JAMES LEARY8 p.m., Afterthought. $12.
One the most accomplished jazz players to ever come out of Arkansas — and surely the most acclaimed bassist — returns home for a series of gigs that begin at the Afterthought. Consider these bona fides: Born in Little Rock and schooled at UAPB and under the tutelage of legendary local jazzman Art Porter Sr., Leary has shared the stage and recorded with the likes of Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie, Albert King, Theolonius Monk, Esther Phillips and Max Roach. He's a long time member of the Count Basie Orchestra, one of the few still around hired by Count himself. Monday, he shares the stage with pianist Tom Cox and drummer Dave Rogers. Next Friday, he teams with vocalist Irene Crutchfield for a “9th Street Revisited” concert at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. Then, on Monday the 26th, he's back at the Afterthought.