Welcome to First Set, a rundown of the best live jazz to be heard this weekend across the region, as well as a look at the week ahead.
Django Reinhardt at 100: With Friday marking the Gypsy jazz legend’s centennial, Yoshi’s is throwing a weekend party featuring French guitarist Dorado Schmitt and the very American bluegrass ace David Grisman. Click here for more information. 8 and 10 p.m.; also 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Yoshi’s, Jack London Square, Oakland. $5-$30.
Kenny Garrett Quartet: The Detroit-born post-bop saxophonist has led one of the most storied careers in jazz, most notably in his work with Miles Davis, Art Blakey and Freddie Hubbard. Last seen in Northern California as part of the superstar Five Peace Band, Garrett settles in for a weekend run with his own group. 8 p.m.; also 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco. $18-$22.
Beep!: This piano trio takes significant pride in expanding the format’s frontiers … much to its audience’s pleasure. The group – Michael Coleman (piano), Nate Brenner (bass) and Sam Ospovat (drums) – opens a two-Friday run at one of my favorite East Bay watering holes. Click here to read a Q&A with Coleman. 8 p.m. Jupiter Brewing, 2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.
Brad Mehldau: San Francisco Performances presents the acclaimed jazz pianist in a solo performance. For those who prefer this artist in an ensemble setting, be aware that the Mehldau trio is scheduled to perform in April at Yoshi’s in Oakland. 8 p.m. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. $29-$37.
And pencil these in…
Hristo Vitchev: Mon., Yoshi’s, Oakland
Jazz Mafia Brass Band: Mon., Coda, San Francisco
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