This summer, the Jazz in the Courtyard series draws inspiration from the Smithsonian’s exhibition of “African American Artists: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond” by celebrating the African American music traditions and musicians who paved the way for modern music. Always an audience favorite, Saxophonist Garrett Perkins brings a versatile range from bebop to contemporary jazz. Perkins is dedicated to promoting music that is both educational and entertaining. His concert will feature works by African American musicians past and present. $6 Museum members, $10 students/youth, $12 nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased at crockerartmuseum.org, the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182. A picnic basket for two is available at the Crocker Cafe for $32 and requires 24-hour advance notice. To reserve your basket, call (916) 808-1865.