Kieth Karns Big Band

If you're into modern big band music, specifically the work of progressive chart writers such as Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, and Darcy James Argue, and before them Gil Evans and Charles Mingus, you owe it to yourself to check out the Keith Karns Big Band. Texas-based Karns is an outstanding trumpeter, but it's his composing and arranging that sets him apart, as demonstrated on a splendid debut CD called, "Thought and Memory," and on pieces penned for the world-renowned, six-time Grammy-nominated One O'Clock Lab Band of the University of North Texas. Karns makes his third appearance at the intimate Jazz Central Friday, and it's the big band's only Midwest gig this year, sure to be a sophisticated blast! Tom Surowicz

Price: $10

Jazz Central

407 Central Av. SE. Minneapolis, MN