All the Jazz That's Fit to Dig

Peter Erskine
Looks like one of those weeks packed with great music, and Friday is the craziest.

Bassist Henry Franklin's quartet is at LACMA at 6 p.m., doing their 'Trane-inspired sound, with saxophonist Azar Lawrence channeling the man himself, and pianist Theo Saunders' deep-seated McCoy Tyner influences. They certainly got the crowd at Central Avenue fired up a couple weekends ago.

Downtown at California Plaza at 7 p.m. there's a global-jazz triple bill, opening with vocalist Dwight Trible and poet Kamaou Da'aoud doing their extremely powerful music: deep, dynamic and grooving. Then from Guadalajara come the Mexican jazzoid outfit Troker. It closes with Indo-L.A. jazz improvisation from Indus Valley Civilization with Ndugu Chancler, Badal Roy (tabla), Anantha Krishnan (mridangama/khanjira), bassist Alphonse Johnson, pianist Otmaro Ruiz and saxophonist Justo Almario. An inspired lineup and a gorgeous venue, too.

In the clubs on Friday, saxophonist Louis Van Taylor—he tore it up with the Gerald Wilson Orchestra at Central Avenue—fronts a trio at Red, White and Bluez in Pasadena from 6 p.m. At 8 p.m. saxophonist Bob Sheppard—he blew some brilliant stuff with Dave Douglas at the bowl—is at Vitello's, with the excellent band of pianist Alan Pasqua, bassist Gabe Noel and drummer Peter Erskine. Up the hill in Bel Air saxophonist Chuck Manning and trumpeter Sal Marquez are at Vibrato, and they are one of our favorite local combinations and get into some serious bop. The always impressive (and busy) pianist Bill Cunliffe is at the Blue Whale.

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