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Dead Kenny G's 

When: Tue., Feb. 8 2011

Jazz has always had its fringe strains: The avant-garde expressions of Lester Bowie and Ornette Coleman, the punk-jazz explorations of James Chance & the Contortions, the illbient inclinations of DJ Spooky. The Dead Kenny G's are most closely associated with their more famous collaborators — Les Claypool, Charlie Hunter and Stanton Moore — although the Seattle trio avoids the virtuosity-for-the-sake-of-it that can drive those artists dangerously close to the brink of '70s fusion. Instead, this sax-and-keyboard-dominated band unleashes the ungodly forces of free jazz and pure punk, tethered with outrageous and sometimes intelligent humor. Now approaching its seventh year, the group insists it can't disband while Kenny G still lives. The show starts at 9 at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th Street, Boulder, foxtheatre.com) with Supercollider and Nuns of Brixton opening. Tickets are $8 advance, $10 door, an additional $2 if you're under 21. (Hey, life is hard.) — Bill Forman

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