It’s going to be quite an afternoon for jazz at the Allen Theatre. As soon as Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers wind up, Grammy-winning Cleveland-born sax player Joe Lovano and his group Us Five will take the stage.
Lovano left Cleveland after high school to become one of the stars of the jazz world. He was born into a musical family; his father Tony “Big T” Lovano was well known in the local clubs. Big T’s son, now 60, went on to international acclaim, playing with a long list of major musicians and recording dozens of albums in his 40-plus year career.
He lives in New York state now but Lovano’s never turned his back on his hometown. He’s been a frequent guest at Tri-C JazzFest. He’s back this year for a JazzFest performance at PlayhouseSquare’s Allen Theatre Us Five — pianist James Weidman, bassist Peter Slavov, and drummers Jamey Haddad and Otis Brown.
Making the performance special and one-of-a-kind, he’ll be joined by a batch of guests, including Cleveland-based jazz greats Ernie Krivda and Eddie Baccus, his brothers Anthony and Carl Lovano, and his wife, vocalist Judi Silvano.
Tickets are $20-$30.