Welcome to First Set, a rundown of the best jazz to be heard across the region this weekend.
Wally Schnalle: The veteran Bay Area drummer-band leader headlines this month’s SFJAZZ Hotplate concert with a performance showcasing the work of fusion pioneer Billy Cobham. With Jeff Massanari (guitar), Murray Low (keyboards), Charles McNeal (saxophone), Jason Muscat (bass) and special guest Mads Tolling (violin). The evening opens with SFJAZZ Education Director Rebeca Mauleón’s Front Burner discussion of Cobham’s life and times. 8 p.m. Amnesia, 853 Valencia St., San Francisco. $5.
Cindy Bradley: The 2012 Broadway Plaza Summer Jazz Series gets under way with a performance from this Buffalo-raised, New York City-based smooth jazz trumpeter-composer. With Jay Gore (guitar), Dan Cipriano (saxophone), Gail Johnson (keyboards), Ernie Donadelle (bass) and Hector Lopez (drums). 6:30 p.m. 1275 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek.
Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Trio: The NEA Jazz Master long ago established himself as one of the genre’s true pioneers, an artist who recognizes no creative boundaries. With Alex Blake (bass) and Niel Clarke (African percussion). 8 and 10 p.m..; also 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Yoshi’s, Jack London Square, Oakland. $20-$25.
Booker T. Jones: This keyboardist-composer-band leader’s place in history was assured that moment, now nearly a half-century ago, he cut “Green Onions” at the Stax studio in Memphis. Jones has gone on to work with a pantheon of rock, soul and blues stars and, I can report, is a graduate of the finest institution of higher learning yet conceived by the human mind, Indiana University. 8 and 10 p.m. Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore, San Francisco. $20-$30.
Roy Haynes and Fountain of Youth Band: If you missed the ageless Haynes last month at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Festival offers another chance to catch the NEA Jazz Master and his energetic band in action. With Jaleel Shaw (saxophone), Martin Bejarano (piano) and John Sullivan (bass). 8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University. $15-$42.
Atomic Rogers: Bay Area mainstay George Ben-Weiss fronts this ensemble, a jazz outfit distinctly influenced by electronica, lounge and rock. 8 p.m. Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave.,
Super Jazz Jam: Greg Reginato is the mainstay of this East Bay session. In the first set, the guitarist leads a group featuring Joe Kaline (saxophone), Jon Herbst (keyboards), Eric Wilson (bass) and Andy Dillard (drums) through the music of Epicenter. For the second, Reginato and Herbst will be joined by Guido Fazio (saxophone), Steve Webber (bass) and T Moran (drums) for a set featuring tunes by Herbie Hancock, Wes Montgomery and George Benson. 7:30 p.m. Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez. $5.
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: Wallace and his cohorts serve up an evening of Latin rhythms. With Murray Low (piano), Michael Spiro (percussion), Dave Belove (bass) and Colin Douglas (drums). 8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University. $15-$42.
Tony Monaco Trio: Bust out the B-3 as Monaco and his men present organ-trio jazz at its finest, courtesy of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. With Reggie Jackson (drums) and Derek Dicenzo (guitar). 4:30 p.m. Douglas Beach House, Half Moon Bay. $35.
And pencil these in…
John Mayall: Tues., Yoshi’s, Oakland
Billy Buss Quartet: Wed., Jupiter, Berkeley
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