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AVANT-JAZZ | Ken Thomson Sextet 

As a member of groups like the contemporary classical Bang on a Can All-Stars, punky jazz upstart Gutbucket, and experimental jazz outfit Slow/Fast, Ken Thomson has been ignoring genre labels for years. Relentlessly creative and always musically curious, the clarinetist-sax player will bring his incomparable sound to Bop Shop Records this Friday, in support of his freshly released album "Sextet." With Thomson's quintessentially restless energy, the album places his original compositions alongside Ligeti's "Passacaglia Ungherese." Fittingly, Thomson will be joined live by his sextet: tenor saxophonist Anna Webber, Nick Finzer on trombone, trumpeter Russ Johnson, Adam Armstrong on bass, and Daniel Dor playing the drums. If you like your jazz lively and eccentric, Thomson's your man.

The Ken Thomson Sextet will perform on Friday, October 5, 8 p.m. at Bop Shop Records, 1460 Monroe Avenue. $15-$20. 271-3354.;


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