In the words of JazzTimes, saxophonist Melissa Aldana "owns the future." The first female instrumentalist ever to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, Aldana has been racking up critical praise ever since she hit the jazz club scene in her native Santiago, Chile at age 16. The Berklee College of Music grad was mentored by legendary jazz man George Coleman and has shared the stage with some of the greatest contemporary artists in the biz. She plays Houston for the first time at the Wortham Theater Center along with Pablo Menares on bass and Jochen Rueckert on drums. When they hit the Cullen Theater stage, they'll play both jazz standards and Aldana's original compositions, tapping into the best of bop traditions while keeping their sound very much in the present. Performance on December 5. Purchase tickets.
Only precocious eight-year-olds find the prospect of being "Home Alone" at Christmas all that exciting. For those of us who are older and wiser (and still single) there's The 12 Dates of Christmas, a funny, touching one-woman show about being surrounded by holiday cheer when you're miserable. When Mary sees her fiancé making out with his co-worker on national TV at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, she dumps him and drops her engagement ring into a Salvation Army kettle. She then spends the next year being set up, hooked up, strung up, and fed up as she considers the lessons learned along the way. Performances through Decmeber 20th. Purchase tickets.
Let's make a crucial distinction: While sardines (the fishy pizza topping) are bitterly controversial, Hot Sardines (the jazz band) are pretty much universally beloved. Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso, and tie it all together with a front-woman with a vintage voice, and you have a jazz band par excellence -- and that's before you toss in the in-house hoofer. Incorporating sounds of the Prohibition era, the Great Depression, WWII and beyond, the group sounds both completely vintage and sharply contemporary, able to transform old songs into pop music for this century. Crowned "one of the best jazz bands" by Forbes and declared "simply phenomenal" by The Times of London, Hot Sardines now come to electrify Jones Hall on December 10. Purchase tickets.
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