Last year, Ledisi released the holiday-themed It's Christmas, so some of that residual cheer may also appear when she performs live Tuesday, Dec. 29, through Saturday, Jan. 2, at Yoshi's in San Francisco. Times and prices vary; 655-5600, www.yoshis.com.
New Orleans–born and Oakland–bred soul singer Ledisi expresses the intensity of growth on "Going Through Changes" from her recent Grammy-nominated album, Turn Me Loose. Her fifth release is a simmering tale of resisting temptation, where she sings from a deeper, more guttural place than on previous records. The highly polished album also features collaborations with such notable producers as Oakland's Raphael Saadiq and Minneapolis power-funk hitmakers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.