Jazz can sometimes feel like a lone saxophone trilling in the background while someone smokes a cigarette or tilts back a drink, wondering where it all went wrong. Or maybe it’s a big, voluminous sound that swallows listeners whole.

Not many employers would agree to letting members of their staff take off one week a month, every month, to work another job. But singer/songwriter Danni Ri Croker, who goes professionally by Danni Ri, is lucky in that her boss is also her father-in-law, and, next to her husband, she said, i…

When Mindless Behavior first came on the scene in 2008, the quartet of R&B heartthrobs fell in perfectly with the tween and young teen fanbase with songs about getting girls’ attention, going to parties and searching around the world just to find Mrs. Right. But being belted out in a you…

Ben Ricketts, a native of Oxford, Miss., has been playing live shows since the age of 15 and self-publishing his own music since 2011. His bustling package of work includes everything from lullaby-style love songs ("Windshields") to beat-heavy warbles with the occasional rap verse ("Amnesia").

It’s going to be a melodic spring. Upcoming musical events include an Oxford Community Chorus concert, a recital by Anne Kerr and Friends and the Cheaha Creative Arts’ presentation of "An Evening of Fine Arts."