Relax Yourself With Music Lessons

Most families give each other mushy cards on Valentine’s and dress up for Halloween. But what about those times when you want to have a reason to celebrate with your family and it isn’t Thanksgiving or Memorial Day?

I’m trained on Trombone but I play saxophone, trumpet, and flute by ear. I can play drums but I’m not a drummer and I also play piano/keyboards by ear.

Fortunately, there are a few such indicators I can grasp to my breast and pass on to my readers in the form of jazz festivals. Again, the biggest and best outdoor fests are still months away but I’m certainly feeling the love these days for these smaller gatherings of the faithful.

Using a variety of puppet sizes, Grey Seal Puppets perform three favorite folks tales from around the world with refreshing wit and wisdom: “The Frog Prince” from Germany, “Three Billy Goats Gruff” from Scandinavia and “The Three Little Pigs” from England.

Dr. James Hartway has been a constant on the Detroit classical music scene for decades. An assortment of Detroit musicians will perform a variety of his chamber music compositions.

The Fantastical. Are there any images that you are attracted to? Do you find fairies fun? Some could be incorporated in your design to watch over you. The Grim Reaper is also popular to symbolize how fragile life is.

Ambrose Akinmusire: The Oakland-born trumpeter is rightly considered among jazz’s leading young talents; for evidence, look no further than “When the Heart Emerges Glistening,” his recent Blue Note debut. SFJAZZ is presenting Akinmusire with Walter Smith III (saxophone), Sam Harris (piano), Burniss Travis (bass) and Justin Brown (drums). 8 p.m. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco. $20-$35.