Willie Akins (pictured) will get it started at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 13, followed by fellow tenor man Freddie Washington at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 17.
Both Akins and Washington have been widely admired mainstays of the local jazz scene since the 1960s, though Washington took a hiatus during the 2000s for business and personal reasons. Both could be said to have a post-bop sensibility, influenced notably by John Coltrane, but each brings his own set of distinctive touches to even the most familiar material.
The Nu-Art Series Tenor Madness" concerts will take place at the Metropolitan Gallery, 2936 Locust downtown. Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for students at the door.