Ring in the new year with the best party in the Bay Area with funk legend Maceo Parker. The altoist made his mark as an essential voice in the powerhouse horns backing James Brown, contributing classic funk solos on some of the Godfather’s iconic hits. He went on to join George Clinton’s moveable funk feast in Parliament/Funkadelic during the ensemble’s most creative era.
Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world.
An electrifying new musical about the life and times of The Temptations, the greatest R&B group of all time (Billboard Magazine 2017).
Come see Betsayda Machado perform at Ashkenaz.
Dead Prez is the pair of politically militant rappers, Stic.Man and M-1. They have become known for their hard-hitting style and socialist lyrics, focusing on anti-racism, anti-capitalism, critical pedagogy, as well as activism against social injustice and corporate control over the media (especially hip-hop record labels.)
Tribu’s habanero-hot jazz brings Afro-Cuban roots inhabiting a rich American jazz tradition led by Steve McQuarry, piano; Ruben Salcido, alto sax & flute; Dave Casini, vibes; Marcus Lopez, bass; Jesus Gonzalez, congas • percussion and Jaime Vanegas, timbales.
The Branford Marsalis Quartet will be joined by guest-vocalist Kurt Elling in a singular collaboration of musical forces. The tight-knit working band featuring Marsalis on saxophones, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and Justin Faulkner on drums rarely invites other musicians into the folds of their nearly telepathically cohesive unit, and Elling’s deep jazz vocabulary, technical versatility, and outstanding intonation will enable the band to perform a variety of material in new ways.