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When: Thu., Dec. 18, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., Dec. 19, 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., Dec. 20, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 21, 4 & 8 p.m. 2014

At the ripe age of 85 saxophonist Benny Golson has shown no signs he’s ready to step away from jazz. Even though he hasn’t released a new recording since 2009’s solid, middle-of-the-road New Time, New ’Tet (Concord), he’s still blowing his horn on club stages. And Golson has already immortalized himself by penning some of the standard repertoire’s most enduring themes: “Stablemates,” “Whisper Not,” “Along Came Betty,” and “I Remember Clifford” are among his compositions heard on a regular basis at jazz concerts all over the world. I’m sure some of those tunes will turn up during this local engagement—for which Golson is joined by a strong Chicago band featuring bassist Larry Gray, pianist Mike Kocour, and drummer Dana Hall—but what’s more impressive is that his own playing and carefully measured, mildly soulful improvisations will command most of the attention. —Peter Margasak

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