Bassist Christian McBride helms the Mack Avenue Superband at the Triple Door on Tuesday, April 5.
The Mack Avenue Super Band — an all-star group in the churchy, Horace Silver/Art Blakey mold, mounted by Mack Avenue Records as an annual attraction at the Detroit Jazz Festival — released the smokin’, soulful album “Live! From the Detroit Jazz Festival” last year. A scaled-down quintet version of the ensemble appears in Seattle next week, with bassist Christian McBride at the helm, plus two saxophonists: Kirk Whalum, playing tenor in a muscular, straight-ahead style that might surprise his smooth-jazz fans, and husky-toned altoist Tia Fuller, who has burning bebop chops. The group, which writes its own tunes and arrangements, is rounded out by Carl Allen (drums) and McBride’s regular trio pianist, Christian Sands.
7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $30-$50 (206-838-4333 or thetripledoor.net).