L.A. previews November 21-27: Marc Ribot, Brian Auger, Kenny Burrell, Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel, Dwight Trible, Nick Mancini, Joey Sellers.

Fri. Nov. 21 -- Tom Waits guitarist Marc Ribot, always one to write unusual material, create earthy sounds and undertake visionary projects, plays a solo set of his spare music for silent films, then reuinites with Los Cubanos Postizos (Arsenio Rodriguez, Roberto Rodriguez, Anthony Coleman, Brad Jones and E.J. Rodriguez) for a Carib-rhythm shake set. A CAP presentation at UCLA's Royce Hall; 8pm; $35-$67; www.cap.ucla.edu.

Fri.-Sat. Nov. 21-22 -- Keyboardist Brian Auger's Oblivion Express turns back the clock for some '70s Brit soul-jazz groove with original singer Alex Ligertwood plus drummer Karma Auger, guitarist Yarone Levy and bassist Travis Carlton. At the Baked Potato, 3787 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Studio City 91604; 9:30 & 11:30pm; $25; (818) 980-1615; www.thebakedpotato.com.

Fri.-Sun. Nov. 21-23 -- Kenny Burrell has been showing the kidz how to play jazz guitar since the '50s; now (with a quintet) he shows the great-grandkidz. At Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood 90028; 8:30 & 10:30pm (7:30 & 9:30 Sun.); $25-$30; (323) 466-2210; www.catalinajazzclub.com.

Sat. Nov. 22 -- One of the most momentous guitarists of the metal era, Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands), has reloaded his jet with Red Dragon Cartel; read my record review here. With Madman's Lullaby, SJ Sindicate, All Rights Reserved, Siren, Swirl, Raven's Cry. At the Whisky, 8901 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 90069; doors 6pm; $20; www.whiskyagogo.com; (310) 652-4202.

Sun. Nov. 23 -- Afro-glide singer Dwight Trible and his band cook in the afternoon to show you where church is really at. A Howling Monk "Jazz State of Mind" presentation at Fais Do Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd., LA 90016; 3pm; $20 (students $15); (323) 931-4636.

Tues. Nov. 25 -- Vibraphonist Nick Mancini (7:15pm) re-enlists the rhythm section of his emotionally tuned and compositionally original "Storyteller" album (buy it) with drummer Dan Schnelle and bassist Kaveh Rastegar; violinist-singer Leah Zeger (8:45pm) closes it out with her trio featuring guitarist Dan Cole and bassist Eric Sittner. At WitZend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice 90291; 7pm; $10 (bring a guest for free, one item minimum); bar & food; all ages; (310) 305-4792; www.witzend.com.

Tues. Nov. 25 -- Joey Sellers Jazz Aggregation is the way to experience the full harmonic richness of the SoCal trombonist's intriguing compositions. At the Blue Whale on the third level of Weller Court Plaza, south of East First Street between South Los Angeles Street and South San Pedro Street, Little Tokyo 90012; 9pm-midnight; $10; 21+; parking $5 underneath off Second Street at the sign of the P in a circle; (213) 620-0908; www.bluewhalemusic.com.

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Read Don Heckman’s jazz picks here and MoshKing's metal listings here. Read John Payne's plutonic Bluefat.com here.