Take two

Trumpeter/cornetist Noah Ophoven-Baldwin is an innovative stylist who defies expectations without leaving listeners behind. Dynamic with a brawny tone, he’s especially good when ricocheting off creative, multi-textural percussionists. This gig finds him in a duo with drummer J.T. Bates, who has seemingly made it his mission to duet with every local musician of substance. Bottom line, this reliably adventurous pairing belongs in this venue, whose regular audience feeds off exactly this type of cerebral but fun frisson. (8:30 p.m. Wed., Jazz Central, Mpls.; $10, $5 for students, jazzcentral studios.org)

Spry and quirky

The Chris Bates Good Vibes Trio is back in business after a too-long hiatus. Luckily, vibraphonist Dave Hagedorn, drummer Phil Hey and Bates on bass are always quick to hit their stride. There is a pulse to the ensemble that is as agile and quietly dazzling as the floor exercise of an Olympic gymnast, imbued with cool rhythmic quirks and asides from Bates and Hey, with stirring passages from Hagedorn that underscore the band’s name. (9 p.m. Thu., Reverie, Mpls.; free, thursday nightjazzatreverie.info)

Catch him in his twilight

Since the May 1998 death of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett has been regarded as the greatest living male vocalist of popular American song. Granted, at age 90, Bennett can no longer hold the brandied resonance on his unmistakable tone quite as long. But people still feel uncommonly good listening to and watching him, because Bennett has always exuded graceful charm, class and humble gratitude for being blessed with his heavenly gift. (8 p.m. Fri., Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake; $64-$94, mysticlake.com)

Jazz on the prairie

In the Twin Cities and elsewhere, jazz is primarily an indoor pursuit. A notable exception is the Minnesota Festival of Jazz on the Prairie, which is set to celebrate its 27th anniversary in customary style. Check out six local big bands over six hours in the great outdoors, with the Jazz on the Prairie Big Band closing out the day. (2-8 p.m. Sun., Staring Lake Amphitheatre, Eden Prairie; free, edenprairie.org)

BRITT ROBSON