JAZZ MADNESS: The Monument Music Concert Series presents its annual performance by Jackson Schultz and his 10-piece jazz ensemble from the Berklee College of Music Saturday in Swampscott.
Special guest is saxophonist Daniel Ian Smith.
Schultz, of Swampscott, is in his 34th year teaching in the jazz composition department at Berklee. Each spring semester, he leads a jazz group called Chord Scale Madness Ensemble. The music the band performs is selected from a competition of student composers and arrangers.
The band presents the program at the spring Berklee Performance Center Concert, and later brings it to Swampscott. The concert includes diverse jazz arrangements, including some of Schultz’s original compositions.
For this concert, Smith, an associate professor in the harmony department at Berklee, fills the baritone saxophone chair in the ensemble and is a featured soloist.
The student musicians in the ensemble come from throughout the United States and around the world. The music is geared for all ages and families are encouraged to attend.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Name, 60 Monument Ave. There is a minimum $5 donation at the door for adults; children 12 and younger get in free.
Refreshments and the opportunity to meet Schultz and the band follow the hourlong event. Call 781-771-3286 or visit churchoftheholyname.com.
MASTER CREATOR: The art career of Bonnie Jean Malcolm of Essex began when she was 15 and her work was selected for display at the National Ceramic Show in Syracuse, N.Y.
Now almost 90, Malcolm is still creating ceramic art.
Purple Sage Pottery in Merrimac is celebrating her summer birthday at its annual spring studio open house and sale Saturday and next Sunday.
Although Malcolm’s creations are mostly abstract, she has been working on a series of stylized bird sculptures for this sale. She experiments with shapes, textures, glaze formulas, and clays, often combining local earth and plant materials into her work.
Malcolm’s art has been displayed around the world. In 2008, her commissioned work for the United Nations sponsored show “Antarctica: on Thin Ice’’ was displayed in the lobby of UN headquarters in New York City. The same show made a world tour.
Malcolm regularly exhibits at the Newburyport Art Association and in the annual sculpture show at Maudsley State Park in Newburyport.
The sale also features functional and decorative works in clay by 14 other area potters: Iris Minc, Fumihiko Mochizuki, Peter Grams, Christina Bellinger, Hiromi Satoh, Lisa Mistretta, Lucy Hutchinson, Wendy Jackson, Sibel Alpaslan, Beth Bell, Reg Logan, Jenny Graf, Douglas Bechler, and Nancy Cahan.
During the open studio, visitors can meet the artists, observe demonstrations on the potter’s wheel, and view fired pottery still warm from the kiln. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Call 978-346-9978 or visit purplesagepottery.com.
AUTHOR’S CORNER: The Peabody Institute Library hosts “History of Poetry,’’ a series of five lectures presented by local poets and professors, at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in May at the main library in Peabody. The first lecture is “EcoPoetry’’ on Tuesday, with Jennifer Jean of Salem State University discussing how nature verse moved into conservationist and environmentalist poetry. For more on the series, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit peabodylibrary.org.
IN LOCAL GALLERIES: Sculptor David Crane and painter J.J. Long present a joint show, “Emergence,’’ at the Loading Dock Gallery in Lowell Wednesday through May 27. A reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Crane, of Westford, creates wooden sculptures. “Respecting the natural grain formation, I work to tease out human forms, both male and female, that the wood suggests,’’ Crane said. Long, a Melrose native now living in Lowell, paints in oils, putting down layers of color, almost like a watercolorist. Although his usual style is realistic, the work in this show is surreal, with the focus on something new emerging. . . . “Inspirations,’’ an exhibit of photography by Barry Moffie, is at the Centennial Gallery in Peabody through June 2. A reception with the artist is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Moffie, a Revere native now living in Peabody, has been a professional photographer for more than 40 years. He’s traveled the world capturing nature in color and black-and-white photographs.
Wendy Killeen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.