Chances Are

Martial Solal Sets the Standard

May 6-11
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, 212-255-4037

Harris's masterly, unsentimental caress of the keyboard allows him to mine his music for romance while exploring all the knottiest harmonic byways of modern jazz or bop. His trio plays Parker, Powell, and Monk, as well as standards and a few tunes that only he seems to know, and makes it seem so easy you won't want to leave.

The original piano man
photo: Courtesy of Dreyfus Records
The original piano man

May 7-10
Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, 212-581-3080

The trio (Peter Washington, Kenny Washington) plus Frank Wess and Phil Woods: This is an encore engagement by the group that turned out to be the highlight of last summer's shaky JVC Festival. An inherently modest player who has no need to show off technique, Charlap is consequently a masterly accompanist, and with Wess and Woods mixing it up, the room turns into a revival tent where jazz and nothing but jazz is spoken.

Sundays beginning May 11
Sweet Rhythm, 88 Seventh Avenue, 212-255-3626

Not an hour goes by that someone somewhere isn't mounting a tribute to Django, but no one cries, "Hold, enough!"—so give the Gypsy his due, especially when interpreted by a guitarist as steeped in the idiom as Frank Vignola. You can preview Vignola's prowess on Mark O'Connor's recent In Full Swing, and this open-ended engagement promises a weekly toe-tapping rapture.

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