This band of world-class improv architects includes founding member of '60s radicals the Creative Construction Company and one-time Cecil Taylor bandmate Leroy Jenkins (violin), the elder avant-gardist in the group; original Art Ensemble of Chicago co-sorcerer Joseph Jarman (saxophones), its Zen master. Myra Melford is one of Equal Interest's dual reigning matriarchs, along with Marilyn Crispell, of forward-pushing piano. Beyond the power pedigrees, this group's driving concept underscores what may be the core value of 21st-century creative jazz. Equal Interest -- the name says it all.
Equal Interest appears on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. at Yoshi's, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. Tickets are $16; call (510) 238-9200.