B-3 luminary

In 2016, Dr. Lonnie Smith recorded his first album for the Blue Note label since 1970. This year, he's already been awarded an NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship and celebrated his 75th birthday. Onstage, usually in a trio setting that includes guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg, he's been supplementing his classically funky B-3 organ grooves with a synthesizer, and playing everything from standards to Paul Simon, with albums of Jimi Hendrix and Beck tunes also in his catalog. If the trademark swelling resonance from his organ doesn't get you, the grooves will. (7 p.m. Wed., Dakota Jazz Club, Mpls. $35-$45, dakotacooks.com)

Heir to Professor Longhair

There is a New Orleans tradition of traipsing the ivories in a manner that mashes blues and jazz into an irresistibly danceable gumbo. It's been passed down from Jelly Roll Morton to Professor Longhair and currently resides with Henry Butler as much as anyone. Butler's Jambalaya Band is a feisty quartet that includes fine vocals and electric guitar riffs, but Butler's spry piano chords and phrases remain the riveting attraction. (7 & 9 p.m. Fri., Dakota, $25-$35, dakotacooks.com)

Kind of blue

Joan Hutton is a composer, teacher and multi-reedist who has assembled a quintet (the Joan Hutton Jazz Project) that's just right for the "All Originals" series at Studio Z. Her songs are reminiscent of vintage Blue Note albums with their swinging choruses and the compelling harmonies that arise when you blend Hutton's bass clarinet with David Milne's flute. (On other tunes they both play sax.) Women lead the rhythm section, with bassist Joan Griffith alongside Jendeen Forberg on drums and pianist Jesse Mueller rounding out the band. (8 p.m. Fri., Studio Z, St. Paul. $10, studiozstpaul.com)

King flush

Drummer Dave King certainly has fun with his stardom. Every week finds King with another killer ensemble and this week it's a trio with saxophonist George Cartwright — a nationally known "free jazz" bandleader of groups from Curlew in the '70s to his current Smashing Carp — and the ever agile and astute bassist Josh Granowski. The John Devine Quartet opens at 7. (8:30 p.m. Sat., Black Dog, $10 donation, saturday nightjazzattheblackdog.info)

Pickers unite

Kaki King is an original thinker whose upcoming record adapts her solo guitar compositions for chamber orchestra. Her work in various media helps propel her solo project, "The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body," that flashes images across her acoustic guitar. But at the Dakota she'll team up with another fleet-fingered picker, Derek Gripper, a guitarist steeped in Indian Carnatic and Brazilian music who has adapted the guitar to pieces for African kora. King and Gripper are a fascinating duo, brimming with bold scholarship and idiosyncratic taste and innovation. (7 p.m. Tue., Dakota, $35-$45, dakotacooks.com)