Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., 553-2270; www.sonesta.com/royalneworleans
Irvin Mayfield's latest project, his namesake Jazz Playhouse, opens this week. Mayfield is joined by David Torkanowsky, Jaz Sawyer, Ed Peterson and Neal Caine for the grand opening at 8 p.m. Saturday (reservations required). Johnaye Kendrick performs at 9 p.m. Thursday. Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown is featured at 9 p.m. Friday. Free admission.