Fri.The blues tinge in jazz will likely be more noticeable this weekend as a number of New Orleans-based artists visit the Washington area. Saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his quartet open the fall season at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center's Dekelboum Concert Hall (301-405-2787). . . . Another outstanding saxophonist (and educator), Davey Yarborough, brings his quartet, featuring vocalist Esther Williams, to the Kennedy Center's Jazz Club (202-467-4600). . . . Yet another saxophonist (and singer), Walter Beasley, moves between smooth jazz and R&B as he opens a two-night stand at the Birchmere (703-549-7500). . . . New York-based jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone joins bassist Tommy Cecil and drummer Tony Martucci at Twins Lounge through Saturday (202-882-2523). . . . It's not all Marleys: Reggae pioneer Denroy Morgan and his children form Morgan Heritage at the Crossroads in Bladensburg (301-927-1056). . . . Hotshot guitarist Bobby Smith launches his new album, "Pay the Piper," at J.V.'s Restaurant in Falls Church (703-241-9504).

Sat.The best-known member of New Orleans' first family of jazz is Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter, composer and bandleader Wynton Marsalis, who headlines the second annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring. The free outdoor program kicks off at 4 with local harmonica virtuoso Frederic Yonnet, followed by the Ron Holloway Group, vocalist Carol Sloane, keyboardist Marcus Johnson and a closing performance by Marsalis from 8:30 to 10, followed by a jam session at 10:15. . . . Singer-songwriter Inara George, daughter of Little Feat legend Lowell George, supports her fine debut album, "All Rise," opening for Scottish band Idlewild (she guests on the group's new album) at Baltimore's Funk Box (410-625-2000) and Sunday at the Black Cat (202-667-7960). . . . Bill Wharton, the Sauce Boss, brings his blues gumbo to Madam's Organ (202-667-5370).

Tue.Acclaimed singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson celebrates the release of "Paradise Hotel" at Vienna's Jammin' Java (703-255-1566).

Weds.Jungle pioneer LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad hold forth at Five (202-331-7123). . . . Blowfly, the caped-and-masked original "Dirty Rapper," gets down and well, dirty, at Velvet Lounge, with Multiple Man and Verse All Star (202-462-3213).

Thur.Straight out of Columbus, Ohio, the Evil Queens hold court at the Velvet Lounge in support of the mischievous "First It Boils, Then It Spills," with Running With Scissors, Enemy of Three and Hot Young Tang (202-462-3213).

-- Richard Harrington