Adding to the weekly throwdowns by VAMP at Germantown’s Nachbar and nightly performances at Varanese in Clifton, two more venues are doing their part to keep jazz thriving in Louisville. In the East Market Street building that formerly housed Primo, Mozz Mozzarella Bar & Enoteca is hosting regular appearances by Carly Johnson, Todd Hildreth, Jason Tiemann and others. Zanzabar will host a weekly “ja(m)zz” night that kicks off Jan. 13 with OK Kino, the ensemble featuring Lucky Pineapple saxophonist Drew Miller. It’s free and starts at 8:30 p.m.
Mom’s Music celebrates 30 years in 2011, beginning Jan. 15, when its Mellwood location will host a guitar workshop with Kelly Richey that should appeal to beginners and advanced players alike. In addition to founding the nonprofit Music 4 Change, Richey has performed more than 3,500 shows and taught more than 1,000 students. The 90-minute workshop is $75 and includes a printed guitar instruction manual with companion CD. The store expects classes to happen monthly.
Bush League will perform Feb. 12 at Cahoots (1047 Bardstown Road, 454-6687). Singer Buzz Minnick says he, guitarist Mike Borich, drummer Doug Walker and bassist Mike Giralico were reinvigorated by their reunion show back in September at The Vernon, which was filmed for an eventual DVD release. Bush League plans to enter the studio to record a new single, due out sometime this year. Showtime is 10 p.m. Cost is $5. The Revenants, The Hookers and Zombie Chickens From Outer Space also play.