Jazz is the genre that owns the beginning of this week with The Low Notes at Mad River Brewery at 6 p.m. tonight for free. Over at Humboldt State University, the Redwood Jazz Alliance just so happens to be opening its 2017-2018 season tonight at 8 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room with Honey and Salt by jazz drummer Matt Wilson. For those of you who may not know, Honey and Salt is a collection of poetry by prairie laureate Carl Sandburg and this show tonight is music inspired by the midwest barn bard. Somehow I ended up with my grandfather's copy of said collection of poetry when I was in high school and — while I'm showing off — would highly recommend "Love is a Deep and a Dark and a Lonely," "Cahokia," "Lackawanna Twilight" and "First Sonata for Karlen Paula." It turns out Mr. Wilson is also a fan and Illinois native. He's joined by cornetist Ron Miles, multi-reedist Jeff Lederer, bassist Martin Wind and pianist/vocalist Dawn Clement. They'll ask only $15 from you (or $10 from HSU students) to get in. Nine-piece "powerfunk" group from Brooklyn Turkuaz makes a stop at Humboldt Brews tonight at 9 p.m. to get you funked up and grooving. With influences such as Sly & the Family Stone and the Talking Heads, you know it'll be a good time. $20 will get you in to this show. Wear something you don't mind sweating in.