A selection of jazz and jazz-adjacent shows coming this weekend.
Ross Hammond and Jeff Parker at Battery Books
Though guitarist Ross Hammond is based in Sacramento, he deserves honorary local status in his many collaborations with fixtures on the L.A. improvised music scene that include Vinnie Golia and Alex Cline. Here, he teams for a guitar summit with a welcome and relatively new force in this city, Jeff Parker, who may be best known for his flinty contributions to the post-rock band Tortoise but is an inspired and imaginative force for jazz as well.
Battery Books, 1005B Mission St., South Pasadena, Fri., 8 p.m. Free.
Miguel Zenón Quartet at the Broad Stage
A richly inventive saxophonist who has often been heard on this coast in his longtime association with the SFJAZZ Collective, Miguel Zenón issued maybe the Latin Jazz album of the year in "Identities Are Changeable." The album is a six-part song cycle that balances compositions for his nimble quartet and a large ensemble with interviews with New Yorkers that share Zenón's Puerto Rican heritage.
Questioning notions of cultural identity balanced by swerving, shifting melodies that occasionally take time to echo and harmonize with its spoken-word narration, "Identities Are Changeble" should reveal even more nuances here.
The Edye at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Sat., 8 p.m. $35 www.thebroadstage.com.
Pharoah Sanders at the Jazz Bakery's Moveable Feast
One of the true giants of saxophone who helped forge the sound of avant-garde in recordings with John Coltrane as well as his own albums, Pharoah Sanders seldom ventures into the same stormy waters with his more recent projects. But his sound retains the same searching spirit, and here he performs in a quartet that includes pianist William Henderson.
Zipper Concert Hall, The Colburn School, 200 South Grand Ave. Sat., 8 p.m. $35 www.jazzbakery.org.
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