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Danilo Pérez Trio, Kris Davis with the Lutosławski Quartet, and more

Moment’s Notice is WRTI’s regular 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 Sunday. And if you want to let us know about a show on the horizon, or share any other feedback, drop us a line!

Danilo Pérez Trio — Saturday, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts

The Panamanian pianist, composer and educator Danilo Pérez favors pellucid harmony and crisp, composite rhythm, fulfilling an hyper-articulate vision of pan-Caribbean jazz. He’s also one of the foremost acolytes of the late modernist master Wayne Shorter, in whose quartet he played for nearly 20 years. One of his partners in that valorized ensemble was the virtuoso bassist John Patitucci, who rejoins him in this trio. Completing the lineup here is Adam Cruz, an alert and dynamic drummer whose history with Pérez stretches back more than 25 years. This concert is part of the Clef Club’s Jazz Cultural Voices series, and you can expect a balance of Shorter-esque intrigue, collective exploration, and a perspective that speaks to Pérez’s purpose as founder and artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

June 15 at 7:30 p.m., Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, 736 South Broad Street, $45; purchase tickets.

Emilio Modeste / Black Buttafly — Wednesday, Notsolatin

The Notsolatin house concert series has put together a strong midweek double bill, featuring Emilo Modeste, a tenor saxophonist heard to great effect in bands led by Dezron Douglas and Stanley Clarke; and Black Buttafly, the neo-soul alter ego of singer-songwriter and keyboardist Kayla Childs.

June 12 at 7 p.m., Notsolatin Jazz Series, 1440 W. Ritner Street, $10 suggested donation; venue information.

Pianist and composer Kris Davis, pictured at The Green Mill in Chicago.
courtesy of the artist
Pianist and composer Kris Davis, pictured at The Green Mill in Chicago.

Kris Davis & Lutosławski Quartet — Friday, Solar Myth

Jazztopad, Poland’s leading jazz festival, has produced a satellite edition in New York for the last eight years. This year, its offerings include a collaboration between the brilliant pianist Kris Davis and the Wrocław-based Lutosławski Quartet, presenting “The Solastalgia Suite” at Dizzy’s Club. One day after that world premiere, they’ll perform the piece again at Solar Myth; its realm of musical inspiration, Davis has suggested, ranges from Messiaen to Cecil Taylor to Beyoncé.

June 14 at 8 p.m., Solar Myth, 1131 South Broad Street, $30; purchase tickets.

Nazir Ebo — Friday, Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany

Since we declared Nazir Ebo “the Philadelphia scene’s next breakthrough talent” last year, he has only kept justifying the praise. Maybe you caught him behind Joshua Redman on a recent Tiny Desk Concert, or backing the surrealist electronics artist Salami Rose Joe Louis on her album tour. This Friday, Ebo will lead his own fusioneering band in an outdoor concert (weather permitting) at St. Luke and the Epiphany.

June 14 at 7 p.m., Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany, 330 South 13th Street, $5-$15; purchase tickets.

Noah Halpern Quintet — Saturday, Chris’ Jazz Cafe

A trumpeter originally from Seattle, where he made the most of a world-class training pipeline for jazz talent, Noah Halpern has since distinguished himself in New York — and beyond, via the prestigious Carmine Caruso International Jazz Solo Competition, which he won last year. He returns to Chris’ with a quintet; here’s a taste of his band in the room last fall, in case you need further enticement.

June 15 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Chris’ Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom Street, $30, $85, and $105, with dinner packages; 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.