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TUE 20

Helios Jazz Orchestra: License to Thrill The 18-piece jazz orchestra is joined by with vocalists Denise Moore, Andrea Manson, David Thut and Tyler Freeman in a program of music from spy-themed films and shows — the James Bond and Austin Powers series, Mission: Impossible, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, The Prisoner, Get Smart, and others. The concert is followed by an hour-long jam session with Helios members and various local musicians. (Nova 535, St. Petersburg)

WED 21

Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band We all know Woody Allen as the eccentric writer, director, producer and actor of a huge mountain of films. In addition to the 75-year-old's prolific film output, he's also taken time to add playwright, short fiction author, and jazz musician to his resume. He began playing clarinet as a child and he's performed publicly on the instrument since the late 1960s. His New Orleans Jazz Band has been active for more than 35 years, and has performed a regular Monday night gig at Manhattan's landmark hotel, The Carlyle, for the past few decades. Their huge (1,200-plus song) repertoire includes an eclectic NOLA-flavored mix of early 20th Century jazz, pop tunes, hymns, spirituals, marches, blues and rags. Live, there's no playlist, nor do the musicians know what song Allen, in partnership with band director/banjo virtuoso Eddy Davis, will choose next. Joining Allen and Davis are trumpeter Simon Wettenhall, trombone player Jerry Zigmont, Greg Cohen on string bass, drummer John Gill, and Conal Fowkes on keys. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)


Ben Fagan & The Holy City Hooligans Thurs., Dec. 15, Pegasus Lounge, Tampa

Crow's Nest Showcase w/Troy Youngblood/Skull n' Bone Band/Gracie Grieshop/Garrick Aden Buie/Dean Johanesen/Rene Schlegel/Dennis Stadelman and Juanjamon/Funky D from Thurs., Dec. 15, Crowbar, Ybor City

Grateful Dead Night Deluxe w/Uncle John's Band/The Standback Band Thurs., Dec. 15, Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa

Sheila Kirsten Hughes / Mike Donahue / Geoff's Evil Twin Thurs., Dec. 15, Tre Amici @ The Bunker, Ybor City

Henry Wolfe Thurs., Dec. 15, New Port Richey Public Library, New Port Richey

Bouncehouse Thurs., Dec. 15 The Beach Bar, Clearwater

Four Shillings Short Fri., Dec. 16, Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse, Tampa

3 Pint Harmony Fri., Dec. 16, Three Birds Tavern, St. Petersburg

Mike Desselle: "A Gift of Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass and Country" w/Melissa Nolan Fri., Dec. 16, Murray Studio Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

The Human Condition Fri., Dec. 16, Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin

Rockin the Holidays w/Sunshine and Bullets/Red Rockits/Lions After Dark/more Fri., Dec. 16, State Theatre, St. Petersburg

Donny Simonds Band Fri., Dec. 16, Dave's Aqua Lounge, St. Petersburg

Sacred Lands Christmas Music Benefit for the Homeless w/Crabgrass Cowboys/many more Fri., Dec. 16, Sacred Lands, St. Petersburg

Pretty Voices w/Car Bomb Driver/Dank Fri., Dec. 16, The Local 662, St. Petersburg

Swamp Logic Fri., Dec. 16, O'Briens Irish Pub, Tampa

Rise of Saturn / Samurai Shotgun Fri., Dec. 16, Pegasus Lounge, Tampa

The Hip Abduction w/Jahfe Fri., Dec. 16, Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

Beach Day Fri., Dec. 16, Orbit 19 Lounge, Holiday

The Black Honkeys Fri., Dec. 16, The Beach Bar, Clearwater

Halcyon w/Christie Lenée Sat., Dec. 17, Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa

Koko Ray and The Soul Providers Sat., Dec. 17, Dave's Aqua Lounge, St. Petersburg

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