Century Jazz Bash 

Mel Martin pays tribute to Benny Carter at Yoshi's Wednesday.

Local sax hero Mel Martin is one of San Francisco's most versatile players, with a résumé that includes stints in Latin and progressive rock bands, but it's as a straight-ahead jazz player that he excels. His new CD, Just Friends, was cut live at Yoshi's in Oakland in 1994 his pal and mentor Benny Carter on alto sax. To celebrate Carter's hundredth birthday, Martin has assembled the seven member All-Star Benny Carter Centennial Tribute Band, a group that includes Roger Kellaway on piano and sax men Harvey Wainapel and Charles McNeil. Every one in the band knew and played with Carter during his long and varied career, so the music will be full of joy and passion. Wednesday, August 15 at Yoshi's. 8 p.m., $20; 10 p.m., $12. Yoshis.com


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