On Friday, Nov. 5, Rock City’s Velvet Lounge series will welcome back 14 Strings, a jazz trio comprised of Jon Luoma on viola, Harry Richter on guitar and Doreen Conboy on bass. the music will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rock City Books & Coffee, 328 Main St.

Jazz standards, original compositions and tunes with Latin and European flavor will be the order of the evening. The jazz trio gets its unique sound from its unusual combination of instruments. Innovative arrangements and provocative rhythms give contemporary appeal to jazz standards, soulful ballads, Latin bossas and sambas plus a twist of Django Reinhardt and Svend Assmussen. To round out the set lists, Luoma adds his original compositions.

Luoma, an artist and illustrator, studied in the jazz and contemporary music program at University of Maine in Augusta. Richter makes and repairs violins and repairs other stringed instruments at his shop, Somerset Violins, in Waterville; Luoma plays a viola made by Richter, who also studied jazz guitar at UMA. Conboy has toured and performed with many Maine bands on bass and cello; she works as a painter and filmmaker.

As usual there is no cover charge, but tipping the musicians is highly encouraged. For more information on this and other events at Rock City, call 594-4123.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.