Music Around Town, Seasonal Special Happenings

Tony Cuda's Jazz Cats/Cuda, Renko & Cuda

When: Sat., Jan. 3, 8 p.m. 2015

A social studies teacher at Shaker Heights High School, Berklee-educated electric bass player Tony Cuda is a staple on the local jazz scene. He spends most of his free time working with the prog-leaning outfit Cuda, Renko & Cuda, who also share this bill, but has worked on his latest release, Herding Jazz Cats, for several years. It opens with a breezy cover of the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" and then offers a little bit of everything. Cuda goes for a big band sound on the original tune "15 Bars" and gets funky on "Toy's Effin Blues" and "Lick Me," two original numbers. With backing from some of the region's best local jazz players, Herding Jazz Cats is a strong effort that has such an accessible approach it will even appeal to purists and non-purists alike. (Niesel)

Price: $10

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