Swing is the thing this week. In the Town Hall bar on Friday evening there are bound to be nostalgic anecdotes involving liquorice sticks and other such arcane stuff.
And in the hall itself the golden age of that liquorice stick (clarinet to you and me) will be recreated by the BBC Big Band.
Seventy Years of Swing is the title, and the men being celebrated are clarinettists Benny Goodman, Woody Herman and Artie Shaw. Being all three, and who else could do it, is the remarkable Iain Dixon, while providing the vocals to the swing-era classics will be Paul Bentley.
Begin The Beguine, Four Brothers and others are in the songbook. You'd think the Beeb Big Band must be suffering some kind of identity crisis - one week they are the Gil Evans orchestra playing Spanish-influenced stuff like Sketches of Spain, the next they are back before the war, evoking a Savoy Ballroom full of lindy-hoppers.
Chameleons they may be, but they do a pretty good job of it.
I have a challenge for them, however. Do they think they might look a bit more cheerful? Perhaps the happy jazz of Goodman et al will stir the poker faces into animation.
Seventy Years of Swing with the BBC Big Band is on Friday at 7.30pm. Tickets are from £12.50 to £19.50 and available from www.thsh.co.uk or on 0121 780 3333.
Earlier that evening, the cares of the week can be soothed away by the sound of the Peter Daley Quintet in the Symphony Hall foyer bar. Daley, a keyboard player with strong gospel connections, and his band were the winners of the Rush Hour Blues audience poll for 2006, so a rousing good time is guaranteed - to that we can testify.
Banish the blues from 5.30 till 7pm - it's free.
There are a few saxophone players for whom one instrument is not enough. We're talking simultaneous blowing here.
Roland Kirk favoured three at once, but then he also played the nose flute. And of course he played everything by ear! Dick Heckstall-Smith, of the jazz-rock fusion band Colosseum, favoured the same trick, but the only player I have witnessed doing it is that giant, once Midlander and now oop-North emigrant, Rod Mason.
If pictures are to be believed, and the Jazz Coventry leaflet has just such a picture, Kelvin Christiane manages this feat, too.
His Quintet boasts the fine trombone playing of Mark Nightingale, and the up-and-coming pianist Alex Hutton.
Catch Kelvin and his admirably big mouth at the Biggin Hall pub, in Binley Road, Coventry, on Thursday from 8.30pm. Tickets are £8 from Coventry TIC on 024 7622 7264 or on the door.
Finally, on Sunday at The Drum, we are promised a Live Box Special, with some highlights from Soweto Kinch's Midnight Hop.
This musical theatre piece was commissioned for the Town Hall opening season and, although the education project that went with it happened as advertised, my understanding is that Midnight Hop itself was not performed in full.
Highlights again, then, from Kinch on saxophone with a strong supporting cast including Eska Mtungwazi singing, Byron Wallen playing the trumpet and Shabaka Hutchins on clarinet, among lots more.
The Live Box opens at 7.45pm, tickets are £5 (£3 concs) and are available on 0121 33 2444. More on the-drum.co.uk