In Search of a Cool-Blue Note

Various venues, 670-0276, www.nyc.gov/parks, free

August 25 Marcus Garvey Park: Bebop saxophone heaven with Gary Bartz, Charles McPherson, Houston Person (with Etta Jones), and a rare chance to hear Barry Harris lead a quintet with Jimmy Heath and Antonio Hart.

August 26 Tompkins Square Park: The ageless Joe Wilder with an all-star band, Dick Katz with Helen Merrill, Joe Lovano's nonet, Roy Haynes's quartet, others.

Lakefront Plaza, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, 110th Street and Fifth Avenue, 860-1370, free

May 27 Jimmy Heath: The great saxophonist and friends.
June 3 Harlem Blues & Jazz Band: Featuring Ruth Brisbane.
June 17 Harbor Conservatory Jazz Festival
July 1 Jazzberry Jam: Focuses on women, including Sue Terry, Carline Ray, Bertha Hope, and Paula Hampton.

92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street, 415-5500, www.92ndsty.org

July 17 'Americans in Paris': The mainstream brigade, including Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Ken Peplowski, Randy Sandke, Byron Stripling, Loren Schoenberg, Wycliff Gordon, others.
July 18 'Five Duos & a Grand Jam': More brigade, plus Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Scott Robinson, others.
July 19 'Mickey, Dumbo & Betty Boop': The usual suspects swing music written for film stars.
July 24 'Jelly Roll Morton & the New Orleans Rhythm Kings': An extraordinary body of work, too rarely revived—Bob Greene, Kenny Davern, many others.
July 25 'Dick & Derek's Annual Piano Party': Dick Hyman and Derek Smith and friends—more notes than there are in heaven or hell.
July 26 'International Stride': The metronomic Ralph Sutton, along with four Europeans.

Various venues, 501-1390, www.festivalproductions.net

June 17 'A Father's Day Gift,' Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: Buster Williams Quartet, with Steve Wilson, Eric Reed, and Lenny White.
June 19 'Downbeat Magazine Presents,' Bryant Park: A free concert with school bands from Berklee, Eastman, and Milwaukee.
June 19 'Who's on First?' Kaye Playhouse: Acerbic songs and stylings of Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg, together and alone.
June 20 Joshua Redman & Eric Reed, Kaye Playhouse: Reed's septet features Wycliffe Gordon and Donald Harrison.
June 20 Two Siberians+Sarah Morrow, Bryant Park: Free.
June 21 'The Cabaret Jazz Hall of Fame,' Kaye Playhouse: Another hall of fame, with Joe Bushkin, Freddy Cole, Blossom Dearie, Jay Leonhart, many others.
June 21 Chico Freema, Studio Museum in Harlem: The saxophonist leads a quartet with Stephen Scott, Winard Harper, and Curtis Lundy; free.
June 21 Dickson Guillaume & the New York State Haitian Interdenominational Mass Choir+Institutional Radio Choir, Bryant Park: Free.
June 22 Cesaria Evora+Bebel Gilberto, Beacon Theater: They will have you on your feet and swaying.
June 22 'A Love Supreme: Remembering Coltrane,' Kaye Playhouse: The heavy-hitting lineup includes Roy Hargrove, Michael Brecker, Jesse Davis, Larry Willis, and Jon Faddis and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.
June 22 Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers+Sugarman 3, Bryant Park: Free.
June 23 'Salsa Jams/Latin Pianos,' Carnegie Hall: With Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz, Pappo Lucca Y La Sonora Poncena, and Jimmy Bosch.
June 23 & 24 Pharoah Sanders, Joe's Pub: The tenor saxophonist with a dark yodeling sound.
June 24 Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Birdland: Lew Tabackin is the key soloist, plus Randy Brecker sitting in.
June 24 'Calle 54,' Beacon Theater: A movie tie-in with Paquito D'Rivera, Eliane Elias, Gato Barbieri, Michel Camilo, and Jerry Gonzalez's Fort Apache Band.
June 24 'A Memorial for Milt 'Judge' Hinton,' Riverside Church: Homage to the great bassist and photographer.
June 25 Hank Jones, Birdland: The sublime pianist leads a trio, plus Joe Lovano.
June 25 'Sondheim & Jazz: Side by Side,' Carnegie Hall: Yeah, sure; with Jackie and Roy, Oscar Castro Neves, Billy Childs, Kurt Elling, Nnenna Freelon, Marian McPartland, Patrice Rushen, and the Antijazz herself, Maureen McGovern.
June 26 Johnny Griffin, Birdland: The superb tenor, plus the inimitable Clark Terry.
June 26 Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette, Carnegie Hall: An astonishing trio.
June 27 & 28 North Mississippi All-Stars, Bowery Ballroom
June 27 Phil Woods Quintet, Birdland: The altoist's quintet, including Bill Charlap, plus Johnny Griffin.
June 28 Andy Biskin Quintet+Matt Wilson Quartet, Exit Art: Two melodically quirky bands, including trumpeter Terrell Stafford.
June 28 Kevin Mahogany Organ Quartet, Birdland: With guitarist Dave Stryker and Dr. Lonnie Smith on the promised organ.
June 28 Nina Simone, Carnegie Hall: A religious event for true believers.
June 28 'Two Stars Shining: Wayne & Chick,' Avery Fisher Hall: In which Shorter introduces a new quintet with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade, and Corea leads a trio with Jeff Ballard and Avishai Cohen.
June 29 & 30 Hadda Brooks & Senator Eugene Wright, Joe's Pub: Amazing lady, still boogying at 85.
June 29 Eumir Deodato, Avery Fisher Hall: With the singer Maysa, Omar Hakim, Gerry Barnes, Sherrod Barnes, Bobby Sanabria, Eddie Montalvo, Teodross Avery, others.
June 29 Diana Krall, Carnegie Hall: A religious event for true believers.
June 29 'Planet Dance,' Hammerstein Ballroom: Featuring Carlinhos Brown, Afro-Cuban All Stars, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, and three DJs.
June 29 'Dewey Redman's 70th Birthday,' Birdland: The Texas tenor is paid homage to by Tom Harrell and Joe Lovano, among others.
June 30 Gladys Knight & Dave Hollister, Carnegie Hall: Everybody wants a piece of this jazz thing.
June 30 Jazz Mandolin Project, Bowery Ballroom
June 30 Pat Martino, Birdland: The dynamic guitarist's trio is amplified by organist Joey DeFrancesco and tenor Eric Alexander.

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