Seamonster Lounge Wallingford
Tuesdays, 10 pm 21+
By Dave Segal
If you want organ-centric jazz for free (no free jazz, though), you can't do much better than Seattle's McTuff Trio. Led by Hammond organ maestro Joe Doria, McTuff also contain one of the region's most dexterous guitarists, Andy Coe, drummer Tarik Abouzied, and, sometimes, wild-card saxophonist Skerik. Along with Afrocop but in a bit more of straight-ahead manner than that younger group, McTuff Trio write alluringly malleable tunes, redolent of soul, ablaze with technical virtuosity, and often funky. And they do a radical reinvention of the Beatles' "She's So Heavy" that deserves a Nobel or something. They play Seamonster most Tuesdays, so it's easy to take them for granted, but these guys would be a bargain at $20 a gig.
Joe Doria curates a weekly showcase of live funk and jazz with other artists besides McTuff featured, and an opening band that starts at 8 p.m.