The bassist, composer and once-a-year music festival curator Harley White has kept his wide-ranging Whitenoise Jazz Festival on the move.
White has held it at venues as far-ranging as the Torch Club and Cesar Chavez Plaza, and even though he calls it a jazz festival, the music touches on the many genres White himself delves into.
This year, White holds the festival all day Saturday, divided between the Townhouse and Antiquité Maison Privée in midtown. Some acts hitting the stages are cabaret rockers Daisy Spot, jazz guitarist Arlyn Anderson, singer-songwriter Emily Kollars, the Joe Mazzaferro Quartet, and Tony Passarell's Now! Miles tribute to none other than Miles Davis.
There will be at least seven performers at each venue, but the program continues to evolve. White dedicates this year's festival to longtime area sound man and bassist Lare Crawley, who will step from behind the board and perform at both venues. The Whitenoise festival runs from noon to 9 p.m. at the Townhouse Lounge, 1517 21st St., and Antiquité Maison Privée, 2114 P St. The cost is $10.
Michael Hollinger's "Red Herring" is a funny bit of misdirection with its joke-stuffed plot including McCarthy-era Soviet paranoia, film noir satire and a couple variations of boy meets girl. The current Big Idea Theatre production includes Joelle Robertson, Justin L. Chapman, Kelly Cullity and Caleb Salmon. At 8 tonight, Saturday and Sept. 13-15; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. General admission tickets are $15, SARTA/senior/student tickets $13 and $10 for everyone Thursday. At the Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento. For information, call (916) 960-3036 or go to www.bigideatheatre.com.
Jack DeJohnette Trio
The great veteran drummer Jack DeJohnette has been closely associated with the Standards Trio for more than 25 years. That group, famously composed of DeJohnette, pianist Keith Jarrett and bassist Gary Peacock, works inside and out of the mainstream jazz repertory.
DeJohnette in his sensational career has played with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans among numerous others.
This weekend, DeJohnette celebrates his 70th birthday at Yoshi's in San Francisco with a different but just as heady trio featuring Chick Corea on piano and Stanley Clarke on bass. These heavyweights can play anything and will likely feature originals from DeJohnette's underrated songbook as well tunes from his collaborators.
DeJohnette, who is also a trained pianist, often has drawn on sources outside jazz, calling his work "multi-directional music." Earlier this year, DeJohnette was awarded a 2012 NEA Jazz Master Award for lifetime achievement.
The trio will perform at 8 and 10 p.m Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are $50 Friday and $60 Saturday. Yoshi's San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco. For information, call (415) 655-5600 or visit www.yoshis.com.
A classy and intriguing group of very fine and very different guitarists fills the bill at the Nebraska Mondays concert series at Luna's Monday night. Alicyn Yaffee, Kathy Barwick, Henry Robinett and Ross Hammond each will play a solo set at the ongoing series. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Luna's Cafe, 1414 16th St., Sacramento. Tickets are $5-$10. Call (916) 441-3931 for information.