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LUCKMAN JAZZ ORCHESTRAOld Wine, New Bottles. Brilliant concept, taking jazz pieces from back as far as the teens and 20s to see what happens . . . Check out Greg Burks take in Beauty/Noise. CAL STATE L.A., Luckman Complex, 5151 State University Dr.; Sat., Jan. 28, 8 p.m. (323) 343-6600 or (213) 480-3232.
WAYNE SHORTER & THE L.A. PHILHARMONICThese jazz-meets-the-Phil gigs are always a risky proposition . . . the swing and improv of jazz dont mesh well with the vast sound of a full orchestra. Still, Wayne Shorters tunes, and even his solos, have a certain something a lilt? something askew? that is probably just as influenced by Dead White Male composers as by the blues. So who knows? If his latest quartet (pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Pattitucci, drummer Brian Blade) can handle the hard-edged frailty of JuJu with such grace, then Villa-Lobos shouldnt be a problem. And besides, Wayne Shorter gets to solo on Bach . . . now thats a trip. WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, First St. & Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Sat., Jan. 28, 8 p.m. (323) 850-2000.
TIM HAGANS, CLAY JENKINSThe Music of Lee Morgan. Thats a lot of good music for trumpeters Hagans and Jenkins to pick from. They are joined by the sax section of Danny House, Jerry Pinter and Greg Smith, trombonist Dave Woodley, and the rhythm section of bassist Putter Smith and drummer Joe LaBarbera. Presented by the American Jazz Institute. CLAREMONT McKENNA COLLEGE, Pickford Auditorium, 500 E. Ninth St., Claremont; Mon., Jan. 30, 8 p.m.; free. (626) 795-6413.
THE BACK ROOM AT HENRIS, 21601 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Intimate, affordable, good eats, full bar. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.-mid.; weeknights 6:30-9:30 p.m. No cover. (818) 348-5582.
Thurs.Call club for info.
THE BAKED POTATO, 3787 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Studio City. 9:30 & 11:30 p.m. Cover varies. All ages. (818) 980-1615.
Tues.Drummer Jason Harnells trio with organist Joe Bagg.
Thurs.Honeybreath and Nothin Personal.
CAFE CORDIALE, 14015 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. A session cats hang; lots of fusion and jazzy R&B. Beer & wine. Music begins 9:30 or 10 p.m. No cover. All ages. (818) 789-1985.
Fri.The Brothers Thick.
Sat.Triple Scale(featuring drummer Joey Heredia).
Wed.-Thurs.Call club for info.
CAFE METROPOL, 923 E. Third St., dwntwn. Rocco sets up the jazz downtown. Food, beer/wine. Music 8-10:30 p.m. (213) 613-1537 or www.roccoinla.com.
Sat.Expect everything from austere spaces to classically influenced melodies when Italian avant-garde percussionist Andrea Centazzostrokes his equipment; $10. (Greg Burk)
Thurs.Some of the newer saxophone colossi are way out West: The Ben Wendel Group, with saxist Wendel, drummer Nate Wood, guitarist Larry Koonse, pianist Gerald Clayton, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and bassist Joe Sanders; $5.
CAFE 322, 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Full bar. Fine Italian food at great prices, full bar a cool hang and a great jazz room. Music 7-11:30 p.m. No cover, no min. (626) 836-5414.
Sun.Night at the Opera with pianist Danny Guerrero.
Wed.TheJazz Jam Session.
Thurs.Pianist Matt Politanos trio.
CATALINA BAR & GRILL, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd. Modern elegance. Tues.-Sat., 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Cover varies. All ages. Full bar. Full menu. (323) 466-2210.
Wed.Vocalist Tierney Suttons Grammy-nomination party.
Thurs.For jazz guitar, hes the living taproot: The Kenny Burrell Quartet. (Greg Burk)
CHARLIE OS, 13725 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys. The best jazz at this players hang. No cover. Restaurant & full bar. 21 & over. (818) 994-3058.
Sun.Pianist Karen Hernandez, with John Heard, drummer Lorca Hart.
Wed.Terrific hard bop from trumpeter Nolan Shaheeds quintet with alto saxist Zane Musa.