Lucky Old Souls Music Picks of the Week

Saxophonist/composer Dan Peterson, who celebrates the release of his CD “5 Simple Worlds… And Ways Of Getting There” Friday night at Settlement Music School in Queen Village

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

TUESDAY 5/19/09
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

WEDNESDAY 5/20/09
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., $5

THURSDAY 5/21/09
Matana Roberts
The Rotunda, 4012 Walnut St.
A solo saxophone performance from the talented Chicago improviser. More info at arsnovaworkshop.com.
8 p.m., FREE

FRIDAY 5/22/09
Dan Peterson’s “5 Simple Worlds… And Ways Of Getting There”
Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St.
Multi-instrumentalist/composer Dan Peterson received a grant from the American Composers Forum in 2007 for his deeply personal song cycle “5 Simple Worlds… And Ways Of Getting There.” Tonight he celebrates the release of the CD (which will be for sale for $15), with help from many of the artists on the album, including guitarist Matt Davis, vocalist Pannan Wophill, and trombonist Larry Toft.
7 p.m., FREE

SATURDAY 5/23/09
Sonic Liberation Front, Agent Moosehead
Mile High Club, 216 S. 11th St., 3rd Floor
If you don’t know these bands, check out the above links and you’ll get a sense of why each is, in their own way, one of Philly’s most original bands. Then go check out the show.
9 p.m., $8

SUNDAY 5/24/09
Sci Fi Philly Gojjo Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar , 4540 Baltimore Ave.
It’s the one-year anniversary of the launch of this weekly musician-run jazz and improvised music series, and they’re celebrating with 7 hours of music (!!!), all for the usual low cover of $5. The full schedule is on the website (linked above), but highlights include performances from Shot x Shot, Elliott Levin & Terry Lawson, and a quartet led by Bobby Zankel. 2 p.m., $5

Sun Ra Arkestra

Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave.
A very special performance from the Arkestra, in celebration of maestro Marshall Allen’s 85th birthday. More information at arsnovaworskshop.com. 8 p.m., $10

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