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JOE LOVANO US FIVE St. Cecilia Music Center, Grand Rapids Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.; $10-$35 scmc-online.org, (616) 459-2224


MORE COMMONLY ASSOCIATED with ances- tral reverence than progressive script-flipping, jazz could probably do without another tribute to one of the genre’s giants. But with a fresh, young crew of some of the most promising musicians on the scene, Joe Lovano Us Five’s latest exploration of Charlie Parker’s legendary catalogue is anything but a cover set. Bird Songs, Lovano’s 22nd recording for Blue Note Records and second recording with


quintet Us Five, released earlier this year, is a personal interpretation of how Parker might have developed as a musician had he not met such an untimely death. While Lovano’s virtuosity on tenor sax (and several others) is prominent and well assured, Us Five masterfully weaves a musical canvas for the bandleader to dance upon, and therein lies the real magic. Esperanza Spalding lays twisted staircases of walking bass (and after snatching the Best New Artist Grammy Award earlier this year from hopefuls Bieber, Drake, Florence + The Machine and Mumford and Sons, the young muse has achieved a level of personal stardom in her own right); James Wideman’s tight piano licks ground Lovano’s winding saxophonery; and a double-drummer section filled by Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela presents a diverse landscape of rhythm combination possibilities around which the group can improvise. Lovano says when he and his crew take the stage at St. Cecilia’s this month, the focus will not be Parker’s original inspiration for the music recorded on Bird Songs, but rather the spontaneous and creative way the band collectively explores the physical plane in a live setting. Reported by Tyler DeJong


Grand Rapids Civic Theater The Night of the Living Dead Grand Rapids Public Library Dia de los Muertos John Ball Park Zoo Zoo Goes Boo! Kalamazoo Civic Theatre Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Ladies Literary Club An Evening with AG Silver Lemonjello’s Stationary Travelers Mangiamo! Robin Connell Miller Auditorium The Rocky Horror Show New Holland Brewing Co. Rick and Krystal Doogie Nuveen Center A Haunted Halloween Happening Old Dog Tavern Crane Wives wsg Tony LaJoye


Orbit Room The Musical Box Performs The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Ottawa Tavern Thirteenth Hour Schuler Books and Music (28th Street location) Ralston Bowles Tip Top Deluxe Creolization


SATURDAY 10.29


The B.O.B. Halloween DeVos Performance Hall Il Trovatore by Verdi Dog Story Theater Prom Night - The Musical


Founders Brewing Co. Oracle Annual Halloween Spooktacular with special guests The Crane Wives and Alexis Frauenthal Center for the performing arts West Michigan Symphony presents “Brahms Symphony No.3” Grand Rapids Ballet Co. Dracula Grand Rapids Civic Theater The Night of the Living Dead Grand Rapids Public Library Dia de los Muertos The Intersection Mega ‘80s John Ball Park Zoo Zoo Goes Boo! Mangiamo! Bob VanStee Miller Auditorium The Rocky Horror Show MXTP Hawthorne Heights, ViFolly, Another October, Maybe Next Time,


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