The variety of gigs going on lately runs the gamut, not always within the confines — however swanky and sweet — of a nightclub. Guitarsmith Bill Frisell returns to his home base of Seattle for the 2014 Bellevue Jazz Festival in a May showing. Can’t wait that long?
At New York’s Hungarian Consulate General, photographer Santa Istvan Csaba presents jazz stars and legends through his photography. Over in Wayne, N.J., at the Firemen’s Hall on Parish Drive, music lovers can pore over rare, new, and used record and CD collections, along with other memorabilia, provided by dealers from the state and beyond. Of the many awesome concerts left in Berks Jazz Fest (Keiko Matsui and the Reading Pops Orchestra! Lalah Hathaway!), end the 10 days right with the Gospel According to Jazz Celebration, featuring Kirk and Kevin Whalum, Oleta Adams, John Stoddart, Gerald Veasley, Rick Braun, and the DOXA Gospel Ensemble. Then there’s Hawaii slack key sensation Makana (The Descendants), who’ll perform with the Hawaii Pacific University Symphony Orchestra in Maui for the Symphonic Sound of Hawaii. And, musicians coming together for a very special cause.