By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
LINCOLN CENTER OUT-OF-DOORS FESTIVAL
Various venues, 875-5108, www.lincolncenter.org, free
August 4 'Jazz Takes Flight,' Damrosch Park Bandshell:With Diane Schuur, but Cyrus Chestnut should bring it safely to ground.
August 10 The One & Only Jazzmobile, North Plaza:A true New York legend; vote for the mayoral candidate who promises to keep it alive.
August 17 'My Funny Valentine: An 80th Birthday Tribute to Chico Hamilton,' North Plaza:The drum-mer who has always gone his own way is, among other things, the last man standing from the original pianoless quartet.
August 22 Jay Hoggard, North Plaza:Swinging vibes.
August 23 Andrew Cyrille, North Plaza: Swinging drums.
August 24 'A Fine Romance,' Damrosch Park Bandshell:Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and singer Mary Stallings.
August 25 'Puente: Santeria to Swing,' Damrosch Park Bandshell:Swinging Latins.
MIDSUMMER NIGHT SWING FESTIVAL Josie Robertson Plaza, 875-5766, www.lincolncenter.org
June 27 Ben E. King with the Tim Ouimette Big Band:There is a rose in Lincoln Center.
July 3 White Heat Swing Orchestra
July 4 'A Celebration of Sidney Bechet':With Daniel Bechet and Bucky Pizzarelli, and a promising and unusual booking for this series.
July 7 Artie Shaw Orchestra:Under the direction of Dick Johnson.
July 14 Casey MacGill+Mora's Modern Rhythmists
July 19 'Support Swing! Benefit':With the tireless George Gee's Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra, plus Ann Hampton Callaway and Claude "Fiddler" Williams.
July 28 Illinois Jacquet:A bona fide living legend, still making those reeds honk and croon.
VERIZON MUSIC FESTIVAL
Various venues, www.festivalproductions.net
August 7 Mark Dresser Trio+Tim Berne's Hard Cell, Pace Downtown Theater:Berne's new band includes Craig Taborn.
August 8 Archie Shepp & Roswell Rudd, Pace Downtown Theater:"Live in New York" with Andrew Cyrille, Grachan Moncur, and Reggie Workman; the '60s avant-garde gets a healthy shot in the arm from these classic and sometimes superbly comical players.
August 8 'Verizon Spotlight on Emerging Talent,' Bryant Park:Guest Chuck Mangione; free.
August 9 Ray Charles+Natalie Cole, City Center
August 9 Sun Ra Arkestra+Nels Cline & Gregg Bendian+DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Pace Downtown Theater
August 10 'Latina Grooves,' Beacon Theater: Featuring Daniela Mercury, Maria Rivas, and Albita.
August 11 Abbey Lincoln+Wayne Shorter+James Carter, Columbia University Quadrangle:An astonishing bill, with one goddess, one god, and a princeling, who will lead both his funk and Gypsy bands. Also: the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra featuring Giovanni Hidalgo and Tito Puente Jr. Free.
VISION JAZZ FESTIVAL
Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, 219-3006, www.visionfestival.org
May 30 Day 7:The summer's key free festival; participants include Visions Orchestra with works by Warren Smith and Steve Swell, Malachi Favors, Hamid Drake, Alan Silva, Oscar Noriega, dancer Patricia Nicholson with Joseph Jarman, Cooper-Moore, many others.
May 31 Day 8:Wilber Morris, Jin Hi Kim, William Parker, Oliver Lake, Fred Anderson, Ori Kaplan, Steve Swell, many others.
June 1 Day 9:Jemeel Moondoc, Roy Campbell Jr., Bern Nix, Tyron Hill, Steve Swell, Zane Massey, Sirone, Peter Brotzmann, William Parker, Warren Smith, Joseph Daley, Cooper-Moore, Sam Furnace, many others.
June 2 Day 10:Accent on the spoken word, with Jayne Cortez, Bern Nix, Charnett Moffett, Denardo Colemen, the Transcendentalists, Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, William Parker, Amiri and Amina Baraka, DD Jackson, Pheeroan akLaff, Daniel Carter, Raphe Malik, many others.
Orensanz Art Center, 172 Norfolk Street, 780-0175, www.visionfestival.org
June 6 Day 12:Joe Maneri, Peter Kowald, Damon Smith, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Roy Campbell, Joe McPhee, Dominic Duvall, many others.
June 7 Day 13: Roy Campbell, dancer Aleta Hayes, poet Mike Ladd, Charles Gayle, William Parker, Rob Brown, Hamid Drake, many others.
June 8 Day 14:David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Guillermo E. Brown, Patricia Nicholson, William Parker, Billy Bang, Gerald Cleaver, others.
Reviews by Gary Giddins