The tempo of Chicago jazz does not slow for the holidays.

Among the highlights:

Anne Burnell: The veteran Chicago singer mines the narrow zone where cabaret and jazz overlap, often with her husband and long-time collaborator Mark Burnell. For this outing, though, she'll celebrate a different partnership: her work with the superb Chicago guitarist Henry Johnson, who produced and arranged her newest album, "Summer Days & Dreamy Nights." Johnson plays on the recording, as well, the musicians covering a broad swath of repertoire, from Burnell originals ("San Juan") to standards ("Close to You") to less familiar tunes (Henry Mancini's "Dreamsville"). "Summer Days & Dreamy Nights" marks an important step for Burnell, one enriched by Johnson's jazz sensibility. 5 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Andy's Jazz Club, 11 E. Hubbard St.; $10-$15; 312-642-6805 or andysjazzclub.com

Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune


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