Award-winning San Diego boogie-woogie, swing and blues pianist Sue Palmer will be even more busy than usual at next week’s 43rd annual San Diego Jazz Fest & Swing Extravaganza.
She and her rollicking band, The Motel Swing Orchestra, are scheduled to perform twice on Wednesday, twice next Friday and three times next Saturday. In addition, Palmer will team up next Saturday with fellow pianist Carl Sonny Leyland for a double-keyboard romp.
The all-ages event in Mission Valley will feature at least 18 bands, including Cornet Chop Suey, Katie Cavera & The Lost Boys, The Mission Bay High School Preservationists and The Uptown Rhythm Makers.
7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley .$20-$40 (single day passes), $100-$125 (multi-day passes). (619) 740-1087. sdjazzfest.org.
A Musical Birthday Celebration of Jimi Hendrix
There are several ways music fans can celebrate the late electric guitar giant Jimi Hendrix’s 80th birthday.
Today sees the release of the 10-song live album, “Jim Hendrix Experience — Los Angeles Forum, April 26, 1969.”
There’s also “Jimi,” a profusely illustrated 320-page hardcover book published by Chroma, an imprint of Chronicle Books.
For those who can afford a trip to Texas, a Dec. 4 concert in Austin will feature former Hendrix bassist Billy Cox and such noted guitarists as Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, Doyle Bramhall II and David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosa of Los Lobos.
Closer to home, San Diego area guitarists Jeff Moore, Bob Bucciarelli and Eddie Leiser will perform at the Belly Up Tuesday, each with their own rhythm sections, along with Pasadena-based guitarist Ron Nash. A former Carlsbad resident, Nash will be joined by vocalist Eugene Cole.
Songs scheduled to be performed include the Hendrix classics “Are You Experienced,” “Little Wing,” “Freedom” and “The Wind Cries Mary.” All four guitarists will play a concert-closing version of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”
7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Belly Up, 143 South Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. $15. (858) 481-8140. bellyup.com
“Jazz at Tio Leo’s”
From 2015 to 2020, top San Diego flutist Holly Hofmann hosted and curated the free weekly “Sunday Sessions” at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley.
On Nov. 27, she will debut a new free weekly Sunday series, “Jazz at Tio Leo’s,” in Bay Park.
To be held every Sunday, the inaugural edition will feature an all-star jam session with trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, saxophonist Christopher Hollyday, pianist Mikan Zlatkovich, bassist Rob Thorsen, drummer Jim Plank, Hofmann and many more.
Singer Rose Mallett and her quartet perform Dec. 4, while Thorsen and his quartet, featuring Nick Caldwell, perform Dec. 11.
To ensure attentive listening, Tio Leo’s owner Frank Sciuto will have table seating on the dance floor for each of the all-ages Sunday jazz performances. January performers include groups led by Joshua White, Josh Nelson and Sherry Williams.
5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 27. Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St., Bay Park. (619) 542-1462. tioeleosmusic.com