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Continued: The Big Gigs: Music highlights from Feb. 1-7

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In town for a school kids’ clinic at the Schubert Club, Lynne Arriale is also squeezing in a late-night stand at the Artists’ Quarter, and that’s great news for fans of thoughtful, precise, discreet, quietly brilliant jazz piano playing. Arriale is one of the most individual modern trio leaders in jazz, with one of the most catholic and curious repertoires — she’s liable to put her own strong stamp on anything from Monk to the Rolling Stones. She’ll be working with an ad hoc Twin Cities group featuring Adam Linz (bass) and Jay Epstein (drums). (9 p.m. Fri. & Sat. Artists’ Quarter, $15.) Surowicz

It’s a big week for jazz composer/pianist Carei Thomas. He’s presenting “Gist Play” at Macalester College, with another great character of the Twin Cities improv jazz scene, saxophonist Joe Smith. Thomas will also take his usual part in the 12th annual piano fest, “Keys Please!,” co-starring Todd Harper, Paul Cantrell and guest avant strings player, James Holdman. (Keys Please at 8 p.m. Sat. & 2 p.m. Sun. Studio Z, 275 E. 4th Street, St. Paul, $10; Gist Play at 7:30 p.m. Thu. Weyerhaeuser Chapel, St. Paul, $10.) Surowicz

Drummer Jim Field and his trad-jazz band, the Mouldy Figs, mark two big milestones this Sunday. Field turns 70 and the band celebrates its 40th anniversary. The even-older Pig’s Eye Jass Band, founded in 1961, also plays a set. (1 p.m. Sun., Shamrocks, 995 W. 7th St., St. Paul, free.) Surowicz 


“Blues at the Crossroads II — Muddy and the Wolf” is a package tour with a solid lineup, taking 12-bar music out of funky clubs and into concert halls. The Fabulous Thunderbirds, led by Kim Wilson, will serve as the house band and welcome blues stars Jody Williams, the ever-hip guitarist, and James Cotton, “Mr. Superharp” himself. Also on board are Bob Margolin, guitarist and songwriter from Muddy Waters’ 1970s band, and fiery and often overstated Georgia blues-rocker Tinsley Ellis. (7:30 p.m. Mon. Guthrie, $36-$51.) Surowicz



And now for something completely exotic. Hamline University Prof. Miriam Gerberg will try combining Turko-Arabic music with Javanese gamelan sounds as her Ensemble Mezze joins forces with the Sumunar Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra. As if that weren’t enough musical cross-breeding, Twin Cities flamenco guitar vet Scott “Mateo” Davies and Iraqi oud player Laith Alattar will be guest artists. (7:30 p.m Sun. the Cedar, $5.) Surowicz


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