By the time he arrived in Philly six years ago, Francois Zayas had already spent more than a decade touring in a variety of groups, from jazz to hip-hop to rock — and that’s between his performances with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba. The percussionist and composer was last seen on stage at the Painted Bride’s “Fresh Cut from the Vine” concert in a tentet of fellow local rising stars. But he’ll perform his own music, which combines his Afro-Cuban roots with modern jazz, at this Jazz Bridge-hosted performance with his quartet featuring pianist John Stenger, saxophonist Victor North and bassist Madison Rast. Zayas is also responsible for the arrangements of Billie Holiday’s music for singer Venissa Santí’s latest project, Big Stuff: Afro-Cuban Holiday, which captures the legendary vocalist’s haunted soul in roiling, angular reimaginings. The fact that his collaborators are also locals could result in a surprise detour into that material as well.
Wed., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., $5-$10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, 145 Rose Tree Rd., Media, jazzbridge.org.