The Midcoast’s Tom Luther Quintet will perform an evening of vibrant original jazz Saturday, May 3, at the Nocturnem Draft Haus, 56 Main St. The set will run from 8 to 11 p.m.

TLQ features some of the most accomplished young musicians in Maine, as well as seasoned veterans, performing exciting original music that draws from the wellspring of jazz and freely floats in the worlds of rock, ambient and world music.

"We have a great combination of musicians in this group, who break a wide path through the art," says pianist and composer Tom Luther. "We build from our jazz training, and expand through our varied experience. The result is music that sits clearly in the genre, but is always looking beyond it, and pushing at the boundaries."

Luther hopes to fully exploit the eclectic nature and flexibility of his bandmates with several new works that include selections from his latest ambient music project, “Twelve Moons,” and one inspired by the music of Senegalese master singer Youssou N'Dour. He treats the challenge of this kind of cross-fertilization as an artistic necessity, owing to both the increasing speed at which information travels and the inherently hybrid nature of jazz.

"Jazz has always been a mixed language, and in the modern era, masters like Charles Mingus and Herbie Hancock have pushed that idea even further," he said, citing two of his major inspirations.

TLQ features Mike Whitehead (trumpet/flugelhorn), Gideon Forbes (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Luther (piano), Duane Edwards (bass) and Jacob Forbes (drums). The Tom Luther Quintet will kick off its Midcoast season Saturday, May 24, at Belfast’s Åarhus Gallery.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or