When everyone else is beginning to shut up shop for Christmas, thank heavens for The Drum and their Jazz, Blues & Soul Weekender on Saturday and Sunday.
First up is Birmingham-based singer Helen McDonald who mixes the past into the present with a strong Billie Holiday core dressed up in reggae, Afrobeat and soul clothing, and a little 80s funk jewellery to add the glitter.
Helen has in the past sung with Roy Ayers, David Murray and Asian Dub Foundation - there's eclecticism for you.
Helen McDonald takes The Drum stage at 9pm on Saturday evening. Tickets are £5.
On Sunday, the fun starts at lunchtime with Andy Hamilton and The Blue Notes.
We all know what to expect from Andy, but the surprises come in the form of his guests as he showcases the up-and-coming talents in the city.
His final jam session of the year promises to be a special one. It starts at 12.30pm, ends whenever, and is free.
Headlining the weekend at Sunday evening's Live Box session is Julie Dexter.
Although she is from Birmingham, we don't often get a chance to hear her sing because she spends a lot of time across the Atlantic pleasing her many fans there.
With influences that go back to Nancy Wilson and Abbey Lincoln, and a modern Nu-Soul approach, Julie also works in a little bossa and break-beat into the mix. She was part of J-Life, the band of young stars masterminded by saxophonist Jason Yarde.
The Live Box, brainchild of another saxophonist, Soweto Kinch, starts at 7.45pm and tickets are £5 (£3 members).
For more information on all these gigs, go to the-drum.org.uk
For the other big gig this week, it's set the controls for Shakespeare Country.
The reward at the other end is the chance to hear one of land's finest tenor players in an intimate setting.
The White Swan at Stratfordupon-Avon has the great Alan Skidmore in for its Xmas Special on Sunday. He will be playing with Keith Bill on piano, Tom Hill on bass and Ian Palmer on drums.
Skidmore has made a couple of excellent albums with the South African drummers Amampondo in the last few years, but his lifetime love of the music and playing of John Coltrane still has the strongest influence over his style.
Marvel at what more than 30 years working at it can do.
This is a Stratford Jazz gig, it starts at 8pm, and the White Swan is in Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon Warks. CV37 6NH. Tickets are £8 on the door or £5 in advance by phoning Roy Stevens on 01789 298607.