Seattle Women in Jazz Festival Now in its second year, this celebration includes not only live performance (though there’s much of it) but also student competitions, film, swing dance parties, and discounts at participating Columbia City businesses. But with such a range of talent represented here, from prolific composers like Samantha Boshnack to Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist winner Nancy Erikson, I’d say go for the sweet, sweet music. Through Sunday. Columbia City; see seattlewomeninjazz.com for complete venues and showtimes. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT
Mindi Abair’s playing puts a rock-’n’-roll edge on jazz standards: it’s more Clarence Clemons than Kenny G. The Grammy-nominated sax player recently toured with Aerosmith after a two-year gig on American Idol. Definitely not your father’s soundtrack to romance. Through Sunday. Jazz Alley. 7:30 p.m. $34.50. MICHAEL F. BERRY
2 Chainz/Pusha T Grammy nominee 2 Chainz invokes Machiavelli to describe his tour: “ ‘Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.’ 2 G.O.O.D. 2 Be T.R.U.” He and frequent collaborator Pusha T were two of 2013’s most talked-about rappers, making this tour almost too good to be true. With August Alsina. Showbox SoDo. 8 p.m. $42.50.