Wally Shoup is a local saxophonist whose main thing is free jazz. I will not hide the fact that my interest in this particular branch of jazz, which began in the late ’50s (listen to Charles Mingus’s “Pithecanthropus Erectus”), has been weak. The music is often too hard on the ears and loses contact with the very body of music—the dance. Nevertheless, Shoup is an expert and highly regarded saxophonist, and though we can expect some edge in his performance tonight, which explores the shadowy moods of film-noir soundtracks, it will never collapse into the ear-hard abyss of jazz noise. Shoup will play with bassist John Seman and drummer Mark Ostrowski. (Vito’s Restaurant and Bar, 927 Ninth Ave, vitosseattle.com, 9 pm, free, 21+)

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