Since returning to Burque earlier this year, bassist-at-large James Whiton has slipped seamlessly back into our burg’s music scene. It’s hard to believe that he was ever gone, and his naturally laid-back performance style and killer chops are a perfect complement to the cool desert air and starry nights. Whiton will perform on Friday, Nov. 28, at Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse (6855 Fourth Street NW) in the Black Diamond Lounge, a venue that’s recently hit its stride with awesome jazz shows. Whiton’s solo bass project, featuring acoustic elements and electronic manifestations, is called Solo Bass Loop Madness. He’ll also mix in some intense Xmas cover tunes for this performance too. Whiton, who has played alongside notables like Keith Richards and Charlie Musselwhite, takes the stage at 7:30pm for this free, 21-plus show.