Pundits often celebrate how usually-discrete jazz camps sometimes morph, POVs and aesthetic attitudes melding to form a unique sound or test a pliable new lingo. These kinds of moves always need a linchpin to get off the dime — someone who has worked in various situations and sees value in the wealth of approaches. Long story short, that’s Matt Wilson. For the last two decades, the drummer-bandleader has been a poster boy for versatility, making sweet concoctions from old-school swing, hard-bop swag, and avant-skronk. He and his numerous ensembles grab everything they hear and find a use for it — they get the big picture. To celebrate Wilson’s 50th birthday, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola invited a handful of his groups to the stage. The aptly named Open House is the most emblematic of his catholic curatorial skills. Put Joe Lovano, Mary Halvorson, and Stefon Harris in a front line and you’re making a statement. Also this week: Arts & Crafts (his organ outfit), Topsy Turvy (quartet plus guest horns), and an inviting collabo with veteran bassist Buster Williams. Hit two or more gigs and you’ll get the big picture, too.
Sat., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., 2014