He quotes Duke Ellington often, and wisely—”Those unfinished endings are a reality”—as someone who knows, a trumpeter whose fleet-fingered grace still can’t exorcise all those troubles ‘n’ woes. Tom Harrell, a bandleader and composer with 20 albums and a Grammy nod in his pocket (for 1999’s spry Time’s Mirror), has a breathless, lilting tone to rival the late Maynard Ferguson—it’s all the more remarkable because he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and has fought the typically debilitating effects to bid some of the most beautiful post-bop in the scene. Jazz is forever stunning as long as the spirit is.

Thu., April 9, 9 & 11 p.m., 2009

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