Crest Theatre 7:30pm. Crest Theatre. 1013 K St, Sac
12/13/2018 Sac City College Jazz Band Sac City College SCC Jazz Band Concert. An evening of classic and contemporary jazz. FREE! 8:00pm. Sac City College Performing Arts Center, 3835 Freeport Blvd, Sac.
12/13/2018 Julie & the Jukes Shady Lady Blues - 9pm. 1409 R Street, Sacramento
12/14/2018 Jim Martinez Lincoln Hills Community Church, Lincoln "Christmas Time Is Here," Jim's annual Charlie Brown Christmas concerts. 4:00pm. Lincoln Hills Community Church, 950 East Joiner Parkway Lincoln, CA.
12/14/2018 Alex Jenkins Quartet
Shine Sacramento
Alex Jenkins Quartet with Charles Mullinaux opening with a solos Guitar set. 8-10:30pm. Shine Sacramento, 1400 E St, Sac.
12/14/2018 World Tour Beats Shady Lady Jazz/Rhythmic/Funk - 9pm. 1409 R Street, Sacramento
12/15/2018 Reno Jazz Orchestra Cargo Concert Hall, Reno "A World of Joy." Big band Christmas show. Details TBA on their website. 7:30pm. Cargo Concert Hall, Reno NV. (Also 12/16 same location 2pm; 12/20 Lake Tahoe area).
12/15/2018 Peter Petty Big Band and Friends Elks Tower Ballroom Sacramento bandleader Peter Petty brings back his syncopating big band Christmas present to his beloved home town: “Son of Hepcat’s Holla’Day! 4th Annual Swinging Yuletide Revue.” A rare opportunity to bring back the sophistication of a bygone era while in festive cocktail attire. Full bars, comfortable table seating and a large dance floor offer the nostalgia of Christmas past. Doors 7pm, Show 8pm. Elks Tower Ballroom, 921 11th St, Sac.
12/15/2018 Zach Teran Group and Tenor Explosion Shine Sacramento A night of awesome jazz to kick in the holiday season. Visiting from the bay area, the ZACH TERAN GROUP, bringing some hot jazz to the weekend scene. With local support from Levi Saelua and TENOR EXPLOSION. 8-11pm. Shine Sacramento, 1400 E St, Sac.
12/15/2018 Current Personae Shady Lady Jazz/Rhythmic/Funk - 9pm. 1409 R Street, Sacramento
12/16/2018 "Big Band Christmas" Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre "Big Band Christmas." Hits from the 1930s, '40s and '50s made famous by greats such as Big Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole and The Andrews Sisters. 17 musicians on stage playing the most popular music from the Big Band era and featuring vocalists The Satin Dollz. 2:00pm. Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, 1010 Ulatis Dr, Vacaville
12/16/2018 Boston Brass Mondavi "Christmas Bells Are Swinging!" Swinging seasonal chart-toppers made famous by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, more. 2pm. Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center, Davis
12/16/2018 Alex Jenkins Shady Lady Jazz - 9pm. 1409 R Street, Sacramento
12/16/2018 Reno Jazz Orchestra Cargo Concert Hall, Reno "A World of Joy." Big band Christmas show. Details TBA on their website. Today 2:00pm. Cargo Concert Hall, Reno NV. (Also 12/20 Lake Tahoe area).
12/18/2018 Manhattan Transfer Crest Theatre 7:30pm. Crest Theatre. 1013 K St, Sac
12/19/2018 "Big Band Christmas" Harris Center "Big Band Christmas." Hits from the 1930s, '40s and '50s made famous by greats such as Big Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole and The Andrews Sisters. 17 musicians on stage playing the most popular music from the Big Band era and featuring vocalists The Satin Dollz. 2:00pm & 7:00pm. Harris Center, Folsom.
12/19/2018 Jazz Jam Session Luna's Cafe Luna's Jazz Jam Session every 1st and & 3rd Wednesdays of the month. 8-10pm at Luna's, 1414 16th St, Sac.
12/20/2018 Harley White Jr Orchestra Shady Lady Big Band - 9pm. 1409 R Street, Sacramento
12/20/2018 Reno Jazz Orchestra Olympic Village Lodge, "A World of Joy." Big band Christmas show. Doors 6:30pm, show 7:00pm. Available upgrade includes 6pm pre-show reception with beverages, holiday hors d'ouvres and prime seating by the fire. Merry Wonderland (Olympic Village Lodge), 1901 Chamonix Place, Olympic Valley, CA
12/21/2018 Symphonia Phonotone Masonic Temple Ballroom, Sac Christmas Concert 2018. Comprised of some of the best musicians of Sacramento, Symphonia Phonotone plays in the style of the big dance orchestras of the 1920s and 1930s. Dance to our music and laugh to our vintage radio play that will be performed live. 7-10p. Masonic Temple Ballroom, 1123 J St, Sac
12/21/2018 Dave Koz Gallo Center Christmas Tour 2018. Joining Dave will be: Mindi Abair, pop/blues saxophonist/singer; South African guitarist/singer Jonathan Butler, and Japanese keyboard sensation Keiko Matsui. VIP package available. 7:30pm, Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto
12/22/2018 Jazz-Ination and August Shine Sacramento Bring in the holiday weekend with wonderful jazz for the whole family! The August family and their amazing jazz band AUGUST perform, with support from the great local jazz ensemble JAZZ-INATION. 2 full bands playing great jazz to make the holidays even more special! 8-11pm. Shine Sacramento, 1400 E St, Sac.
12/22/2018 Jim Martinez The Strum Shop, Roseville "Christmas Time Is Here," Jim's annual Charlie Brown Christmas concerts. 6:00pm. The Strum Shop, 209 Vernon St, Roseville, CA
12/23/2018 Jim Martinez Quartet CLARA Auditorium "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Pianist and Steinway Artist Jim Martinez, along with his jazz quartet, perform a festive jazz concert featuring songs from the 1965 Peanuts Christmas animated special composed by Vince Guaraldi, as well as other traditional holiday favorites. Doors 6:00pm, show 6:30pm at the CLARA Auditorium, 1425 24th St, Sac. Hosted by Midtown Vanguard Jazz Series at CLARA.
12/24/2018 Drumline Live Harris Center Bringing their energetic style of holiday joy, Drumline Live returns to combine Gospel, Jazz, Soul, Motown rhythms, and The Nutcracker Suite to the driving force of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band, over 30 talented musicians and dazzling vocalists employ energetic choreography, spectacular lighting, and beautiful holiday costumes to create a holiday extravaganza like no other. Today only, 4:00 & 8:00pm. Harris Center, Folsom.
12/28/2018 "Davis Jazz Night" Natsoulas Art Gallery, Davis Every last Friday of the month the local semi-pro community ensemble "The New Harmony Jazz Band" performs 7-9pm at the John Natsoulas Art Gallery. 521 1st St, Davis (downtown). FREE!
12/28/2018 Classic Jazz Messengers Shine Music of Art Blakey's bands, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter & other former members of the original Jazz Messengers. Band includes Joe Gilman, Darius Babazadeh, Kerry Kashiwagi, Mat Marucci, Al Bent, Chet Chwalik. Doors 7pm, music 8pm. Shine Sacramento, 14th & E Streets, Sac
1/13/2019 Branford Marsalis Harris Center The oldest son from the First Family of jazz, saxophonist Branford Marsalis returns with his jazz quartet, featuring pianist Joey Calderazzo; bassist Eric Revis; and drummer Justin Faulkner. 7:00pm at Harris Center, Folsom
1/13/2019 Paris Combo Harris Center France’s Paris Combo to create a unique, cosmopolitan sound, a fun-loving mix of swinging gypsy jazz, cabaret, French pop and Latino and Middle Eastern rhythms. 1:00pm at Harris Center, Folsom
1/13/2019 Django Shredders Besemer Concert Hall, Nevada City “The Life and Times of Django Reinhardt,” performed by Alex Ciavarelli and Rudy Marquez who bring exuberant energy coupled with virtuosity beyond their years to the tell the story of the legendary Belgian jazz guitarist. 7:30pm. Besemer Concert Hall, 11417 Red Dog Rd, Nevada City, CA
1/17/2019 "Blues Harmonica Blowout" Harris Center Mark Hummel’s 28th annual Blues Harmonica Blowout is a Southern Harp spectacular. Headlining is Grammy winner Bobby Rush who Rolling Stone Magazine named “King Of The Chitlin Circuit.” Also featuring Kenny Neal, James Harman and Johnny Sansone. 7:30pm at Harris Center, Folsom
1/19/2019 Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Sofia Smith and her band return to Sacramento. Classic American jazz, swing, blues and R&B from the mid-twentieth century. Lavay and her all-star 7-piece band bake up an instant recipe for dancing and good times. 7:00pm. Sofia: 2700 Capitol Ave, Sac.
1/25/2019 "Davis Jazz Night" Natsoulas Art Gallery, Davis Every last Friday of the month the local semi-pro community ensemble "The New Harmony Jazz Band" performs 7-9pm at the John Natsoulas Art Gallery. 521 1st St, Davis (downtown). FREE!
1/26/2019 Folsom Jazz Festival Folsom High School The 2019 Folsom Jazz Festival will be held on two campuses: Folsom High School and Rolling Hills Church in El Dorado Hills. Over 140 Middle School and High School jazz bands, vocal jazz choirs and jazz combos. The largest jazz competition in CA! 7am to 10pm. Click link for further details.
1/26/2019 Lara Downes & Theo Bleckmann Mondavi Center "In Our Time: Ellington, Bernstein and Weill." Pianist Lara Downes and vocalist Theo Bleckmann present a duo cabaret showcasing the music of Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington and Kurt Weill. 8:00pm, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center at UC Davis.
1/30/2019 André Mehmari Mondavi Pianist plays Brazilian music, classical and jazz. 7pm. Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center, Davis. Through 2/2.
1/31/2019 André Mehmari Mondavi Pianist plays Brazilian music, classical and jazz. 8pm. Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center, Davis. Through 2/2.
2/1/2019 André Mehmari Mondavi Pianist plays Brazilian music, classical and jazz. 8pm. Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center, Davis. Through 2/2.
2/2/2019 André Mehmari Mondavi Pianist plays Brazilian music, classical and jazz. 8pm. Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center, Davis. Final night.
2/6/2019 Ottmar Liebert The Sofia Born in Germany to a Chinese-German father and Hungarian mother, Liebert began playing guitar at 11, later traveled extensively through Europe and Asia intent on fully absorbing each musical tradition he encountered. In 1989, he settled in Santa Fe NM and founded his band Luna Negra and his signature "Nouveau Flamenco" style. Now his musical style is a mix of Spanish, Mexican and World elements, strong melodies tinged with a shade of melancholy, balanced with upbeat rhythms. 7pm. Sofia: 2700 Capitol Ave, Sac
2/9/2019 Reno Jazz Orchestra Nightingale Concert Hall, UNR Reno Jazz Orchestra presents "Jazz In The Schools." Details TBA. Nightingale Concert Hall at UNR, 1335 N Virginia St, Reno, NV
2/9/2019 Oakland Jazz Choir The Sofia Bringing innovative and unique vocal jazz to the Bay Area since 1992, the Oakland born and bred Oakland Jazz Choir are one of just a few community jazz choirs in the nation singing cool original, and standard jazz material in a distinctive choral jazz setting. 7pm. Sofia: 2700 Capitol Ave, Sac
2/10/2019 Reno Jazz Orchestra Nightingale Concert Hall, UNR Reno Jazz Orchestra presents "Jazz In The Schools." Details TBA. Nightingale Concert Hall at UNR, 1335 N Virginia St, Reno, NV
2/10/2019 Dave Bass Afro-Cuban Jazz Quintet CLARA Auditorium Dave Bass (Piano); (Jeff Sanford, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophones); Jeff Chambers (Contrabass); Carlos Caro (Conga, Bongo, Perc); Colin Douglas (Timbales, Drum kit). The Quintet will be playing their arrangements of classic Cuban tunes like La Comparsa, Siboney, La Mulata Rumbera, and Tres Palabras as well Dave’s originals in the Cuban style. 6:30pm at the CLARA Auditorium, 1425 24th St, Sac. Hosted by Midtown Vanguard Jazz Series.
2/11/2019 John Stowell Quartet Dante Club, Sac John is a unique jazz guitarist influenced as much by pianists and horn players as he is by guitarists. His original take on harmony, chords and improvisation sets him apart. John brings his quartet featuring Kerry Kashiwagi on bass, Jack Stanfill on drums and Jeff Alkire on sax. 7-9pm. Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sac
2/19/2019 International Guitar Night Harris Center Guitar luminaries from around the world who embody the diversity and virtuosity of the acoustic guitar. Host Luca Stricagnoli, Italy's explosive contemporary showman, is joined by two of France's acclaimed young prodigies, Swing guitarist Antoine Boyer and Flamenco guitarist Samuelito, and the ground-breaking Turkish fretless guitarist Cenk Erdogan. 7:30pm at Harris Center, Folsom
2/20/2019 Keiko Matsui Harris Center Japanese keyboardist and composer Keiko Matsui is an icon of contemporary jazz. Her elegant melodies and gentle grooves have also won her a diverse and adoring fan base of New Age and jazz fusion enthusiasts. 8:00pm at Harris Center, Folsom
2/22/2019 "Davis Jazz Night" Natsoulas Art Gallery, Davis Every last Friday of the month the local semi-pro community ensemble "The New Harmony Jazz Band" performs 7-9pm at the John Natsoulas Art Gallery. 521 1st St, Davis (downtown). FREE!
2/25/2019 Harley White Jr Trio Dante Club, Sac Known for fronting his popular 10 pc orchestra, Harley steps out with his trio presenting some latin and original works. With Dominic Garcia on percussion and Clark Goodloe on piano. 7-9pm. Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sac
2/27/2019 Veronica Swift & Benny Green Trio Mondavi Singing and scatting vocalist Veronica Swift with hard bop pianist Benny Green and his trio. Songs from the Great American Songbook, Tin Pan Alley and beyond. 7pm. Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center, Davis. Through 3/2.
2/28/2019 Veronica Swift & Benny Green Trio Mondavi See 2/27 for details. 8pm. Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center, Davis. (Also 3/1 & 3/2)
3/1/2019 Damien Seed + Mondavi "We Shall Overcome" featuring Damien Sneed; a Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals. Five singers + quartet of musicians bring together songs from Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone and Donny Hathaway, as well as traditional spirituals. 8pm Jackson Hall.
3/1/2019 Veronica Swift & Benny Green Trio Mondavi Singing and scatting vocalist Veronica Swift with hard bop pianist Benny Green and his trio. Songs from the Great American Songbook, Tin Pan Alley and beyond. 8pm. Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center, Davis.
3/1/2019 Hot Club of San Francisco The Sofia Celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France, the HCSF borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass, and guitars from the original Hot Club while breathing new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions and featuring the velvet vocals of Isabelle Fontaine and a swinging rhythm section, the group never fails to surprise and delight. 7pm. Sofia: 2700 Capitol Ave, Sac
3/2/2019 Veronica Swift & Benny Green Trio Mondavi See 3/1 for details. 8pm. Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center, Davis.
3/10/2019 Vijay Iyer & Matt Haimovitz Mondavi Vijay Iyer (piano) & Matt Haimovitz (cello). Music from Iyer’s catalogue, plus the music of Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, JS Bach, Ravi Shankar, Billy Strayhorn and others. 2pm & 7pm. Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center, Davis
3/11/2019 Libby York w/Joe Gilman Trio Dante Club, Sac “Traveling Light.” Accompanied by the Joe Gilman Trio, vocalist Libby York will swing along with Great American Songbook gems about traveling to favorite destinations, both terrestrial and celestial: Moonlight in Vermont, Rhode Island Is Famous for You, Paris Blues, Still On The Road, Midnight Sun, Stars Fell On Alabama, and more. 7-9pm. Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sac
3/12/2019 Jazz Combos of UC Davis Ann E. Pitzer Center @ UC Davis Jacám Manricks, director. 2-3:30pm. FREE! Recital Hall at Ann E. Pitzer Center @ UC Davis, 144 Hutchison Dr, Davis
3/13/2019 Concert Bands of UC Davis Mondavi Center The UC Davis Concert Band; Pete Nowlen, director. Campus Band; Joshua Garcia, director. 7-9pm. Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center, UC Davis
3/14/2019 Jazz Bands of UC Davis Ann E. Pitzer Center @ UC Davis Jazz Bands of UC Davis. Jacám Manricks, Director. 7-9pm. Recital Hall at Ann E. Pitzer Center @ UC Davis, 144 Hutchison Dr, Davis
3/29/2019 "Davis Jazz Night" Natsoulas Art Gallery, Davis Every last Friday of the month the local semi-pro community ensemble "The New Harmony Jazz Band" performs 7-9pm at the John Natsoulas Art Gallery. 521 1st St, Davis (downtown). FREE!
 
Another source for live jazz/blues listings is Capradio.org/Events
 
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