By J. R. Carroll.
The encroachment of winter weather meets its match in a month of Latin music mastery.
Inman Square is hopping on Wednesday, November 10. At 8 p.m., Outpost 186 hosts guitarist Roy Guzman and his quartet. At 9 p.m., composer and saxophonist Florencia Gonzalez introduces her 11-piece, mini big band to Ryles. And at 10 p.m., saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi inaugurates a monthly, third-Wednesday series with his quartet at the Lily Pad.
On Tuesday, November 16, at 8 p.m. in Jordan Hall, the New England Conservatory (NEC) celebrates another milestone event with an 85th birthday tribute to composer, conductor, and pioneering jazz scholar, Gunther Schuller; recent fellow honoree Ran Blake and conductor Ken Schaphorst and the NEC Jazz Orchestra will be among the participants, and Schuller himself will deliver a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, over in Inman Square on the 17th at 8 p.m., San Francisco bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and her “garage jazz” quartet, Bait & Switch, pay a visit to Outpost 186, and at 9 p.m. at Ryles, flutist Fernando Brandao, guitarist Almir Cortes and their quintet are joined by samba da gafiera dancers Patrick Carvalho and Adriana Lima.
Parla italiano? It’ll help if you’re in Inman Square on Thursday, November 18. At 8 p.m., Outpost 186 welcomes Milan saxophonist/bass clarinetist Achille Succi, while up the street at 8:30 p.m. at Ryles, Turin-born guitarist Giovanni Moltoni celebrates his latest CD release.
Also on Thursday, at 8:15 p.m., “El Judio Maravilloso,” pianist Larry Harlow (of Fania fame), performs with a Berklee ensemble directed by bassist Oscar Stagnaro and composer/arranger Matt Nicholl at the Berklee Performance Center.
On Friday, November 19 at 8 p.m., bassist Fernando Huergo joins the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, directed by Frederick Harris, in a program of original compositions and jazz classics at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium.
A busy weekend in New Haven when, on Friday,November 19, at 8:30 and 10 p.m., Firehouse 12 presents drummer Ches Smith and These Arches. Then, back at Firehouse 12 on Saturday, November 20, the New Haven Improvisers Collective fills the stage at 8:30 p.m.
Banjoist Mark Whitaker and mandolinist/guitarist Geoff Brown (often abetted by bassist Gian Pangaro) are Hickory Strings; aficionados of Bela Fleck and David Grisman will want to catch their visit to the Lily Pad at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 21.
Up in Methuen at the Sahara, Argentinian drummer Guillermo Nojechowicz and the quartet edition of El Eco (with vocalist Kim Nazarian, pianist Nando Michelin, and bassist Fernando Huergo) will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23. They’ll also be back in Boston at the Beehive the next night at 9 p.m.