Seldom is the scene celebrated with a fancy collegiate jazz series. But Washington University's deep pockets and refined tastes occasionally collide in fine fashion to honor our own, and for the next month-and-a-half you can hear the work of some of the area's finest players as part of the Holmes Jazz Series. Every Thursday night through Nov. 18, Holmes Jazz presents St. Louis jazz, free, inside the compound at Ridgely Hall (for directions, call 935-4841). Though you may have missed last week's kickoff with the Kim Portnoy Trio, you can make up for it on Thursday, Oct. 7, when bassist Eric Markowitz and his trio perform. The following weeks will feature the Willie Akins Quartet, Paul Westcott, the Scott Alberici Duo, the Paul DeMarinis Trio and InsideOUT, and the series concludes on Nov. 18 with the Mike Karpowicz Trio.