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Benny Green, Kenny Washington and Peter Washington 

When: Thu., May 19, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., May 20, 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., May 21, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sun., May 22, 4, 8 & 10 p.m. 2011
Price: $25
In the early 90s, pianist Benny Green emerged as a vibrant jazz throwback, making spunky trio albums for Blue Note that recalled the label's 50s and 60s output in sound, feel, and look. Now, at age 48, he's a veteran, with a humbler approach—he seems to be playing more for the sheer joy of it, rather than trying to build himself up as a hotshot. His new trio album, Source (Jazz Legacy), is his first as a leader in more than a decade, but he's still devoted to that same era, playing hard-driving classics by the likes of Sonny Clark, Duke Pearson, Kenny Drew, and Horace Silver. Backed by bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), who'll also join him for this engagement, Green exults in the comfortable pleasures of blues-soaked postbop, with a focus on precision, not flash. His solos manipulate familiar vocabulary in exhilarating ways, building zigzagging single-note lines around percussive low-end punctuation that sets the heart racing. —Peter Margasak

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