John Schott, a Cornish College alum, performs Monday, Nov. 23, with his Actual Trio at the Royal Room.

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San Francisco Bay Area guitarist John Schott, who released a wonderful new album in September, “Actual Trio” on John Zorn’s Tzadik label, plays the Royal Room in Columbia City on Monday (Nov. 23). If you like swinging jazz guitar with a zany, eccentric bent, see this threesome.

Schott, who went to high school at Roosevelt and Nova, was part of the illustrious Cornish College class of the late ’80s and early ’90s (Mike Sarin, Brad Shepik, Briggan Krauss, others) taught by bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jerry Granelli, who instilled in them a free and open style with fundamental jazz roots.

Schott’s trio (Dan Seamans, bass; John Hanes, drums) is named for the Actual Cafe, the group’s home base for several years in Oakland, Calif. With a bright and bold, slightly twangy sound, Schott grazes rock, blues, Thelonious Monk and James “Blood” Ulmer with lithe, original, single-note lines full of swing, surprise and humor. You would expect nothing less from a guy who, in his free time, has compiled discographies of Howlin’ Wolf and Pierre Boulez, not to mention 107 ways to play one six-note chord on the guitar.

7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at the Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; admission by donation (206-906-9920 or