What we're about

Meet other local fans of jazz, blues, and world music while enjoying live performances by top-notch musicians.

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to an amazing live music scene, with an assortment of venues that provide an intimate and affordable way to experience music as it's meant to be: spontaneous, inventive, and alive.

There's so much music happening in the Bay Area, there is something available every weekend for every taste and budget.

So join us, and use this Meetup group to connect with other music fans. We're mainly about listening to live jazz, but we also post blues shows, as well as tango, flamenco, world music, and cross-genre. In addition, we occasionally post theater events and films that have a music-related plotline or other "hook."

If you know about a show you'd like to see listed, feel free to suggest the event to Meetup organizers for hosting, or you can post the show on the "Discussions" page and invite your fellow Meetup members to attend with you.

Hope to see you at an upcoming show!

Paula M. - Lead Organizer, Live Jazz (& Blues) Meetup Group

Upcoming events (4+)

Tammy Hall quartet

Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex

The Tammy L. Hall Quartet pays tribute to the great pianist and composer, Tania Maria. Combining Tammy’s musical roots in jazz, gospel and classical with Tania Maria’s Afro-Brazilian stylings, this concert is a must-see for any fusion music lover!
Afro-Brazilian pianist Tania Maria is an unsung force of nature whose fusing of samba, jazz and funk make for a unique and beautiful groove and paved the way for pianist/composer Eliane Elias and Azymuth, a major Brazilian fusion trio. Queen Latifah sampled Tania’s “Made In New York” on her track “How Do I Love Thee.” She is a major influence in Tammy’s music, too.
Band Members & Instrumentation
Tammy L. Hall – Piano, Vocals
Ruth Davies – Bass
Ruth Price – Drums
Michaelle Goerlitz – Percussion

Tickets are $25 + 1.39 service charge. Buy on-line at https://concerts.cjc.edu/tammy-l-hall-quartet-muita-obrigada-tania-maria/
Doors open at 7:30 pm, music starts at 8PM. Early arrivals meet in the lobby - after about 7:45 look for the group inside the hall. We will try to save seats. I will wear a red hat to assist in finding me. If you don't care about sitting with the group, please comment.

Las Almas Tango

Red Poppy Art House

An all-woman trio brings their mastery of tango to the Red Poppy! Meetup regulars have seen two of these musicians (pianist Sumi Lee and violinist Basma Edrees -- both excellent!) in other ensembles over the years, but this is our first chance to see Heyni Solera - and actually, this will be the first time I've seen a female musician play the bandoneon. This should be a strong performance of contemporary and classic tango music!


SHOW COST: Tickets are in the mid-$20 range. Must buy in advance! Tickets will not be sold at the door.

MEETUP DONATION: Consider donating $1.00 per event to help defray the $180 annual fee that Meetup charges head organizers like myself. Your Meetup donations help keep this group going!=

SEATING: Seating at this tiny venue is general admission, mainly on folding chairs.

WHEN/WHERE TO MEET: Unless joining me for dinner beforehand, meet outside the Poppy's door by 6:20 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the 90-minute show starts at 7:00 p.m.)

OPTIONAL PRE-SHOW DINNER: I will try to find a nearby restaurant that can accommodate a group (of up to six people). Stay tuned for that.

HOW TO FIND ME: I'm WF, 5 feet tall, in my 60s, with short salt-and-pepper hair. (See my photo with my Meetup profile.) I'll send my cellphone number to RSVPers prior to the event. PLEASE TEXT ME IF YOU DON'T SPOT ME.

PARKING/TRANSIT: Parking can be tight in this neighborhood. Fortunately, the Poppy is located about 4 blocks from the 24th Street BART station and assorted Muni bus lines. If you're driving, an additional option is to park near the Glen Park or Balboa BART station and take BART one or two stops to 24th Street.

Kim Nalley on Broadway!

Keys Jazz Bistro

Where has Kim Nalley been all these years? We'll find her at the Bay Area's newest jazz club. Keys Jazz Bistro opened on Broadway, North Beach, several months ago in a space where a historic jazz club once stood.

Press release:
Dr. Kim Nalley is known as a swinging straight ahead jazz diva, but her rich 3 ½ vocal range also shines in blues, soul, sassy double entendre and vintage soul. Her latest album I WANT A LITTLE BOY with soul-jazz legend Houston Person topped the jazz charts and was hailed by the critics.
Each of her 8 shows, April 12-15, 2023, at Keys Jazz Bistro will feature a few songs in tribute to Burt Bacharach as well as all your favorite Kim Nalley Band songs from her albums and live performances. Video:
I put a spell on you
Cotton-Eyed Joe

The plan:
General admission $25 for the 7p show, but this meetup is for the dinner group at 6p (or appetizer & wine) our social hour. See web site for menu. No need to rsvp If you just want to see the show. The show is 1.25 hrs. so it ends early enough to visit nearby bars and restaurants in the North Beach-Chinatown environs.

Tickets: https://keysjazzbistro.com/upcoming-shows/ scroll down list. Get your ticket soon, the table could fill-up quickly. To join us for the 6p dinner, get your ticket, rsvp here to the Wait List and LMK, then I'll move you to the Attendee List. Members in good standing have priority.

In general, our members are avid jazz fans, middle age and up, enjoy socializing with food and drink, and we show-up on time. Please have good intentions when you rsvp; and update your status if it changes. 'No-Shows' are no good.

Tod Dickow with Charged Particles in SF Chinatown

Clarion Performing Arts Center

Straight-ahead jazz with Tod Dickow and Charged Particles. We've seen memorable jazz and fusion groups at the Clarion Performing Arts Center the past 2 years, and this group will not disappoint. Located in SF Chinatown, we'll also have lunch at a nearby restaurant. Depending on the size of the group, if 9 max. we'll try Dim Sum menu sharing small plates of delectable Chinese cuisine. There'll be time to shop or street watch after lunch; then an hour of engaging music to top off an exotic afternoon.

Press release:
"The most exciting and creative music being made today crosses stylistic boundaries and blends diverse traditions to create engaging new sounds. Charged Particles features three of the country's virtuosos doing just that in the acoustic and electric jazz arena. Murray Low is a keyboard wizard with dazzling Latin-jazz technique and imaginative improvisational skills. Aaron Germain is an inventive and sophisticated acoustic and electric bassist. Along with fiery drummer Jon Krosnick, these players are making some of the most electrifying jazz in the country today. The trio's funky Latin jazz repertoire, blending in elements of classical music, mixes complex orchestration with freewheeling improvisation. The band brings a similar approach to playing their own arrangements of jazz standards, each played with a new twist."
Tod Dickow, Saxophone, flute
Murray Low, Keyboard
Aaron Germain, Bass
Jon Krosnick, Drums
Afro Blue

Tickets: Because this event might sellout, pre-pay $10 fee PayPal to me to reserve your place for the concert. Rsvp first, then PayPal fee to me to get on Attendee list. The meetup is lunch plus music but you can just go for the music LMK. Lunch group limited to 9 for the round table.

If you don't care for community theater venue and sharing ethnic food, this meetup is not for you. In general, our members are avid jazz fans, middle age and up, enjoy socializing with food and drink, and show-up on time. Please have good intentions when you rsvp; and update your status if it changes. 'No-Shows' or 'Place-holders' are no good.

Past events (855)