Introspective jazz piano legend plays in the quiet solo setting he’s most famous for, via “The Köln Concert.” Mar 19 at 8. $30-$95. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco. 866.920.5299.Joe Bagale
The Bay Area’s own Mayer Hawthorne steps out from his Jazz Mafia haven for another sure-to-be-electryifying solo show. Mar 19 at 9. $12-$14. The Independent, 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco. 415.771.1422.Xiu Xiu
Quaint musicmaker Jamie Stewart tours solo in support of his unapologetically morose album, “Dear God, I Hate Myself.” Mar 20 at 10. $12. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, San Francisco. 415.621.4455.Janelle Monáe
Kansas City belter with outstanding hair who’s opened for No Doubt and starred alongside Outkast plays intimate pair of shows. Mar 21-22 at 8. $12. Café du Nord, 2170 Market St, San Francisco. 415.861.5016.Joe Lovano & Esperanza Spalding
Dependable tenor saxophonist and Blue Note recording artist leads a quintet featuring the much talked-about crossover bassist. Mar 23-24 at 8 and 10. $18. Yoshi’s. 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland. 510.238.9200.Jay-Z
The self-styled “new Sinatra” of hip-hop and world’s richest rapper shows why he’s the entrepreneurial king of New York. Mar 24 at 7. $46-$130. HP Pavlion, 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose. 800.745.3000.
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