It's a dirty secret that many fine indie-rock musicians were at one time studying or playing jazz. Some will never admit it, for the j-word can mean career suicide in certain circles. Others embrace it and use it to their advantage. Bassist Todd Sickafoose earned some street cred playing with Ani DiFranco and Andrew Bird, and he has parlayed his folk and rock experience into a sound concept that makes for a satisfying synthesis of instrumental improvisation and atmospheric groove, with remarkable attention to detail in composition, color and texture. His band, Tiny Resistors, features an impressive lineup of savvy musicians, including violinist Jenny Scheinman, drummer Allison Miller and clarinetist Ben Goldberg. It will be unexampled, expressive, provocative and splendid. Just don't call it jazz.

Sat., April 12, 9 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 04/12/14)

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