At an age where most folks are still figuring out what they want to be when they grow up, pianist Taylor Eigsti has beome one of the most accomplished figures in modern jazz, able to do everything from putting a shine on straigh-ahead jazz to pimping the Fender Rhodes. He also one heck of an accompanist, as the pianist will demonstrate when he gets a rare and welcome chance to be the center of the show in a Stanford Jazz Festival event 8 p.m. Wednesday at Dinkelspiel Auditorium.
Eigsti will perform with three dynamic and distinctive vocalists — Gretchen Parlato, Rebecca Martin and Becca Stevens — as well as jamming with top-shelf players such as guitarist Julian Lage and bassist Larry Grenadier. Tickets are $22 and $36.
Also worth noting on the Bat Area jazz scene this week:
- Saxophonist Joe Lovano, one of the most respected and dynamic figures in contemporary jazz, leads a high-powered octet that includes Grenadier and Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson. The Stanford Jazz Festival show starts 8 p.m. Monday at Dinkelspiel Auditorium. $22-$36
- Grupo Falso Baiano explores Brazilian choro tradition in an 8 p.m. Wednesday show at Yoshi’s Oakland. $16
- Piano trio The Bad Plus walk a line between jazz tradition and post-modern frolic in a Stanford Jazz Festival show 8 p.m. Tuesday at Dinkelspiel Auditorium. $22-$36
- Los Van Van — Cuba’s 14-piece piledriver of a party band — fill up the dance floor Yoshi’s Oakland with shows at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday. $40
- Dozens of A-list musicans — ranging from Gretchen Parlato to trumpeter Marcus Belgrave — find common ground in a faculty jam session as part of the Stanford Jazz Festival, 8 p.m. Friday at Dinkelspiel Auditorium. $24-$38
- Local institution The Turtle Island String Quartet has been blazing trails for decades by uniting classical, jazz and Americana voices. The group performs 7 p.m. Sunday at Yoshi’s San Francisco. $28
- Captivating singer Madeline Eastman has been slaying Bay Area audiences for years. She teams up with pianist George Cables and his trio to close out the Stanford Jazz Festival with an 8 p.m. Saturday show at Campbell Recital Hall. $22-$36
- Bay Area guitar phenomenon Terrence Brewer performs standards and Wes Montgomery favorites in an 11 a.m. Sunday show at Oakland’s Musically Minded Academy. $16-$18
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