One of the best parts of the Vision Festival is its celebration of elders. At this annual aggregation of leftie jazz improvisers, experience and impact are celebrated, and this year’s lifetime achievement award goes to 71-year-old percussionist Milford Graves, who has been sagely jostling the norm since the mid-’60s (he performs on opening night on June 12). Other seminal vets dot the five-night bash, too. The wily saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell (72) plays in a trio with bassist Henry Grimes (77); and New Orleans spitfire Kidd Jordan (78) and Sun Ra lieutenant Marshall Allen (pushing 90!) are both positioned in inventive ensembles. Of course, room is made for the insights of younger players, too. Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up are one of the more resourceful outfits in town, and the poetic trio of pianist Kris Davis, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Andrew Cyrille is a pan-generational joy. Connecting the dots between the various approaches should be a blast.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: June 12. Continues through June 16, 2013