When: Tue., Feb. 10, 8 & 10 p.m. 2009
Jazz connoisseurs are notoriously snobbish, looking smugly down their noses at (eww) non-jazz. But the past two decades have seen a new breed of jazz guys and gals unashamedly influenced by classic and indie rock, hip-hop, whatever. One such is multi-keyboard wizard Marco Benevento, a Seattle fellow who when he performs covers, doesn't play Cole Porter or standard tunes hackneyed 25 years ago. His latest platter Me Not Me features interpretations of Beck, My Morning Jacket, and Leonard Cohen, his originals evoking electronica and prog-rock as much as Herbie Hancock. This month finds Benevento setting up shop at Yoshi's(510 Embarcadero West, Oakland), wherein he performs with different collaborators each Tuesday. Feb. 10: sax-maniac Skerik, Billy Martin from Medeski Martin & Wood, and ex-Ornette Coleman/Lounge Lizards drummer G. Calvin Weston; on Feb. 17, Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and locals Devin Hoff and Scott Amendola stop by; and Feb. 24 sees the debut of Quartet the Killer, performing Neil Young material exclusively with Bay Area expat Peter Apfelbaum and killer trombonist Josh Roseman. It ought to be something. Yoshis.com.