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What’s up with jazz and blues

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Miles Smiles was one of six albums recorded by the late master trumpeter Miles Davis over a three-year period in the 1960s. Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update open the 2014 season of jazz clinics and concerts at An die Musik by playing all six tunes from the album. Two performances take place the night of Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $18 at the door.

Elsewhere on Jan. 24: Explore the music of classic film noir from the 1940s and 1950s with the Cold Spring Jazz Quartet. The show at Germano’s Piattini (nee Trattoria) will combine music with film clips and brief explanations courtesy of Mark Osteen, saxophonist and English professor at Loyola University Maryland (and, full disclosure, this writer’s former professor). The upstairs cabaret room at Germano’s opens at 6 p.m. for a pre-show dinner—reservations are required—and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to hang around for the music are $20 per person.

On Jan. 25 the Caton Castle hosts the Quincy Phillips Quartet, the eponymous group from the explosive and powerful Baltimore-bred drummer. The first set begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door.

Block off some time the night before Super Bowl Sunday to catch blues-rockers JVMP and Friends perform at Sonoma’s sports bar in Columbia, Md. They take the stage at 9 p.m.

On Feb. 6, head down to Cat’s Eye Pub for one of the best blues axe-men around, Pete Kanaras (pictured), who’s joined onstage with his band every first Thursday at the Fells Point bar.

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