Did you totally mess up V-Day? Hit a home run this weekend


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Did your big Valentines Day plans flop? Or did you completely forget the big heart and kisses day even existed? If so, we’ve got a fail safe plan to get you out of the doghouse and into the main living area of your SO’s heart with stellar jazz this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. That’s three golden opportunities to show your loved one that you really do care.

And if you and your friends survived the Feb. 14 insta-love fest of feelings, balloons, proposals and chocolate, going out on the town to The Jazz Room is a great way to celebrate.

Charlotte’s own Adrian Crutchfield plays Grover Washington Jr. on Thursday night

Queen City native Adrian Crutchfield has a huge local following, and after a few notes on the sax, you’ll see why. A graduate of the Northwestern School of the Arts, this cool cat has played with Lionel Richie, CeeLo Green, Bette Midler and (wait for it) Prince and the New Power Generation.

Crutchfield and his stage mates will wield some magic as he reimagines the sounds of Grover Washington, Jr., an influential saxophonist with hits including “Inner City Blues” and “Just the Two of Us.” Isn’t it romantic? We say yes.

Neal Caine plays Charles Mingus on Friday and Saturday night

Nothing quite gets the toes tapping and heart pumping like some fierce bass, and Neal Caine is going to bring it home this weekend. You might recognize Caine from his appearances on Harry Connick Jr.’s TV show as part of his band. Yes, he’s that good. The two have been hanging out and making music together since 2000. Impressive!

Caine, his bass and a jazz ensemble will play the tunes of one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, Charles Mingus. An accomplished pianist, bass player, band leader and composer, Mingus played alongside Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Good company.

Photo by Hans Kumpf, copyright Jazz Workshop, Inc.

The best date of the year

Not only do you get to spend the evening listening to some amazing talent, but you can do it for an affordable price. Tickets for Thursday’s shows, at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., start at $16 in advance and $18 at the door. Make the night unforgettable (and really get on his or her good side) with a Cabaret table for two, which includes drink tickets.

Put it on repeat Friday and Saturday night with shows at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., with $14 advance tickets or $16 at the door. We say save your money for a discount Valentine’s Day card for next year so you’ll be prepared.

You’ll fall in love with the cozy jazz club feel and bar right near the action. Valentine perfection can’t be rushed.

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