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Friday September 09, 2016

From The Boston Globe

Fall Arts Preview: Jazz Picks
By: Jon Garelick

JOHN SCOFIELD One of the Big Three of his generation of jazz guitarists (along with Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell), Scofield is unfailingly inventive and compelling, over a broad range of material. He’ll unveil the music of his new CD ‘Country for Old Men’ (did we mention the 64-year-old’s wry sense of humor?) ‘” featuring bassist Steve Swallow, keyboardist Larry Goldings, and drummer Bill Stewart ‘” on its day of release, at Berklee. Scofield promises an ‘outlaw’ jazz interpretation of the likes of George Jones, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, Patti Page, and Shania Twain. (This event is a ticketed prelude to Berklee’s free Saturday Beantown Jazz Festival.) Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $30-$39. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-747-2261,

BERKLEE BEANTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL The Beantown festival, curated by bandleader and Berklee prof Terri Lyne Carrington, has to be one of the best free block parties in town. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Jazz: A Peace Supreme,’ and the cast of characters, playing on three stages, includes singer Al Jarreau; drummer Billy Hart’s trio with pianist Ethan Iverson (of the Bad Plus) and bassist Ben Street; a cappella group Pitch Slapped; pop-jazz ensemble Behind These Eyes (music by Berklee icon Hal Crook, sung by Débo Ray); the Mili Bermejo Sextet; the Laszlo Gardony Sextet; the Mark Zaleski Band; the Ricardo Monzón Orchestra; Mark Shilansky’s Fugue Mill; and more. Sept. 24. Tickets: free. Noon-6 p.m. Columbus Avenue between Mass. Avenue and Burke Street.

JAZZ 100 This all-star band, under the direction of pianist and composer Danilo Pérez, is celebrating the 100th birthday of four jazz legends: Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria, and Thelonious Monk. Pérez (early in his career a regular with Gillespie) is joined by singer Lizz Wright, saxophonist Chris Potter, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, percussionist and vocalist Roman Diaz, bassist Ben Street, and drummer Adam Cruz. Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $55-$65. Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. 617-482-6661,

CHUCHO VALDÉS-JOE LOVANO QUINTET Cuban piano master Chucho Valdés, founder of the vastly influential ’70s band Irakere, collaborates for the first time with American saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano, in a new quintet, with bassist Gaston Joya, percussionist Yaroldy Abreu Robles, and drummer and Francisco Mela. Valdés and Lovano draw on a vast repertoire encompassing the history of jazz and all manner of Afro-Cuban roots. Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $47-$65. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-482-6661,

THE BAD PLUS The Bad Plus early on distinguished themselves as a piano jazz trio that covered Black Sabbath and Nirvana. They’ve since gone on to explore Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ (in a piano trio version) and, more recently, Ornette Coleman’s ‘Science Fiction’ (augmented by horn players). Along the way they’ve created a hefty body of impressive originals. Their latest, ‘It’s Hard,’ covers everyone from Prince and Cyndi Lauper to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV on the Radio. They play four shows over two nights at Scullers. Nov. 18-19 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $35. Scullers Jazz Club, Boston. 617-562-4111,

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