All Ages, Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret

SFJAZZ: Max Raabe and Palast Orchester

When: Sat., Oct. 18, 8 p.m. 2008

The 26th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival began its five-week run last week, with performances by Miles from India -- a group that fuses Indian elements into songs originally recorded by trumpeter Miles Davis -- and the a cappella vocal ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. Sunday's show at the Paramount Theatre (2025 Broadway, Oakland) features German baritone Max Raabe, leader of the twelve-piece big band, PalastOrchester. Raabe is a colossal opera singer with a glassy vibrato tone. He emulates the well-preened German cabaret singers of the 1920s and '30s in a style that borders on being camp, were it not for Raabe's classical training and rigorous technique. Yet Raabe isn't merely besotted by the past; he's also famous for flirtatious covers of Britney Spears and Tom Jones. Sunday's concert marks the first SFJAZZ show in Oakland since 2000, so it'll be a noteworthy event. 8 p.m., $25-$75.

Rachel Swan

Price: $26-$76

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