ASTRAL PROJECT8 p.m., Afterthought. $12 adv., $15 d.o.s.
Almost exactly a year after the famed contemporary jazz act played the Windsong Performing Arts Center, Astral Project
returns for an even more intimate set. Though firmly rooted in Bebop, the four-piece keeps it true to the original spirit of jazz, mixing genres as far flung as rock, world and classical and always working in a healthy amount of their funky hometown of New Orleans. Together since 1978, the group, which includes saxophonist Tony Dagradi, guitarist Steve Masakowski, bassist James Singleton and drummer Johnny Vidacovich, has long been regarded as the Crescent City's premier modern jazz act. Venerable jazz mag OffBeat even called them “one of the most unique jazz groups period.” With bona fides like those, and a sure guarantee for a unique, highly improvised show, this is a concert for which you'll want to get tickets early.