With the Palladium Theater shutting its doors during renovations, several area art houses will swing to the rescue, blowing a cool-jazz presence through the otherwise hot summer.
Jazz at the MFA, the weekly concert series at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, continues this and every Friday through Aug. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.
The $20 admission covers gourmet hors d'oeuvres, two tickets for Peroni beers and world-class jazz played by local bands in a scenic glass conservatory. Organizers say the new MFA Cafe will also feature special menus.
If fancy isn't your scene, then head south to the return of S'Real Fridays at the Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S. Friday's feature is O Som Do Jazz, a Brazilian jazz outfit. (For more on them, see Page 27). The happy hour event is set for Fridays through August. Come for the tunes, stay for the weird and enjoy half-price museum admission after 5 p.m.
And later this month, discerning jazz aficionados will converge on Studio@620 for In a Mellow Tone: Nate Najar and John Lamb, set for July 31 and again on Aug. 28 at the studio, 620 First Ave. S.
Najar, a jazz guitarist in the classical tradition, will blend styles with John Lamb, a longtime bassist for the Duke Ellington Orchestra, for what Najar bills as an "intimate musical conversation."
"John plays off the cuff. He likes it loose, anything goes and anything happens," Najar said. "And I'm a guy who's always liked to have things worked out. What you get between the two of us is a real full sound, but because of the way he plays bass, what you get is a really solid sound."
The popular Side Door Jazz series at the Palladium, shelved this summer while the theater renovates its heating and cooling system, returns for the theater's grand reopening Oct. 11 with a performance by Najar and the Statesmen of Jazz.