Local drummer and producer Quentin Baxter and his jazz club The Mezz are starting a new “Guest Artist” series to coincide with the spring arts festival season.

The Tony Monaco Trio is first up, this Thursday, with two sets at The Mezz, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Monaco is a wizard of the Hammond B-3 jazz organ. He was mentored by the legendary Jimmy Smith, but calls on a variety of influences, from Gospel to Latin to modern jazz.

He will play with Howard Paul on seven-string guitar and Baxter on drums.

On Saturday, May 25, The Mezz presents The Marcus Roberts Trio, which will play two sets, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $25.

The trio is known for its virtuosic playing and dynamic style, with each of the musicians contributing equally to the process of shaping the tempo, texture and form of the tunes. The band consists of Roberts on piano, Rodney Jordan on bass and Jason Marsalis on drums.