Jazz Beat: Logan Richardson

Logan Richardson grew up on East 55th Street, attending Paseo High School and Saturday classes at the American Jazz Museum. Today, he lives in Paris, and his new album for the Blue Note label, Shift, has won acclaim. Just last week, it notched 33rd place on NPR’s list of the 50 best albums of 2016 (keeping company with records by Solange, Beyoncé and David Bowie). Shift features Richardson’s rich saxophone alongside another former area resident, guitarist Pat Metheny, and 2010 McArthur genius grant recipient Jason Moran on keyboards. The densely layered compositions experiment yet remain surprisingly accessible. Richardson’s music has developed beyond his hometown roots, but he still recognizes this city’s heritage. Recently he said, “Kansas City has a really beautiful beat that only exists in that town. Not even the Midwest, but specially in Kansas City.” He reignites that beat Thursday night at the Blue Room.

Logan Richardson

7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 15, at the Blue Room, 1600 East 18th Street ($10)