"It was music that got me through," adds Menzie. "It was people that got me through. … And I wanted to celebrate all of that."
Which is exactly what Menzie will be doing on Sunday afternoon.
Here's to another 25 years of her inimitable art.
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Beckie Menzie's 'Celebrate Me Home'
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave.
Tickets: $23; 773-381-4554 or maynestage.com
Also worth hearing
Rob Mazurek: A major jazz conceptualist and indefatigable Chicago experimenter, cornetist Mazurek collaborates with interdisciplinary artist Marianne M. Kim in "The Space Between," a multimedia project embracing music, video and movement. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town School of Folk Music's Szold Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.; $10; 773-728-6000 or oldtownschool.org
Pat Martino: The eminent guitarist still searches for new sounds and meanings, and for this engagement he'll feature his trio, with Pat Bianchi on Hammond B-3 organ and Carmen Intorre Jr., on drums. 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4, 8 and 10 p.m. Sunday; at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court; $25-$40; 312-360-0234 or jazzshowcase.com
Jean-Michel Pilc: Doubly blessed with a colossal technique and a poet's touch, the great French pianist returns, leading a trio with bassist Sam Minaie and drummer Ross Pederson. 9 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $12; 773-878-5552 or greenmilljazz.com
Suzanne Petri: A formidable actor and cabaret performer, Petri opens a four-week run of Friday-night performances of "A Little Touch of Coward in the Night," her homage to Noel Coward. 8 p.m. Friday at Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave.; $20 plus two-drink minimum; 773-278-1830 or davenportspianobar.com
Art Hoyle: The widely admired trumpeter — and thoroughly disarming vocalist — plays the weekly sessions of the nonprofit Hyde Park Jazz Society. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sunday at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St.; $10; hydeparkjazzsociety.com
To read more from Howard Reich on jazz, go to chicagotribune.com/reich