Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, June 26)
One of the more intriguing improv-?oriented shows happening during the Jazz Fest is the Toronto debut of Ken Vandermark’s mighty (((Powerhouse Sound))) project. No big surprise that this dynamite show isn’t actually part of the festival.
Black Angels, the Warlocks
Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), tonight (Thursday, June 26)
It’s psych night at Lee’s as Austin’s Black Angels summon the spirit of the 13th Floor Elevators for a mind-altering evening of fuzz-?enhanced mayhem with the Warlocks. See Q&A, page 62.
Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Friday (June 27)
Although celebrated Brazilian tropicalisto Gilberto Gil won’t be playing any of the music from his last 30 albums on the current tour, the world’s coolest minister of culture promises to turn some heads with the twerked-?out sounds of his new Banda Larga Cordel disc.
José James Quartet
Supermarket (268 Augusta), Friday (June 27)
A strong contender for the left-?field hit of this year’s Jazz Fest will be this Supermarket show by poised young New York vocal threat José James. Those who prefer their soul-jazz singing on the spiritual tip should be prepared for a moving experience. See feature, page 61.
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Wednesday (July 2)
The Afrobeat spirit of Fela Kuti burns brightly in the music of his son Seun Kuti, and having the tough-?rockin’ Egypt 80 on hand will make this free show at Harbourfront a night to remember. Don’t miss it.