While the Contemporary Jewish Museum features the largely audio exhibit “Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations,” Yoshi’s in San Francisco is presenting related concerts.
At the museum, the emphasis is on Black and Jewish musical connections. A concert at Yoshi’s Monday night called “Mazeltov, Mis Amigos” is about Latino-Jewish music-making. Both the exhibit and the concert use material from the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation.
The concert is the live recreation of the album “Yiddish Favorites in Latin Tempo” released 50 years ago by Riverside Records.
Called “the great cross-cultural mash-ups of 20th century American pop music,” the album was the collaboration of big names in Latin music (Ray Barretto, Willie Rodriguez, Charlie Palmieri) and African-American jazz artists (Clark Terry, Doc Cheatham, Wendell Marshall).
The Yoshi’s concert features Arturo O’Farrill of the Afro Cuban Sextet, Larry “El Judeo Maravilliso” Harlow, Wil-Dog of Ozomatli, Jeremiah Lockwood of The Sway Machinery, Tijuana alt-rock singer Ceci Bastida and others.
The “Mazeltov” concert combines two ethnic traditions, but weekend events at Yoshi’s commingle countless contemporary music trends.
Four different “John Zorn: Bay Area Connection” concerts tonight and Saturday pull together minimalists, progressive rock, chamber music, group improvisation, jazz and everything else Zorn stands for.
He is the creative force behind hundreds of recordings and music projects, ranging from the punk-jazz band Naked City to the klezmer-influenced quartet Masada, and a dozen film scores.
Zorn has also collaborated with some of the seminal figures of contemporary classical music, such as Terry Riley.
The theme for tonight’s first show is Zorn’s most popular CD, “Alhambra Love Songs,” a tribute to such diverse Bay Area artists as Clint Eastwood, Vince Guaraldi and many others. As on the recording, performers at the concert include the Rob Burger Piano Trio.
Today’s late concert at 10 p.m. will have Zorn on sax, with the Aleph Trio.
On Saturday, the early show features the Rova Sax Quartet in game pieces and improvisations, then at 10 p.m. it’s Cobra, with prominent musicians such as Fred Frith and Trey Spruance (guitar), William Winant (percussion), and electronics performers Mike Patton Vox, Chris Brown and David Rosenboom.
IF YOU GO
Ethnic and fusion concerts
Where: Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco
When: 8 p.m. today (“Alhambra Love Songs”); 10 p.m. today (Zorn, Aleph Trio); 8 p.m. Saturday (Zorn and Rova Sax Quartet); 10 p.m. Saturday (Zorn and Cobra); 8 p.m. Monday (“Mazeltov, Mis Amigos”)
Tickets: $18 to $32
Contact: (415) 655-5600, www.yoshis.com