I had forgotten about the amazing British bassist John Edwards until I saw him perform with the Eddie Prévost Trio recently. Edwards--who with saxophonist Caroline Kraabel composes Shock Exchange--plays with uninhibited mastery. Watch this man slap, thrum, and writhe with his upright bass and you'll swear he's doing his damnedest to crawl inside the instrument. Accordionist and musical sawyer Annie Lewandowski joins Edwards and Kraabel for the second set. Polestar Music Gallery, 1412 18th Ave at E Union St, 329-4224, 8 pm, $7.
SATURDAY JULY 5
BRASS IN THE GRASS
This festival features assorted drum and bugle corps from Washington, Oregon, California, and Wyoming. The music, whose martial strains propel college football players and other latter-day gladiators, ranges from Tchaikovsky to Aaron Copland to Stan Kenton to music from James Bond films. Husky Stadium, UW Campus, 866-468-7623, 7 pm, $20-$50.
SUNDAY JULY 6
ARTIE SMUDGES TRIO
I was suspicious when this group, actually a quartet, described themselves as "smooth noise," but I've heard them several times and the blurb fits. Instead of pummeling your ears with high-volume aggression, the AST build small, innocuous textures--with an array of instruments including cello, clarinet, trumpet, xylophone, "feedback trombone," tin whistle, toy piano, "warped toys," ukulele, and bandoneon--into hypnotic sonic spaces. Rounding out the bill is the Minneapolis-based percussion-and-bass duo of Davu Seru and Andrew Lafkas. CoCA, 1420 11th Ave, 728-1980, 3 pm, $5-$8.
MONDAY JULY 7
The Seattle Symphony's resident organist concludes a season of free Monday lunchtime concerts with a program of organ music dubbed "Fantasies." By my tally, Terry started the season with a program titled "Fantastic Fantasies," but I shouldn't bemoan the recycled name. For this calendar compiler, any free organ concert by a very good musician is fantastic. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 215-4747, 12:30 pm, free.
SEATTLE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Am I goggle-eyed on ketamine? This festival seems to be doing a mite more new music this year. If I'm lucky, they may even deign to send me a press release. The SCMF kicks off a month of concerts with music by Schumann, Haydn, Enescu, Brahms, and Françaix. Lakeside School, 14050 First Ave NE, 292-2787, 7 pm, $16-$35.
SOUND OF THE BRUSH
Along with presenting local improvisers, this weekly series also acts as an underground railroad for touring artists. This week, the Minneapolis-based Davu Seru-Andrew Lafkas Duo fulfill the Ninth Law of Free Improvisation: When on tour, play as many gigs as possible in each town. Additionally, Noggin's Michael Griffen serves up a rare solo set on violin. CoCA, 1420 11th Ave, 728-1980, 8:30 pm, donation requested.
TUESDAY JULY 8
MATT JORGENSEN QUARTET
Taking a break from his Matt Jorgensen+451 outfit, drummer Jorgensen has assembled a new group of musicians for a summer show. Joining him are longtime collaborator Mark Taylor on saxophones, Ari Zucker on guitar, and Geoff Cooke on bass. Patti Summers' Restaurant and Cabaret, First and Pike, 621-8555, 9 pm, $5.