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Victor treats you to straight-ahead jazz, vocals and instrumentals.

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Houston Person--Experience NoMad

It’s that time of year when musical performances celebrating the music of the holiday season are definitely in vogue. At Dazzle this week, for example, there are three different groups offering “Holiday Shows” over the next seven nights. The seasonal activity begins at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln, on Thursday when the Adam Bartczak Republic does its play on holiday-season sounds and more at 6 and 8 p.m. (303-839-5100).

Rudy Royston---Twitter

You never know how things will work out for musicians. But just over 30 years ago, I heard a 15-year drummer who seemed destined to rise to the top of his craft. That was in Shreveport, Louisiana, where I was teaching at one of the universities, and the name of that young monster player was Brain Blade. I never quite had a similar feeling about a younger drummer until I heard Rudy Royston here in Denver. Royston honed his skills with a number of players on the scene here, most notably the great trumpet/cornet player Ron Miles.

Greg Osby: P. Mauriat

Drummer Louis Hayes and saxophonist Greg Osby are members of two different jazz generations. And this week, you can compare those generations when both players hit the area, working with a number of strong, area-based musicians. The Detroit-born drummer, who turned 79 this year, landed in New York as a teenager and quickly became a member of one of pianist Horace Silver’s classic quintets (with a frontline of trumpeter Blue Mitchell and saxophonist Junior Cook).

Cécile McLorin Salvant: ABC Jazz

If you are trying to recover from Thanksgiving, there are two, big league vocal events to help you along. The first of those events takes place on Saturday and Sunday when singer Petra Haden hits Dazzle with a program called “Sings Jesse Harris.” Petra, one of bassist Charlie Haden’s triplet daughters, has covered a number of musical bases with her voice and violin since the release of her initial solo album twenty-years ago.

Orpheum Theater

Let’s start off with the vocal side of the music. On Thursday, singer Kathy Kosins hits the stage at Baur’s Listening Lounge, 1512 Curtis, at 8 p.m. where, just a few weeks ago, pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa turned up the heat on that stage with his potent trio. Kosins, of course, isn’t from Cuba, but she has over her career covered a number of musical bases, from rock and R&B to jazz where she has certainly found a home.