Before he became director of the music program at Rochester Institute of Technology, Carl Atkins was well known for his saxophone prowess. Over the decades he's played with Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Jaki Byard and others. Atkins also served as co-director of the Thelonious Monk Institute. He'll be exploring the blues with his current group, Culture Clash, and leading a discussion of the music's history, sociology and psychology at the Last Friday Jazz Heritage Series.
Culture Clash plays at the Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Ave., on Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. 563-2145, Thebaobab.org.