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The week ahead in jazz, blues, and cabaret


BENNY SHARONI QUARTET The soulful Israeli tenor saxophonist’s sparkling hard bop debut, “Eternal Elixir,” proves there’s plenty of life left in spirited, straight-ahead jazz. With pianist Chris Taylor, bassist Sean Farias, and drummer Steve Langone. March 15, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12-$15. Vernissage Restaurant, 1627 Beacon St., Brookline. 617-566-3340,

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STEVE TYRELL The Grammy Award winner is among today's most prominent singers of standards; he even inherited the late cabaret legend Bobby Short's Café Carlyle gig. He worked behind the scenes for years in the music biz, with the likes of Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, and Dolly Parton, before emerging as an artist in his own right after singing in Steve Martin's "Father of the Bride." And the rest is Adult Contemporary history. March 15-17, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $40-$45. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

BOSTON BAKED BLUES/WILDCAT O'HALLORAN The Boston Blues Society sponsors a St. Patrick's Day bash featuring a double bill of two of the Bay State's best blues bands. March 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. American Legion, Nonantum Post 440, 295 California St., Newton.

THE WINNIE DAHLGREN "REAL DANISH" SEXTET Born in Denmark, the percussionist, composer, and educator began studying classical percussion in her native land as a teenager then took a detour to jazz and the Berklee College of Music. She's since settled in Boston. Her lyrical, playful, and energetic music blends Latin, world music, and jazz influences. March 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$18. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown. 617-923-8487,


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