What if you took the kind of world music played by a Tunisian oud player and filtered it through a jazz sensibility? That's the premise behind The Rita Collective, a new chamber jazz ensemble. That formula also works for the group when they play a Miles Davis classic, a Beatles hit, or even a Rage Against The Machine rant. The group may be new but the members read like a Who's Who of the Rochester music scene: Dean Keller on bass clarinet; Kristen Shiner McGuire on marimba and vibes; Kyle Vock on bass; and Jim Grillo on percussion.
The Rita Collective performs Wednesday February 12, 6 p.m. at Bistro 135, 135 W. Commercial St., East Rochester. Free. bistro135.net.