He is an experimental composer who has owned his a record company since 1981, but Michael Vlatkovich is best known as one of the most creative trombonists working today. A long-time presence on the West Coast new jazz scene, Vlatkovich is versatile enough to have played with acts ranging from Peggy Lee and Mel Tormé to Bryan Adams and Vinny Golia. His masterful trombone technique has also enhanced the soundtracks of movies like "The Mask," "Jingle All The Way," and John Cassavetes' "The Tempest."
Michael Vlatkovich Quartet plays Wednesday, April 6, at Bop Shop Records, 1460 Monroe Avenue. 8:30 p.m. $10-$15. 271-3354; bopshop.com.