Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret

Chrisette Michele

When: Sat., March 17, 8 p.m. 2012

SFJAZZ prides itself on adventurous programming, which means its gives the term "jazz" a lot of latitude -- world music, improvised noise, and neo-soul artists like India.Arie all fit the bill. But Chrisette Michele is a pretty bold leap into the pop realm, even by those standards. A well-known radio balladeer with an almost birdlike soprano, Michele is known both for her delicate phrasing and her tart lyrics -- the hook on her most popular hit, "Epiphany," goes, I think I'm just about over being your girlfriend. She's one of those singers who easily flits between genres. Michele's roots are actually in hip-hop, as she has sung hooks on Rick Ross' "Aston Martin Music" and Jay-Z's "Lost One," and added a layer of polish to Nas' "Can't Forget About You." But she's also collaborated with MusiqSoulchild and Blue Note pianist Robert Glasper, who featured the singer on his latest album. For a singer to be well-respected in both the jazz and commercial hip-hop worlds is rare, and it's a testament to Michele's personality, as well as her dexterity. She'll appear this Saturday, Mar. 17, at The Paramount Theatre (2025 Broadway, Oakland). 8 p.m., $25-$65. SFJAZZ.org or ParamountTheatre.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $25-$65

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