For lovers of jazz and creative instrumental music, this Saturday night is going to call for swift action. First, get yourself to the Good Shepherd Center by 8 to catch Wally Shoup (left) in a quartet with the brilliantly elusive pianist Gust Burns and two drummers. Wally sent me a recent session he recorded with Burns and one of the drummers (Bob Rees) and it's fantastic stuff--more in the free-jazz tradition than some of Shoup's other work. These are guys with such a grasp of pulse and form, such an ability to move and explore as a single unit, that their free jazz sounds as disciplined and focused as a bebop solo.
As soon as they depart the stage, you need to head to Egan's to catch Wayne Horvitz's Sonny Clark tribute band at 11. This is a great collection of Seattle players, including the excellent trombonist Steve Moore, playing some of the more elliptical jazz of the late '50s--including Lennie Tristano, Hank Mobley, and, of course, pianist Sonny Clark (below).