Terrence Brewer: The accomplished Bay Area guitarist is marking the release of a new album, “Setting the Standard: Volume One,” with a high-profile gig. The evening finds Brewer in the company of Melecio Magdaluyo (saxophone), Kelly Park (piano), Brandon Essex (bass) and Micah McClain (drums). 8 and 10 p.m. Yoshi’s, Jack London Square, Oakland. $10-$16.
You can imitate 6 instruments on keyboard, including violin, guitars, saxophone, horn and grand piano with 6 octaves. It is a cool way to record a song if you are tired of the GarageBand sounds.
Almost every teen boy would love to find a hand-held video game in their stocking. Some great ones are the Nintendo DS and the Playstation PSP. It’s possible that the teen boy you know already has one of these. If that’s the case, then get him some games to go along with it. Just make sure to pick out ones he doesn’t already have. You can get the hand-held consoles from department stores or electronic stores.
Using a variety of puppet sizes, Grey Seal Puppets perform three favorite folks tales from around the world with refreshing wit and wisdom: “The Frog Prince” from Germany, “Three Billy Goats Gruff” from Scandinavia and “The Three Little Pigs” from England.
What interests me most, though, is how the film differs from Patricia Highsmith’s fine novel. The film medium should not slavishly follow another art form, the novel, but should it veer so far off course as this one? We know that Highsmith was not too happy with film interpretations of her work, but we wonder how she would have reacted to this. She died in 1995; this came out in 1999.
The man who would become Jelly Roll Morton was actually born Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe. He was born in New Orleans in a predominantly Creole community in 1890. However, as was common at the time, there is debate over his actual date of birth and even the exact spelling of his real last name. Some say he was born in 1885. There are others who say his last name was Lemott, LaMotte or even LaMenthe. His birth certificate was issues in 1894 which would have been years after his birth even if he was born in 1890.
Kenny Werner Quintet: Impressive as composer, leader and sideman – the pianist’s credits include working with Charles Mingus, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell – Werner comes to Northern California in the company of Randy Brecker (trumpet), David Sanchez (saxophone), Scott Colley (bass) and Antonio Sanchez (drums). 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Douglas Beach House, Half Moon Bay. $35; 7 p.m. Mon., Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 321 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $25-$28; 8 p.m. Tuesday, Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore, San Francisco. $18.