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Jazz artists Maggie Belle, Danny Green bring their Bay Area gigs


Bay Area jazz fans have a wealth of riches coming their way next week. Here’s just a taste.

Maggie Belle’s Ball

Maggie Belle Gehegan started singing when she lived in San Francisco, but it wasn’t until she moved to New Orleans in 2012 to pursue her nursing career that she found her musical mojo. She’s gradually built a smart band and an ebulliently personal sound that combines the foundational Crescent City sounds of jazz, funk and R&B.

Touring with a stripped-down combo sans horns, the Maggie Belle Band makes its Bay Area debut with her rollicking rhythm section featuring keyboardist Brian Scheller, bassist Max Hass and drummer Cedar Howard. The group also performs Monday at Mill Valley’s Sweetwater Music Hall, opening for Brooklyn’s irresistibly grooving bhangra-meets-brass-band Red Baraat.

Details: 7:30 p.m. June 21, Savanna Jazz, San Carlos, $15, 415-624-4549, www.savannajazz.com; 6 p.m. June 22, Poor House Bistro, San Jose, no cover, 408-292-5837, www.poorhousebistro.com; 8 p.m. June 23, Impulse Room, Walnut Creek, $15; 925-476-5040, www.impulseroom.com.

Jazz from the Southland

Launching a national jazz career from San Diego takes some serious moxie and perseverance, attributes to which pianist/composer Danny Green adds exquisite lyricism and a rhythmic sensibility informed by a deep love of Brazilian music.

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Details: 7:30 p.m. June 22, Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, $15-$20, 650-731-5383, redpoppyarthouse.org; 8 p.m. June 23, The Sound Room, Oakland, $15-$20, 510-496-4180, soundroom.org; 6 p.m. June 24, Portola Vineyards, Los Altos Hills; $12-$24, 650-332-4959, http://portolavineyards.com/summer-jazz.html.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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