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Fall Arts Preview

Critic’s picks: Jazz

Erik Truffaz brings his quartet to the Regattabar Oct. 23.

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Erik Truffaz brings his quartet to the Regattabar Oct. 23.

JOE LOVANO US FIVE  Saxman Lovano’s current working group has two drummers, plus Esperanza Spalding on bass. Their most recent album explored new takes on Charlie Parker.  Sept. 13-14, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $30-$35. Scullers, Boston. 617-562-4111. www.scullersjazz.com

MARK DRESSER  What Dresser does on acoustic bass is rich, generous, and little short of amazing when performed solo, as in the first part of this show, which continues with duets with guitarist Joe Morris.  Sept. 14, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, Cambridge. www.lily-pad.net

Jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke is at the Regattabar on Oct. 12.

Jimmy Katz

Jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke is at the Regattabar on Oct. 12.

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FRED HERSCH TRIO  “Alive at the Vanguard” is the great pianist’s third album back from a six-month coma, but it’s a document of joyous creative renewal, not just fighting another day.  Sept. 19, 8 p.m. $25. Scullers, Boston. 617-562-4111. www.scullersjazz.com

JEREMY PELT QUINTET  A notable player in the generational renewal under way on trumpet, Pelt brings his quintet, including ace tenor saxman J.D. Allen, in support of their latest, ballad-led album, “Soul.”  Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22. Scullers, Boston. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com

JOHN SCOFIELD TRIO  The venerable and versatile guitarist, whose work traverses post-bop and jazz-rock, visits with his cornerstone trio.  Sept. 20-21, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $30-$35. Regattabar, Cambridge. 617-395-7757,
www.regattabarjazz.com

BEN POWELL QUARTET  The young British-born, Boston-based violinist is a devotee of swing-era icon Stéphane Grappelli, whom he honors on his new album, “New Street.”  Sept. 23, 5 p.m. Tickets: $15-$28. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org

A NIGHT OF TWO PIANOS WITH GERI ALLEN AND JOANNE BRACKEEN  Two bold, searching pianists meet fellow female virtuosos Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) and Tia Fuller (sax) to open the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, which continues with free shows the next day on Columbus Avenue.  Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$25. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-747-2261, www.berkleebpc.com

DONNY MCCASLIN  With his quartet, this unfairly under-the-radar tenor saxophonist goes big on his 10th album, “Casting for Gravity,” a jagged, groovy treat at funk’s frontier.  Oct. 10, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers, Boston. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com

LIONEL LOUEKE  It’s past time to get to know the Benin-born guitarist, who’s in full creative voice on his brand-new fourth album, “Heritage,” with Robert Glasper on piano and producing.  Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar, Cambridge. 617-395-7757, www.regatta
barjazz.com

PAT METHENY UNITY BAND  A generous, expansive show is virtually guaranteed with guitar star Metheny, who shares the front line with saxman Chris Potter in the back-to-basics Unity Band.  Oct. 14, 7 p.m. Tickets: $35-$65. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-747-2261, www.berklee
bpc.com

ANAT COHEN QUARTET  Now entrenched as a bandleader in New York, the Israeli has become a leading voice on sax and especially clarinet. (Her brother, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, brings his trio Triveni to the same venue on Oct. 25.)  Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $22-$25. Regattabar, Cambridge. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

ERIK TRUFFAZ QUARTET  The French trumpeter and European “nu-jazz” mainstay explores Indian, Arabic, and other palettes off a post-bop and ’70s jazz-rock foundation.  Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar, Cambridge. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

JOHN COLTRANE MEMORIAL CONCERT  It’s the 35th anniversary of this Boston rite of fall, where a devoted ensemble explores Coltrane’s repertoire and his spirit.  Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. Blackman Auditorium, Boston. 617-373-4700, www.tickets.neu.edu

YOKO MIWA  Sensitive and swinging, the pianist and Berklee prof brings her trio back to Scullers, where her latest, and excellent, live CD was recorded. Nov. 14, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers, Boston. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com

DAVE DOUGLAS QUINTET WITH AOIFE O’DONOVAN  New-bluegrass singer O’Donovan (Crooked Still) joins the trumpeter and his edgy quintet on their hymn-like album, “Be Still.” Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25-$28. Regattabar, Cambridge. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

Siddhartha Mitter can be reached at siddharthamitter@gmail.com.

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