A selection of jazz and jazz-adjacent shows coming this weekend.
Jesse Harris, Anthony Wilson and Petra Haden
Maybe best known for his longtime work with
The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St., No. 301, Los Angeles. $15, Thurs., 9 p.m. www.bluewhalemusic.com
Charnett Moffett at Catalina Bar & Grill
A firecracker of a bass player, Moffett has backed a wealth of jazz artists that includes Ornette Coleman, Mulgrew Miller and Wynton Marsalis. More recently he's been exploring Eastern sounds in his music, most recently with the raga-dusted 2013 album "Spirit of Sound." Here he performs from that recording in a trio with drummer Brijesh Pandya and pianist Michael Ragonese.
Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8:30 p.m. $20 www.catalinajazzclub.com.
Alon Nechushtan at Vitello's
A composer-pianist who has performed with a range of ensembles around the world, Tel Aviv-born Alon Nechushtan offers joyfully drawn hints of his travels on his latest album "Venture Bound," which features bright touches of classical and klezmer music.
The album features a crack lineup in saxophonists Donny McCaslin and John Ellis as well as drummer Adam Cruz, but for this L.A. run of shows he'll be backed by an ensemble that includes Brian Walsh on saxophone and a rhythm section of David Tranchina and Chris Wabich.
"Tootie's Tempo" at the Blue Whale
A study in honoring tradition while maintaining a sharp focus on forward motion, the gorgeous and joyful "Tootie's Tempo" by Albert "Tootie" Heath was one of the top jazz releases of 2013.
A musical treasure behind the drums, Heath has performed with titans that include Lester Young, John Coltrane, Anthony Braxton and
The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St., No. 301, Los Angeles. $25, Fri.-Sat., 9 p.m. www.bluewhalemusic.com