Grammy nominee Patrice Rushen to headline San Diego’s Jazz at the Creek festival

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Ninth Annual Jazz at the Creek, Back Together Again – Celebrating First Responders, with Patrice Rushen & Friends, with Lamont Dozier Jr. and Kendrick Dial & Lyrical Groove

Former Janet Jackson musical director Patrice Rushen was barely 20 when she recorded her debut album on a major in 1974 with jazz heavyweights like saxophonist Joe Henderson and trumpeter Oscar Brashear.

Since then, this versatile keyboardist and singer has recorded at least a dozen other albums under her own name. She has also collaborated with everyone from Sonny Rollins and John McLaughlin to Terence Trent D’Arby and Katherine McPhee, alumnus of “American Idol”. Additionally, Rushen’s songs have been sampled prominently on records by George Michael, Mary J. Blige, Logic, Ty Dolla $ ign and many more.

His ability to switch smoothly between jazz, funk, R&B and other styles has long been a hallmark of Rushen. She’ll likely perform them all on Saturday when she headlines the two-day Jazz at the Creek opening concert this year. (Veteran saxophonist Ronnie Laws makes headlines on Sunday’s lineup.)

2 p.m. Saturday. Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater, 310 Euclid Ave., San Diego. $ 50 (advance), $ 60 (day of the show); must be 21 or over to attend. (858) 650-3190; mandaterecords.ticketleap.com/jazz-at-the-creek-2021/

Deke Dickerson and the Whippersnappers, Dave Gleason Band, Trio Los Elotes

Rockabilly is Missouri native Deke Dickerson’s specialty, but it doesn’t stop there.

The six-string ace, who often plays a double-necked guitar, also shines when playing vintage R&B, doo-wop, old-fashioned country, surf-rock and other styles. American music.

Expect him and his latest group to vibrate with vigor at their first show here since the start of the pandemic.

9:30 p.m. Saturday La Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Middletown. $ 12; must be 21 or over to attend. casbahmusic.com (Unvaccinated participants should wear masks at all times in the room.)

Gary Clark Jr., with Suzanne Santo

Four-time Grammy Award winner Gary Clark Jr. could easily attract and grow a diverse audience if he only played guitar or sang.

Thankfully, this Texas-born dynamo is doing extremely well, and her blues-tinged music skillfully incorporates elements of funk, rock, reggae, R&B and hip-hop.

Equally gifted as a performer, songwriter, and conductor, Clark gives unadorned concerts that rely only on his music to spark sparks and build momentum. The Ohio-bred troubadour Suzanne Santo, who skillfully bridges the gap between pop and Americana, opens the show.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 200 Marina Park Way, downtown. $ 50 to $ 122. (619) 235-0804; theshell.org

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