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‘To Ella With Love’

Vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway has thrived in cabaret and on Broadway, while also writing hits for Barbra Streisand and the theme for TV’s “The Nanny.” She can be rollicking and rawboned. Or she can cup a ballad with wistful restraint. She comes to town after rehearsals for her latest disc, “Jazz at the Movies,” but for this gig she honors “The Ella Century,” featuring cuts from her 1996 disc “To Ella With Love.” (7 p.m. Wed., Dakota, Mpls.; $35-$45, dakotacooks.com)

Jazz sensation at First Ave

Kamasi Washington at First Avenue is reminiscent of Charles Lloyd playing the Fillmore 50 years ago: A jazz saxophonist gets to play an iconic rock joint because he has tapped into the larger culture without losing his roots. For Lloyd it was hippie psychedelia; for Washington it’s hip-hop and black activism. If that’s not your thing, know that Washington blows with the passion of Coltrane. (7 p.m. Thu., First Avenue, Mpls., $30-$35, first-avenue.com)

Two horns, no drums

I’ve only seen trumpeter Omar AbdulKarim in the fusion-funk band Global Sound, but his buffered tone made an impression. The personnel in AbdulKarim’s drummer-less quartet indicates a more straight-ahead approach despite the unique instrumentation. Local mainstays include Javiar Santiago on piano, Aaron Hedenstrom on saxophone and bassist Jeff Bailey rounding out the ensemble. (8 p.m. Fri., Jazz Central, Mpls.; $10, theillicitjazzworkshop.info)

Sunday double dip

Crooners Lounge doubles up with a pair of appealing Sunday shows. First, longtime Boston pianist and educator Harvey Diamond, a Lennie Tristano disciple, teams up with his former student, local flutist/composer Melissa Stoudt (4 p.m. Sun., $15). In the evening, the questing young pianist Emmet Cohen returns with his impeccable technique in a trio including bassist Russell Hall and Evan Sherman on drums. (7:30 p.m. Sun., Crooners, Fridley, $25, croonersloungemn.com)

Britt Robson