All Ages, Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret

Kind of Blue at 50

When: Wed., June 10, 8 & 10 p.m., Thu., June 11, 8 & 10 p.m. and Fri., June 12, 8 & 10 p.m. 2009

On the eve of its fiftieth anniversary, Miles' Davis 1959 album Kind of Blue has as much staying power as it ever did. Recorded in just two sessions, the five tunes are crisp, beautiful, and accessible: two ballads, two twelve-bar blues songs, and that funky "So What" track with its immortal bass and piano intro. It's required listening for any musician, and a staple in many people's CD collections (even if it's the only jazz record there). All but one of the original Kind of Blue personnel are deceased. The sole survivor, drummer Jimmy Cobb, just celebrated his eightieth birthday with a bang-up concert at Yoshi'sSan Francisco. He'll mark the album's half-centennial June 10 through 12 at Yoshi's Oakland branch (550 Embarcadero W.), with a six-piece band that features Cobb on drums, Larry Willis on piano, Buster Williams on bass, trumpeter Wallace Roney, Javon Jackson on tenor, and Vincent Herring on alto. 8 & 10 p.m., $30.

Rachel Swan

Price: $30

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