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Hugh Ragin is just one of the local jazz luminaries who will light up the stage at Vartans Jazz Club and Restaurant on Friday, October 13. The expressive trumpet player (and recent nominee for Best Jazz Artist in Westwords Music Awards Showcase) will be joined by excellent concert pianist Joe Bonner, acoustic bassist Artie Moore, tenor sax blower Keith Oxman and drummer/percussionist Tom Tilton. The players are certainly familiar to followers of the local jazz scene, as well as to each other; Oxman and Bonner, for example, have played together intermittently for the last fifteen years. Fridays fête marks the release of two new titles on the local Capri Records jazz label: Bonners Monkism, an interpretation of tunes by Thelonious Monk, and Oxmans Hard Times, his fourth release for the label. The live music itself, though, is reason enough to celebrate.