Michael Blake Group @ Smalls Tonight

Warmth and invention spills from the saxophonist’s horn on a regular basis. That makes him part of a lineage that begins with tenor maestro Lester Young, to whom Blake’s new Tiddy Boom (Sunnyside) is dedicated. It’s all about mucho lyricism, oodles of frolic, and the kind of swing you don’t mistake for a second. The band, which features Ben Allison and Frank Kimbrough, knows about the whomp that understatement can provide. All hail Pres!

9:30 pm 212-252-5091 $20 Smalls, 183 West 10th St

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