THURSDAY JANUARY 4

LES VOIX VULGAIRES
A piss-take on world music icons Les Voix Bulgaires, this all-star trio of Amy Denio, Detonator Beth, and Vagina Jones (AKA King Leah) stir astonishing vocal techniques into a gumbo of ululating trills, panting, whispers, and yells. These avant vocalists can leap from the mumbling of Muppets gone mad to the childlike voices of space aliens to the rasping moans of that one-night stand that you (and, alas, your neighbors) will never forget all in a trice. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave, 322-1533, 8 pm, $5—$15 sliding scale donation.

FRIDAY JANUARY 5

KAREN SHIVERS
Shivers brings a gospel-inflected sass to jazz standards. As part of Pony Boy Records' "Jazz & Sushi" series, she leads a drummer-less trio with Dan Kramlich on piano and Buddy Catlett, a bassist who has gigged with just about everybody, most notably Count Basie and Frank Sinatra. Hiroshi's Restaurant, 2501 Eastlake Plaza, 726-4966, 7:30—10 pm, free.

SATURDAY JANUARY 6

SUNSHIP
Stuart Dempster, ex-Stinkhorn saxophonist Michael Monhart, and guitarist Brian Heaney front a quintet named after the classic Coltrane LP. Expect hard-blowing and feverishly fierce solos buttressed by jazz-rock grooves. Egan's Ballard Jam House, 1707 NW Market Street, 789-1621, 7 pm, $5.

FAR CORNER
What's a jazz group without a piano? Led by saxophonist Dick Valentine, this piano-less quartet is lithe, limber, and sonically translucent. Flutist Fraser Havens adds sunny counterpoint and angular, but not obtuse, solos. With Pete Sanders (bass) and Bradley Papineau (drums). Wayward Coffeehouse, 8570 Greenwood Ave N, 706-3240, 8—10 pm, free.

KELLEY JOHNSON QUARTET
Bouncing through standards and forgotten chestnuts, this jazz singer's coltish voice scampers across even the most treacherous, word-sodden phrases with ease. I still marvel at her transmutation of an Ellington throwaway, "Tulip or Turnip," into a winning tune on her Live at Birdland (JazzConnect) disc. Few singers could sell "Do I get the booby prize/Or will I be the hero?/Am I heading for blue skies/Or is my ceiling zero?" so suavely. Tula's, 2214 Second Ave, 443-4221, 8:30 pm—12:30 am, $12.

SUNDAY JANUARY 7

BARRY LIEBERMAN
For his annual "Barry Lieberman and Friends" concert, Lieberman corrals fellow bassist Thomas Martin to perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Bottesini, and others. Martin, formerly principal bassist with the London Symphony Orchestra, presents a free master class Sat Jan 6, at 2 pm in Brechemin. Brechemin Auditorium, UW campus, 685-8384, 2 pm, $10.

BILLET-DEUX QUARTET
Disciples of 1930's cafe swing (think Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli), this frisky guitar- and cello-propelled outfit takes a turn at Seattle Jazz Vespers. Even a staunch atheist like me doesn't mind the brief and generic worship interlude between sets. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, 325-6051, 6 pm, free-will donation.

TUESDAY JANUARY 9

KENNY GARRETT
Conjuring the urgent, muscular tone of early and mid-1960s John Coltrane, Garrett remains one of the most imaginative, high-voltage saxophonists blowin' today. Also Wed Jan 10. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, 441-9729, 7:30 pm, $24.50.