• The Jazz Kitchen continues its seven-day presentation of distinctive jazz artists this weekend. Critically acclaimed vocalist Kate McGarry will make her Indy debut Friday, May 18 with her group for two shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Admission is $15.
• One of the legendary jazz artists of Indiana Avenue, drummer “Killer” Ray Appleton, returns from New York to set up his flowing style Saturday, May 19 at the Jazz Kitchen. Riding on Appleton’s rhythm will be an Indy jazz legend, tenor saxophonist David Young. Rounding out the group will be Frank Puzzulo on piano and Joe Kelsey on bass. Appleton has been busy with his Wes Montgomery Tribute All Stars Band. Shows are at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Admission is $12.
Opening for “Killer” Ray Appleton will be Wide Open, a hard bop group, featuring Dennis Riggins and Pat Harbison. They will perform at the Jazz Kitchen May 19 at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $7.
• Renowned jazz drummer Peter Erskine, who studied at Indiana University’s School of Music and played with Stan Kenton’s Orchestra, Weather Report and Steps Ahead, returns to the Jazz Kitchen Monday, May 21 with the Lounge Art Ensemble, featuring Bob Sheppard on tenor sax and Dave Carpenter on bass. Shows are at 7 and 9 p.m. Admission is $18.
• The Chatterbox will showcase guitarist Bill Lancton & Friends Friday, May 18. The Kyle Quass Group plays avant-garde jazz Saturday, May 19. Music both nights starts at 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Cathy Morris plays a jazz jam Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. for free.
• Guitarist Rob Swaynie plays the Conrad Hotel Saturday, May 19 from 8 to 11 p.m.