Two albums unknown to most except jazz drummers and vinyl collectors are the legendary “drum battle” albums: Gretsch Drum Night at Birdland, showcasing Art Blakey, “Philly” Joe Jones, Elvin Jones and Charlie Persip; and Rich Versus Roach, featuring Buddy Rich and Max Roach. In an homage to the seldom-heard multiple-drummers-in-one-band format, drummers Dan Schnelle and Kevin Kanner will engage in a little friendly-fire back-and-forth, with pianist Josh Nelson, saxophonist Walter Smith III and bassist Dave Robaire. Kanner for years led the best jam session in town before moving to Brooklyn, and L.A. hasn’t swung as hard since. Schnelle stayed out west and has matured into a dynamic, rhythmic force and an essential cog in our jazz mechanism.

Tue., Dec. 23, 9 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 12/23/14)