FRIDAY DECEMBER 26



ERNESTINE ANDERSON

One of Seattle's few world-class musical exports, Ernestine Anderson remains a stirring and soulful jazz singer. Joining Anderson and her trio is one of the grand old men of the saxophone, Red Holloway. If you're planning on showing up New Year's Eve, call for reservations. Also Sat Dec 27 with sets at 8 and 10 pm as well as Tues Dec 30 at 8 pm and Wed Dec 31 at 8:45 and 11 pm. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, 441-9729, sets at 8 and 10 pm, $18.50-$116.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 27



HANDEL'S MESSIAH

Here's my last Messiah listing for 2003: Louis Magor leads assorted musicians and singers in an audience sing-along of Handel's Messiah. As mentioned in my previous columns, I'm still being monitored by the Messiah Gestapo, who make sure Handel's Messiah is not only performed across the nation but written up in this column. So yes, Messiah is fun, ennobling, majestic, etc., and you'll have a dandy time. Next year I hope some bold sound artist creates an installation based on field recordings of every Messiah in town. Or maybe I'll perform my own performance-art piece "I am the Messiah!" just to stir things up. Town Hall, Eighth Ave and Seneca St, 325-6500, 7 pm, $12.

MONDAY DECEMBER 29



SOUND OF THE BRUSH

This ongoing series devoted to improvised music features Thelonious Monk specialists Humph with Doug Haning (piano), Adam Diller (saxophone), and Matt Crane (drums). Avant banjoist Mike Marlin plays solo for the second set. The third set is an open-to-all-comers mix 'n' match improvisation. CoCA, 1420 11th Ave, 728-1980, 8:30 pm, donation requested.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 30



ORIGIN ÜBER BAND

An all-star grouping of top-flight players from Origin Records hold forth at the Triple Door: Richard Cole (saxophones), Dave Peterson (guitar), Rick Mandyck (guitar), Chuck Deardorf (bass), and label honcho John Bishop (drums). The Triple Door, 216 Union St, 838-4333, 7:30 pm, $10.

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 31



SEATTLE SYMPHONY

Gerry Schwarz, the Seattle Symphony Chorale, and the Seattle Symphony ring in New Year's with a re-creation of the SSO's first concert, performed in 1903. Most of the pieces--Massenet's Overture to Phèdre, Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, Schubert's Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished," Sarasate's Navarra, Rossini's Overture to William Tell--are still heard today, which suggests that classics (Bruch, Schubert, Rossini) endure, but so do a few lollipops and mediocrities (the rest of the program). Benaroya Hall, Third Ave and Union St, 215-4747, 2 pm, $65-$150.

NEW YEAR'S AT ST. JAMES

The Cathedral Soloists, Cantorei, and Chamber Orchestra present music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, including a mass based on traditional French noëls, his tone-poem Nuit, and a pastoral cantata, In Nativitatem. Also on the program: Arcangelo Corelli's popular Christmas Concerto. Dress warmly, be discreet with the hooch, and keep your ears open for the bells. St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave, 382-4874, 11 pm, $22.