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Karrin Allyson, with Astral Project 

There are few better ways to benefit WWNO than to go out and see some popular live jazz, whether it's someone with the national reputation of a Karrin Allyson (at a time when we're still pretty deprived of national acts) or the city's premier jazz outfit, Astral Project. Like the other community radio stations, WWNO took quite a hit from the storms and was forced to temporarily relocate to Atlanta. You could sense sometimes-hilarious camaraderie through the whole thing with the cheeky reports by announcer Jack Hopke and new station manager Chuck Miller. Now, though, you can tell they're happy to be back home and broadcasting from the University of New Orleans, which opens for classes Jan. 30. They still need a cash infusion, but aren't about to short-change anyone for coming to this benefit fundraiser. Allyson is one of the more celebrated female jazz vocalists out there, maybe not as luminescent as a Diana Krall or a Jane Monheit but still capable of tackling serious material as shown in 2001's Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane and more recently 2004's Wild for You (both on Concord) -- the latter featuring covers of '70s-era pop hits including everything from Cat Stevens' "Wild World" to Joni Mitchell's "All I Want." The album also features a CD-cover makeover to, you know, sell the goods. Hey, we're buying, as long it helps WWNO pay the rent. Tickets $25.

9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15
Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696; www.snugjazz.com
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