Notable concerts for the upcoming week in New Orleans:
Peter Martin Trio
8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday-Friday
Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St.
Tickets: $25 on Thursday and $30 on Friday
Modern jazz pianist Peter Martin, a native of St. Louis, largely forged his creative identity during a long, pre-Hurricane Katrina tenure in New Orleans. While here, he backed Nicholas Payton, Alvin Batiste and Victor Goines, among many others. He’s since taken his music around the world, performing on six continents. He appeared in the George Clooney film “Good Night, and Good Luck” and on its Grammy-winning soundtrack. He arranged vocalist Dianne Reeves’ Grammy-winning album “A Little Moonlight” and continues to anchor her band; he’ll join her at New York’s Carnegie Hall on March 30. He’s shared stages with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Christian McBride and Joshua Redman, as well as symphonies in Berlin, Chicago and New York. For his New Orleans homecoming, he’ll perform on consecutive nights at Snug Harbor with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Geoff Clapp.
8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday
Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St.
Since moving to New Orleans from his native Denmark in 1997, Christian Winther has staked out a place for himself in the local jazz community as an especially lyrical tenor saxophonist with a distinctive tone. He showcases that tone, as well as his compositional skills, on his latest album, “Refuge In Sound.” On it, Winther and an equally crisp combo — pianist Allyn Johnson, bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Billy Williams Jr. and guitarist Mike Moreno — range from the ballad “Tell Me Your Truth” to the uptempo “Outsider.” He dedicated “One For Mulgrew” to the jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller, who died in 2013. Winther and his combo celebrate the release of “Refuge In Sound” with two sets at Snug Harbor on Saturday.
Experience Hendrix Tour feat. Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and more
8 p.m. Sunday
Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St.
Tickets: $39.50 to $125 plus service charges
The 10th Experience Hendrix Tour, a celebration of the Jimi Hendrix canon sponsored by Fender guitars, features a who’s who of contemporary six-string heroes: legendary Louisiana-born, Chicago-based bluesman Buddy Guy; former Ozzy Osbourne lead guitarist Zakk Wylde; Shreveport-born blues-rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, a veteran of all nine previous Hendrix Experience tours; Jonny Lang; Texas guitar shaman Eric Johnson; fellow Texan Doyle Bramhall II, a longtime member of Eric Clapton’s band; and Dweezil Zappa, who has acquitted himself by reproducing his father Frank’s challenging catalog. Their backing band includes Billy Cox, the bassist in the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies, and drummer Chris Layton, an alumnus of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble. The grueling Experience Hendrix Tour encompasses 27 concerts in barely a month. The New Orleans date at the Saenger on Sunday is just shy of the halfway mark, so the players should be warmed up, but not burnt out.
Nickel-A-Dance feat. Gregg Stafford & the Jazz Hounds
4 p.m. Sunday
The Maison, 508 Frenchmen St.
The Nickel-a-Dance series takes its name from the going rate for a dance with a lady decades ago in the jazz halls of New Orleans. The contemporary Nickel-a-Dance series, staged every Sunday afternoon in March at the Maison on Frenchmen Street, features the same sort of traditional jazz revelers might have heard back in the day. And it’s an even better deal — admission is free, and all ages are welcome. Gregg Stafford, one of the city’s leading traditional jazz trumpeters and vocalists, kicks off the 2016 series this weekend with his band the Jazz Hounds, named in honor of his late mentor Danny Barker’s old group.
Cee Lo Green
9 p.m. Sunday
Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave.
It wasn’t that long ago — 2012, to be exact — that Cee Lo Green was riding high. The alumnus of the Atlanta hip-hop crew Goodie Mob had crossed over to pop culture ubiquity thanks to his Gnarls Barkley project’s smash “Crazy,” his own omnipresent hit “Forget You,” and his status as a judge on “The Voice.” That year, Green replaced Jill Scott at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and drew one of the largest crowds ever to the Congo Square Stage. But months later, a woman with whom he dined in Los Angeles accused him of slipping her Ecstasy and sexually assaulting her. Green eventually pleaded no contest to a felony charge of supplying Ecstasy; he further damaged his reputation with a series of controversial tweets about the nature of rape. His career has yet to recover. When his Love Train Tour stops in town this weekend, it won’t be at an arena, but at Tipitina’s, a club with a capacity of several hundred. Escort is also on the bill.
5 p.m. Wednesday
Lafayette Square, 601 S. Maestri Pl.
The Young Leadership Council’s annual free concert series, Wednesday at the Square, is underway at Lafayette Square downtown. Once again, the weekly happy hour mini-festival, which runs through mid-May, features a solid roster of mostly south Louisiana born-and-bred musicians, including this week’s headliner, guitarist and singer Tab Benoit. For a quarter-century now, he’s traversed the country with a blues-based approach informed by swamp pop and New Orleans rhythm & blues. The N’Awlins Johnnys open the show at 5. Admission is free; the series supports itself through the sale of food and beverages, so no outside refreshments are allowed.
Some other solid options for the upcoming week:
Uli Jon Roth, the lead guitarist of the earliest incarnation of German hard rock band the Scorpions, headlines the “Ultimate Guitar Experience” at the Parish of the House of Blues on Thursday; Jennifer Batten and Andy Timmons are also on the bill.
Tank & the Bangas are featured for the late set at the Blue Nile on Friday, on a bill with Andrew Baham & 4AM.
Swamp-funk guitarist Papa Mali headlines Tipitina’s with his band on Friday.
Keyboardist John “Papa” Gros leads his band at d.b.a. on Friday for a set of new songs, “groovy” covers and favorites from his Papa Grows Funk catalog.
Rock fusion quartet Woodenhead is joined by cellist Helen Gillet at Chickie Wah Wah on Friday starting at 11 p.m.
The Journey tribute band Departure takes off at the House of Blues on Saturday.
And vocalist Betty Shirley stages a tribute to Bessie Smith at Snug Harbor on Sunday.