Jazz in bloom

Hearing composer/drummer Davu Seru workshop his No Territory Band with gigs each month is akin to watching the seasonal blooming of a garden. The mixture of dense, through-composed sections with hair-raising trumpet, sax, clarinet and vibes solos — not to mention Seru’s understated accents — are becoming more cohesive and adventuresome each time out. (9 p.m. Thu., Reverie, Mpls.; no cover but tip jar will be passed, thursdaynight jazzatreverie.info)

Unsung star

There is no performer in town more underappreciated considering his résumé than Eric Kamau Gravatt. The original drummer in Weather Report and a longtime and still occasional sideman for McCoy Tyner, Gravatt left the bandstand decades ago to get a health insurance gig as a prison guard, a prescient move after his wife died, leaving him to raise two young children on his own. Now retired from his Department of Corrections job and back onstage, he uses Source Code as the primary vehicle for his music. (7 p.m. Sat., Studio Z, St. Paul; $15, studiozstpaul.com)

Fender bender

The Fender Telecaster guitar is an iconic instrument and Fender made a Jim Campilongo Signature model in 2013. Campilongo held down a weekly residence at the Living Room in New York City for many years, braiding bluegrass, blues, jazz and rock like molten barbed wire. He is also a frequent cohort of Norah Jones. He’ll be with his regular trio, which includes former Twin Cities denizen Chris Morrissey on electric bass. (9:30 p.m. Mon, Icehouse, Mpls.; $20, icehousempls.com)

CD release party

Pairing pianist Bill Carrothers with the trio Red Planet for an entire record makes for some fascinating chemistry. Carrothers’ feathery textures go nicely with the wave of effects Dean Magraw wrings from his guitar. Sometimes too nicely — compelling Carrothers to scuttle into darting clusters or Magraw to concentrate his guitar phrases with laser intensity. This CD release party is also recommended for the way bassist Chris Bates and drummer Jay Epstein spin the eruptions with aplomb. As with the first Red Planet album, the Coltrane covers are especially fertile territory. (7 p.m. Tue & Wed., Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge, Fridley; $15, croonersloungemn.com)

Britt Robson