It's the week of the popular young jazz-inflected singers and you are going to have to make a choice because they are both in the Midlands on the same night: Tuesday, November 1.
In Birmingham, at the Glee Club, is Lizz Wright (note: this gig was originally scheduled for Sunday, but had to change).
Alabama-born Wright made some waves with her first album, Salt, on the Verve Forecast label. A striking voice, certainly great presence, and a strong debut, it nevertheless had that scattergun feel of showing us a little bit of all her different styles.
This year's Dreaming Wide Awake (also on Verve) is a different boiling thing of cod altogether. While Wright has chosen to follow in the footprints of Cassandra Wilson, both in her choice of rock material as well as in her choice of producer Craig Street and his penchant for woody double bass and acoustic guitar, country blues settings, the direction proves just perfect for her rich low voice.
This is her first visit to the Midlands, so we'll have to take on trust the PR that says she is a mesmerising live performer.
The only way to find out is be at the Glee Club (perfect intimate setting for her) on Tuesday, 8.30pm onwards. This is a Birmingham Jazz production and tickets are available in advance from 0870 241 5093, or on www.glee.co.uk
Meanwhile, for those of us who have booked to see Madeline Peyroux, on the same night, over in Coventry, the tension revolves round whether she will actually be there.
Following her second coming with the album Careless Love (like Wright, in the Universal stable) she did what she had done after her first success in the 90s and vanished.
It must have been a little disconcerting for the promotions team at her record company, but they should have been comforted by the fact that although the singer might have disappeared her voice was ever present - in bars, in coffee houses, in the giant record stores, in supermarkets, in hairdressing salons.
Surprisingly, this has not had the Norah Jones effect on me - of never wanting to hear her again.
Instead, I am rather intrigued to see and hear how it all sounds in the Warwick Arts Centre - the Billie Holiday voice, the excellent cover material (Leonard Cohen, etc), the strangely oldfashioned yet strangely contemporary acoustic swing sound.
Returns only, I'm afraid, from 024 7652 4524. (Yesterday morning there were still 42 seats available for Lizz Wright, though, so that might make your mind up for you).
And if you'd rather be playing jazz than listening to it, it may not be too late to sign up for the excellent weekend workshop that takes place each year at this time at the mac.
Their weekend of jazz (this Saturday and Sunday) features some excellent tutors including pianist Hans Koller, drummer Tony Levin and saxophonist Mike Williams, all led by trombonist and Birmingham Conservatoire jazz course director Jeremy Price.
You get to learn a lot and play a lot too, including a Sunday afternoon concert that you can drag the family along to. To grab a place and give your amateur noodling a fine shot in the arm, contact the mac on 0121 440 3838. It's excellent fun.
Other gigs this week: Saturday: The Steve King Big Band in concert at Solihull Arts Complex 7.30 pm.
Sunday: Local singer Naomi mixing gospel and jazz in with broken beat, reggae and soul at The Drum in Aston. Box office: 0121 333 2444 or www.the-drum.org.uk
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