The “Dog Days” of Summer are here but locally let’s call it the “Cool Cats” Days of Summer, given the vitality of our jazz scene and the heat being generated by young as well as veteran artists. This week is no exception, as we can hear gigs from some of our youngest pros at Studio Z and Jazz Central as well as from our seasoned vets at the Dakota, Vieux Carre, Black Dog and beyond. We have a diverse group of visitors this week as well, from John Raymond to Bruce Henry to Vanessa Trouble and Charlie Carnicus, and a much-anticipated CD release from Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson. So stay cool. Hear jazz. Read more!