Could there be any better legacy for Charlie Byrd’s musician in Annapolis than to hear a new wave of Brazilian influences?
While the Annapolis jazz guitarist made the Bossanova famous in the 1960s, saxophonist Michel Nirenberg focuses on contemporary Brazilian instrumental music.
His album “Retrato/Portrait" shows a range of influences including choro — the first Brazilian genre of urban popular music — as well as samba, baião and maracatu. He also plays straight-ahead jazz and makes an occasional leap into the avant-garde.
The native of Rio de Janeiro has been carving out a niche in the Washington, D.C.region’s music scene since coming to the United States in 2012 and makes an unexpected leap into the avant-garde on the bonus track.
He’ll perform with the Michael Nirenburg Quartet at 8 p.m. Saturday at 49 West Coffee House and Wine Bar, 49 West St., Annapolis. Tickets are $20. Call 410-626-9796 or visit 49westcoffeehouse.com.
Byrd’s connection to Annapolis began in 1972 when he joined with his brother, bassist Joe Byrd, and entrepreneur Paul Pearson to produce jazz concerts at the King of France Tavern at the Maryland Inn. After Byrd’s death in 1999, Joe and his wife Elana moved eventually to Loews Hotel’s Powerhouse Conference Center and now at 49 West. The series continued with John Starr after Joe retired in 2008.
Elana Byrd now continues to promote the series, and recently noted in her newsletter that it is in its 45th year.
“Live music definitely warms the soul and livens up these first cool evenings! … Without you, the shows would not happen, So pull out your calendars and support live jazz this holiday season!”
Other performances in the series this winter include:
Starr’s Jazz Jam: 7-10 pm - John Starr’s trio loves to play with guest vocalists and instrumentalists, and this week Alan Foreman tries out a comedy routine. $10 cover
Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet: 7 and 9 p.m. Nov. 18, Four powerful voices backed by a fabulous jazz trio. $20.
Kristin Callahan Trio: 7 p.m. Nov. 19, Elana said her husband saw this singer perform at a jam session eight years ago, then turned to her and said: “She has it.” Come see what he was talking about. $20.
Starr’s Jazz Jam: 7 to 10 p.m., Dec. 6 and 20.
Stef and Sue’s Christmas Show: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Guitarist Steve Abshire joins singer Sue Matthews and jazz pianist Stef Scaggiari for their annual Christmas show.
Redd Brothers’ Christmas: 8 p.m. Dec. 22, Chuck Redd on vibes and Robert Redd on the piano is a tradition in Annapolis at Christmas. $20,.
Saturday, the Annapolis Chorale presents the first classics concert of its season with a Brahms Requiem.
J. Ernest Green conducts the 180 voice chorus in a performance of Johannes Brahms’ German Requiem, joined by soprano Jessica Satava and Metropolitan Opera Principal Artist Gary Simpson.
The performance starts at 8 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Tickets are $17 to $50, including service fee. 410-280-5640.
Eli Young Band: 8:30 p.m. at The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $25. Call 301-960-9999.
JD Souther: 8 p.m. at Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis. $45. Call 410-268-4545.
Session Americana: 9:30 p.m. at Avalon Theatre, 40 E Dover St., Easton. $25. Call 410-822-7299.
John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring: 7 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. N.W., Washington. $45 to $65. Call 202-328-6000.
Laura Cortese and the Dance Club: 8 p.m. at Avalon Theatre, 40 E Dover St., Easton. $25. Call 410-822-7299.
Regina Spektor: 8 p.m. at Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. $59-$117. Call 410-547-7328.
Sawyer Fredericks: 1 p.m. at Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis. $20. Call 410-268-4545.
The Alternate Routes: 8 p.m. at Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis. $22.50. Call 410-268-4545.
The Lone Bellow: 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W., Washington. $30. Call 202-265-0930.
Herb Alpert: 7:30 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $49.50. Call 410-263-5544.
Maysa: 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis. $49.50. Call 410-268-4545.
The Accidentals: 7 p.m. at Avalon Theatre, 40 E Dover St., Easton. $25. Call 410-822-7299.
Bob Dylan and His Band: 6 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Washington Ave SW, Washington. $75.
Haley Reinhart: 8 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place. $25. Call 410-244-0057.
Leftover Salmon: 8 p.m. at Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis. $39.50. Call 410-268-4545.
Bruce Cockburn: 8 p.m. at Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis. $55. Call 410-268-4545.
Johnnyswim: 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. N.W., Washington. $35. Call 202-328-6000.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real: 8 p.m. at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. $27 to $32. Call 410-244-1131.
Janet Jackson: 8 p.m. at Capital One Arena, 601 F St. N.W., Washington. $49.50 to $445. Call 202-628-3200.
Lez Zeppelin: 8 p.m. at Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis. $39.50. Call 410-268-4545.
Rahim AlHaj, Oud: 8 p.m. at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Stadium Drive and University Boulevard, College Park. $10 to $30. Call 301-405-2787.
Compiled by Rick Hutzell. Got a music gig you want to share? Enter it at events/capitalgazette.com/events/new