For a band with a name that sounds like a particularly embarrassing Perkins promotion, Fat Kid Wednesdays has proven to be a pretty damn serious jazz trio. Back when they played East Village's John Zorn-directed club The Stone last January, the New Yorker threw some weighty comparisons around: Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Charlie Haden, the Art Ensemble of Chicago. That spirit of free-jazz exploration comes from over a decade and a half of experience, as Michael Lewis (sax), Adam Linz (bass) and JT Bates (drums) have grown into an inseparable trio with an almost psychic sense of how to build off each others' rhythmic and melodic patterns. Their weekly curated Monday night Turf Club shows in the Clown Lounge are always popular, but it's also worth staying up late to see them in the sonically rich confines of the Dakota, where they'll be tonight.
Fri., Dec. 25, 11:30 p.m., 2009