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All that Beantown jazz

By Andrew Gilbert
Globe Correspondent / September 23, 2011

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In addition to the New Gary Burton Quartet’s headlining set on Sunday, the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival features a wide array of events this weekend. Many of them are free and spread across stages along Columbus Avenue. (For a full schedule, go to www.beantownjazz.org.) A few of the highlights:

LOUIS HAYES AND THE CANNONBALL LEGACY BAND As hard bop’s definitive drummer, Hayes (pictured) powered some of the era’s most popular and influential bands, moving from the Horace Silver Quintet to the Cannonball Adderley Quintet in 1959. His Cannonball Legacy project is an effective showcase for well-traveled altoist Vincent Herring, a tremendously fluent player who doesn’t lose himself in Adderley’s considerable shadow. Saturday, 1 p.m. Free. Subaru of New England Stage.

JAMES FARM Featuring tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland, the collective James Farm plays instrumental music rife with improvisation. It’s jazz by just about any definition, but James Farm also borrows liberally from the moods and song forms of indie rock and adventurous pop. Tonight at 8. Tickets: $30-$42. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

BERNIE WORRELL AND SOCIALYBRIUM With prolific bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer J.T. Lewis, keyboard wizard Worrell rejoins forces with a fellow Parliament-Funkadelic alum, guitarist Dwayne “Blackbyrd’’ McKnight, in SociaLybrium, a band that promiscuously fuses rock, funk, and jazz. Saturday, 1:45 p.m. Free. Natixis Global Asset Management Stage.

NEAL SMITH QUINTET A longtime member of pianist Cyrus Chestnut’s trio, drummer Neal Smith is also a skilled arranger and bandleader. He’s assembled a superlative cast of players, including vibraphonist Steve Nelson, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, bassist David Williams, and irrepressibly swinging pianist Eric Reed. Saturday, 4:35 p.m. Free. Subaru of New England Stage.

DANILO PEREZ When the history of early-21st-century jazz is written, Perez will loom large indeed. He has mentored many of the music’s most resourceful young players, while crafting an expansive pan-American musical aesthetic. Perez performs with fellow Wayne Shorter bandmate John Patitucci on bass and longtime drummer Adam Cruz (with flutist Matt Marvuglio joining the trio on several numbers). Saturday, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers. 617-562-4111. www.scullersjazz.com