Strap on those party hats and limber up your drinking hand — there’s some serious partying to be done soon.
Bay Area jazz lovers have a wealth of high-octane gigs to chose from for ringing in 2013. And if you can’t handle the noise, booziness or prices of New Year’s Eve, most of them are warming up over the weekend:
- Sax giant Maceo Parker established his reputation backing James Brown during his heyday and went on to build a solo career that combines the hip-shakingest aspects of funk, soul and jazz. He swings into Yoshi’s San Francisco for shows at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday and 8 and 10 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $25-$35 for the weekend dates, $50 for the early show New Year’s Eve and $100 for the late set.
- The most powerful force of nature to hit New Orleans since Katrina, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has has taken a solid base in Big Easy jazz and spiced it with a jolt of funk and hip-hop attitude to create something that will move all but the most concrete of butts. He checks into the Fillmore with his Orleans Avenue band for shows at 9 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Tickets are $35 on the weekend, $75 New Year’s Eve.
- Bewitching Bay Area singer Kim Nalley, who can still wring magic from the standards, teams up with her limber trio to ring out the last few nights of the Rrazz Room in its Hotel Nikko digs. Shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $35-$40 for the pre-New Year’s shows, $75 for the early show New Year’s Eve and $175 (includes champagne and after-show buffet) for the late set.
- The Medicine Ball Band, featuring Mads Tolling on violin and Pee Wee Ellis (James Brown’s other saxophone powerhouse) kick up a good time starting at 9 p.m. at 57th Street Gallery in Oakland. $50 (Includes dinner and champagne toast.)
- The Bay Area’s big daddy of Latin jazz. ace timbalero Pete Escovedo, keeps it cooking with his family-rich Latin Jazz Orchestra at Yoshi’s Oakland. Show’s are at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 and 9 p.m. Sunday and 8 and 11 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $25-$30 for the weekend dates, $50 ($120 with dinner) for the early set New Year’s Eve and $100 ($170 with dinner) for the late show.
- Top Bay Area players swing like they mean it in the Savanna Jazz Band, revving up starting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Savanna Jazz. $20, or $40 with dinner.
- Keyboardist Will Roc plays groove-heavy jazz starting at 7 p.m. at North Beach landmark The Condor.
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