PAY TO PLAY The Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra are paying the first 50 attendees of their show $1 each.
JAZZ WEEK HOT SPOTS
Jazz Week, now celebrating its fifth anniversary, generally subordinates all live jazz in town under its umbrella. But there are always some events designed specifically for the week. Here are a few highlights, including the two celebrating the career of Eric Jackson. For complete Jazz Week info, go to JazzBoston.org.
JAZZ COMPOSERS ALLIANCE ORCHESTRA | APRIL 29 | The always resourceful JCAO have come up with a brilliant and hilarious Jazz Week gimmick: they'll pay the first 50 patrons of their show at the Cambridge YMCA $1 each. That's right: they're paying people to see them. Last year, the JCAO issued one of the finest albums of their 25-year career, A Wallflower in the Amazon, which offered original takes on Ellington and Muddy Waters as well as sterling originals from composer Darrell Katz.
Cambridge YMCA, 820 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 8 pm | $12; $8 students | 617.899.3130 orjazcomposersalliance.org
"FOR ERIC, EVENING I" | MAY 2 | Impresario Fred Taylor brings together, among others, Walter Beasley, Grace Kelly, Terri Lyne Carrington, Cecil McBee, Rebecca Parris, Phil Wilson, Bill Pierce, George Garzone, Bob Moses, Dominique Eade, Donal Fox, Danilo Pérez, and Laszlo Gardony.
Scullers, DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston | 7:30 pm | all ages | $5 suggested donation | 617.562.4111
"FOR ERIC, EVENING II" | MAY 6 | Jazz historian Hal Miller's rare-video collection was hailed as a highlight of last year's Jazz Week. This year, he's culled clips of Jackson's favorites, like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Wes Montgomery, Pharoah Sanders, and Sonny Rollins.
Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St, Arlington | 7:30 pm | $7 advance; $10 doors | 617.646.4849 or regenttheatre.com
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD SAXOPHONE QUARTET | MAY 7 | It's great to have '80s-'90s stalwarts YNSQ back in action, but especially in this case, as they launch the Thayer Street Outdoor Concert Series, which will take place the first Saturday of every month through October.
Thayer St at Harrison Ave, Boston | 4-6 pm | Free