Voice Choices

Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts 4


The brilliant, aggressive drummer often holds up a challenge to those with whom he shares the stage: they have to come strong if they’re going to move the ball downfield. That makes the first part of this birthday celebration quite enticing. Saxophonist Steve Coleman is a brilliantly agile player who hasn’t played in a trio setting for some time. Watts rounds out this week with a roiling quartet that bridges deep swing and feisty expressionism.

Jan. 20-23, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2011

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