Welcome to First Set, a rundown of the best live jazz to be heard this weekend across the region.
Robert Glasper Trio: Pianist Glasper is among the most innovative artists in jazz today, winning critical praise and a wide audience for the way he infuses R&B and hip-hop into his sound. Joined byDerrick Hodge (bass) and Chris “Daddy” Dave (drums), Glasper kicks off a busy SFJAZZ weekend. 7:30 p.m. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco. $20-$35.
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: The pride of Tulsa’s jazz scene, JFJO is on the road these days in support of “The Race Riot Suite,” which this week topped the CMJ jazz chart. The disc chronicles a Memorial Day 1921 encounter between a young black shoe shiner named Dick Rowland and a white elevator operator named Sarah Page. 8p.m., Beatnick Studios, 2421 17th St., Sacramento; also 8 p.m. Friday, Hopmonk, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastapol; 10 p.m. Saturday, Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore, San Francisco.
Earl Klugh: An acknowledged acoustic guitar master, Klugh will delight audiences as ever with a sound that blends jazz with pop, Latin and Caribbean influences. 8 and 10 p.m; also 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore, San Francisco. $25-$35.
James Carter Organ Trio: Expect a rollicking good time when the combination of Carter (saxophone), Leonard Clyde King Jr. (drums) and Gerard Gibbs (Hammond B3) hits the stage. The trio is touring to support its fine new album, “At the Crossroads.” 8 and 10 p.m.; also 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Yoshi’s, Jack London Square, Oakland. $5-$22.
Esperanza Spalding: Last year’s Best New Artist Grammy winner (and how good did it feel to see a jazz performer take home that honor?) has earned raves for her latest album, “Chamber Music Society.” Presented by SFJAZZ, Spalding takes the East Bay stage withSara Caswell (violin), Lois Martin (viola), Jody Redhage (cello), Leo Genovese (piano), Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) and Leala Cyr (backing vocals). 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. $20-$65.
Manhattan Transfer: You’ll want to dress warmly for this event, as the veteran vocal quartet headlines an outdoor benefit for Berkeley’s Jazzschool. 7 p.m. Coventry Grove, Kesnington. $175.
Eldar Djangirov: At 24, this pianist has aged out of child prodigy status. Next stop: Mature (and impressive) artist. He’s solo this weekend under the aegis of SFJAZZ. 2 p.m. Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. $30-$50.
And pencil this in….
Mingus Amungus: Wed., Yoshi’s, San Francisco
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