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Adam Larson: The prodigious saxophonist leads a band staffed by saxophonist John Wojciechowski, bassist Clark Sommers, drummer Dana Hall and guitarist Nils Weinhold. 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4, 8 and 10 p.m. Sunday; at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court; $20-$35; 312-360-0234 or jazzshowcase.com

Dick Hyman/Bill Charlap Trio: The splendid inaugural season of the Jazz at the Logan series closes with a focus on the piano. Pianist Hyman remains a keyboard eminence and plays a solo set, followed by Charlap's trio. 7:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.; $35 general; $5 students; 773-702-2787 or ticketsweb.uchicago.edu

"Mike Reed Turns 40": An indispensable force in music in Chicago (and beyond), drummer-impresario Reed marks his birthday leading his People, Places & Things band with guests. 9 p.m. Friday at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.; $10; constellation-chicago.com

Eric Schneider: The mighty Chicago saxophonist usually plays the late-late show on Friday nights, but this time he adds a prime-time engagement, leading his quartet plus vocalist Dee Alexander. 9 p.m. Friday at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $12; 773-878-5552 or greenmilljazz.com

Willie Pickens: Any chance to hear the powerhouse Chicago pianist is worth seizing. Pickens will lead his quintet. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $12; 773-878-5552 or greenmilljazz.com

Chris Greene: The Chicago saxophonist celebrates the release of his double-CD "Music Appreciation" leading a quartet. He'll appear on a double-bill with Le Percolateur. 7 p.m. Sunday at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston; $12-$22; 847-492-8860 or evanstonspace.com

Matt Ulery and Grazyna Auguscik: Bassist Ulery will lead a trio featuring pianist Rob Clearfield and drummer Jon Deitemyer, in tandem with singer Auguscik and the New Millennium Orchestra in music of Ulery. 7:30 p.m. Sunday at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St.; 312-733-9463 or citywinery.com

To read more from Howard Reich on jazz, go to chicagotribune.com/reich


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