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Concert pick: Blair Crimmins & the Hookers provide hot jazz with a Southern twist

Blair Crimmins & the Hookers take the stage at Variety Playhouse on Saturday. (Courtesy of Blair Crimmins & the Hookers)

Blair Crimmins & the Hookers waltz through Atlanta on December 8 at Variety Playhouse, playfully combining rock ‘n’ roll, theatrical ragtime jazz and a dash of Southern charm that transports listeners to the simpler times of the roaring ‘20s.

Frontman Crimmins often toggles between banjo, trumpet, clarinet and trombone on stage, positioning himself as a multifaceted master of contemporary New Orleans-style jazz. Lyrically, the sextet floats between a concern for consumerism and a funky reminder to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

While Blair Crimmins & the Hookers have toured the nation, there’s a special kind of comfort that comes from a hometown show — that when combined with the company of a good friend and a classic cocktail seems to transcend time.

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