Alto saxophonist Paul Desmond was often described as having a sound as dry as a perfect martini. If Desmond had a vocal counterpart, it would be singer and pianist Bob Dorough. An Arkansas native whose tart tone and wry wit has been entertaining jazz aficionados for more than four decades now, Dorough has always managed to be utterly cool yet totally accessible. Sure, his C.V. includes stints with both Miles Davis (recording the ultimate post-bop carol, "Blue Xmas," in 1962) and Ornette Coleman, but he was also the songwriter responsible for many of the tunes on the TV series "Schoolhouse Rock."
These days, Dorough's albums may be hard to find, but luckily, the man himself isn't. He'll be in Baltimore tomorrow, in fact, performing at the Evergreen House (4545 N. Charles St.) with guitarist Steve Berger and bassist Patrick O'Leary as a part of the Jazz in Cool Places series. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door and are available at selected area music stores or through www.ticketweb.com. Call 410-235-9733 for further information.