From 1974 until his death in 2010, Dutch saxophonist/composer/bandleader Willem Breuker led one of the most progressive big bands on the planet. Breuker's own compositions could be counted on to stretch the edges of the avant-garde. His arrangements of jazz standards by Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, and others always went well beyond a fresh take. Whatever Breuker wrote, his Kollektief — consisting of some of the greatest players in Europe — was up to the task. Breuker died two years ago, but the members his Kollektief have embarked on one last tour to celebrate Breuker's life and music.
Willem Breuker Kollektief performs Wednesday, September 26, 8 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 111 N. Chestnut St. $22-$25. bopshop.com.