4/30–5/1 at Jazz Alley Steve Korn
FRI 3/15

Eugenie Jones

Two things about tonight's performance, which will feature music from Eugenie Jones's new album, Black Lace Blue Tears: One, Eugenie Jones, a local singer who was trained by Greta Matassa, has a voice that covers words like pieces of silk covering precious stones. But she never overdoes it, never overflows with emotion, never goes too high or too low, but always sings with a restraint that's cosmopolitan yet not soulless. Two, Bill Anschell, who will be on the piano tonight (Osama Afifi will be on bass and Jose Martinez on drums), is a master of the block chord stabs that form the support of a vocal performance. He and Jones are an excellent match.

The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, 906-9920, theroyalroomseattle.com, 8:30 pm, musicians paid by your donations, all ages

SAT 3/16

Geoffrey Castle

With violinist Geoffrey Castle, deep and electrified Celtic soul meets a variety of black American rhythms: gospel, rock, blues, and jazz. A rapper once stated that the more emotion he put into his rhymes, the harder he rocked. Something along these lines can be said about Castle—the more emotion he puts into his violin, the more mystical (indeed, foresty) his sounds get. You can learn more about him at his website, geoffreycastle.com.

Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave, kpcenter.org, 8 pm, $25, all ages

WED 3/20

Elnah Jordan

Whenever the local songbird Elnah Jordan sings, she returns us to the roots of jazz vocals, which is the blues, and the blues has its roots in the church, the deep spirituals whose riches American popular music will never exhaust. Tonight, Jordan's vocals will be supported by Eric Verlinde on piano, D'vonne Lewis on drums, Tom McElroy on guitar, and the jazz man of our times, Evan Flory-Barnes, on bass.

The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, 906-9920, theroyalroomseattle.com, 7:30 pm, musicians paid by your donations, all ages

THURS–FRI 3/28–29

Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble

Bushwick Book Club, Captain Smartypants (which is a Seattle Men's Chorus ensemble), and the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble have collaborated and commissioned work from local composers and musicians to make a soundtrack of the Old Testament. One of the composers/musicians, the clarinetist Beth Fleenor, who is a member of the Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble—a community of 30 or so musicians formed by Michael Owcharuk and Nate Omdal in 2010—will perform her score of Leviticus. "It's very intense," she said to me during a talk we had at Pettirosso. "There will be seven musicians, and Crystal Beth, my persona, will be singing on certain parts. Expect an epic trumpet in the middle."

Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 652-4255, townhallseattle.org, 8 pm, $15 adv/$20 DOS, all ages


Michael Owcharuk Trio

Michael Owcharuk, one of the founders of the constellation of musicians called Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble, is a talented pianist who received his advanced training at Cornish College of the Arts and is said to be influenced by one of my three jazz piano gods, Bill Evans (the other two are Bud Powell and early Herbie Hancock). Though the elements of Evans's impressionism can be heard in Owcharuk's style, I tend to hear a lot more John Lewis (Modern Jazz Quartet) than Evans. The angular way Owcharuk spaces and strikes is much closer to modernism than impressionism. On his website, Owcharuk states that the piano trio is his "outlet for original piano trio compositions."

Vito's, 927 Ninth Ave, 397-4053, vitosseattle.com, 9 pm, free, 21+

TUES–WED 4/9–10

Spencer Day

For two nights, Spencer Day, a young jazz singer who has beautiful eyes, will perform music from his fourth album, The Mystery of You. Like his second album, Movie of Your Life, Mystery draws inspiration from the world of cinema, particularly Ennio Morricone's famous scores and the kind of 1960s noir that Portishead recycled into triphop in the 1990s. In 2010, Day came out and on Greg in Hollywood made this statement, which will be of interest to David Schmader: "I wanted to stand and be counted... I was born in Utah and I grew up Mormon, and I want to be part of building a bridge between the LGBT community and the Mormon community."

Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, 441-9729, jazzalley.com, 7:30 pm, $21.50, all ages

WED 4/10

The Jason Parker Trio

If you go to the last track on the Jason Parker Quartet's third album, No More, No Less, you will find a very interesting monster called "Summertime/Footprints." This track blends George Gershwin's popular "Summertime" with Miles Davis's intellectually brilliant "Footprints," which is on Miles Smiles (the first of two albums that close Davis's great modern moment—after that, he begins his long decline into electrified everything). The good news is that Parker's little monster (the bass is all "Footprints" and the trumpet is all "Summertime") works. Tonight, Parker blows as a trio.

Vito's, 927 Ninth Ave, 397-4053, vitosseattle.com, 9 pm, free, 21+

TUES–WED 4/30–5/1

Brad Mehldau Trio

I will say it like it is: Brad Mehldau is a real-deal genius. Whenever he plays something, your mind starts saying to itself: This is the music of a gifted mind. He is up there with the genius of Art Tatum—this is no exaggeration. What the two have in common is the ability to translate incredibly complex thoughts into understandable music. For those who need an introduction, check out his Songs: The Art of the Trio, Volume Three, which contains, among other things, his dazzling cover of Radiohead's "Exit Music (For a Film)." Giants still walk the earth.

Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, 441-9729, jazzalley.com, 7:30 pm, $30.50, all ages


Chick Corea and the Vigil

Yes, Chick Corea is one of the big names of jazz, but I have maintained a distance from his music because he played a significant role in Miles Davis's electric period. This fact, however, says nothing about his art but everything about my tastes. Tonight, Corea performs with the Vigil.

Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, 441-9729, jazzalley.com, 7:30 and 9:30 pm, $40, all ages

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Tineke Postma Quartet

After work, you should head down to Seattle Art Museum and check out the haunting jazz of Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma. Her quartet is performing between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. as part of the Art of Jazz Series, which is in its 17th year. The way Postma blows is just plain spooky. It's like watching a person walking through a wall or passing a mirror without casting a reflection.

Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, 547-6763, earshot.org, 5:30 pm, free with museum admission, all ages