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E.S.P. at the Black New World Gallery.

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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