Lucky Old Souls Music Picks of the Week

Percussionist Lenny Belasco and vibraphonist Khan Jamal, who perform Friday night at Moonstone Art Center

Jazz and more… Where I’ll be and where you should be…

MONDAY 3/9/09
Big Monday
Tritone, 1508 South St.
Big Monday is a new jazz project featuring Tom Tallitsch on tenor sax, John Stenger on keys, Victor Baker on guitar, Paul Gehman on bass, and Justin Leigh on drums. They’ve been playing together privately for over a year, developing a large repertoire of original compositions. This is the second show of a new 2nd Monday residency at Tritone, a venue that deserves a lot of credit for giving so many groups monthly gigs, allowing them to develop their music in front of an audience.
9 p.m., $5

TUESDAY 3/10/09
Lucky Thompson & the Budesa Brothers’ Blue Tuesday Open Mic & Jam Session
Leroy’s Showcase Lounge, 4912 Baltimore Ave.
Veteran drummer Lucky Thompson has played with greats like Nina Simone and Patti LaBelle during his long career and led jam sessions all over the city (including at Natalie’s Lounge, where he was the music director for more than 10 years). Lucky and brothers Rich Budesa on keys and Rob Budesa on guitar are single-handedly keeping Philly’s great organ trio tradition alive. If you haven’t heard them play at the Showcase, a neighborhood bar with a friendly staff and a welcoming vibe, then you’re missing out on an essential part of Philly’s jazz scene.
8 p.m., FREE

Ben Schachter’s re:Trio
TIME, 1315 Sansom St.
Tenor saxophonist Ben Schachter and his talented young bandmates, bassist Leon Boykins and drummer Matt Scarano, are good enough to be playing at the Village Vanguard in New York or in a concert hall in Europe, but instead they play every Wednesday right here in Philly, in TIME’s upstairs lounge.
9 p.m., FREE

More picks after the jump!

THURSDAY 3/12/09
West Philadelphia Orchestra
Tritone, 1508 South St.
The WPO needs to be seen, heard, and felt to be believed, and if you haven’t experienced the phenomenon that is a WPO Tritone dance party, then you’re missing out on an absolutely essential part of the Philly music scene. The WPO is a group of musicians with jazz chops playing all kinds of Eastern European folk music, klezmer, and more, guided by the spirits of punk rock and Charles Mingus.
10 p.m. $5

FRIDAY 3/13/09
Lucky Old Souls @ Moonstone: Lenny Belasco / Khan Jamal Duo, Robert Kenyatta
Moonstone Art Center (formerly Robin’s Books), 110 S. 13th St., 2nd Floor
The first in a new monthly series of shows I’ll be presenting on the 2nd Friday of each month at Moonstone Art Center features vibraphonist Khan Jamal, a Philadelphia treasure who’s been making beautiful music here and elsewhere for over 40 years. His partner, percussionist Lenny Belasco, used to play with pianist Kenny Barron. Also on the bill is Robert Kenyatta, a percussionist, griot, and educator who’s positive energy is infectious. He’s played with a wide range of artists, including Sonny Rollins, jazz bagpiper Rufus Harley, Wilson Pickett, and the Beach Boys.

SATURDAY 3/14/09
Agent Moosehead, Honey Radar, Easy Corner
Green Line Cafe, 4426 Locust St.
You can call Agent Moosehead’s music “prog-jazz” or “instrumental rock,” but don’t get too hung up on slapping a label on this great band that was just voted The Deli Magazine’s band of the month for March. This show is presented by Sherman Community Arts.
7 p.m., $5

SUNDAY 3/15/09
Sci Fi Philly: Sonic Liberation Front, Grid Mesh, Hirlinger/Gerstein Duo
Gojjo Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar , 4540 Baltimore Ave.
This weekly musician-run jazz & experimental music series never disappoints. Neither does Sonic Liberation Front, Philly’s Afro-Cuban free-jazz superstars.
9 p.m., $5


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