Listening to tenor saxophonist Irv Williams's burnished tone, his knowing way around a jazz ballad, or the way he swings passionately through a standard, it's clear he's in his prime. What's extraordinary is that 94-year-old Williams's prime has endured for more than half a century. A key player on the Twin Cities jazz scene since the 1940s, Williams has "retired" more times than Michael Jordan, Brett Favre, and Jay Leno combined, but keeps turning up for regular gigs and knocking out great albums. His latest is Pinnacle, which he'll preview at the Dakota with Billy Peterson on bass and Steve Bluns on guitar. Album details are still sketchy, but the renowned Mr. Smooth will undoubtedly be in prime form.
Thu., May 22, 7 p.m., 2014