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Continued: Big Gigs: The best Twin Cities concerts, Jan. 3-9

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One of Minnesota’s most underappreciated talents, the Cuban-raised, marvelously eclectic piano master Nachito Herrera is expanding beyond his usual Afro-Cuban jazz quartet to what he’s billing as an orchestra. That means three vocalists — versatile soul/jazz vet Maurice Jacox, soulman JB and daughter Mirdalys Herrera, plus 14 musicians. The repertoire will embrace everything from Bach and the Buena Vista Social Club to Barry White and Herrera originals. (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Dakota Jazz Club, $25.) Bream

 

Jazz guitar master Larry Coryell arrives with a band billed as his “power trio,” co-starring two great players from Chicago, bassist Larry Gray and drummer Paul Wertico. Coryell is an acknowledged pioneer of old-school fusion, and Wertico spent a few fertile decades mixing jazz and rock all over the globe with Pat Metheny’s band. Yet this particular trio has been one of Coryell’s most straight-ahead hard jazz units over the years, revitalizing old standards with aplomb, as heard on the 2003 CD “The Power Trio: Live in Chicago.” Their power springs more from empathy than ampage. (7 & 9 p.m. Sun., Dakota, $22-$30.) Tom Surowicz

 

Roberta Gambarini’s November gig was canceled at the last minute, but now she’s back and rarin’ to get the new year off to a hip start. One of the finer jazz singers of her generation hails from Torino, Italy, of all places, and looks like a daughter of Sophia Loren. But don’t be fooled by appearances or accents; this spryly swinging and pitch-perfect singer is the real deal. Since arriving in the United States in 1998, she has been given the blessing of many jazz legends, performing often and recording with Hank Jones, and also working fruitfully with Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Toots Thielemans, James Moody, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath and trumpeter Roy Hargrove. (7 p.m. Mon.-Tue., Dakota, $35.) Surowicz



 

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