Cool Jazz for Hot Summer Nights

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The Crocker is always a jazzy place, but never more so from May through September. That’s when the venerable art museum hosts its Playlist concert series, featuring jazz the third Thursday of every month. “It’s a longstanding summer tradition,” according to Robin Koltenuk, director of marketing and communications.
At just $6 for Crocker members and $12 otherwise, it’s a sweet deal for fans of all styles of jazz. Just how diverse is it? Check out the lineup for this year’s remaining shows:

• July 21: Guitarist Iván Nájera (Spanish and Latin jazz)
• Aug. 18: Keyboardist Roger Smith (contemporary jazz) and special guests
• Sept. 15: Little Charlie Caravan (gypsy/swing jazz)

All performances are from 6 to 9 p.m. in the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard. But will you wilt in the heat? “It’s the shadiest spot we’ve got,” says Koltenuk. (Cold beverages will be on sale, too.)
For more information, visit crockerartmuseum.org or call (916) 808-7000.