Oh goody, some of my favorites: Debussy's La Mer, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, Charles Ives' Thanksgiving (from his wonderful Holidays Symphony), and that harbinger of minimalism, Ravel's immortal Bolero. Also Fri Nov 7 at 8 pm, Sat Nov 8 at 8 pm, and Sun Nov 9 at 2 pm. Benaroya Hall, Third Ave and Union St, 215-4747, 7:30 pm, $12-$80.
JIM CUTLER QUARTET
Led by saxophonist Jim Cutler, this appealing straight-ahead group serves up toe-tapping originals and deftly done standards. The quartet celebrates the release of its second CD, For Real, one of the sharpest new releases I've heard in quite some time. Tula's, 2214 Second Ave, 443-4221, 8 pm, $7.
The Earshot Jazz Festival has booked plenty of alluring double bills, including this one with the Wally Shoup Trio and Conference Call. New York bassist Reuben Radding reunites with Shoup and princely pummeler Bob Rees for some paint-peeling out-jazz. Astounding German reedman Gebhard Ullmann floored me at an On the Boards gig a few years back; he's fronting the quartet Conference Call with drummer Gerry Hemingway. Let's hope the third set assembles all the players for an all-out attack. Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, 547-9787, 8 pm, $12.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7
These two Swiss reedmen, Bertrand Denzler and Hans Koch, promise "articulating squeaks, burps, and key clicks in an eerie jungle-at-nightfall soundtrack. Tongue stabs, multiphonics, and circular breathing represent only the tip of the iceberg of their extended techniques." Count me in. Polestar Music Gallery, 1412 18th Ave at E Union St, 329-4224, 8 pm, $12.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8
SEATTLE REPERTORY JAZZ ORCHESTRA
One of the few repertory jazz ensembles in existence, the SRJO are dedicated to preserving the arrangements of classic big-band jazz, and damn, do they cook. Joining them is trombonist Slide Hampton. Also Sun Nov 9 at the Kirkland Performance Center at 3 pm. Recital Hall at Benaroya, Third Ave and Union St, 547-9787, 7:30 pm, $15-$30.
To commemorate the Feast of All Souls week, the Esoterics sing contemporary settings of the Requiem Mass by Ildebrando Pizzetti, Herbert Howells, Icelandic composer Jón Leifs, and Finnish composer Mikko Heiniö. Also Sun Nov 9 at Holy Rosary Church in West Seattle at 3 pm. St. Joseph's Church, 732 18th Ave E, 935-7779, 8 pm, $15-$20.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9
MONKTAIL CREATIVE MUSIC CONCERN
These hard-blowing improvisers perform in their assorted small and large group configurations: Non Grata, Reptet, Special Ops, etc. Expect full-tilt lunges into free improvisation. On the Boards Studio Theater, 100 W Roy St, 547-9787, 8 pm, $12.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 12
SEATTLE NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE
SNME serves up William Walton's Faÿade (on a text by Edith Sitwell), John Cage's Aria, The Perilous Chapel for flute, harp, cello, and percussion by Lou Harrison, Elliott Carter's Canon for 4: Homage to William, and Getting There by Seattle composer and violinist Tom Swafford. Town Hall, Eighth Ave and Seneca St, 652-4255, 7:30 pm, $13-$18.