Contemporary jazz saxophonist Jessy J to play Humphrey’s Signature Concert Series
by BART MENDOZA
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Jazz saxophonist Jessy J
Jazz saxophonist Jessy J
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The latest edition of the Signature Concert Series takes place at Humphrey’s Backstage Live on Jan. 27. Touring in advance of her upcoming album, “Live at Yoshi’s,” the night will feature two shows from contemporary jazz saxophonist Jessy J, who has had major success since her 2008 recording debut, scoring “Song of the Year” with her tune “Tequila Moon,” within months of its release.

The following year, she scored her first No. 1 on the jazz charts with her song, “Tropical Rain,” and her career has been in an upward trajectory ever since, including appearances on TV’s “American Idol” with Neil Diamond, touring with Jeff Lorber and more. J mixes R&B as well as Latin influences into her music, resulting in music that’s both a great listen and a lot of fun to dance to.

Jessy J: Saturday, Jan. 27, at Humphrey’s Backstage Live, 2241 Shelter Island Drive. 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. humphreysbackstagelive.com.

San Diego is fortunate to have had many music legends living in the area, but few could touch on the accomplishments of guitarist Mundell Lowe, who passed away in December at the age of 95. On Jan. 27, Dizzy’s will be the site of a special memorial in honor of Lowe, who is one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. That’s Lowe playing on Johnny Ray’s 1951, No. 1 hit, “Cry,” on the themes to TV shows such as “Hawaii 5-0” and “Starsky & Hutch,” on albums by Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday and Quincy Jones and much more. The event will include a display of memorabilia, as well as live music, and many shared memories of Lowe’s life.

Mundell Lowe Memorial: Saturday, Jan. 27 at Dizzy’s at Arias Hall, 1717 Morena Blvd. 4 p.m. dizzysjazz.com.

Featuring brothers Marc (guitar)and Matt Hansen (drums), rock quartet Electric Mud, who appear at the 710 Beach Club on Jan. 27, has been taking the local music scene by storm. Also featuring Matt Sorena (bass) and lead guitarist Colton Cori, the band mixes up rock and blues for anthemic songs such as “Straight to the Top,” that have swagger to spare, while also turning in great acoustic guitar and harmonica tunes such as “California Gold,” which sounds like a cross between Dylan and Lou Reed. Currently gigging behind their new album, “Dangerous Promises,” these guys are stadium ready.

Electric Mud: Saturday, Jan. 27 at the 710 Beach Club, 710 Garnet Ave. 9 p.m. 21 and up. 710bc.com.

Anyone who appreciates early rock ’n’ roll, will love Gino and the Lone Gunmen, who appear at Tio Leo’s on Feb. 1. The trio blasts out excellent renditions of songs by the likes of Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Buddy Holly, as well as the occasional more modern, though retro-sounding hit, such as Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” It’s music that is perfect for swing dancing, with a soundtrack of timeless tunes.

Gino & The Lone Gunmen: Thursday Feb. 1 at Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St. 8 p.m. 21 and up. Cover TBD. tioleos.com.

Java Joe’s has its next acoustic showcase on Feb. 2. On hand will be a bill of Gregg Stewart and Shane Alexander, Frank Lee Drennan of roots music duo, Dead Rock West and Timothy Joseph of indie rockers, Buckfast Superbee. All are great performers, particularly Drennan, whose album with Dead Rock West, “It’s Everly Time” album was one of 2015’s highlights. However, the gem here is Joseph who rarely performs solo. One of San Diego’s most dynamic performers, with a powerful voice as heard on his bands current radio single, “Sex it Sells,” this chance to hear him and his songs in a different setting shouldn’t be passed up.

Timothy Joseph and Frank Lee Drennan: Friday, Feb. 2 at Java Joe’s, 2611 Congress St. 8 p.m. javajoessd.com.

Though not quite a household name, there is no doubt that singer Joe Lynn Turner has been a lynchpin of the music world since the 1980s. Appearing at Brick by Brick on Feb. 3, Turner is best known as lead singer with heavy metal favorites Rainbow, Turner has appeared on dozens of rock albums, providing vocals for the likes of Deep Purple and Yngwie Malsteem, but he’s also sung on recordings by Billy Joel, Cher and Michael Bolton. For this tour, Turner is playing music from throughout his career, with a focus on the music of Rainbow. Anyone who enjoys classic rock will love every second of this show.

Joe Lynn Turner: Saturday, Feb. 3, at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 7:30 p.m. 21 and up. brickbybrick.com.
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