Ron Carter and his trio
From B.B. King and Miles Davis to Luther Vandross and A Tribe Called Quest, jazz musician Ron Carter has collaborated with some of the nation's best musicians across generations and genres. Next Thursday, Dec. 4, the talented and prolific American bassist comes to Palo Alto with his trio.
Of the course of his career, Carter has recorded more than 2,000 albums, starting in the 1960s with his stint as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet. Through years of work with jazz greats including Eric Dolphy and Herbie Hancock and into his virtuoso solo career, Carter has been known for his fluid style and superb musicianship. Though jazz is his first musical home, his artistic collaborations have crossed over into hip hop, R&B, Latin and even classical music, while his work as a Julliard School instructor has influenced the careers of countless younger musicians. Watch a video of Ron Carter here.
The Ron Carter Trio will perform at the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (3921 Fabian Way) on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $40-$70. Go to paloaltojcc.org/carter or call 650-223-8664.
What do popcorn and parrots have in common? Not a lot, but they come together next Thursday, Dec. 4, when the Palo Alto Humane Society celebrates its 106th anniversary with a screening of "Paulie." The feature film from 1998 stars a talking blue-crowned parakeet who tells his life story to the janitor at the animal research lab where he's caged. Given its lessons on animal welfare and the importance of cross-species respect, "Paulie" makes the perfect choice for this night of fundraising and education. The evening also includes a screening of the short films, "It's a Dog's Day," and "Taking Care of Your Pet," as well as a presentation by Bay Area nonprofit group Mickaboo, which specializes in the rescue of injured, abused and abandoned companion birds.
With movie ticket prices climbing annually, this night's a steal: $10 buys you entry, free soda and all the popcorn you can eat.
The Palo Alto Humane Society screens "Paulie" at the Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. To learn more, go to paloaltohumane.org or call 650-424-1901.
World Wide Dance Party
East Palo Alto nonprofit Live in Peace exists to support a culture of nonviolence and harmony for young people. Among its programs is a music academy through which youth come together and use their artistic gifts to transform their lives.
This Saturday, Nov. 29, Live in Peace's music academy gets a big boost when World Wide Dance Party hosts a one-time fundraiser they're calling Bay Area Funk Extravaganza. The benefit concert features musicians from legendary San Francisco band and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Sly & The Family Stone, as well as Oakland's funk soul band Tower of Power. The event honors the spirit of the Bay Area counter-culture and Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and '70s. "Before Sly, very few soul and R&B groups delved into political and social commentary; after him, it became a tradition in soul, funk, and hip-hop," explained World Wide Dance Party organizer Will Magid, a DJ and trumpeter who's also part of the line-up.
As part of the event, music historian and U.C. Berkeley professor Rickey Vincent will play classic recordings from the era and discuss connections between music and political movements. And with 100 percent of the show's proceeds going to Live in Peace, you can feel great about partying the night away.
Bay Area Funk Extravaganza comes to Redwood City's Club Fox (2223 Broadway St.) on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). Tickets are $15 presale, $20 at the door. The show is for ages 21 and up. For tickets, go to tinyurl.com/bayfunk. To learn more, go to worldwidedanceparty.com or liveinpeace.org.