WEDNESDAY 2/26. South on Main. $30-$42.
Jazz — the so-called American art form — wouldn’t have been incubated in the dancehalls and streets of New Orleans were it not for the musical traditions of Africa. Pianist Elio Villafranca is both a scholar of that origin story and a beguiling interpreter of it, with the percussive and harmonic sensibilities to be able to tell it on the ivories. The Cuban-born, New York City-based composer and bandleader’s latest is 2018’s “Cinque,” a “five-movement suite inspired by the story of Joseph Cinque, who in 1839 led a successful revolt aboard the slave ship La Amistad, days after being sold and transported to a sugar plantation in Cuba.” Villafranca’s appearance is an addition to Oxford American’s 2019-2020 Jazz Series; get tickets at oxfordamerican.org/events.