THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2
Adam, the Cathedral Organist at St. James, ventures down the hill to give a free recital of organ music on the theme of "Journey Down the Rhine." Optional free tour of Benaroya starts afterwards at 1 pm. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 215-4747, 12:30 pm, free.
The Mozart festival concludes with the Mass in C Minor along with transcriptions and tribute pieces by Richard Strauss and Tchaikovsky. Also Sat Feb 4 at 8 pm and Sun Feb 5 at 2 pm. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 215-4747, 7:30 pm, $15–$87.
Local chanteuse and Seattle School accomplice celebrates the release of her new disc, It Had Better Be Tonight, a neon-tinted cocktail of jazz, pop, and cabaret tunes. Pampas Club at El Gaucho, 2505 First Ave, 728-1337, 8:30 pm, free.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3
This concert collates Stephen Fandrich's work with the Seattle Harmonic Voices (SHV), a collaboration with poet Margareta Waterman, and several a cappella pieces. I'm most intrigued by the SHV; Fandrich recently showed me some of the group's vocal scores. Although he clearly explained how the geometric shapes and lines indicate cues and patterns, I still can't articulate how the SHV's vocal harmonics combine to create illusory vowels and other soothing, room-resonating sonic perturbations. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, 325-6051, 8 pm, $8/$12.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5
JOHN ALTON TRIO
Named after the cinematographer famed for the great ballet sequence in An American in Paris and the sumptuous chiaroscuro that graces film-noir classics like Raw Deal, this outfit features two-thirds of the Wally Shoup Trio: Shoup (alto sax) and Bob Rees (vibraphone and drums), plus überbassist Geoff Harper. Few club gigs strike the right balance between background chatter and the music, but this one does, thanks to the JAT, who boil, spurt, and rumble fiery, sometimes funk-tinged, out jazz. The Hideout, 1005 Boren Ave, 903-8480, 9 pm, free.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8
FLOYD STANDIFER GROUP
Trumpeter Standifer and his group serve up well-stewed, savory bop standards. If you're lucky, he'll croon a tune, too. New Orleans Restaurant, 114 First Ave S, 622-2563, 8 pm, free.
SEATTLE IMPROVISED MUSIC FESTIVAL
One way freely improvised music resists commercialization is through the tradition of unexpected, ad-hoc ensembles. Barring ill tempers, expert improvisers who have never performed together can usually make at least decent music while masters elevate everyone onstage to another level, transforming mistakes into ideas and any awkward pause into a cadential silence. Three new trios take the stage for a set apiece: David Rothbaum on analog synth, Vancouver BC–based trumpeter JP Carter, and bassist Andrew Lafkas; David Kendall on laptop, Portuguese guitarist Manuel Mota, and Seattle trumpeter Angelina Baldoz; electronicist Leif Sundstrom, Ernesto Rodrigues, and cellist Vic Rawlings, who leads a workshop at the end of the week. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave, 322-1533, 8 pm, $10–$25 sliding scale donation.