Joe Lovano & US5

By now a saxophone titan in his own right, Joe Lovano has carved a sterling career by re-imagining, re-contextualizing, and in subtle ways revolutionizing jazz history with a strikingly contemporary perspective. Rather than creating tortured fusions, Lovano ventures into logical but largely unexplored tangents that shed new light on roots as well as break new ground. That's the premise of Bird Songs, Lovano's latest with his superb, equally lithe and innovative Us Five: the percussion tandem of Otis Brown and Francisco Mela, pianist James Weidman, and 2011 Best New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding on bass. Bird Songs lovingly reinterprets Charlie Parker's canon with a profusion of fresh harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic ideas culminating in "Birdyard," a brief but wild inversion of fractured Bird themes. $40 at 7 p.m.; $25 at 9 p.m. (Photo by Jimmy Katz)
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