Jazz 'Messiah' swings back to town

"If it moves your soul, it moves your soul, no matter how old it is."

Amen to that.

Also worth hearing

Pharez Whitted: The mighty Chicago trumpeter celebrates the release of his newest album, "For the People," which features a roster of compelling artists: guitarist Bobby Broom, pianist Ron Perrillo, bassist Dennis Carroll, drummer Greg Artry and saxophonist Eddie Bayard. 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4, 8 and 10 p.m. Sunday; at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court; $20-$25; 312-360-0234 or jazzshowcase.com

"Sing the Truth!": Three major, stylistically far-flung vocalists — Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright — pay homage to great divas of the past. They'll sing repertoire associated with Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln, Odetta, Billie Holiday and others. 8 p.m. Friday at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; $37 to $84; 312-294-3000 or cso.org

Anthony Molinaro: The adventurous, genre-defying Chicago pianist presents "Here, There and Everywhere," his arrangements of — and improvisations upon — music of the Beatles. He'll be joined by Chicago harmonica whiz Howard Levy. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Loyola University's Newhart Family Theatre in the school's Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, 1020 W. Sheridan Road; $25; 773-508-8400 or blogs.LUC.edu/artsalive

Joel Paterson & the Modern Sounds: Guitarist Paterson lives and breathes in an earlier musical era, his love of vintage country, jazz, blues and what-not palpable in the music of the Modern Sounds. He's joined by bassist Beau Sample and drummer Alex Hall. 10 p.m. Friday at Katerina's, 1920 W. Irving Park Road; $10; 773-348-7592 or katerinas.com

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'Too Hot to Handel'
When:
7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway
Tickets: $30-$74; 800-982-2787 or ticketmaster.com/auditorium

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