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Moment's Notice: Dezron Douglas, Greg Osby, Mat Maneri and more

Welcome to Moment’s Notice, WRTI’s guide to the Philadelphia jazz scene. We’re here to tip you off to the best shows during the week ahead. Sign up now to receive this service in your inbox every week. And if you want to let us know about a show on the horizon, or share any other feedback, drop us a line!

Spotlight: Dezron Douglas Quartet — Friday, Solar Myth

The low end is a locus for Dezron Douglas, who as a bassist can be seen holding it down for both the Ravi Coltrane Quartet and the Trey Anastasio Band, or in various settings with harpist Brandee Younger. But Douglas is also a strong leader in his own right, with a natural way of centering the energies in his band. Late last year, he released his seventh album, ATALAYA, which WRTI’s Courtney Blue praised at the time as “a common ground where we can congregate, resonate and vibrate together.” The album features a propulsive quartet with Emilio Modeste on tenor saxophone, Joe Dyson, Jr. on drums, and Philly’s own George Burton on piano.

Oct. 6 at 8 p.m., Solar Myth, 1131 S. Broad Street, $30; purchase tickets.

Gina D’Soto & Caracas Trio — Sunday, Painted Bride Art Center

An undeniably soulful vocalist originally from Havana, Gina D’Soto has built her reputation in Montréal and New York, where her collaborative circle includes artists like Arturo O’Farrill. For this special concert, co-presented by WRTI’s own J. Michael Harrison and the Painted Bride Art Center, D’Soto performs with Lex Corten on keyboards, Juan Diego Villalobos on keyboards and mallet percussion, and Kayvon Gordon on drums. The opening set will feature Caracas Trio, featuring Villalobos, Gadi Lehavi on piano and keyboards, and Daniel Prim on drums.

Oct. 1 at 6 p.m., Painted Bride Art Center, 5212 Market Street, $20 suggested (pay what you can); more information.

Anna Webber’s Shimmer Wince — Monday, Solar Myth
(postponed due to COVID)

Cuban pianist Dayramir González
courtesy of the artist
Cuban pianist Dayramir González.

Dayramir González — Thursday, Delaware Art Museum

Pianist Dayramir González has been an onrushing force in Afro-Cuban music for more than a decade, since he first received the imprimatur (and mentorship) of Chucho Valdés. The scope of his ambition can be seen in a recent series of albums, including The Grand Concourse in 2018 and Tributo a Juan Formell & Los Van Van in 2021. He performs on the Delaware Art Museum’s Steinway as part of a jazz series hosted by Raye Jones Avery, who will lead an onstage Q&A.

Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE, $30, with discount for members; purchase tickets.

Mat Maneri Quartet — Saturday, Solar Myth

Ash, a mesmerizing new album by violist Mat Maneri, makes the most of his gift for shadowy abstraction and slow-unfolding drama. It also takes full advantage of the rare simpatico he has developed over the years with pianist Lucian Ban, drummer Randy Peterson and bassist John Hébert (whose worthy stand-in here will be Brandon Lopez).

Oct. 7 at 8 p.m., Solar Myth, 1131 S. Broad Street, $25; purchase tickets.

Minas Sextet – Saturday, Philadelphia Clef Club

At heart, Philadelphia’s leading Brazilian jazz ensemble is a husband-and-wife duo, featuring Orlando and Patricia Haddad on vocals, keyboards and guitar. But on occasion, Minas expands its ranks to include some notable musicians from the Philly jazz scene — like trumpeter John Swana, saxophonist and flutist Andrew Neu, bassist Jim Stager and drummer Tom Cohen, who will all be present for this Jazz Cultural Voices Concert at the Clef Club.

Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, 736 S. Broad Street, $35; purchase tickets.

Greg Osby — Saturday, IDEA Center for the Arts (Camden)

After making a triumphant return last year on Tyshawn Sorey’s critically lauded The Off-Off Broadway Guide to Synergism, alto saxophonist Greg Osby is about to release Minimalism — the first studio effort in 15 years, and a fine distillation of his sensibilities as a modernist composer and bandleader. On the day that the album drops, he’ll be celebrating in Camden, with Tal Cohen on piano, Nimrod Speaks on bass, and Fabio Rojas on drums.

Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m., IDEA Center For The Arts, 217 Market Street Camden, $30; purchase tickets.

Nate Chinen has been writing about music for more than 25 years. He spent a dozen of them working as a critic for The New York Times, and helmed a long-running column for JazzTimes. As Editorial Director at WRTI, he oversees a range of classical and jazz coverage, and contributes regularly to NPR.