Friday, September 30
If you don't already have tickets to see Al Jarreau at Jazz at the Bistro, you're most likely out of luck, as the show, featuring the singer and a pianist in what Jarreau calls "a piano bar setting," has been sold out for a while now. The available options at this point would be to check with the box office for any last minute cancellations or returns; or show up in time to stake out a spot to watch the live video feed of the show in the Bistro's adjacent lounge.
The joint tour pairing the two intriguing pianists arrives simultaneously with Davis' latest album Duopoly, a series of duets performed with eight different musicians, including Taborn. Both Davis and Taborn are highly capable improvisers, and the rare opportunity to hear them work together should be a real treat for those who enjoy adventurous sounds.
Also on Saturday, the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet will perform at the Sheldon Concert Hall. The youngest brother of four in the famed New Orleans musical family, Jason Marsalis (pictured, bottom left) is perhaps best known as a drummer, thanks to his ongoing work in pianist Marcus Roberts' trio. But he's a legitimate voice on the vibes as well, swinging hard and leading a tight band, as you can see and hear them for yourself in last Saturday's video showcase post.
Elsewhere around town, Franglais plays Gypsy jazz and swing at Evangeline's, and trombonist Kevin Ward leads a quartet at The Dark Room.
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