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Charles Tolliver, a severely underrated veteran trumpeter who put out the acclaimed big band album With Love last winter, was scheduled to play tonight and tomorrow night at Twins on U Street with a quartet. But last evening Twins management released a hurried statement saying that Tolliver’s gig had been canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
Tolliver confirms this morning that he has injured himself rather seriously. He didn’t give details, but said “it even hurts to talk.” Trumpet playing is obviously out of the question. He says that he hopes to return soon, perhaps with his big band.
Meantime, his fill-in at Twins is another underrated veteran: James Spaulding, an alto saxophonist and flutist best known as a sideman for leaders like Freddie Hubbard and Sun Ra. An excellent choice if you’ll miss Tolliver but still want some great jazz. As before, the show is $20 general admission, with two sets (9:00 and 11:00) tonight and tomorrow.