Wed., Jan. 9, Ninety Miles
Mondavi Center, 8 p.m., $19-$42
Named after the distance separating Miami from Havana, this cross-pollination project of American jazz and Cuban music currently features New York vibraphonist Stefon Harris, Puerto Rican-born saxophonist David Sánchez and New Orleans native Nicholas Payton on trumpet. They mesh their own aesthetic influences and explore the Afro-Caribbean roots and polyrhythms of our island neighbors. Supported by piano, bass, drums and percussion, this tight, exhilarating septet has been favoring extended versions of the sizzling, cathartic, sensual, and sometimes serene compositions performed in Havana with different personnel for the project's 2011 studio and 2012 live albums. They'll be playing here January 9-12. 9399 Old Davis Road, www.ninetymilesproject.com.