A recent performance by the Hot 8 Brass Band from New Orleans helped cement Black New World Gallery as one of the most animated listening spaces in Oakland it's just about the only place you can watch sophisticated free jazz and still hear vociferous props for every funky lick or imaginative solo. This fall, the gallery kicks off a new series with resident trio E.S.P. , featuring violinist India Cooke, drummer Kele Nitot, and bassist Kimara Dixon, who also plays acoustic piano and laptop, and functions kinda sorta as a bandleader (in the "collectivist" sense of the word). Saturday's concert with trumpeter Bobby Bradford a Mississippi-raised bebopper who played in Ornette Coleman's ensemble during the 1950s is the first in a series of collaborations with different jazz royalty. Bradford is one of those artists who finds beauty not just in melody lines but in the raw materials that make them he could play one note a thousand times and always find some new way of tweaking it. He'll grace the gallery (836 Pine St., West Oakland) Saturday, August 25. 8 p.m., $10-$12. Info: 510-597-1827.
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