Uncovering Great Jazz and R&B of the Past

SFJAZZ and Undercover Presents do four nights of classic music. (Photo: Courtesy of Undercover Presents and SFJAZZ)

Undercover Presents has carved out a unique place in the Bay Area music scene, identifying great albums of the past and finding sympathetic musicians to reinterpret the music anew for modern audiences. This time they've hooked up with SFJAZZ to present four nights of classics: the music of Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Miles Davis and Muscle Shoals. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where this week's Do List co-host Marc Bamuthi Joseph serves as the curator of art, hosted Undercover’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill show last year — and Joseph says it was epic.

Undercover and SFJAZZ have assembled a 16 different acts for this four-day event running Aug. 17–20, including Miss Faye Carol, Bang Data, Kev Choice, the Broun Fellinis, the Oakland School for the Arts, Moetar, Katdelic and more. Grab your tickets quick — the Nina Simone night is already sold out. Runs Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 17–20, at SFJAZZ; details here or here.

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