Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret, All Ages

The Babatunde Lea Quintet

When: Thu., March 18, 8 p.m. 2010

Percussionist and drummerBabatunde Lea was a fixture on the Bay Area's jazz and world music scene for more than thirty years. His unique traponga setup -- a combination of hand drums and jazz drum kit -- allows him to move from traditional African music to free jazz with an ease that belies his astounding rhythmic abilities. On Thursday, Mar. 18, at Yoshi's (1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco), his current quintet, which includes pianist Patrice Rushen and singer Dwight Trible, will be playing the music of Leon Thomas, the innovative jazz vocalist who was Lea's friend and mentor. The gig celebrates Lea's UmboWeti: A Tribute to Leon Thomas, recorded live Yoshi's in Oakland in 2008. 8 p.m., $15, $20. Yoshis.com

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Price: $15-$20

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