"Cole Porter did not write love songs for ingénues," says Curto, no doubt thinking of bittersweet pieces such as "Miss Otis Regrets" and the aforementioned "Love for Sale."
"Porter's love songs are more for people who have been through love. … They're more than wide-eyed, innocent love."
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Joan Curto Sings Cole Porter
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Tickets: $20 plus two-drink minimum; 773-278-1830 or davenportspianobar.com
Also worth hearing
Donny McCaslin: The mighty tenor saxophonist celebrates the music of his latest release, "Casting for Gravity." He'll be joined by the musicians who appear on the recording: keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Mark Giuliana. 9 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $15; 773-878-5552 or greenmilljazz.com
Hanah Jon Taylor: Reedist Taylor leads a quartet staffed by pianist Willie Pickens, drummer Dushun Mosley and bassist Alex Wing. 8 p.m. Friday at the University of Chicago's International House, 1414 E. 59th St.; $8-$25; 773-753-2274
Randy Brecker: The 10th annual Evanston Jazz Festival features trumpeters Randy Brecker and Art Davis with Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Evanston High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston; $15-$20; 847-424-7848 or ethsjazz.com
Taylor Moore: An up-and-coming drummer, Moore presides over the next installment in the weekly series presented by the non-profit Hyde Park Jazz Society. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sunday at Room 43, 1043. E. 43d St.; $10; hydeparkjazzsociety.com
To read more from Howard Reich on jazz, go to chicagotribune.com/reich.