By Richard Scheinin San Jose Mercury News

Since coming on the scene in the 1980s, Cuban-born pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba has astonished listeners with his Tatum-esque chops. He can play anything exquisitely, from bebop to boleros, and you just know he could toss off a dozen Chopin etudes if he chose to do so.

Steeped in his native country’s folk forms and rhythms, this conservatory-trained monster musician will give a solo recital Jan. 9 in San Francisco, part of the SFJAZZ Spring Season.

The performance is 8 p.m. at Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco. Tickets: $25-$65; 866-920-5299 or