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Ralph Carney's Serious Jass Project Staff Pick

When: Mon., Nov. 21, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $10

Several years ago, when Ohio rock duo The Black Keys made its first appearance on late-night television, drummer Patrick Carney wore a shirt sporting the words "Tin Huey." This wasn't only to honor his uncle Ralph's band; as put by critic Ann Powers, it was a statement that only "supreme hipsters" would recognize. Ralph Carney is indeed somewhat of a quiet legend. A standout horn player, he's been heavily recruited throughout his more than 35-year career. The array of past collaborators is impressive --Tom Waits, Yo La Tengo, T. Bone Burnett, and Les Claypool among them. His new album, released in September and titled Seriously, is a rollicking trip through lighthearted jazz landscapes, peppered with boogie, New Orleans, and gypsy influences. He's a goofball, too. The project got its title, and is called "Jass" instead of "Jazz," because "Ralph just can't take anything seriously," according to his publicist. That comes through in the music, which is always full of high spirits. It should be a riotous night at Yoshi's (510 Embarcadero West) on Monday, Nov. 21. 8 p.m., $10.

— Will Butler


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