Kudos to the Hartford Jazz Society for inviting composer and saxophonist Oliver Lake — co-founder of the World Saxophone Quartet (along with David Murray, Julius Hemphill and Hamiet Bluiett) and a Guggenheim fellow — to town, with his Organ Quartet in tow. Although it's a b*tch to transport, I'd argue we could all use more Hammond B3 in our lives; on Friday, it'll be ably steered by organist Jared Gold and supported by drummer Chris Beck. Lake's bass-less Quartet features New Jersey-based trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, a veteran of llinois Jacquet's Big Band as well as Lake's New Life Jazz Orchestra. Lake's sizable body of work over the past 40+ years, as both leader (30-some-odd albums) and sideman (with the WSO, Anthony Braxton and James Blood Ulmer, among others), has earned him a rightful place in the pantheon of post-Eric Dolphy greats.
Oliver Lake Organ Quartet
Nov. 16, 7 p.m., $15-$20, student workshop 4:30-6 p.m., Polish National Home, 60 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford, hartfordjazzsociety.com.