1. This particular concert is long gone, but this article about the Real Vocal String Quartet is a good read. The group has a new album and concerts scheduled in Berkeley (February 2013) and Arcata (April 2013). More at rvsq.com.
4. Critic Richard Scheinin’s picks for five jazz CD gifts include some very non-obvious choices, such as the new, archival Sam Rivers album on Pi Recordings; and something new from the 82-year-old Ahmad Jamal. His album pick of the year? Robert Glasper.
5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar likes Robert Glasper, too.