Joel Forrester & Phillip Johnston


The Microscopic Septet are in town performing Monk tunes at the Gershwin Hotel, which means its members have time for some extra curricular activity. After what seems like a gillion years together, pianist Forrester and saxophonist Johnston have fashioned a rare rapport, and their new duet disc, Live at the Hillside Club, teems with a well-rendered wit and flows with fraternal accord. Also appearing tonight is Johnston’s chamber trio, The Spokes, a soprano, clarinet, trombone deal that waxes pretty and provocative at the same time.

Fri., Sept. 2, 8:30 p.m., 2011