Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, more join Sanctus Real in this week's Fab Five
1) A concert tribute to Ray Charles is like a trip through the songbook of every American form. As Columbus Jazz Orchestra music director Byron Stripling told The Beat, "He sang whatever was good." A tribute to Charles, courtesy the CJO, would be treat enough, but the added local presence of two Charles band veterans makes it even more so. Joining the CJO will be trombonist and Pickerington native Sarah Morrow (the first female instrumentalist ever in the Charles band) and bassist and OSU jazz studies teacher Roger Hines, who was with Charles' band for more than two decades. "Hit the Road Jack: The Music of Ray Charles" will be presented Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28, at the Lincoln Theatre. Tickets are $37-$32. Visit www.jazzartsgroup.org. 2) The revival among young bands of interest in Tin Pan Alley, ragtime and WWII-era country-folk gets a West Coast bent, thanks to He's My Brother She's My Sister, which plays Kobo Friday, Jan. 27. Minimalist tunes featuring odd instrumentations - typical lo-fi hipster fare - are present, but so are lush, two-part singing (brother and sister Robert and Rachel Kolar), jangly guitar work and a rhythm section highlighted by a tap-dancer. Yep. Makes for a show suitable for street busking or someone's side porch. Tickets are $5. Visit www.bencopresents.com. 3) Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han display both eloquence and elegance in their musical partnership, attributes (perhaps courtesy the husband-and-wife duo's personal relationship) that have placed them at the forefront of the chamber music world and garnered them Musical America's Musicians of the Year for 2012. These attributes will also be fully on display in concert Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Southern Theatre, as the pair is joined by clarinetist David Shifrin (local chamber music aficionados will recognize all three names as regular guests on central Ohio stages) for a program of music by Beethoven, Brunch and Brahms, hosted by Chamber Music Columbus. Tickets are $40-$15. Visit www.CMColumbus.org. 4) The Beat's affection for unique, clever or otherwise interesting (to us) band names is the stuff of legend (not really). We have to admit, the groovy rockers in the Michigan funk-jam-prog quintet Ultraviolet Hippopotamus may have tried a little too hard, but for some reason, we find the abbreviation UV Hippo fun. Classic jam-band trappings abound, but are augmented by calculated risk-taking and a less-trippy approach to the long form rock song. Check out UV Hippo Thursday, Feb. 2, at Woodlands Tavern. Tickets are $7. Visit www.woodlandstavern.com.