Earshot Jazz Festival
To paraphrase William S. Burroughs, jazz is a virus, moving and mutating around the world. Every year, Earshot incubates them all, from straight-ahead local legends like Floyd Standifer
and innovators like Marc Ribot
to unexpected acts such as Konono No. 1
(a Congolese DIY electrified thumb piano ensemble) and the Gangbé Brass Band
(a rollicking Benin-based brass ten-piece that boasts a euphonium player). For a preview of the first week of the festival, see The Score on page 64. (Various Venues, 547-9787. For a full schedule, see www.earshot.org.