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Jazz shows bubble up for 6 weeks

Ars Nova Workshop’s New Paths Festival of jazz and experimental music will be held Monday through May 30.

ARS NOVA Workshop's New Paths Festival of jazz and experimental music will be held Monday through May 30 at various city venues. For tickets or more information, go to

* Monday: Ken Vandermark's Made to Break. Chicago jazz legend and his ensemble premiere a piece inspired by the Barnes collection. Barnes Foundation, 2025 Ben Franklin Parkway, 8 p.m. (preconcert talk, 7 p.m.), $25.

* April 26: "Free Jazz legend, herbalist, acupuncturist, martial artist, professor, savant and shaman," drummer/percussionist Milford Graves does a rare solo performance. Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., 8 p.m., $40, limited seating.

* May 10: John Zorn's Hermetic Organ. Zorn takes a seat at one of the largest pipe organs in our city (which has more than its fair share of them!) for a solo show. Girard College Chapel, 2101 S. College Ave., 8 p.m., $10.

* May 11-14: Free jazz musicians William Parker, double bass, and Muhammad Ali, drums/percussion, pair each night with a local artist (Dave Burrell, Marshall Allen, Bobby Zankel or Odean Pope) on Parker's new four-part suite, "Flower In Stained Glass Window." With an all-Philly chamber ensemble led by Keir Neuringer. First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, 2125 Chestnut St., 8 p.m., $25 each.

* May 17: Mats Gustafsson's Swedish Azz, with Gustafsson on sax, electronics; Per-Ake Holmlander, tuba; Kjell Nordeson, vibraphone; dieb13, turntables, electronics; Eric Carlsson, drums.American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave., 8 p.m., $25.

* May 19: St. Francis Duo, featuring British drummer Steve Noble and experimental guitarist Stephen O'Malley. St. Francis de Sales Auditorium, 4625 Springfield Ave., 8 p.m., $15.

* May 30: Free-jazz reed player Peter Brotzmann. German Society of Pennsylvania, Horner Memorial Library, 611 Spring Garden St., 8 p.m., $25.