What's up with jazz and blues

Jazz royalty will be on hand at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center on North Howard Street the night of March 20 for a Women in Jazz panel discussion and jam session. Moderating are WEAA radio's Carla Willis and jazz vocalist Maysa Leak (better known without the surname). Panelists include Camay Murphy, daughter of the late, famous jazz vocalist Cab Calloway, and Gail Marten, who performs around town with her eponymous trio. The discussion starts at 7 P.M. and is free to attend, although donations to the center are encouraged.

Drummer and Baltimore native Winard Harper (pictured) and his Jeli Posse come to Jazzway 6004 on March 23 at 8 P.M. Harper will be playing tunes from his new CD, Coexist. Tickets are $38, which includes dessert and a fruit-and-cheese buffet after the show.

Be at An die Musik in Mount Vernon on March 29 for a blockbuster concert by the George Colligan/Todd Marcus Quartet. Pianist Colligan and bass clarinetist Marcus are joined by Eric Wheeler on bass and Warren Wolf on drums; they'll play jazz standards as well as original compositions. Shows are at 8 P.M. and 9:30 P.M., and tickets are $15.

Catch the Gail Marten Trio at the 13th Floor inside the Belvedere Hotel on April 13. The show starts at 10 P.M. and is free to attend. Vocalist Marten will be accompanied by Mike Noonan on piano and John Pineda on bass.

Blues purists might begrudge the inclusion of Cameron Blake here, but his music-a blend of folk, roots, and classical-is soulful and deep, just the type of aural fare that makes live shows so compelling. A graduate of Peabody who plays the violin, piano, and guitar, Blake is celebrating the release of his new album, Without the Sound of Violence, on March 23 at An die Musik. Tickets are $10, but $15 gets you admission and a copy of Blake's record.

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