When: Sun., May 17, 7 p.m. 2015
The Sicilian Defense is a popular chess strategy among top players. It’s also the name of trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson’s backing band, which should tell you a thing or two about his musical methodology. The rising jazz star studied under famed composer Steve Coleman, developing into a performer whose “music manages a collision of complexity and almost pop-like pleasure,” says PopMatters. Finlayson unleashes a brass attack with the help of pianist David Virelles, guitarist Miles Okazaki, bassist Keith Witty and drummer Damion Reid. Together, these all-star musicians offer audience members a glimpse into the future of modern jazz.