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Jessica Jones Quartet, Paris Combo and other tantalizing gigs on tap in Berkeley

On Saturday, the irresistibly playful Paris Combo makes its Freight debut. If I was a branding consultant I’d recommend that the group change its name change, swapping out a single letter so that the anodyne Combo transforms into the far more descriptive Paris Cosmo. The long-running band reflects Paris as a cosmopolitan playground, with its joyous blend of French chanson and Gypsy jazz laced with rhythms gleaned from Afro-Cuban, Middle Eastern, and North African popular music. The intoxicating host of the party is vocalist and accordionist Belle du Berry, who’s backed by guitarist and banjo player Potzi, percussionist and vocalist François-François, bassist Benoit Dunoyer de Segonzac, and trumpeter/pianist David Lewis. After taking a few years off while Lewis and Du Berry toured as a duo, the band returned to action in 2017 with a strong new album, Tako Tsubo (Planet/Stem).