From bassist John Clayton to a Pink Floyd/Talking Heads/Phish tribute band,EditorKristen Schmidtrecommends these live music events in March

Bassist and composerJohn Clayton conducts the Columbus Jazz Orchestra side-by-side with the Columbus Youth Jazz OrchestraMarch 12-15.

Music is what gets me through long runs, cruddy commutes and marathon house-cleaning sessions. Shuffling on the iPod speakers in my work office lately: ambient music by Brian Eno, Nirvana's classic "MTV Unplugged" set, Spoon's latest album and Yo-Yo Ma's recordings of Bach's cello suites. But live music has taken a backseat lately. That's a shame, because there's a heck of a lot of it in Columbus. For proof, recommendations for seven solid shows happening in the next week or so alone:

Dan White Quartet, 10 p.m. Friday, March 6, Natalie's, Worthington

Natalie's website says: "The group strives to push the boundaries of composition and improvisation. Featuring Adam DeAscentis, John Hubbell and Columbus native Joshua Hill, each member uses his unique instrumental voice to contribute collectively. The combination of these voices leads to a unique sound that escapes the specific boundary of the jazz genre."

Pink Talking Fish, 9 p.m., March 6 and 7, Woodland's Tavern, Grandview Heights

Billed as "a hybrid tribute fusion portrayal of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon." (Look for stories in our upcoming April issue about two other Pink Floyd-themed performances.)

Sassafraz, 10 p.m., Saturday, March 7, Brothers Drake Meadery, Short North

Wind up an evening at Gallery Hop with a set from this high-energy funk/hip-hop/soul outfit. I hear a little Jurassic 5, a little Earth, Wind and Fire and a little Parliament Funkadelic in their music.

Lincoln Durham, 7 p.m., Sunday, March 8, Rumba Café, north of Campus

His official website says, "It takes something beautifully 'off' to get on stage with just hands and feet for a band, driven by a howling voice, and morbidly preach a music that harkens back to the old blues masters, Son House and Fred McDowell, infused with the edge and angst of punk and darkened from the bad influences of Tom Waits and Nick Cave."

Kevin Morby, Sunday, March 8, Double Happiness, Brewery District

Expect dreamy, lush, introspective indie rock from this Texas-born singer and songwriter (best known as a member of Woods and The Babies). He'll be a good fit for Double Happiness, which has a slightly surreal atmosphere.

Desert Noises, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12, The Basement, Arena District

This rock quartet from Utah draws influence from classic rock but sounds completely contemporary doing it. The band is touring on its first full-length album after appearances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Hangout Fest.

"Side By Side," featuring John Clayton, Gerald Clayton and the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra, March 12 to 15, Southern Theatre, Downtown

Grammy-award-winning bassist and composer John Clayton conducts the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra side by side in a musical tribute to George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington. Making an appearance is his son, Gerald Clayton, an up-and-coming jazz artist in his own right.