Happening Saturday


Jane Monheit Since being named runner-up in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition at just 20 years old in 1998, Monheit has been a favorite on the jazz vocal scene on par with Diana Krall. Armed with her 2010 album, “Home,” which marked a return to more traditional jazz vocal arrangements, Monheit returns to L.A. for a festive run of shows that includes a New Year’s Eve performance. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. 7:30 p.m. $35 and $75. (323) 466-2210, https://www.catalinajazzclub.


Jenny & Johnny/Cults KCRW helps ease audiences into 2012 with a double-bill of indie rock, featuring Jenny & Johnny’s fast, ultra-melodic pop and New York City’s joyous pop duo Cults. Standard Hotel West Hollywood, 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. $75-$125. (323) 822-3111.

Pink Martini The “little orchestra” of Portland, Ore., returns to ring in the New Year with its genre-crossing fusion of Brazilian samba, ‘30s Cuban dance and Parisian cafe, with special guest National Public Radio correspondent Ari Shapiro, who sang vocals on the group’s fourth album, “Splendor in the Grass.” Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 7 and 10:30 p.m. $78-$209. (323) 850-2000.

Wanda Jackson The rock ‘n’ roll pioneer and onetime Elvis paramour knows how to swing in the New Year, having toured for more than 50 years and made her latest record with cool hand Jack White. This time she’s joined by chiming L.A. indie pop gems Best Coast, whose dramatic gangland video for “Our Deal” was directed by Drew Barrymore. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $28.50-$45. (213) 765-7000;