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When: Thu., May 26, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., May 27, 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., May 28, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sun., May 29, 4, 8 & 10 p.m. 2016

On last year’s delightful Brotherlee Love (Capri) veteran trumpeter Terell Stafford pays homage to Lee Morgan, one of Philadelphia’s greatest hard-bop horn players. Though Stafford grew up outside Chicago he came of age as a musician in Philly, and there’s never been any doubt that he’s the musical progeny of Morgan. The ferociously swinging, deeply soulful album features eight Morgan tunes—some he wrote, some he was famous for recording—performed with energy and style by Stafford’s crack working band with tenor saxophonist Tim Warfield, bassist Peter Washington, pianist Bruce Barth, and drummer Dana Hall. Whether it’s the strutting funk of “Petty Larceny” or the sleek, sophisticated blues of “Candy,” the band evokes not just the brilliance of Morgan but the classic era in jazz that ran from the late 50s into the early 60s. The album includes one Stafford original in “Favor,” where the trumpeter’s half-valved intro connects him to the present while kicking off a strut through the past. For this week’s engagement Billy Williams subs on drums for Hall.

Peter Margasak

Price: $20-$40

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