Of course the gig of the week is the Zoe Rahman band at the Mac on Thursday but there is still other business in the local jazz world.
Bargain of the week has to be the Rush Hour Blues session at 5.30pm on Friday. Where else could you get to hear musicians of the calibre of the Chris Bowden Trio for free? Bowden is on a bit of a roll at the moment with his large ensemble commission from Birmingham Jazz.
Earlier in the year he opened for Swedish jazz trio EST at Symphony Hall with this trio, and they also have a CD, 3 To Get Ready, out now on Rehab Records.
With Bowden on alto saxophone are Ben Markland on bass and Neil Bullock on drums, both familiar from their long-standing roles in Bryan Corbett's band.
Bowden is a strong composer and one of the most electrifying soloists around. He combines some of David Sanborn's keening tone and R 'n' B sensibility with a complex neo-bebop way of improvising. Sometimes it sounds like Charlie Parker has come back and has been listening to Brecker Brothers albums.
Bowden also does that trick of appealing to the jazz old guard as well as the young club-reared crowd - a rare feat. The Bowden Trio hit the first chorus just after 5.30pm in the Symphony Hall Foyer Bar and fly with a brief break until 7pm.
Did I mention that it's free?
Busyness and business going down, too, every Thursday at the Crossroads Blues Club which takes over the Tower Of Song Café Bar at 107 Pershore Road South in Cotteridge.
This week they have the excellent blues/jazz crossover player Steve Ajao swapping the saxophone for the guitar and the bebop for the blues. It starts at 8pm and it's also free. You can find out more on www.towerofsong.co.uk/blues
On Friday at the Mac's Hexagon Theatre there is a second meeting of the Invention Convention, a free jazz conglomerate led by Mike Hurley.
This young pianist is making quite a mark in the British free jazz arena, and has already played with such stalwarts of the scene as Lol Coxhill and the Pauls, Rutherford and Dunmall.
Convention delegates on Friday are Mike Beck and Bruce Coates on saxophones and Paul Hession on drums.
It starts at 7.30pm and costs £6 (£4). Free jazz, then, but also cheap.
On Sunday, let's hear it again for that David among Goliaths of jazz clubs, Stratford Jazz at the White Swan.
Continuing the 21st anniversary celebrations are Killer Shrimp. The band won the Best Ensemble 2007 award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards and features Ed Jones on reeds, Damon Brown on horns, Ben Hazleton on bass and Troy Miller on drums.
They have a CD called Sincerely Whatever out now. Those who were at their first Stratford gig in August last year will certainly be back for more. See if you can squeeze in too.
Roy has the £6 tickets on 01789 298607. More details on www.stratfordjazz.org.uk. Also on Sunday, the marvelously adaptable trumpeter Neil Yates is Soweto Kinch's guest at the Live Box, the regular jazz/hiphop session at The Drum.
Yates has played with jazz and folk bands and has a very good "Celtic jazz" album called New Origins in the racks.
The Drum is at 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, the box office as on 0121 333 2444, tickets are £5 (£3 concs) and it starts at 7.45pm.