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When: Thu., Feb. 9, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., Feb. 10, 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., Feb. 11, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 12, 4, 8 & 10 p.m. 2012

Alto saxophonist Donald Harrison is the quintessential New Orleans musician—he's adept at playing anything with a nice groove, regardless of genre, and his deep soulfulness embraces the past as much as the present. On last year's This Is Jazz (Half Note), his third album with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Billy Cobham, he's in strict hard-bop mode—with the exception of the sole original, "Treme Swagger," where Harrison eats up the funky second-line groove, elaborating on a melody that recalls vintage Meters. He does his best to elevate the otherwise predictable program of standards, navigating the changes with assurance and grace and inextricably intertwining his lyric and rhythmic mastery. For this visit Harrison is joined by a strong Chicago rhythm section he's worked with before: pianist Willie Pickens, bassist Marlene Rosenberg, and drummer Robert Shy. —Peter Margasak

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