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Jazz picks: Tom Harrell, World Stage tribute to Billy Higgins and more

The World Stage tribute to Billy Higgins and Jeff Gauthier's Goatette lead a busy weekend for jazz

 A selection of jazz and jazz-adjacent shows happening in the days ahead

Tom Harrell @ The Jazz Bakery's Moveable Feast

A richly melodic trumpeter who has performed with a roster of jazz royalty since the '70s that includes Horace Silver, Lee Konitz and Bill Evans, Tom Harrell performs from his album "Colors of a Dream," a pianoless sextet that features the talents of saxophonists Wayne Escoffery and Jaleel Shaw as well as a certain vocalist/bassist by the name of Esperanza Spalding. Zipper Concert Hall, The Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave. Thurs., 8:30 p.m., $35. www.jazzbakery.org.

Jeff Gauthier Goatette @ The Hammer Museum

Closing out the Hammer's always rewarding JazzPop outdoor concert series, violinist-composer Jeff Gauthier typically has his hands full as executive director for the Jazz Bakery as it continues work on its new home, but longtime observers of the L.A. jazz and improvised music scene also know him for his talents as a bandleader.

Here he presents the latest iteration of his durable Goatette, which includes a wealth of local talent in keyboardist David Witham, trumpeter John Fumo and drummer Alex Cline. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Thurs., 8 p.m. Free. hammer.ucla.edu.

Los Angeles Jazz Collective Summer Festival

Playboy and Angel City aren't the only jazz fests in town. The L.A. Jazz Collective stages a mini-festival of its own this weekend with two music-packed nights that include adventurous trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom, a tribute to Charlie Haden led by bassist Darek Oles, vibraphonist Peter Schlamb and more. The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. #301, L.A. Sat.-Sun., 9 p.m. $15. www.bluewhalemusic.com

The World Stage 25th Anniversary Celebration

A beloved space for music and community, Leimert Park's World Stage celebrates its anniversary in grand fashion with a tribute to its co-founder, L.A.'s own Billy Higgins. Though Higgins died in 2001, his influence endures in his students and contemporaries, some of whom will be on hand here to celebrate his music.

Among those on hand are Kamau Daáood, composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, vocalist Dwight Trible and up-and-coming saxophone explorer Kamasi Washington. John Anson Ford Theatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E, Los Angeles. Sun., 6 p.m. $35-$65 www.fordtheatres.org

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