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When: Fri., Dec. 26, 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., Dec. 27, 8 & 10 p.m., Sun., Dec. 28, 4, 8 & 10 p.m., Mon., Dec. 29, 8 & 10 p.m., Tue., Dec. 30, 8 & 10 p.m., Wed., Dec. 31, 8 & 10 p.m., Thu., Jan. 1, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., Jan. 2, 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., Jan. 3, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 4, 4, 8 & 10 p.m. 2015

From the time trumpeter Roy Hargrove hit the scene in the late 80s he’s been one of jazz’s most fiery and skilled horn men, an extroverted player with a deep understanding of and facility with postbop fundamentals. Over the course of his career he’s made interesting side excursions—like dipping into Cuban music, funk, and hip-hop—but he’s always returned to the music that put him on the map. Hargrove hasn’t made a new record in five years, and in May he pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in New York—not his first run-in with the law for substance issues—but it’s good to see he’s carrying on his recent tradition of spending part of the holidays at the Jazz Showcase. He’ll again lead a superb band that includes longtime saxophonist Justin Robinson, hot-shot pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Ameen Saleem, and drummer Quincy Phillips. With the exception of Phillips, the lineup is the same one that’s been spending New Year’s with him in Chicago for the last five years, and that consistency and chance to stretch out night after night promises some real heat on a cold winter’s night. —Peter Margasak

Price: $35-$75

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