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The jazz doesn't stop when the festival does

Aftershows and more, including Inner Ear, Jerry Gonzalez, Dee Alexander, and Ira Sullivan and Stu Katz hosting the traditional Jazz Showcase jams

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When the music ends at the Jazz Festival, it's usually just starting somewhere else in the city. Worthwhile options each night include loose jam sessions and full-blown concerts—far more than I'm listing here—and as usual there's one morning event, Delmark's annual brunch at Jazz Record Mart. For fans of straight-ahead blowing, the Jazz Showcase is usually the hottest spot in town all weekend; multi-­instrumentalist Ira Sullivan and pianist-vibist Stu Katz (who plays with pianist Willie Pickens at the Cultural Center on Thursday afternoon) host the club's customary jams. Likely guests include the many Showcase regulars appearing at the fest, among them pianist Ethan Iverson, saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, trumpeter Randy Brecker, and pianist Peter Martin.

Afterfest action also includes plenty for those whose tastes lean toward avant-garde sounds: David Boykin presents his annual Hereafter Festival (Friday at Surplus of Options and Saturday at Heaven Gallery), and Elastic hosts music Thursday through Saturday, beginning with small groups featuring players from the Resonance Ensemble and ending with two days of sets by members of the AACM and Asian Improv Arts Midwest.

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Roy Haynes discussion and Q&A with Paul Wertico 7 PM, Apple Store, 679 N. Michigan, free, all ages

Inner Ear with Mikolaj Trzaska, Per Åke-Holmlander, Steve Swell, and Tim Daisy; Joe McPhee & Paal Nilssen-Love 9 PM, Elastic, $10 suggested donation, all ages

Tom Muellner Quartet 8:30 PM, Katerina's, $10, 21+

Jam sessions hosted by Ira Sullivan and Stu Katz 8 PM, Jazz Showcase, $20, 21+

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Dee Alexander & the Evolution Ensemble 10 PM, Katerina's, $10, 21+

Extraordinary Popular Delusions, David Boykin Expanse, DJ Ayana Contreras 10 PM, Surplus of Options, 3664 N. Lincoln, donation requested, all ages

Members of the AACM and Asian Improv Arts Midwest 10:30 PM, Elastic, $10 suggested donation, all ages

Jam sessions hosted by Ira Sullivan and Stu Katz 8 PM, Jazz Showcase, $20, 21+

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Members of the AACM and Asian Improv Arts Midwest 10:30 PM, Elastic, $10 suggested donation, all ages

Microcosmic Sound Orchestra, Alex Wing Trio, DJ Ayana Contreras 10 PM, Heaven Gallery, $7 suggested donation, all ages

George Freeman 6:30 PM, Katerina's, $10, 21+

Jam sessions hosted by Ira Sullivan and Stu Katz 8 PM, Jazz Showcase, $20, 21+

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Delmark Records Annual Jazz Brunch with Ernest Dawkins, Corey Wilkes, Jim Cooper, Keefe Jackson, Jason Stein, and more 10 AM, Jazz Record Mart, 27 E. Illinois, 312-222-1467, free, all ages

Jerry Gonzalez y el Comando de la Clave (see Saturday) 7 PM, Mayne Stage, $30, $25 in advance, 18+

Guillermo Gregorio, Jason Roebke, and Brian Labycz 10 PM, Hungry Brain, $7 suggested donation, 21+

Jam sessions hosted by Ira Sullivan and Stu Katz 8 PM, Jazz Showcase, $20, 21+

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