This week brings us big-band jazz in Akron, bedrock heavy metal (on screen) in Canton, and a wildly, and to me, inexplicably, popular tribute band jamming in the woods.

First up is the return of trumpeter, composer and band leader Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra performing at E.J. Thomas Hall on Thursday evening.

The concert is the jump-off point for a yearlong celebration of the 40th anniversary of the University of Akron’s jazz studies program, as well as the 15th anniversary of the school’s Bittle Jazz Artist-in-Residence Series. The show also serves as the first event in the Tuesday Musical Association’s Fuze Series.

JALCO is one of the most respected and well-funded big bands in the country, and as managing and artistic director, Marsalis has ensured that the group’s repertoire is vast and the players are all excellent.

In 2017, JALCO has managed to release three recordings. The first, The Music of John Lewis, celebrates the pianist, composer and founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet. The second, All Jazz Is Modern, marks the band’s 30th anniversary and was released just last month, and the latest, Handful of Keys, which features a few generations of jazz pianists, was released last week.

The 15-piece band’s book is so large, and its NYC facilities so state-of-the-art, it could release an album a week if Marsalis were so inclined. But for fans that have seen JALCO locally before, you can bet the set will be completely different, likely mixing some classic, well-known jazz tunes, with selections from the Great American Songbook and some pieces by the band members, several of whom are pretty well known in their own right.

If you like your jazz straight ahead, swinging and rooted in the pre-fusion and free jazz fundamentals and history of the music, then this show should keep your toes tapping. And keeping with Marsalis’ dedication to educating youths about music, and by extension arts and culture, the band will be holding a master class and a Q&A for several local schools’ jazz students. So, that’s pretty cool.

Black Market Brass

If you just have to see a horn-heavy instrumental band but prefer it to be rooted in old-school R&B and global funk, then Hive Mind has the show for you. On Thursday night, the local community art space will play host to Black Market Brass from Minneapolis.

The dectet’s music is inspired by the Afrobeat of artists such as Fela Kuti and JuJu master King Sunny Ade, with a dash of the JB’s and the Meters. Also on the bill is local R&B, soul, funk, horn-fronted outfit the Admirables, who tap into late-’60s soul-jazz, instrumental R&B (remember when that used to be a thing?) and dashes of contemporary hip-hop. The evening is presented by Colemine Records, an indie label that specializes in “raw, authentic SOUL” music, and it will have DJs Rusty and Foltz spinning records.

Sabbath film in Canton

On Friday night, the Canton Palace Theatre, which has been screening some cool, old sci-fi and Elvis movies this summer, is going to crank up the sound system and turn the clouds in the ceiling an ominous stormy black to set the proper mood for the one-night-only, nationwide screening of Black Sabbath: The End of The End presented by Buzzbin and ArtsinStark.

The documentary follows the legendary metal gods as they play their last gig (and, no, we aren’t going to accept the notion that their “real” final gig was whenever the last time original drummer Bill Ward played with the band, even if we sort of agree with said notion) in their hometown of Birmingham, England.

The film, directed by Dick Carruthers who helmed Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day and other live-music documentaries, features some behind-the-scenes, getting-ready-for-the-big-gig stuff. For hardcore fans, there are also some new in-the-studio clips of the band playing old favorites that didn’t make the final tour set lists.

Of course, the set is packed with many of the expected hits, although the bulk is from the band’s first four albums and completely ignores their most recent Ozzy Osbourne-fronted album 13, released in 2013.

Doors at the theater (605 Market Avenue N.) open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available at cantonpalacetheatre.org.

Badfish in the woods

If it’s late September (and it is), it must be time for Fall Badfish, the popular biannual appearance of Sublime tribute band Badfish at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park.

I was never a big Sublime fan, but for many, the relatively short-lived mainstream career of the genre-fusing band that gave us ’90s-era hallmarks such as What I Got and Santeria (and a faithful cover of the Toyes’ Smoke Two Joints), was apparently a watershed musical moment in their lives.

The Rhode Island-based Badfish has been a Sublime tribute band since 2001 and has been around longer than Sublime (which disbanded after leader Bradley Nowell’s heroin death). Also performing at the two-day pop-jam festival: Scotty Don’t, Bumpin’ Uglies, the Quasi Kings, Shrub, Wanyama, the Sultans of Bing and probably a few more.

I’ve never camped at NLQP, but the grounds are nice, all the people I met were chill and everyone really just seems to be there to have a good time and not build portable meth labs, or the other stereotypes I’ve heard about the place.

Passes are $50-$70 and can be purchased at ticketquarry.com

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