These AQ shows coincide with the release of the Zacc Harris Group's debut album, The Garden, the latest evidence of the burgeoning local jazz community's artistic depth. The scene's current signature approach: vivid modern expression built on a rock-solid traditional base. The group's members are at the heart of the local scene, all playing in a variety of contexts. Guitarist and bandleader Zacc Harris is also co-leader of the notable Atlantis Quartet, which also shares bassist Chris Bates and guest reed player Brandon Wozniak. Also on board are pianist Bryan Nichols, who leads his own group as well as playing with the likes of Halloween, Alaska; and drummer JT Bates, who's played with almost everyone near and far. The Garden showcases Harris's compositions, which adeptly and compellingly link the past and future of jazz, and guitar work, which is consistently articulate with an enticing fluidity seemingly influenced by the likes of Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny.
Fridays, Saturdays, 9 p.m. Starts: May 11. Continues through May 12, 2012