Anyone accustomed to the shiny happy Latin-jazz pabulum that's usually heard around here will get a jolt from Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, who broke out of the Bronx in the late '80s with a rougher style that reflected the mercurial temperament of its leader: trumpeter and conguero Jerry Gonzalez. Except for Jerry's brother, bassist Andy, the unit remains intact, with the great Joe Ford on sax, Larry Willis on piano, and drummer Steve Berrios. (The young Luques Curtis now holds the bass chair.) They'll be kicking off the Earshot Jazz Festival at the Triple Door Saturday night.
If you're looking for something more in a fuzzy, electric vein for the first night, drummer Jerry Granelli's two-guitar group V16 is the second strong option at Tula's.