The fall jazz schedule has a strong bottom as three big-time bassists lead bands into Northern California. Christian McBride, Ron Carter and Stanley Clarke are as formidable and recognizable as any three bassists in jazz. Folsom's Three Stages program adds to the overall quality, with two premium artists playing the big hall there. Meanwhile, JB's Lounge under Vivian Lee's solid guidance continues presenting strong local bands, and Ross Hammond's Nebraska Mondays series at Luna's celebrates a birthday.
Christian McBride Trio
The vibrant, big-toned bassist showcases upcoming stars Christian Sands on piano and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. in Davis for four nights. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. At the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, UC Davis. Tickets are $19-$45; (866) 754-2787 or www.MondaviArts.org.
If you wanted to say Sonny Rollins is the greatest living jazz musician in the world, you could. He still brings the intensity in his live performances and if you've never seen him and you like jazz, you should. SF JAZZ presents Rollins at 8:30 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Tickets are $45-$95; (866) 920-5299 or www.sfjazz.org.
SF JAZZ presents the adventurous bandleader and clarinetist with his New Gospel Quintet as they explore the sacred music of people such as Thomas Dorsey and Sister Rosetta Thorpe. With Carla Cook on vocals, Brad Jones on bass, Xavier Davis on piano and Pheeroan akLaff on drums. 8 p.m. at the YBCA Forum, 701 Mission St. (at Third Street), San Francisco. Tickets are $25 and $40; (866) 920-5299 or www.sfjazz.org.
Jane Ira Bloom
Though not exactly a jazz performance, the Dancer Films Live Event features the wonderful and little-seen soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, who will work with dancer Andrea Weber to create a performance based on cartoons by Jules Feiffer and short films directed by Judy Dennis. 3 p.m. at Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, UC Davis. This is a free event; (866) 754-2787 or www.MondaviArts.org. OCT. 10
Stanley Clarke Trio
The electric bassist and founding member of Return to Forever leads a new trio with a longtime bandmate, drummer Lenny White, and young Ukrainian pianist Ruslan Sirota. 8 p.m. at Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, UC Davis. Tickets are $12.50-$49; (866) 754-2787 or www.MondaviArts.org.
Larry Vuckovich Quartet
The internationally known Northern California-based pianist is a jazz veteran with a decided Latin tinge. Vuckovich has worked with the likes of Jon Hendricks and the late legend Dexter Gordon. First set starts at 5 p.m. At JB's Lounge inside the Red Lion Hotel, 1401 Arden Way. Tickets are $15, $5 for children 10 and under; (916) 723-5517 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The elegant pianist and vocalist comes to Folsom with the beautiful new album "Swept Away." The São Paulo, Brazil, native is touring with her husband, bassist Marc Johnson, Ruebens de La Corte on acoustic guitar and Rafael Barata on drums. They'll play originals by Elias and Johnson from the new album and Brazilian music from her homeland. 7:30 p.m., Stage 1, Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Tickets are $19-$29, $12 for students with ID; (916) 608-6888 or www.threestages.net.
Ron Carter Quartet
The veteran bass player leaves New York only occasionally these days. For two nights he brings a top-shelf quartet featuring pianist Renee Rosnes, drummer Payton Crossley and percussionist Rolando Morales-Matos. 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 25-26, Yoshi's Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square. Tickets $25 each set, students $15 for 10 p.m. only; (510) 238-9200 or www.yoshis.com. OCT. 28
Sac Jazz Orchestra
The orchestra pulls together some of the best jazz talent in the area to celebrate big-band music. With players including Patrick Langham, Joe Mazzefero, Steve Roach, Joe Gilman, Steve Homan and Rick Lotter. At JB's Lounge inside the Red Lion Hotel, 1401 Arden Way, Sacramento. Tickets are $10 and $5 for children 10 and under; (916) 723-5517 or email email@example.com.
Chucho Valdés Quintet
Cuban pianist Valdés remains one of the great legends of jazz, a keyboard virtuoso with an encyclopedic knowledge of music. His muscular quintet of young lions promises to light up under the master. 7:30 p.m., Stage 1, Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Tickets are $19-$29, students with ID $12; (916) 608-6888 or www.threestages.net.
Ross Hammond's Monday night improv series celebrates its three-year anniversary with a show featuring Hammond's trio plus Nagual and Tony Passarell. Expect lots of special guests. Tickets are $5 to $10 at Luna's Cafe, 1414 16th St., Sacramento; (916) 441-3931 or www.lunascafe.com.
Sacramento State Winter Jazz Festival
Steve Roach, CSUS director of jazz studies, has created this noncompetitive, educational festival for elementary school through collegiate jazz ensembles and combos. This year the adventurous Wee Trio will perform from noon to 1 p.m. The group with vibraphonist-composer James Westfall, bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Jared Schonig recently released a CD, "Ashes to Ashes A David Bowie Intraspective." Capistrano Hall, 6000 J St., Sacramento. Tickets are $10; (916) 278-7987 or www.csus.edu/music.