All that jazz

Feb 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

This is one of those weeks when jazz fans have to feel guilty about music missed — or run themselves ragged to take it all in. The event of the week is the opening of the Dirty Dog, the kind of upscale jazz-and-dining spot Detroit hasn't had in the past. There's more about the club in The Mixing Bowl (p. 36), but the opening week music is notable. Drummer Carl Allen and bassist Rodney Whitaker are performing with newcomer Jennifer Sanon. She made her big-league debut last year on Wynton Marsalis' From the Plantation to the Penitentiary and performed at last year's Detroit International Jazz Festival. The group appears at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 13-16, with pianist Charles Boles playing at 5:30 those nights, at 97 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe Farms; 313-882-5299. (The next month's attractions are Steve Wood and Carl Cafagna, Ursula Walker and Buddy Budson, the Charles Boles Quartet, and Sheila Landis.) ... Meanwhile, the Societie of the Culturally Concerned salutes and pays tribute to Donald Walden and his five decades as a performer (who round here has a better way with a Monk tune? or has dug so deeply into the work of Tadd Dameron?), composer (if you've heard "Soweto/Detroit," you're still humming it; if you haven't, you should) and cultural activist (oh, for the glory days of the New World Stage). Sets by Walden's Free Radicals, Geri Allen and Barry Harris. Sunday at Arturo's, 25333 W. 12 Mile Rd., just west of Telegraph Road (in the Star Theatre Complex), Southfield; 248-357-6009. Tickets are $35, including buffet, are available in advance only. Call 313-538-9811. ... Randy Weston performs at the Detroit Institute of Arts at 8 p.m. on Friday with his African Rhythms Trio (bassist Alex Blake and percussionist Neil Clarke). Weston — who penned the classics "Little Niles" and "Hi-Fly" — brings a grand sweep of the Afro-Atlantic experience into his music, drawing on his years in North Africa and his deep roots in Monk and Ellington. He's also the king of the jazz waltz. At the DIA, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-833-7900. ... Ann Hampton Calloway's pipes evoke well-deserved comparisons to Cleo Laine, which means she can belt one out when she chooses — but more often makes you lean forward to get every emotional nuance. She's with Erich Kunzel and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for what's billed as "A Funny Valentine" on Thursday at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111. ... Had enough? Ahmad Jamal is at Hill Auditorium on Saturday. ... Jean Carne, a '70s jazz-R&B-pop crossover deserving a big comeback, is at Arturo's Thursday through Sunday. ... New York's scorching and (sometimes) hilarious Mostly Other People Do the Killing recall the rambunctious glories of Ornette Coleman's early recording on Tuesday at Bohemian National Home. ... And there's even more jazz in the events listings that follow.