When the music ends at the Jazz Festival, it's usually just starting somewhere else in the city. This year's afterfest offerings, like last year's, aren't quite as rich as they've often been in the past, but there are plenty of worthwhile options each night, from loose jam sessions to full-blown concerts. There are of course more jazz shows in town this weekend than I'm listing here; I've restricted myself to those with some connection to the festival. On Thursday the postfest action includes an 80th birthday concert by pianist Ahmad Jamal at Pritzker Pavilion, where official Jazz Festival shows will have wrapped up just hours earlier. The final installment of this year's Made in Chicago series, the show features Jamal and his working band, Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and then a combined set from both groups.
Two other events I consider the highlights favor fans of the avant-garde: Thursday through Saturday saxophonist David Boykin presents his annual Hereafter Festival at Heaven Gallery, where on Friday his Expanse (see the List) will celebrate the release of its fine new album, Ultra Sheen. And Friday through Sunday legendary bassist Henry Grimes anchors three richly varied lineups at the Velvet Lounge. The club's afterfest sets won't be the same without the late Fred Anderson, but New Orleans saxophonist Edward "Kidd" Jordan, one of Anderson's old compatriots, is still making his customary visit; he'll play Saturday and Sunday nights. —PM
Tomeka Reid's Hear in Now Trio (see Friday), David Boykin & Jayve Montgomery Thu 9/2, 7 PM, Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee, second floor, heavengallery.com, donation requested, all-ages
Ahmad Jamal with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra Thu 9/2, 7:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph, 312-742-1168, free, all ages
Jam sessions hosted by Eric Schneider, Willie Pickens, and George Fludas Thu-Sun 9/2-9/5, 8 PM, Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth, 312-360-0234, $20, 21+.
Francis Wong, Tatsu Aoki, Henry Grimes, and Chad Taylor Fri 9/3, 9:30 PM, Velvet Lounge, 67 E. Cermak, 312-791-9050, $20, 21+.
David Boykin Expanse (see the List), Alex Wing Group, DJ Abstract Black Fri 9/3, 10 PM, Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee, second floor, heavengallery.com, donation requested, all ages
Kahil El’Zabar’s Experimental Band with Edwin Daugherty, Dudley Owens, Robert Griffin, Norman Palm, Isaiah Spencer, Xavier Breaker, Justin Dillard, and Jeff Harris Fri 9/3, 10:30 PM, Creative Lounge Chicago, 1564 N. Damen, 312-805-3646, $10 suggested donation.
George Freeman, Kurt Schweitz, and Joe Jenkins (10 PM), Jimmy Ellis and Miguel de la Cerna (6:30 PM) Sat 9/4, Katerina’s, 1920 W. Irving Park, 773-348-7592, early show $5, late show $10, 21+.
Kidd Jordan, Mars Williams, Harrison Bankhead, Henry Grimes, and Avreeayl Ra Sat 9/4, 9:30 PM, Velvet Lounge, 67 E. Cermak, 312-791-9050, $20, 21+.
Microcosmic Sound Orchestra, Renee Baker’s Mantra Blue Orchestra, DJ Abstract Black Sat 9/4, 10 PM, Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee, second floor, heavengallery.com, donation requested, all ages
Dwight Trible with the Kahil El’Zabar Quartet Sat 9/4, 10:30 PM, Creative Lounge Chicago, 1564 N. Damen, 312-805-3646, $10 suggested donation.
Brad Goode Quartet, Jim Cooper, Ari Brown, Corey Wilkes, Ira Sullivan, and others Sun 9/5, 10 AM, Jazz Record Mart, 27 E. Illinois, 312-222-1468, free, all ages
Kidd Jordan, Ed Wilkerson, Harrison Bankhead, Henry Grimes, and Isaiah Spencer Sun 9/5, 9:30 PM, Velvet Lounge, 67 E. Cermak, 312-791-9050, $20, 21+.
Corey Wilkes & Abstrakt Pulse Sun 9/5, 10:30 PM, Creative Lounge Chicago, 1564 N. Damen, 312-805-3646, $10 suggested donation.