THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 7

JESSICA WILLIAMS
Many jazz pianists possess superb technique, but Williams remains one of the few who can connect the constituent parts of keyboard virtuosity—a calibrated touch, blinding speed, prudent use of the sustain pedal, harmonic ingenuity, melodic invention, and a well-timed sense of simplicity—into a coherent solo performance. She performs music from her new album Billy's Theme (Origin), her tribute to another virtuoso pianist, Billy Taylor. Also Fri Sept 8 at 8 pm. Triple Door, 216 Union St, 838-4333, 7:30 pm, $25.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 8

SHOUP BURNS COGBURN
Cogburn, an excellent Austin-based percussionist, continues his informal weeklong residency at Gallery 1412. He teams up with pianist Gust Burns and alto saxophonist Wally Shoup, who told me to "expect a more Euro-improv aspect of my playing to emerge, but I wouldn't count out some good old-fashioned 'testifying,' either." Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave, 322-1533, 8 pm, $5—$15 sliding scale donation.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10

PONY BOY RECORDS JAZZ PICNIC
A boon for jazz fans with early bedtimes, this all-day mini-festival boasts a roster of excellent players, including the duo of pianist Randy Halberstadt and Carolyn Graye; Seattle trumpet legend and sometime crooner Floyd Standifer; trumpeter Jay Thomas and Buddy Catlett, a bassist who has played with Count Basie and Sinatra; and a rare appearance by Olympia reedman Bert Wilson. Sand Point Magnuson Park Garden Amphitheatre, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, noon—5 pm, free.

RADIO RHYTHM ORCHESTRA
Longtime Seattle bandleader Pete Leinonen leads a 13-piece band specializing in light, lilting swing. New Orleans Restaurant, 114 First Ave S, 622-2563, 7 pm, $5.

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11

BUN-CHING LAM
Part of the wave of émigré Chinese composers (e.g., Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, Chen Yi, and Zhou Long) who found fame in the West, Bun-Ching discusses her music and cross-cultural work. Also Tues Sept 12. Kerry Hall at Cornish College, 710 E Roy St, 325-6500, noon, free.

ROBIN HOLCOMB & BRIGGAN KRAUSS
Before he settled in the Big Apple, Krauss, a potent saxophonist, helped Wayne Horvitz raise the roof in the early-'90s out-jazz group Pigpen. Here he debuts a duo project with pianist and songwriter Holcomb. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave, 322-1533, 8 pm, $8.

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 13

COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT
The latest installment of this monthly series features composer Kotoka Suzuki, who presents Sift for violin and "computer-realized sound." Decades ago before the advent of desktop sound-processing software, "computer-realized" meant writing line after line of code or working with homemade, usually user-hostile, applications. Some composers still insist on coding their own apps; for others, computer-realized means clicking the Save button. I don't know Suzuki's music, but the presence of the formidable violinist Eric Rynes makes this a good bet. Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919, 7:30 pm, free.

WALLY SHOUP TRIO
Shoup spars with two excellent improvising percussionists, Bob Rees and Greg Campbell. Tower Records, 701 Fifth Ave N, 283-4456, 7:30 pm, free.