Princeton's hopping, with concerts by Wycliffe Gordon next week (see blog below) and Maria Schneider at McCarter Theater Friday.
But there's more in store for area jazz fans:
Trenton's Marriott at 1 West Lafayette, will feature live jazz by singer and guitarist Jim Rowland from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday. It's a free event, part of the Downtown Trenton Association Friday Night Lights.
Guitarist Jim Gratton will be heard at Chambers Walk Cafe in Lawrenceville, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and at Hightstown's Bistro Soleil Sunday Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Somerset Jazz Consortium will host a Sunday jam session at PJ's Coffee, 315 Raritan Ave. in Highland Park.
Also on Sunday, the Rhythms of the Night at JP's Steakhouse, 729 S. Main St. in Manville, will have John Nobile's Summer Swing Orchetsra, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There's a $10 cover charge, swing dance lessons at 5 p.m. and hours of fun swing music.
Tuesday, Jim Jasion and His Jazz Featuring The SJC Horn Squad will perform at Home Town Buffet, 561 US Highway 1, Edison. He'll return for a jam session at the buffet Wednesday, too. For more information, check the Web site, http://www.somersetjazz.com/index.html
If you're heading to the city, here's the New York Times' Jazz listings for the weekend: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/20/arts/music/20jazz.html?_r=1