Leandro “Gato” Barbieri has been quite willing to conquer alien musical territories with his unmistakably fiery tenor sax tone. In the ‘60s, he jumped into free jazz, often with legendary trumpeter Don Cherry. In the ‘70s, he found himself returning to his South American roots, most notably his score to Last Tango in Paris which split the difference between jazz and tango in a way that Astor Piazzola never could but also on classic albums like El Pampero, Fenix, and Caliente, where his smoldering sax soared over Afro-Latin (and sometimes funk) rhythms to delightful effect. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, el Gato sauntered into a smooth jazz comfort zone that he still occupies today, but his tone never weakened, which is proof that the fire in his belly remains. Join him for his 81st birthday.
Thu., Nov. 28, 8 p.m., 2013