When: Fri., June 19, 8:30 p.m. and Sat., June 20, 8:30 p.m. 2015
Now here’s an essential show for even the most casual jazzer: Williams with Marcus Elliott, Jaribu Shahid, Djallo Djakate, and Kris Johnson. Williams is a pianist from Detroit who lives in New York City these days. He was a protégée of Kenn Cox from the Contemporary Jazz Quintet, and early on he was Cassandra Wilson’s music director, but most of his music veers toward the avant end. He’s one of the few older guys who does some really nice and original stuff with electronics. Shahid is the bass player from Griot Galaxy, and current bassist for Art Ensemble of Chicago. Both Williams and Shahid were also members of Phil Ranelin’s essential Vibes From the Tribe group. Djakate is a talented local drummer. And while we may not be too familiar with who Elliott or Johnson are, if they got asked to play with these other dudes, they’re going to hold their own.