Offbeat but in tune

Wayne Horvitz traversed 21 Minnesota locations with an out-of-tune piano last year. This time, the renegade composer/keyboardist and former John Zorn associate will engage similarly imaginative musicians such as drummer Davu Seru and bassist Josh Granowski for a more traditional but inevitably unique evening of trio music. (9 p.m. Thu. Reverie, Mpls. Free; thursdaynight

Great noise

If you don’t like “noise,” stay away from Aerosol Pike. All three members — Rick Ness, Ryan Reber and Philip Mann — play various reeds, from soprano sax to bass clarinet, contrasted with drums and other percussion. Disciples of the local free jazz titan Milo Fine, they amass a raucous ruckus, groove on dynamic silences and ambush themselves with new, often noisy ideas. (9 p.m. Thu. Khyber Pass Cafe, St. Paul. $5; ­

Pride of Clara City

A few years ago, vocalist Nancy Harms released “Dreams in Apartments,” an emotionally acute disc about a girl from Clara City, Minn. (pop. 1,300), getting a foothold on local stages before tackling New York City. It wasn’t a total underdog tale — by then, she had national-caliber jazz aces such as pianist Aaron Parks and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon up her sleeve — but she nailed the blend of determination and vulnerability. She recently showcased the elegant aplomb necessary to pull off a disc titled “Ellington at Night.” Now nationally renowned, she’s in town for a one-night gig. (7 p.m. Sun. Crooners, Fridley. $20-$50; ­

Cuban jazzwomen

Jane Bunnett has been exploring the nooks and contours of Cuban jazz for decades, but the concept for her band, Maqueque, was an inspired breakthrough — she went to the island and unearthed the best young women she could find for an all-female sextet. Bunnett leads on flute and soprano sax, but the group is powered by drummer Yissy García and percussionists Daymé Arceno and Magdelys Savigne. Sparkling pianist Dánae Olano and guitarist Yusa complete the dynamic lineup. And everybody sings. (7 p.m. Mon. Dakota, Mpls. $30-$35;

Britt Robson