Arts

The Ticket: Jazz and blues

THE RHYTHM FUTURE QUARTET Bringing Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz into the 21st century, the virtuosic string band, helmed by American violinist Jason Anick and Finnish guitarist Olli Soikkeli, celebrates its engaging new CD “Rhythm Future & Friends.” Dec. 13, 8 p.m. $25. Scullers, Boston. 866-777-8932, www.scullersjazz.com

JEFF PITCHELL & TEXAS FLOOD The dynamic guitarist, singer, and bandleader has played with everyone from blues giant Buddy Guy to the Monkees’ Peter Tork. Dec. 14, 8 p.m. $20-$22. Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining, 267 Main St., Woonsocket, RI. 401-765-1900, www.chanseggrollsandjazz.com

41st ANNUAL JOHN COLTRANE MEMORIAL CONCERT: MY FAVORITE THINGS This year’s tribute to the supreme jazz master also honors two great saxophonists with lengthy Boston ties: Bill Pierce and Stan Strickland. Comprising a passel of Boston’s favorite jazz players, the 14-piece JCMC Ensemble, directed by Dr. Carl Atkins, performs new arrangements of Coltrane-associated numbers from the headline Rodgers & Hammerstein standard to “Afro Blue” (featuring Strickland) and “Like Sonny” (featuring Pierce). WGBH’s Eric Jackson hosts. Dec. 15, 7:30 pm. $25-$40. Blackman Auditorium, Northeastern University, Boston. www.mytickets.northeastern.edu, 617-373-4700; www.friendsofjcmc.org, 617-671-0789

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KEVIN LOWENTHAL

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