Any short list of the greatest living jazz vocalists today would have to include the amazing Dee Dee Bridgewater, a whirlwind of energy who combines an ecclectic ear for inspiration with a well-anchored respect for jazz tradition and a set of pipes that can rattle any bones. Heck of scat singer, too.
Recent albums have had her exploring African roots, flirting with French chanson and honoring the great Ella Fitzgerald. As with so many vocalists, however, her muse ultimately distills down to Billie Holiday, who is the focus of Bridgewater’s latest album and a weekend set of shows at Yoshi’s San Fracisco. Catch her at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 5 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $30, with kid discounts for the Sunday matinee.
Also worth noting on the Bay Area jazz scene this week:
- Ecclectic and innovative guitarist Charlie Hunter teams up with longtime cohort Scott Amendola on drums for a duo show as part of the Stanford Jazz Festival, 7:30 p.m. Monday at Campbell Recital Hall. $18-$28
- There’s nothing in jazz quite like the voice of Jimmy Scott, a quivering, full-power contralto that’s a valuable side effect of a rare glandular condition.Still knocking ’em down in his 80s, Scott performs with his Jazz Expressions at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Yoshi’s Oakland. $20
- Pianist Jeb Patton performs with his trio, anchored by legendary drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath, for a Stanford Jazz Festival show 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Campbell Recital Hall. $18-$28
- Veteran pianist and Bay Area native Michael Wolff performs with his trio 8 p.m. Thursday at Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. $15
- Scintillating singer Pamela Rose pays tribute to influences ranging from Alberat Hunter to Peggy Lee in “Wild Women of Song,” a Stanford Jazz Festival show that starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dinkelspiel Auditorium. $18-$28
- Emerging vocalists Kyra Gordon and Jeannine Bonstelle perform works by David “Fathead” Newman, Horace Silver and other not-so-obvious sources 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Berkeley’s Jazzschool. $15
- Flautist/percussionist John Calloway, a longtime cohort of the iconic John Santos, assembles his rocking Latin Collective for a Stanford Jazz Festival show 8 p.m. Saturday at Campbell Recital Hall. $20-$32
- Golden-toned vocalist Ed Reed works his own kind of magic with the standards in a Yoshi’s Oakland show at 8 p.m. Aug. 25. $14
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