Despite what Justin Timberlake may think, he's not the first artist to rock a suit and tie.
JT owes more than a little cred to the jazz greats of yesteryear. And few loom larger (and not just physically) than legendary saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderly, whose career is celebrated Wednesday night at the Beehive.
Like Timberlake, Cannonball emerged from the shadows of famous peers (as in Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, not Joey Fatone and Lance Bass) to become a star in his own right and one of the leading lights of the hard-bop era in the '50s and '60s.
Veteran saxophonist and Berklee professor Greg Hopkins will also pay tribute to Cannonball with a special extended set, which makes the perfect duet with crispy fried oysters and a Valentino martini.
It's jazz as it was meant to be... and even fit for a Timberlake.