Jazz fusion band Butcher Brown returns to the Triangle on Friday after appearances at Durham’s Art of Cool Festival in 2014 and 2015. Pulsing from the nerve center of Jellowstone Studios in Richmond, Va., Butcher Brown takes careful note of the history and legacy of jazz and throws caution to the wind with wanton abandon. Garage punk jazz funk gives way to delicate and elegant compositions as the band shows off without trying. These are not just players, these are musicians.
Showtimes are 8 and 10 p.m. and tickets are $10. For details and tickets, visit beyucaffe.com.
- Preachin’ to the Fire – a big band featuring graduates from UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro, N.C. Central and ECU jazz departments – plays Friday at Sharp Nine Gallery in Durham. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets $10-$15. Info: durhamjazzworkshop.org.
- On Saturday, catch jazz trombonist TH5TET at Durham’s Beyu Caffe. Shows at 8 and 10 p.m., $7 per show. Info: beyucaffe.com.
- Also Saturday, Greg Ruby and Don Stiernberg play Sharp Nine Gallery. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $10-$20. Info: durhamjazzworkshop.org.