The Month Ahead: Jazz

Recommended shows from Flexicon to Branford Marsalis.

Jazz and Poetry/Wednesday, Sept. 7

Enjoy spoken word and live jazz hosted by Verbal Oasis the first Wednesday of every month, showcasing local and national poets trading verses, phrases, and riffs with live jazz musicians. Lucid, 5241 University Way N.E., 402-3042. 8:30 p.m. Free.

Flexicon/Friday, Sept. 9

Every Friday, Flexicon's unified yet eclectic mix further solidifies Thomas Marriott's standing as one of the finer voices in jazz today, both as trumpeter and composer. New Orleans Creole Restaurant, 114 First Ave. S., 622-2563. 8 p.m. $8.

Jovino Santos Neto & Frank Clayton Quartet/Friday, Sept. 9

Valley Vibes Jazz is a free series of jazz concerts and post-concert talks held on the second Friday of each month through November. Presented by SEEDArts, the series includes performances by a diverse group of Seattle artists, with a reception and artist conversation following each concert. Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., 725-7517. 7 p.m. NC. All ages.

Farko Collective/Wednesday, Sept.14

The Farko Collective, quite possibly Seattle's most groundbreaking, genre-stretching jazz-fusion group, is the brainchild of electric-bass prodigy Farko Rustamovich Dosumov, originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Lucid, 5241 University Way N.E., 402-3042. 9 p.m. Free.

Branford Marsalis/Thursday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 18

Three-time Grammy winner Branford Marsalis is known for his innovative spirit and broad musical scope; he is currently touring in support of his latest release, Songs of Mirth and Melancholy. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729. 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $35.

The Racer Sessions/Sunday, Sept. 25

The Racer Sessions cover much more than just jazz, welcoming and encouraging all types of improvisers to join the sessions. Expect the unexpected. Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way N.E., 523-5282. 7:30 p.m. Free.

James Farm/Tuesday, Sept. 27-Thursday, Sept. 29

Featuring Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland. James Farm gives followers of contemporary music much to be excited about with their forward-thinking and open approach. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729. 7:30 p.m. $26.50.

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