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Pianist/keyboardist Hiromi brings the Trio Project to Scullers Oct. 14 and 15. Altoist Rudresh Mahanthappa presents his latest ensemble, Samdhi, at Regattabar Nov. 3. Pianist/keyboardist Hiromi brings the Trio Project to Scullers Oct. 14 and 15. Altoist Rudresh Mahanthappa presents his latest ensemble, Samdhi, at Regattabar Nov. 3. (Joe Giblin/AP/File)
By Andrew Gilbert
Globe Correspondent / September 11, 2011

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JOE MANERI TRIBUTE Intrepid string explorer Mat Maneri concludes a New England Conservatory residency with a concert honoring his late father, Joe Maneri, the brilliant saxophonist and longtime NEC educator whose microtonal vocabulary influenced generations of musicians. Sept. 15, 8 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260. www.necmusic.edu/calendar_event

JAMES FARM Featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland, James Farm plays slippery original tunes that assiduously avoid post-bop clichés. Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$42. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

GARY BURTON NEW QUARTET Burton built his New Quartet around guitarist Julian Lage, the vibraphone master’s primary creative foil in his earlier Generations band, and added the superlative rhythm section tandem of bassist Scott Colley and drummer Antonio Sanchez. Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261. www.berkleebpc.com

WARREN WOLF Possessing a light, clear tone and a blues-inflected style reminiscent of Milt Jackson, vibraphonist Wolf celebrates the release of his impressive, eponymous Mack Avenue debut album. Sept. 29. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Regattabar. 617-395-7757. www.regattabarjazz.com

KENNY BARRON TRIO With his winning combination of wit and grit, elegance and probing intelligence, Barron sets the standard for post-bop pianism. Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25-$28. Regattabar. 617-395-7757. www.regattabarjazz.com

DARCY JAMES ARGUE’S SECRET SOCIETY Darcy James Argue has pulled off the unlikely feat of turning his creatively roiling 18-piece Secret Society into one of New York’s most acclaimed new bands, with a book that’s as playful as it is smart and ambitious. Sept. 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-369-3306. www.mfa.org/programs/music

SAMMY FIGUEROA AND THE LATIN JAZZ EXPLOSION A veteran studio musician and producer whose credits include a who’s who of rock, pop, salsa, and jazz, percussionist Figueroa brings all of his experience to bear in his Grammy-nominated Latin Jazz Explosion. Oct. 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers. 617-562-4111. www.scullersjazz.com

MARLENA SHAW Under-recorded and underappreciated, Shaw is a veteran soul-infused vocalist whose wry, world-weary stance meets its match in the indefatigably swinging David Hazeltine Trio. Oct. 8, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30. Scullers. 617-562-4111. www.scullersjazz.com

PAT METHENY The guitarist has found an ideal interlocutor in Larry Grenadier, a bassist of rare eloquence and poise. Oct. 9, 5 p.m. Tickets: $34-$44. Somerville Theatre. 617-625-5700. www.somervilletheatreonline.com

HIROMI: THE TRIO PROJECT With ace bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer extraordinaire Steve Smith, pianist/keyboardist Hiromi has found a rhythm section capable of matching her prodigious energy. Oct. 14-15, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $35. Scullers. 617-562-4111. www.scullersjazz.com

SARA SERPA A vocalist who specializes in mysterious sonorities, Serpa has honed a wordless style all her own. She marks the release of her new album, “Mobile,’’ with André Matos, Kris Davis, Ben Street, and Ted Poor. Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad. 617-395-1393. www.lily-pad.net

MUSIC OF DAVID HOLLAND As part of a weeklong residency, the dependably inspired bassist-composer Holland conducts the NEC Jazz Orchestra in a program of his own music. Oct. 20, 8 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall. 617-585-1260. www.necmusic.edu

THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK: THE JAZZ VIEW Saxophonist Larry Monroe and vocalist Donna McElroy, Berklee faculty mainstays, lead a sextet celebrating the jazz legacy of pioneering Hollywood tunesmith Harry Warren. Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Arsenal Center for the Arts. 617-923-8487. www.arsenalarts.org

RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA Steely-toned Indian-American altoist Mahanthappa presents his latest ensemble, Samdhi, a lapidary electronic quartet featuring guitarist David Gilmore, bassist Rich Brown, and drummer Damien Reid. Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Regattabar. 617-395-7757. www.regattabarjazz.com

MYRA MELFORD AND BEN GOLDBERG As neighbors in Berkeley, Calif., pianist Melford and clarinetist Goldberg have created an expansive duo that explores earthy cadences, mystical spaces, and everything in between. Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad. 617-395-1393. www.lily-pad.net