Woody Herman was like no other bandleader, a coach who created not one or two bands, but a whole succession of them, knitting together canny mixtures of crackerjack section players, exceptional mavericks, great rhythm teams, and composers and arrangers. With such alumni as Conte Candoli, Joe Lovano, and Bob Belden on hand, Wynton Marsalis will lead the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in a retrospective.
April 16-21 Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, 255-4037
For nearly 50 years, he's been a creative custodian of Bird, Bud, and Monk, as well as a teacher of instrumental and vocal techniques. But his finest achievement is the way he personalizes the modern jazz aesthetic, keeping it authentic yet fresh and daring.
JAMES CARTER & DAVID MURRAY
May 21-26 Blue Note, 131 West 3rd Street, 475-8592
One could make a case that Murray is the most original tenor of one generation, and Carter of the nextor not. But no one will deny that they can play pretty much anything, and that they get all over the horn, sometimes with so much brio, you want to raise your hands and surrender. This is Carter's gig, with Murray as guest, and the chance to hear them in tandem arouses expectations that have become all too rare in jazz.