Enough with the abominable snowman scene outside. You need some heat to beat the daily grind of fighting the snow and ice. Here are some new sounds that may help to get your mind out of the deep freeze. The Marsalis Family A Jazz Celebration Rounder There is no more passionate musical family on today"s jazz scene than the Marsalis Family. It"s very rare when they record together. This new CD, recorded live for a tribute to Ellis Marsalis, finds father and sons at the peak of their musical games. Family patriarch Ellis is the guiding force throughout on piano. With a horn frontline of Wynton on trumpet, Branford on saxophone, Delfeayo on trombone and Jason on drums, they work their way through nine tunes. They range from "Surrey with a Fringe on Top," which finds Ellis" lean and commanding piano leading the way, to a lovely ballad by Ellis called "After." Fireworks ignite between Branford and Wynton, with both blowing fiery chorus after chorus at each other. The heritage of New Orleans is not forgotten when Harry Connick Jr. makes a guest appearance for some prancing piano on "St. James Infirmary." There is a musical synergy that is apparent in this family reunion. It is a joy to hear. Rating: 4 1/2 stars This is a delight of a father and his sons musically interacting at the peak of their skills. Joe Beck Just Friends Whaling Station When three friends who have worked together in every musical setting from pop, rock to classical can shed the rigors of the workday and sit down to what they really want to do, the result is this beautiful CD by guitarist Joe Beck. Beck is given a highly sensitive interactive support by Mark Egan"s bass and Danny Gottleib"s drums. Beck"s buttery guitar sound carries most of the melodic work - and he is more than up to the task. From the opening strains of Cole Porter"s "I Love You," he cooks, alternating between intense angular single lines and the harmonically distinctive chords that are his trademark. Egan"s bass solos throughout match the eloquence of Beck"s guitar. They caress Ellington"s "Prelude to a Kiss" and just burn away on a blistering rendition of "Softly As In a Morning Sunrise." Wit, style and a unified enthusiasm make this a winner. Rating: 4 stars This is meaningful music played by three kindred souls at a very high level. Jazz happenings Tired of digging into the snow? Why not stop and dig into to some sounds to take your mind off of the winter scene around town. Downtown The Chatterbox will ring out this Friday, Feb. 28, with the classic jazz sounds of the Indy Jazz All Stars, led by saxophonist "Pookie" Johnson. A special treat happens when flutist Oliver Nelson Jr. brings his group for a swinging night on Saturday, March 1, where he brings the crowd into the fun. Music both nights is from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. St. Elmo"s has the Jason Curry Quartet performing Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. followed on Saturday by Jazz with Josh at 7 p.m. Jazz On The Avenue in the Madame Walker Theatre Center fourth floor ballroom will showcase the B-3 organ sounds of Al Walton on Friday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. The Elbow Room has the soft jazz of Tom Sullivan on guitar and Duncan Putman on bass from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday for its Jazz Brunch with those marvelous beignets. The Tom Sullivan Trio jams every Friday night from 8 to 11 p.m. Northside The Jazz Kitchen will host a rare appearance of the explosive Steve Allee Big Band Feb. 28 at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. The fluid straight-ahead tenor saxophone of Rob Dixon"s Quartet returns Saturday, March 1, performing originals and standards at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Sullivan"s Steakhouse will feature the trio of Claude Sifferlen on piano, Joe Deal on bass and Kevin Johnson on drums Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1, playing 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Fairview Presbyterian Church at 4609 N. Capitol Ave. will have the Greg Imboden Jazz Ensemble performing at the Ash Wednesday Jazz Service with guest soprano Ms. Queen Williams. It takes place March 5 at 7 p.m. Chuck Workman is the producer/host of the Sunday Morning Jazz Show at 107.9 WTPI.

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