It's that time of winter when the blahs take over from coping with the Arctic blast. There are oases of escape in town with the hot sounds of jazz to warm you this week.
Monica Herzig's Acoustic Project performs on Thursdays and Saturdays at Rick's Café Boatyard.
The Chatterbox, 435 Mass. Ave., heats things up with the fiery vocal jazz, urban and soulful sounds of Cynthia Layne & Friends returning Friday, Feb. 6. The vocal fire continues on Saturday, Feb. 7, when Brenda Williams, the dynamic diva of jazz, blues and theater, is back with the hard-swinging quartet of alto saxman Jason Curry. Music both nights goes 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a cover charge.
Jazz on the Avenue, 617 Indiana Ave., fourth floor ballroom of the Madame Walker Theatre Center, kicks off the new month with the urban groove jazz of Art of Musiq Friday, Feb. 6 playing 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door and optional soulful buffet is offered for dining.
Circle City Bar & Grille, 350 W. Maryland St. inside the Marriott Downtown, presents the sounds of Jason Curry during "Wine Wednesday" from 5 to 8 p.m. Vocalist Betheny Dunlap & Neapoliton perform light jazz Friday, Feb. 6. The "Man with a Horn," saxophonist Tommy Wills Trio, plays jazz for listening and dancing Saturday, Feb. 7.
Agio's Restaurant, 635 Mass. Ave., features each Thursday the soft jazz sounds of Bill Lancton on guitar and Dave Murray on bass.
The Jazz Kitchen, 54th Street and College Avenue, has some of the best jazz groups and more each week. Mondays feature the innovative straight-ahead sounds of the Frank Glover Quartet featuring Claude Sifferlen on piano. Tuesday, Feb. 10 the Midcoast Swing Orchestra cooks away for swing dancing. Wednesday features Cathy Morris' Brazilian Lounge Band from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. followed from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. by Hypothesis.
Sullivan's Steakhouse, 3316 E. 86th St., Keystone at the Crossing, has Trotty Heck, piano, and Joe Deal, bass, Wednesday, Feb. 4 playing 5:30 to 11 p.m. Steven Jones, piano, and Steve Woerner, bass, play hot jazz Thursday, Feb. 5 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 has Steve Corn, piano, Joe Deal, bass, and Chris Pyle, drums, playing 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 it's Claude Sifferlen, piano, with the same rhythm section playing 5 to 11 p.m.
Keystone Grill, 8650 Keystone Crossing Blvd., features Steve Corn on piano and Fred Withrow on bass playing weekly Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Just added on Mondays: smooth jazz and adult contemporary vocalist/keyboardist Lisa Baldwin playing 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Solo keyboardist Justin plays Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m. to midnight.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 96th and Keystone Avenue, "Sizzling Steaks & Jazz Wednesday" offers the solo piano of Scott Solterman Feb. 4. Returning Feb. 11 will be The Bluenote Trio. Music is from 7 to 10 p.m.
Rick's Cafe Boatyard, 4050 Dandy Trail, has a new weekly lineup for February. The Art Trio will play Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. followed by jazz/pop vocalist Tim Brickley, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Bassist Jennifer Kirk's Quartet plays on Mondays and Wednesdays. The groove sax sounds of Greg Bacon can be heard on Tuesday. Monica Herzig's Acoustic Project performs on Thursday and Saturday and Tim Brickley is back on Friday. All evening performances run 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Pauly's Italian Restaurant, 2130 Southport Road at Highway 37 and Southport Road, is new on the jazz scene. This friendly venue offering Southern Italian cuisine will start with three nights of jazz to compliment the dining. The Noteman Jazz Combo plays each Wednesday, 6:30 to 9 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday features various jazz groups that play 7:30 to 11 p.m.
Congratulations are in order for violinist Krystle Ford of the jazz group Jay Majors & Hookup. Ford won the local Apollo talent competition and will go to New York for the Apollo Theatre finals.
Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.