Javon Jackson
March 25 at 8 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club, Boston

Former Jazz Messenger saxophonist Javon Jackson got to the heart of the hard bop on which he cut his jazz teeth with his most recent disc, The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni, a collection of gospel hymns and spirituals chosen in collaboration the revered poet and activist — “Wade on the Water,” “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” “Sing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Giovanni provides spoken-word sequences on some songs and, by her request, sings one tune, Lee Adams and Charles Strouse’s “Night Song,” inspired by Nina Simone’s 1964 recording. Alas, no Nikki for this show, but the fine band includes pianist Jeremy Manasia, bassist David Williams, and drummer McClenty Hunter.

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